• Japanese Yew Claims Eight Elk Near Idaho Falls

    Japanese Yew Claims Eight Elk Near Idaho Falls

  • How Winter Big Game Feeding Works

    After having a number of milder winters in a row, this year’s winter seems harsh, even though it is pretty typical for what used to be considered a normal winter. 

  • SW Region Big Game Winter Feeding Update - February 1, 2017

    It’s been more than a week since we had significant snowfall across the region, but snow levels remain fairly static and crusted in most areas due to cold daytime temperatures. It appears we might get a little relief from the cold later this week. Let’s all hope so.

    Winter feeding efforts have ramped up considerably in the last few days, with feed sites scattered across the (mostly) southern portion of the region. Here’s a rundown of the latest winter feeding efforts.

  • winter feeding, elk, Magic Valley Region

    Fish and Game is feeding about 20,000 big game animals this winter

    This winter’s cold temperatures and deep snow at low elevations has prompted Idaho Fish and Game to implement emergency big game feeding at nearly 110 locations across southern and eastern Idaho.

  • Feeding Elk in Garden Valley in January 2017

    Elk, Ranchers and Winter

    When winter pushes elk and deer down into the valleys, hay stacks and farm fields are tempting targets for an easy meal. Idaho Fish and Game works closely with landowners to protect hay stacks and livestock.  The following video explores some of the tools Fish and Game use to encourage wildlife to move on.


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

    Southwest Winter Feeding Report - January 30, 2017


    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. The last emergency winter feeding operation was conducted in the winter of 2007/2008, when elk and deer were fed because of severe winter weather conditions in Garden Valley and the Lowman area.

  • Mule deer in winter snow and sagebrush

    Winter big game feeding is reserved for emergencies

    After several mild winters in a row, this year’s winter above average precipitation and colder temperatures has felt a lot harsher for both people and wildlife. But while people can retreat to the warm comfort of a home, big game face the brunt of winter out in the elements as they have done for eons. As snowpacks build and frigid temperatures persist, Idaho Fish and Game starts fielding questions from concerned citizens about winter feeding of deer and elk.

  • mule deer, helicopter, trapping, radio collar, southwest region

    Why Fish and Game radio collars deer and elk during winter

    Fish and Game recognizes that herding deer and elk with a helicopter seems to contradict its public message about the importance of leaving wildlife alone during winter.

  • Please Don't Feed Me!

    This article was written by Fish and Game Regional Wildlife Manager Wayne Wakkinen, stationed at the regional office in Coeur d'Alene. It offers additional insights into the winter feeding issue.

    As the snow piles up, we get reports from the public that deer and elk have come down from the mountains and are looking hungry. Some think feeding deer and elk will help the animals survive the rough winter months. They don’t understand why Fish and Game is reluctant to start a feeding program. But there are good reasons to be cautious about feeding wildlife. 

  • SW Region Big Game Winter Feeding Update

    Winter feeding efforts began, on a small scale, in the Garden Valley area on Sunday, January 22. Three historic feed sites were plowed out and feed bunks set up and loaded with specially formulated deer “pellets.” Two more sites were set up today, with several others coming on line tomorrow. At least eight feed sites – possibly more - will be up and running by week’s end along the S. Fork Payette River corridor between Garden Valley and Lowman. These areas are closed to public entry; please honor this closure.


Cervus canadensis

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