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Commission Sets South Fork Salmon Season

Fri, 06/23/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Salmon anglers can begin fishing the famous South Fork of the Salmon River for summer chinook June 30 or after, as soon as federal fisheries authorities approve Idaho's request for a permit. Anglers are already enjoying good fishing for spring chinook on the Clearwater and Little Salmon Rivers. A summer chinook season… more

Predator Policy Public Review Sought

Fri, 06/23/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners will continue to take comment from the public on the proposed predator management policy when they meet in Stanley July 13-14. Predator policy has already been the subject of comments to commissioners in prior meetings. The policy is also posted on the department's internet web site… more

Ask Fish and Game

Fri, 06/23/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. Do I have to have a license to target practice? A. No, you can plink cans, or shoot targets without a license. As soon as you shoot at an animal, you need a license.

Extra Fish For Regional Waters

Tue, 06/20/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

A surplus of hatchery steelhead was recently planted into several Idaho reservoirs. Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) hatchery personnel at Niagara Springs produced an excess of A-run steelhead this year. The Niagara Springs hatchery, on the Snake River south of Wendell, is an Idaho Power Company mitigation… more

Commission to Meet July 13, 14

Fri, 06/16/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet at the Mountain Village Lodge in Stanley beginning at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, July 13. There will be a public hearing at the Community Building at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12. The Commission expects to decide whether an observer with a hound hunting party needs to have a… more

South Fork Salmon Chinook Season Possible

Fri, 06/16/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Summer chinook fishing on the famed South Fork of the Salmon River appears to be a possibility. Fish and Game biologists are busily tracking the beginning of the summer chinook run for clues as to whether there will be enough surplus hatchery summer chinook salmon returning to the South Fork of the Salmon River (SFSR… more

Don't Be A Wildlife Kidnapper

Fri, 06/16/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Each year at about this time, Fish and Game offices are flooded with calls from citizens who, with the best of intentions, have captured newborn wild animals and wonder what to do with them. The callers generally do not understand that they have already consigned the baby critters to an unhappy fate. They also fail to… more

Commissioners Reappointed

Fri, 06/16/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Governor Dirk Kempthorne has reappointed two Fish and Game Commission members whose four-year terms had expired. John Burns of Carmen, commissioner for the Salmon Region, and Dr. Fred Wood of Burley, the Magic Valley Region commissioner, have each served one term. They were appointed by former Governor Phil Batt.… more

Audit of Fish and Game Licensing Contract Released

Fri, 06/16/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission, and the Department of Fish and Game, on June 12 reviewed results of an audit by the state Office of Performance Evaluation of the agency's automated licensing system. The audit was presented at a meeting of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee. While critical of the original… more

Ask Fish and Game

Fri, 06/16/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q.Where are the crawfish in Idaho? A. Crawfish or crayfish or crawdads are found throughout Idaho. We have identified at least 4 species of the Genus Pacifastacus that are found from small higher elevation streams to lowland lakes and the Snake River as it flows out of Idaho. If you want to catch crayfish legally in… more

Hunter Education Class Registration Scheduled

Thu, 06/15/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Prospective hunters have one more opportunity to register and complete a hunter education or bowhunter education class prior to fall 2000 hunting seasons. On Wednesday, July 12, Nampa/Caldwell area hunter education class registration will be held at Fish & Game's Southwest Region office, 3101 S. Powerline Road in… more

Wildlife is Plentiful in Idaho

Thu, 06/15/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Wildlife is plentiful in Idaho. In the past 25 years, popular and easily recognized wildlife species including elk, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, the bald eagle and others have increased in number. Opportunities for enjoyment by hunters, wildlife photographers and artists, and "wildlife watchers" are numerous.… more

Firearm Safety Clinic Slated

Wed, 06/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Firearms-related accidents are a tragedy whenever and wherever they occur. An upcoming firearm safety clinic will address this issue head-on by teaching youngsters how to properly handle and use firearms. The free event will be held June 24 at Black's Creek Public Rifle Range, located east of Boise on Black's Creek Road… more

Free Fishing Day June 10

Fri, 06/09/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Don't forget, Saturday is Free Fishing Day. Idaho anglers, resident and nonresident alike, can fish on June 10 without paying for a fishing license on Saturday, June 10. Free Fishing Day is an annual tradition in Idaho and most other states that take part in National Fishing Week (June 3-11). Forty-six states have at… more

Commission Approves Rule Changes

Fri, 06/09/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Meeting by conference call June 1, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved several rule changes which were proposed at its May meeting. Public comment was accepted in the interim. All commissioners were present except Dr. Fred Wood, from the Magic Valley Region. All the changes are effective immediately unless… more

Leftover Moose Tags on Sale June 15

Fri, 06/09/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Idaho has leftover moose tags after the recent controlled hunt drawing, and for the first time will be able to sell them over the counter. A new Fish and Game Commission rule approved the June 15 sale. Results of the drawing, which was completed May 31, are available under "What's New". A total of 46 tags are… more

Sage Grouse Program Set June 21

Fri, 06/09/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

One of the West's favorite game birds, now considered by some as a candidate for the endangered species list, will be the subject of a presentation in Boise this month. Michelle Commons, a member of one of the sage grouse working groups studying the bird's decline in southern Idaho, will present a program about sage… more

Salmon Fishing Exceptional

Fri, 06/09/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Anglers who have been waiting for good salmon fishing may want to pack a lunch and a rod right now. Substantial numbers of spring chinook are being caught on the Clearwater and Little Salmon Rivers while landlocked kokanee salmon are turning in one of their best performances in years at Dworshak Reservoir.… more