Greater Sage-Grouse


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    F&G Commission approves 2019 sage-grouse season

    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Aug. 22 set the 2019 sage-grouse hunting seasons and rules, which included expanded closures in Owyhee County, a restrictive two-day season in some areas in the central part of the state (see map: Zone 3), and a seven-day season in portions of Owyhee, Twin Falls, Oneida and Cassia counties.

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    F&G seeks public comment on proposed sage-grouse hunting season

    Idaho Fish and Game officials are asking hunters and other interested parties to review and comment on a proposed sage-grouse hunting season for 2019. Deadline to comment is Aug. 19. 

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    Video: Biologists fit sage grouse with GPS trackers in Eastern Idaho

    Biologists are placing GPS transmitters on female sage grouse in order to study how they nest, raise chicks, and utilize the landscape after the Grassy Ridge fire. 


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    IDFG Partners with Landowners and Schools to Rehabilitate Keithly Fire

    On July 25, 2018, the Keithly Fire began southwest of Midvale, Idaho in Washington County,.  It burned 17,600 acres of public and private land that was composed of important rangeland that not only fed livestock, but was home to mule deer, sharp-tailed grouse, and sage grouse, among many other species of wildlife.

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    F&G Commission approves sage grouse season with two new area closures

    The season will run Sept. 15-21 with the traditional one bird per day and two-birds in possession bag limit. 

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    Dance of the Sage Grouse

    Every spring sage grouse descend on leks across southern Idaho for their annual courtship.  Wildlife biologist Michelle Kemner-Commons describes what the pops, struts and sparring means in the sage grouse world.


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    Sage-grouse season set

    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a restrictive season for sage-grouse.

    The 2017 season will run from September 16 to September 22, with a daily bag limit of one bird, and a possession limit of two birds. The season will take place in the same areas as last year's hunt.

    The Sage-grouse Seasons and Rules brochures, including a map of areas open to sage-grouse hunting, will be available soon at all license vendors, Fish and Game offices and website at

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    Fish and Game Commission to meet August 25 in Boise

    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet Friday, August 25 at Fish and Game’s Headquarters office, 600 S. Walnut in Boise.

    The meeting will be held in the Trophy Room starting at 11 a.m. MDT. Commissioners will set the 2017 Sage-grouse season, approve the fiscal 2019 budget, and hear reports about the Commission challenge grant, legislative proposals, and live-streaming or podcasting of future meetings.

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    F&G is seeking public input on sage-grouse hunting proposals

    Fish and Game is proposing one option for the 2017 season, which is the same as the season offered in 2016. Statewide, the proposed seven-day season would be from September 16 through September 22, with a one-bird daily limit within sage-grouse range, except in designated closed areas.

  • Temporary fencing is part of sage grouse research

    People may encounter them in parts of Southern Idaho, and it's important to keep gates closed to keep cattle out of managed areas. 

Greater Sage-Grouse

Centrocercus urophasianus

Upland Game Bird
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Health Issues Which May Affect This Animal

What Causes This Disease?

West Nile Virus (WNV) is caused by a mosquito transmitted virus (Arbovirus) that is carried by birds, especially magpies, crows and ravens. Other birds, mammals, reptiles, horses and humans can contract the virus through the bite of a WNV infected mosquito. West Nile virus has a complex lifecycle between certain birds and certain mosquito species. Some birds like crows, magpies, ravens, birds of prey, and sage grouse are highly susceptible to WNV and it is often fatal in these species.

Where Is The Disease Found?

West Nile Virus is native to the northern parts of Africa, the Middle East and occasionally southern Europe. After introduction to North America in 1999, the virus spread to every state and most of the southern provinces of Canada. The first detection of WNV in Idaho was in 2003 and the disease has been reported annually ever since.

Signs of Disease

Signs of WNV vary by depending on the species affected. Some birds carry the virus, remaining asymptomatic while some species are highly susceptible. Clinical signs can range from no reaction to the virus to mortality, especially in corvids (crows, ravens and magpies). Finding dead ravens, crows, magpies, and birds of prey may indicate WNV is present in an area. WNV has also affected sage grouse in some areas of Idaho and the intermountain west. Birds usually do not show any clinical signs when infected with WNV. Chickens can be infected with WNV and not become sick. However, natural disease due to the virus has been reported in domestic geese, ducks, pigeons and chickens.

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