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Salmon Outlook Even Better

Fri, 05/05/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The outlook for salmon fishing in Idaho is even better than it was when a season was approved last week. The spring chinook run at Bonneville Dam was 133,358 on May 3, the best for this date since 1974. Earlier projections were for a total run of 133,300. The projected run is now estimated at 164,000 fish. The run… more

Go Fishing, Catch Cash

Fri, 05/05/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Idaho trout anglers can catch cash prizes while enjoying their sport and, at the same time, help Fish and Game researchers improve the hatchery program. What researchers want to know is which hatcheries are producing the most catchable of catchable trout. The three million or so trout Fish and Game plants every year… more

Ask Fish and Game

Fri, 05/05/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. Why do I have to give my Social Security number when I just want to buy a hunting or fishing license? A. We have to have the Social Security number because it is an Idaho law. Idaho Code, Section 73-122 states "the social security number of an applicant shall be recorded on any application for a professional,… more

Nonresident Salmon License Changes May 1

Fri, 04/28/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

As part of the new Fish and Game license legislation that goes into effect May 1, nonresident salmon and steelhead anglers will see two changes to current law. Those changes affect the three-day nonresident license only. One change allows holders of this license to fish for resident fish, such as trout. Prior to the… more

Radio Auction Set May 9

Fri, 04/28/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Horseback riding in the Sawtooth Mountains, fishing for sturgeon in Hells Canyon, flying into the Middle Fork of the Salmon to stay at a wilderness ranch are among the trips to be sold at auction on the radio May 9 beginning at 6 p.m. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has teamed with the Idaho Fish and Wildlife… more

Controlled Fires Can Help Wildlife

Fri, 04/28/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Controlled, relatively cool-burning fires can reinvigorate wildlife habitat on forest lands. The Boise National Forest has begun its prescribed fire season. Foresters see it as a way to maintain a healthy forest, but a "cool" burn within the forest can bring back shrubs that feed many kinds of wildlife, most visibly… more

Hunters Help Craft 2000 Big Game Seasons

Fri, 04/28/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

By Evin Oneale, Regional Conservation Educator, Southwest Region. Just one of the major challenges faced by big game managers is how to meld the biological needs of the managed species with the social desires of those who enjoy pursuing that species each hunting season. In each case, a species' biological needs must… more

Ask Fish and Game

Fri, 04/28/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q: When are the new fee increases going into effect? I keep hearing May 1 but most new laws go into effect in July. A. New laws do generally go into effect July 1, but in the case of these license and fee changes, the effective date is indeed May 1. Lawmakers understood that the financial crisis at Fish and Game… more

Commission Approves Salmon Season

Fri, 04/28/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Meeting by telephone conference call April 28, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission unanimously approved a staff recommendation for a season on the hatchery segment of the spring chinook salmon run. There are an estimated 10,000 chinook which are excess to the needs of the hatchery program. Biologists are projecting a… more

Horsethief Reservoir Slowly Refilling

Wed, 04/26/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

If your weekend fishing plans include Horsethief Reservoir, don't expect to use the boat ramps. The popular fishing hole is refilling much more slowly than anticipated following last year's yellow perch eradication. Even with the low water, Horsethief will be stocked with rainbow trout before April 29 and on a regular… more

Open House Set for Upland Bird and Furbearer Regulations

Fri, 04/21/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

An open house will be held at the Magic Valley Fish and Game Office, Jerome, to take public input and comments regarding the upland bird and furbearer regulations for the years 2000 - 2001. This open house will be on Thursday, April 27, from 8 am to 5 pm, at 868 East Main, Jerome. For all practical purposes, there… more

Big Game Proclamation Late

Fri, 04/21/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The proclamation booklet for this year's big game hunting seasons will not be available until after May 1. Changes in license and tag fees came later than estimated and a few crucial changes in seasons made by the Fish and Game Commission set the booklet production schedule back. Proclamation booklets will be… more

Super Tags Drawn

Fri, 04/21/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Winners of the 10 "Super Tags" for this fall's deer or elk seasons have been selected from hunters who turned in their 1999 hunter harvest reports. The special tags were offered to encourage timely filing of the harvest reports. The program will be discontinued after this year because the Fish and Game Commission has… more

Be Safe in the Turkey Woods

Fri, 04/21/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Despite some rainy weather that discouraged wild turkey toms from strutting on opening weekend, Idaho turkey hunters took to the woods in large numbers, according to field observations. There are a few basics to keeping the growing enthusiasm for turkey hunting safe, offered here by Panhandle Region conservation… more

Ask Fish and Game

Fri, 04/21/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q: My son is now old enough to attend a Hunter Education class. Where and when can he sign up? A. The next sign up for the Boise and surrounding areas will be July 12, 2000 at the Southwest Region Office, 3101 South Powerline Rd. in Nampa, and July 13, 2000 at the Hunter Education Center, 109 W 44th Street, in Garden… more

Spring Chinook Salmon Season a Real Possibility

Fri, 04/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Biologists up and down the Columbia River are forecasting a higher than average spring chinook run this year. The run will be composed primarily of hatchery fish. Surplus hatchery spring chinook may be returning to Dworshak National Fish Hatchery on the North Fork of the Clearwater River and the Clearwater Hatchery… more

Wild Chinook Numbers a Fraction of Expected Return

Fri, 04/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Of the estimated 27,000 spring chinook salmon projected to cross Lower Granite Dam this year, only about 2,700 (10 percent) are expected to be naturally produced and the rest will be hatchery fish. The two- and three-ocean adults will be the progeny of adults that spawned naturally in 1995 (750 adults at Lower Granite… more

Turkey Hunts Open April 15

Fri, 04/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

General turkey hunts in most of Idaho begin this Saturday, April 15. Turkey hunters who buy a tag before May 1 will be buying them at the old price, $7.50. After May 1, the new fee schedule will take turkey tags to $18. General hunts in the Panhandle Region begin May 1. All general seasons run through May 25.… more