IDAHO FALLS- The increasing danger of wildfires, coupled with the recent burning of over 1,000 acres of critical deer winter range near Ririe Reservoir, has prompted local IDFG Officials to institute an immediate ban on all campfires on all lands administered in the Upper Snake Region, including all
Lots of deer tags are left in the multi-units youth deer hunt in Southwest Idaho, according to Fish and Game spokesman Jack Trueblood. "There were 1,395 permits available for this controlled hunt as of July 14.
Meeting in Stanley July 13, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission changed the rules for hound hunting, making it possible to accompany a hunter without having to have a hunting license. The change is effective immediately.
Several upcoming rifle hunter education classes in the Magic Valley Region still have spaces available for those who missed the registration week. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1975 must complete the state-approved hunter education course before buying a license to hunt in Idaho.
Charles Cox of Shelley was honored recently by the Fish and Game Commission for his contributions to hunter education.
Commissioners gave their award for "Continuing Our Heritage" during their meeting at Stanley July 13.
Hunters who have been successful in drawings for deer, elk, antelope, fall black bear, and wild turkey controlled hunts will be notified by postcard by July 10. Unsuccessful applicants will not get a card in the mail.
Idaho's wild turkey population and hunting opportunity has increased dramatically over the past decade. Tag sales increased from 1,333 to 16,781 between 1989 and 1999. Similarly, the harvest increased from 228 to 5,458 turkeys during the same time.
The correct spelling of the name of the angler who holds the current state record for tiger muskie is Dave Tacheny.
The last name was misspelled in a news release on the record in last week's news package.
Anglers are reminded that the fishing season for hatchery chinook salmon on the South Fork of the Salmon River closed July 5. Salmon cannot be targeted by anglers fishing on the South Fork of the Salmon River, even if the fish are to be released.
Leftover tags for deer, elk, and turkey that did not fill during the regular controlled hunt permit drawing in June will be sold over the counter at the Magic Valley Region Fish and Game Office and regional vendor outlets on Saturday, July 15.