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  • 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.

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

    Southwest Winter Feeding Report - January 23, 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, met on January 9th to review current winter conditions and evaluate the need to declare a winter feeding emergency 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.

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    Additional Winter Feeding Sites Authorized in Southeast Idaho

    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game with input from the Southeast Idaho Winter Feeding Advisory Committee (WFAC) has selected additional sites for baiting/feeding efforts in Caribou, Bear Lake, Franklin, Bannock, and Bingham Counties.

  • Boise River Winter closure map

    Boise River Wildlife Management Area closed to protect wintering big game

    Beginning Friday, January 20, the Boise Front Segment of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area (BRWMA) was closed to all public entry. The closure will help protect wintering big game animals and will remain in effect until further notice.


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

    Southwest Winter Feeding Report, January 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, met on January 9th to review current winter conditions and evaluate the need to declare a winter feeding emergency 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.

  • Public Meeting to Discuss Winter Feeding Efforts in Bear Lake County

    Idaho Fish and Game is hosting a winter feeding coordination meeting on Wednesday, January 18, at 6:00 pm at the Ranch Hand Trail Stop, Montpelier, Idaho.  Thank you to the Ranch Hand for accommodating this event on such short notice and for providing your venue free of charge!

    Those who have been contacted to assist with winter feeding efforts in Bear Lake County and those who wish to help or learn more about this process are invited to attend.

  • Please DON’T feed me!

    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. 

Elk

Cervus canadensis

IDAPA Classification: Big Game
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