Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse

Bonasa umbellus

Upland Game Bird
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    Top 3 small game species to hunt this winter

    December 10, 2021 - 12:10 PM MST

    Hunters: Don’t lock up the gun safes just yet. Here are three of the most commonly found (and exciting) small game species to hunt this winter.

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    More than turkey, try these five hunts for Thanksgiving weekend

    November 12, 2021 - 12:48 PM MST

    Traditions are what make the holiday season special, so why not embark on a new tradition on Thanksgiving weekend and into winter with your loved ones and burn off those calories with five hunting opportunities still open across much of the state.

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    Extend your season -- five reasons to hunt small game this winter

    December 17, 2020 - 3:23 PM MST

    Although most big game seasons are wrapped up for the year, there are open hunting seasons for small game throughout the winter months. North-central Idaho has some great woodland-agriculture interfaces that provide excellent habitat for small game animals such as; squirrel, rabbit, hare and grouse. Read the article and watch the videos to learn five reasons why small game hunting might be right for you!

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    Hunter how-to video: Field dressing game birds

    August 31, 2020 - 1:28 PM MDT

    Fish and Game staff members and hunters Ian Malepeai and Emily Palmer demonstrate three easy methods for field dressing and processing game birds.

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    A wealth of hunting opportunities kick off Aug. 30 and Sept. 1

    August 27, 2020 - 11:38 AM MDT

    Some small game hunting seasons will open in Idaho on Aug 30 and Sept. 1, with opportunities including upland birds, upland game, and doves. Many general archery seasons for deer and elk also open on Aug. 30. There is a wealth of opportunity that this time of year provides for Idaho’s hunters.

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    Craig Mountain WMA Boasts Wide Variety of Upland Gamebirds

    October 4, 2019 - 5:20 PM MDT

    Fall presents itself in many different ways across the state of Idaho. Here in our corner of the state it presents itself in the form of chukars, grouse and quail hunting. Visit Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area for fall hunting opportunities!