Where can I hike with my dogs in Ada and Canyon Counties without encountering traps and snares?
Traps and snares can be legally set on federal, state, and private land. Many of the IDFG Wildlife Mangement Areas do not allow trapping during the pheasant season but allow hunting and there are many dogs and hunters on these properties during the fall and early winter. Public land is open to all legal hunting and trapping through much of the winter and there are no real set aside locations except for some possible city, state, or county parks and properties. You would have to check those individually. In order to reduce the chances of your dogs getting caught in a trap, we advise that you check out the videos on our website on how to recognize and avoid trap sets, and how to release your dog from a trap at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=141