Press Release

Sage-grouse season set

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a restrictive season for sage-grouse.

The 2017 season will run from September 16 to September 22, with a daily bag limit of one bird, and a possession limit of two birds. The season will take place in the same areas as last year's hunt.

The Sage-grouse Seasons and Rules brochures, including a map of areas open to sage-grouse hunting, will be available soon at all license vendors, Fish and Game offices and website at https://idfg.idaho.gov/rules/upland.

For general upland game bird rules, grouse identification, license and permit information, see the 2016 & 2017 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules brochure. 

Current sage-grouse lek data indicate that many populations are stable.  Fish and Game closely monitors sage-grouse annually to ensure hunting will not compromise the population. Fish and Game follows guidelines that allow the flexibility to also close areas to hunting due to low population numbers, insufficient data, or impacts of wildfire and West Nile virus.

sage-grouse male, mating display
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sage-grouse male, mating display