• Wildlife technicians use chainsaws to clear logs off trail / Photo by Kara Campbell
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    Biologists Strategize About Path Forward For Tex Creek Wildlife Manage Area After Henry’s Creek Fire

    Much of the areas where big game animals are present in the fall were either totally unscathed or burned in a mosaic pattern that left patches of forage and cover.  The bigger problem facing biologists will be how to prepare for the transition to winter range after the hunts are over.  Much of the WMA that is traditionally used by deer and elk to overwinter was hit extremely hard by the fires.

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    Discount for second general season elk tag ends Wednesday

    August 31 is the last day for hunters to purchase a second general season elk tag at a discounted price.

    Through August only, resident and nonresident hunters can buy remaining nonresident general season elk tags to be used as second tags for the discounted price of $299 (plus $1.75 vendor fee). Starting September 1, nonresident elk tags will be available as second tags at the regular price of $416. 

    Second deer tags are also available but will not be discounted due to high demand.  The price for a second deer tag is $300.00 (plus $1.75 vendor fee) while supplies last.

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  • Carson Watkins with nice bull / photo by Carson Watkins
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    Second controlled hunt drawing list of available big game tags

    Over 2800 deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear controlled hunt tags will be available for hunters in the second controlled hunt drawing.  

    Hunters can apply for these tags during the second controlled hunt drawing from August 5 through August 15.  Results of the drawing will be available around August 23. The available tags are listed below by species. 

  • Mature mule deer buck

    Idaho hunters in for another great big-game season

    Idaho’s fall hunting season is likely to be outstanding. Coming on the heels of an all-time record white-tailed deer harvest in 2015 and the highest harvests in more than a decade for mule deer and elk, hunting this fall should be similar last year.

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    Super Hunts live up to their names in 2015

    There’s time to apply for Idaho’s best hunts, but it's going fast. The deadline to apply for Super Hunts is Aug. 10, and you can buy as many chances you want. Super Hunt tags are available for deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, and one Super Hunt combo, which includes one tag for each of those species. 

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    Fish and Game discounts nonresident elk tags sold as second tags

    Elk hunters can double their hunting opportunity at a discount in August by buying a second tag to extend their season and have a chance to harvest two elk.

    Starting Aug. 1, nonresident elk tags will be $299 when purchased as a second tag, which is discounted from the regular price of $416. It will return to the regular price on September 1.

  • Winter tests big game animals, but they’ve adapted to harsh conditions

    After several mild winters in a row, this winter is starting to look a little more "old fashioned" with ample snow in the mountains and frosty temperatures in the valleys, but most big game animals around the state are doing fine so far. 


Cervus canadensis

IDAPA Classification: Big Game
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