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Pheasant stocking is nearly done in the Panhandle and elsewhere in the state as Christmas approaches

Thu, 12/16/2021 - 15:46 | idfg-tjross

It’s not too late to try your hand at pheasant hunting this year!    

In the Panhandle Region, pheasant will be stocked at the Boundary-Smith Creek WMA and the Lane Marsh parcel on the CDA River WMA through the week of Dec. 19; the season ends on Dec. 31.… more

The 'biggest fish' stories of 2021

Thu, 12/16/2021 - 11:23 | idfg-cliess

You might be thinking, “It’s pretty hard to top 2020’s string of record-setting fish,” but then in walks 2021 like the ’27 New York Yankees. This year, anglers from all across the country flocked to Idaho’s numerous fisheries and amounted some incredible new state records, from carp to cutthroat trout.

In… more

Caribou-Targhee National Forest announces their annual winter travel restrictions

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 15:46 | idfg-jbrower

The following is a press release from the United States Forest Service (USFS):

Annual winter restrictions on the Targhee Forest

Know the Rules Before You Head Out

EASTERN IDAHO, Dec. 7, 2021-- Days are becoming shorter, and we are trading in our tennis shoes for snow boots as we make way for winter… more

The Great Migration: Where Idaho’s ducks come from

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 12:57 | idfg-cliess

When temperatures fall in December and January, duck hunting across much of Idaho often heats up with the arrival of “northern birds.” But exactly where in the north are these birds coming from? Generally speaking, the likeliest answer for Idaho hunters is north of the border.

In a 2017 study, researchers at… more

Wildlife Express: learn about a secretive forest dweller, the American marten

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 12:00 | idfg-cliess

You may hear people call American martens pine martens because they live in dense forests. These pointy-faced members of the weasel family are as crafty as they are cute. American martens can grow between 18 and 26 inches long, and spend their days poking around coniferous forests in search of voles, their favorite… more

Wolf trapper education classes coming to many regions in Idaho this winter

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 09:14 | idfg-tjross

Wolf trapper education classes are being offered by Idaho Fish and Game in the Panhandle, Clearwater, Southwest (Nampa and McCall) and Southeast regions in Dec. and Jan. Online registration is now open!


Here’s what you need to know if you wish to take a class.

Anyone… more

Heavy construction underway on the Clark Fork Delta Restoration Project

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 07:07 | idfg-tjross

Idaho Fish and Game has started Phase 3 of the Clark Fork Delta Restoration Project. 

Although construction activities continue to require closure of the Clark Fork Driftyard access site, which is located within the Pend Oreille Wildlife Management Area, sportsmen can still… more

North Idaho man's close call with a bull moose is a reminder of the dangers of wild animals

Tue, 12/14/2021 - 17:54 | idfg-tjross

Staff with Idaho Fish and Game received a phone call from a man in North Idaho on Dec. 8 reporting that he had been attacked by a bull moose. The encounter occurred at his property just outside of Coeur d’Alene.

The man’s step-daughter went into their barn to gather hay for their horse. Upon entering the barn… more

BLM announces annual winter closure of Stinking Springs and Egin-Hamer areas to protect wildlife

Tue, 12/14/2021 - 13:43 | idfg-jbrower

The following is a press release from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM):


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – In collaboration with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), the Bureau of Land Management Upper Snake Field Office will… more

Geese left to waste in Franklin dumpster

Tue, 12/14/2021 - 10:37 | idfg-jjackson


The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information regarding the waste of four Canada geese in the Southeast Region.

On Dec. 7, a concerned citizen reported the dead geese which had been dropped into a dumpster located at the corner of Main Street and Highway 91 in the southeast… more

Nonresident regular deer tags have sold out, some white-tailed deer only tags remain

Tue, 12/14/2021 - 09:52 | idfg-rphillips

Nonresident regular deer tags have sold out, but 1,500 nonresident whitetail-only tags will be sold starting Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. MST. Nonresident hunters can buy a whitetail tag online, at vendors, or by telephone at (800) 554-8685. Hunters can see the current availability of nonresident deer and elk tags on the … more

Hunters: please take only one elk by avoiding these common errors

Mon, 12/13/2021 - 18:31 | idfg-kowens

Every year Idaho Fish and Game conservation officers respond to situations where an elk hunter accidentally kills more than one elk or shoots a bull instead of a cow-- or a cow instead of a bull. Most of the time this appears to be unintentional, and many of these hunters call Idaho Fish and Game to report the mistake… more

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet via conference call Thursday, Dec. 16

Mon, 12/13/2021 - 17:06 | idfg-rphillips

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet via conference call Thursday, Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. MST. There will be no opportunity for public comment or questions during the meeting.

The meeting will be hosted at the Southwest Regional Office in Nampa, 15950 North Gate Blvd., and the public can listen to the… more

Fish and Game announces closure of Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance hunts 1904 and 1955 on Sunday, Dec. 12

Fri, 12/10/2021 - 15:39 | idfg-rphillips

Idaho Fish and Game staff has informed the Fish and Game Director that CWD sample targets have been met, or will soon be met, for CWD surveillance hunts 1904 and 1955. These hunts are on private and public land in Hunt Area 14 for antlered white-tailed deer and will close at the end of official shooting hours (1/2… more

Hunter recipes: Smashed quail with Mountain Dew ponzu

Fri, 12/10/2021 - 14:22 | idfg-imalepeai

Randy King is a recipe contributor to Idaho Fish & Game and lives in Nampa, Idaho. He is a trained chef, passionate hunter and angler, author of the cookbook “Chef in the Wild,” and has written food articles in numerous national publications.

One day while hunting along the Snake River, my buddy… more

Top 3 small game species to hunt this winter

Fri, 12/10/2021 - 12:10 | idfg-cliess

Small game hunting through winter is a great way for hunters young and old to develop their skills and confidence without breaking the bank. You don’t need specialized or expensive gear to hunt them, just a .22 long rifle and/or any shotgun, warm clothes and boots suitable for hiking. The skills learned while small… more

Give someone the gift of the outdoors this holiday season

Fri, 12/10/2021 - 10:49 | idfg-cliess

Share your love for the outdoors by buying an Idaho resident hunting license, fishing license or Sportsman’s Package for friends and family this holiday season. 2022 licenses are now on sale.

Fishing and hunting provide a good excuse to get outside, see the beauty of Idaho's wildlife and spend quality time… more

Watch your step: Here’s how to stay safe out on the ice this year

Fri, 12/10/2021 - 10:14 | idfg-jmessner

Folks are chomping at the bit to get out and ice fish this winter. During December last year, you may have been ice fishing your favorite places already, but mild temperatures so far this winter have kept the lakes from freezing as of yet. With the new year fast approaching, you’ll be fishing the… more