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Muzzleloader Rule Impacts Few Hunters

Mon, 08/21/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The Idaho Department of Lands led the way August 17 in announcing more stringent fire-prevention rules on state and private forest land. The rules include a ban on discharge of muzzle-loading weapons. The restrictions do not apply on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service. The restriction… more

State, County Appeal Road Closure

Mon, 08/21/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The state Attorney General, on behalf of the Department of Fish and Game, has filed an appeal with the Idaho Supreme Court to open the Antelope Creek in Bonneville County. The county has filed a similar appeal to open the road, which it maintains. The road is an important access route to lands of the Caribou National… more

Ask Fish and Game

Mon, 08/21/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. I heard there is a grouse permit required now. What's the deal? A. Beginning this year, hunters out after sage grouse or sharp-tailed grouse need to have their license validated for those species. The $1.50 validation is not just another permit. Sharp-tailed grouse have been proposed for listing as an endangered… more

Fire and Wildlife

Mon, 08/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

As the number of acres burned by wildfires adds up, many people wonder what will be left when the smoke finally clears and the last embers burn out. Charred stumps and ashen landscapes appear to be devastated, incapable of recovery and unable to support wildlife populations. Unless the fire is unusually intense,… more

Commission to Meet August 23-25

Mon, 08/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet at 8:00 a.m. August 24 and 25 at Fish and Game headquarters, 600 S. Walnut in Boise. A public hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. on August 23 in the same location. Topics on the agenda include setting waterfowl seasons, consideration of legislative proposals for next year,… more

Sockeye Count Hits 165

Mon, 08/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Fish and Game fisheries biologists predicted at least 100 sockeye would return to the Sawtooth Basin in this summer's run and now the figure stands at 165. On August 11, 165 of the endangered salmon had returned some 900 miles from the ocean through the Columbia, Snake, and Salmon Rivers. The sockeye run this year far… more

Fine Weather for Ducks?

Mon, 08/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

With forest fire ash drifting in the air and temps in the toasty range, most Idahoans are probably not thinking about the whistle of wings on a chilly morning breeze, but duck hunters are a breed apart. This is the time of year when the size and composition of fall waterfowl flights become clear and the possibilities… more

Nonresident Tags Available for Residents

Mon, 08/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Unsold Idaho nonresident deer and elk tags will be available to residents September 1. The tags will be sold at nonresident prices, $235 for deer and $338.50 for elk, and can be used as a second tag. Fish and Game Commissioner Don Clower said he looks forward to taking a mule deer early in the fall in southern Idaho,… more

Ask Fish and Game

Mon, 08/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. There's a fire in the area I hunt. Is Fish and Game going to close the hunt? A. Fish and Game has not, and does not plan to, close any hunts because of fire. If a land management agency closes access to everyone because of extreme fire danger in an area, Fish and Game will support that decision. Right now, there is… more

Fish and Game Veteran Jerry Mallet Retires

Mon, 08/07/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Assistant director Jerry Mallet, the longest-tenured Idaho Fish and Game employee, has retired after 44 years on the job. Mallet's employment spanned the terms of five directors, and he was assistant director during three of them. He was named acting director by the Fish and Game Commission three times in recent years… more

Big Toothy Guy Takes Bum Rap

Mon, 08/07/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Cascade Reservoir's tiger muskies have a perfect alibi in the continuing investigation into the demise of that lake's famous perch population; they were not even on the scene when the perch met their demise. Frustrated perch anglers have been blaming tiger muskies for eating their favorite fish and cussing Fish and… more

Hunters Warned of Fire Danger

Mon, 08/07/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Fish and Game has no plan to close hunts in southern Idaho where wildland fire conditions are extreme but everyone headed into hunting or fishing territory must abide by the restrictions currently in force on Forest, BLM and state lands. With archery seasons for antelope and early elk hunts set to begin soon, hunters… more

Feel a Frog for Free

Mon, 08/07/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Ever see a desert frog? You can do that and touch one too in an evening of family fun and education at the next Nature Center Wildlife Wednesday program. On August 16 at 7 p.m., wildlife researcher Janice Engle will give a talk on the Columbia spotted frog at the MK Nature Center located at 600 S. Walnut in Boise.… more

Ask Fish and Game

Mon, 08/07/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. I read something about a "salvage order" on a reservoir. What does that mean? A. There are several reservoirs across the southern part of Idaho which have salvage orders now, and likely to be more due to the lack of rain. The most common salvage order lifts the bag, possession, and size limits, but other… more

Idaho Fish & Game Commission Seeks Input On Proposed Waterfowl Seasons, Turkey Outfitting & Predator

Fri, 08/04/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

IDAHO FALLS - Wildlife management in Idaho covers a broad range of issues. At their next meeting in late August in Boise, the Idaho Fish & Game Commission will be addressing such diverse topics as setting waterfowl seasons, outfitting for turkeys, and adoption of a predator policy. In order to provide the Commission… more

In The Field

Thu, 08/03/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Comments Sought in Outfitting for Turkeys Idaho's wild turkey population and hunting opportunity have increased greatly over the past decade. Tag sales increased from 1,333 in 1989 to 16,781 in 1999. The Idaho turkey harvest increased from 228 to 5,458 during that period. While turkey hunting is not particularly… more

Fish Limits Suspended at Mountain Home Reservoir

Wed, 08/02/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

By order of the Department of Fish and Game, fish bag, possession and size limits at Mt. Home Reservoir have been suspended effective Saturday August 5. Anglers in possession of a valid fishing license are encouraged to catch as many fish from the reservoir as they can eat. The reservoir has fallen victim to Southern… more

F & G Seeks Comment on Turkey Outfitting, Predator Policy

Wed, 08/02/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Wild turkey outfitting, waterfowl seasons and a draft predator policy top the list of discussion topics for an upcoming open house hosted by Fish and Game. Everyone is invited to attend the August 16 get together to be held at the Fish and Game Nampa office, 3101 S. Powerline Road from noon to 6:00pm. Written comments… more