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IDFG To Host Open House for Wild Turkey Seasons

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), 1540 Warner Avenue, Lewiston, will host an open house Wednesday, November 29 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. for public comment on proposed changes to the 2001 Wild Turkey seasons. The only proposed change for the spring hunts in the Clearwater region would be to include Unit 10 into the general hunt units. Unit 10 would also be included into the fall hunts. The proposed changes for the fall hunt in the Clearwater region are the following: Option 1. Keep the fall season as a controlled hunt, but increase the number of controlled hunt permits, from 200 permits offered in fall of 2000, to 300 permits proposed for fall of 2001. The hunt would be conducted from September 15 -30. Option 2. Change to a fall general season that would be conducted from September 15-30. Based on the low number of fall controlled hunt applicants, converting to a general hunt might not influence the number of participants greatly. The hunt would be conducted from September 15-30. Fall tags would be sold separately in addition to the spring tags so that a hunter could buy up to three turkey tags per year. The hunter could not convert an unused spring tag into a fall tag. It is expected that fall harvest would be small, and occur in conjunction with big game archery and forest grouse hunting seasons. Hunters than cannot make the open house can call the IDFG Clearwater Region office with their comments (799-5010). All comments must be received by 5:00 PM, December 1 so they can be forwarded to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission meeting to be held in early December. Individuals with disabilities may request meeting accommodations by contacting Mike Demick at Idaho Department of Fish and Game at 799-5010.