Idaho Hunting News

Idaho Controlled Hunt Tag Deadline August 1st

Big game hunters who names were drawn in controlled hunt drawings have to buy their tags by August 1.

Any tags not purchased by that date will be forfeit. After a second drawing, any leftover tags are sold over the counter.

Idaho Fish and Game Commission Meeting July 27/28

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will consider wolf hunting and trapping seasons during the July 27 and 28 meeting in Salmon.

A public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the Idaho Fish and Game regional office in Salmon.

Idaho DFG Seeks Comments on Wolf Season

The southeast regional office of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is planning an open house to gather public comments on "nonbiological" rules for big game hunting as well as proposals for the upcoming wolf hunting season.

The public is encouraged to stop by the Fish and Game office at 1345 Barton Road in Pocatello anytime between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on July 13 P.M. for the open house.

Idaho Seeks Help With Deer Poaching

The Idaho Department Fish and Game is asking for help in determining who shot a whitetail doe near the intersection of Lenville Road and Miller Road south of Moscow around 6 p.m. Monday, June 6.

Witnesses observed two males load the deer into an older model gray Ford pickup and quickly drive off. One of the suspects was carrying a rifle, and the pickup was covered in mud. When the witnesses arrived at the site, they discovered a newborn fawn alongside the road. The fawn has been given to a wildlife rehabilitator in Moscow.

Idaho Reduces Deer Tags

Updated Idaho Fish and Game information on mule deer population status and over-winter survival shows high fawn mortality in some areas of southern Idaho.

Overall, over-winter fawn survival among 15 study areas is the lowest since we began monitoring; 69 percent of radio-collared fawns had died by April 30. Mule deer fawn survival was lowest in the McCall-Weiser, at 9 percent, and the Island Park, at 18 percent, areas.

Delisting of Wolves in 8 States Begins

On the heels of legislation passed last month with the support of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) as part of the FY 2011 budget agreement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced this week that it is lifting Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for 5,500 grey wolves in eight states in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes and has published a proposed rule to remove gray wolves from ESA designation in the Western Great Lakes.

Idaho's Application Period for Fall Controlled Hunts Opened May 1

The application period for this fall's deer, elk, pronghorn, fall black bear and fall turkey controlled hunts started Sunday, May 1 and runs through June 5.

Fish and Game may ask the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, during the May 19 meeting, to reduce the number of available controlled hunt deer tags in some areas that have suffered higher than normal over-winter losses.

Fish and Game biologists plan to recommend that the commission reduce the number of controlled hunt deer tags available in antlerless and either-sex controlled deer hunts in:

Montana Wildlife Officials Applaud Congressional Wolf Measure

Montana wildlife officials heaped praise on U.S. Senator Jon Tester as a Congressional measure he helped craft removed gray wolves from the list of threatened and endangered species in Montana, Idaho, and parts of Oregon, Washington and Utah.

Idaho Super Hunt Entries Now Available

The deadline to enter the first Super Hunt drawing is May 31.

The first drawing in June will pick 26 lucky hunters, each of whom will win one of 25 tags - eight elk, eight deer, and eight pronghorn hunts as well as one moose hunt; and one "Super Hunt Combo" entry also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunt for one each elk, deer, pronghorn and moose.

Idaho DFG to Open Southern Portion of Egin-Hamer Area April 1st

Because winter came earlier and never really let up, natural resource managers at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) are working to ensure that wintering big games herds remain protected as long as possible and urge outdoor recreationalists to honor existing closure dates as they relate to the Egin-Hamer closure and St. Anthony Sand Dunes.