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    Coho salmon fishing now open on the Clearwater River

    Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently opened a coho salmon fishing season that will run until Oct. 13, or until further notice. Fishing is open on the Clearwater River from its mouth upstream to Memorial Bridge seven days per week, and from Memorial Bridge upstream to the confluence of the Middle Fork Clearwater and South Fork Clearwater rivers four days per week (Thursday through Sunday).

  • Southwest Region Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule for the Month of October

    Personnel from Fish and Game's Nampa Hatchery will be releasing more than 29,500 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during October. Local ponds are the primary focus of this stocking effort due to milder weather and correspondingly cooler water temperatures.

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    Brush up on the trespassing laws before you go hunting or fishing

    Hunters, anglers and other sportsmen and women should be aware of Idaho trespass laws before they head into the field. Trespass laws changed in 2018, but here are some basic things to remember: 

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    Bull moose left to waste near Mackay

    Fish and Game is seeking information from the public on the illegal waste of a bull moose near the Park Creek Campground off Trail Creek Road north of Mackay. Reports from multiple individuals on Sunday, September 22, led Fish and Game Conservation Officers to the carcass of a bull moose that had been shot and left. The antlers and a small portion of meat had been removed with the majority of edible meat left to waste.

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    Youth pheasant hunts scheduled in Salmon and Challis Oct 5

    Idaho Department of Fish and Game will host two youth pheasant hunts for Salmon and Challis-area youth on Saturday, October 5.

    Designed for youth hunters ages 10-17, the hunts are free and will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Salmon and Challis.

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    Hunter Education Field Day offered in Salmon

    A hunter education Field Day is scheduled in Salmon Sept. 21 for those who have completed or are working to complete the online hunter education course. The Field Day will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at Fish and Game’s Salmon Regional office at 99 Highway 93 North.

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    Commission closes steelhead fishery in Clearwater River basin

    On Friday, Sept. 20, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted to close all fall steelhead seasons on the Clearwater River because the number of returning adult hatchery fish is less than the number needed for broodstock, and there is no surplus to provide a fishery. The closure is effective at midnight on Sept. 29, 2019.

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    Grizzly bear mistaken for black bear by hunter in Panhandle

    On September 17, a nonresident (Montana) hunter shot and killed a grizzly bear that he mistook for a black bear. He was hunting in Idaho’s Panhandle near the Canadian border (Smith Creek).

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    Bird hunters encouraged to donate their wings

    With many upland game bird seasons opening soon, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking hunters to donate a fully feathered wing for each bird they harvest.

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    2019 Upland Forecast: Here's what hunting looks like across the state

    Fish and Game's wildlife biologists in each region have compiled an update of what they're seeing and hearing on the ground with upland bird populations, so hunters can get a look at their favorite areas and  quarry.

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    What hunters can do to prevent introducing chronic wasting disease into Idaho

    Chronic Wasting Disease could someday change how some of Idaho’s deer, elk and moose populations are managed.

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    Panhandle Region seeking help monitoring for Chronic Wasting Disease

    The Panhandle Region of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is asking hunters to help with a surveillance program looking for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). This is part of a general surveillance, rotational sampling strategy that IDFG initiated in 2017 to monitor for CWD.

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    F&G stocks tiger muskies in two Southwest Region waters

    A new, unique and toothy fishing opportunity awaits anglers in Southwest Idaho.

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    F&G monitoring low steelhead return and commission may alter season

    Idaho Fish and Game's fisheries staff continue to monitor steelhead returns over Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, and the run appears to be smaller than earlier forecasted, which could prompt the Fish and Game Commission to alter the already-restricted season. 

  • Youth Conservation Camp, shooting at range

    Fish and Game recognizes volunteers in the Magic Valley Region

    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Magic Valley Region recently held a volunteer recognition dinner to honor and thank our Hunter Education instructors and Reservist volunteers.

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    Here are 14 reasons why you should fish during fall

    For many Idahoans, feeling cool morning air and seeing hints of red and gold in the forest means it’s time to lace up the boots and grab a gun or bow for hunting season, but don’t overlook fall fishing.

  • Caroline Treece Henrys Lake

    Henrys Lake newsletter August 2019

    Once again we had a great turn out for our annual Henrys Lake public meeting which took place on Thursday August 29th. For those of you who were unable to attend you can watch the presentation and meeting by clicking the following link: Henrys Lake Meeting Video 2019

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    Make the call to catch poachers, (800) 632-5999

    With some hunting seasons underway and more opening soon, Idaho Fish and Game asks the public to call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline if they witness a violation of wildlife laws, and program the number into the contacts in your smart phone.