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    2017 Winter Feeding in Video

    Fish and Game staff pulled out their phones and cameras to capture the scope of winter feeding efforts around the state.

    These short videos give a glimpse of operations around the southern portion of the state from elk herds at Tex Creek in the Upper Snake Region to aerials over Southeast Idaho of animals gathered on feed sites. Biologists feed elk in the Magic Valley and lure deer and elk from roads and agricultural sites in Southwest Idaho.

  • Emergency winter feeding at Tex Creek WMA in 2017 kept more than 3500 elk from foraging for food on private lands.

    Winter feeding in motion on Tex Creek WMA [Video]

    Fire burned 22,000 acres of winter range on the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area in eastern Idaho in 2016. To support elk and deer, and prevent private property damage, Idaho Fish and Game set in motion the largest winter feeding operation in Idaho’s history.

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    Upper Snake Region  Winter Conditions Report -  February 24, 2017

    Upper Snake Region  Winter Conditions Report -  February 24, 2017

  • Elk wait at near the feed line at Bullwhacker feed site near Ketchum.

    Southwest Winter Feeding Report - Feb. 22, 2017

    History

    The Southwest Region has a long history of big game winter feeding efforts. The Winter Feeding Advisory Committee, made up of several citizen volunteers, continues to meet and review current winter conditions and evaluate needs to declare more winter feeding emergencies based on factors outlined in Fish and Game rule and policy as per IC36-123. Before this year, the last emergency winter feeding operation was conducted in the winter of 2007/2008.   Elk and deer were fed because of severe winter weather conditions in Garden Valley and the Lowman area.

  • Elk wait at near the feed line at Bullwhacker feed site near Ketchum.

    Southwest Winter Feeding Report - Feb. 22, 2017

    History

    The Southwest Region has a long history of big game winter feeding efforts. The Winter Feeding Advisory Committee, made up of several citizen volunteers, continues to meet and review current winter conditions and evaluate needs to declare more winter feeding emergencies based on factors outlined in Fish and Game rule and policy as per IC36-123. Before this year, the last emergency winter feeding operation was conducted in the winter of 2007/2008.   Elk and deer were fed because of severe winter weather conditions in Garden Valley and the Lowman area.

  • Elk wait at near the feed line at Bullwhacker feed site near Ketchum.

    Southwest Winter Feeding Report - Feb. 13, 2017

    History

    The Southwest Region has a long history of big game winter feeding efforts. The Winter Feeding Advisory Committee, made up of several citizen volunteers, continues to meet and review current winter conditions and evaluate needs to declare more winter feeding emergencies based on factors outlined in Fish and Game rule and policy as per IC36-123. Before this year, the last emergency winter feeding operation was conducted in the winter of 2007/2008.   Elk and deer were fed because of severe winter weather conditions in Garden Valley and the Lowman area.

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    Idaho’s 2017 & 2018 big game season proposals available online

    Idaho Fish and Game's proposed changes for the 2017 & 2018 big game hunting seasons are available online for public review and comment.

    The proposals for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolf are listed by region and are available at: https://idfg.idaho.gov/form/big-game-2017. Only those seasons and hunts for which changes are proposed are listed.  All others will remain the same as they were during the 2015 & 2016 hunting seasons.

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    Upper Snake Region Winter Wildlife Conditions Report For February 10, 2017

    Upper Snake Region Winter Wildlife Conditions Report For February 10, 2017

    In order to help keep the citizens of Idaho informed regarding the physical condition of their wildlife, the Upper Snake Regional Office will be issuing reports throughout the winter.  Reports reflect information gathered from IDFG field staff and contacts in local communities.  Reports will be issued as conditions change, especially if a major winter weather situation develops. 

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    Idaho Fish and Game Authorizes Additional Winter Feeding Sites in Southeast Idaho

    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) with input from the Southeast Idaho Winter Feeding Advisory Committee (WFAC) has selected an additional 27 sites for baiting/feeding efforts in multiple counties in southeast Idaho.   The total number of feed sites is now 89 (71 for deer, 16 for elk, and 2 for pronghorn).  Over 100 volunteers are lending assistance to date.

  • Doe and fawn in heavy winter snow

    Keep your distance from wintering big game

    Winter provides great opportunities to view Idaho wildlife, but it is very important to enjoy the view from a distance.  Winter can be very stressful for wildlife, especially in winters like this when snow is deep or crusted.

Mule Deer

Odocoileus hemionus

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