Idaho Hunting News

Idaho Spring Turkey Season Begins April 15th

Hunters who have finished with taxes before the deadline can expect to find Idaho's wild turkey populations in good shape.

The general season youth turkey hunt runs Thursday April 8 through Wednesday April 14. Youths 15 years or younger on April 8, may participate in the youth hunt. All youth hunters must have a valid hunting license and turkey tag.

The general spring turkey hunts open April 15 and runs through May 25. Dates vary for controlled hunts, listed in the Upland Game brochure.

Idaho Meetings to Discuss 2011 Big Game Seasons

Idaho Fish and Game plans a series of public open house meetings to discuss proposed big game seasons and rules for the fall hunting seasons.

Some meetings already have been set, others will be announced as they are set; most will be open house formats.

Idaho Has Begun Road Kill Marking Project

Anyone traveling throughout southeast Idaho may start noticing some wildlife carcasses - those unfortunate victims of vehicle collisions - lying on the side of the road, marked with bright orange paint.

This paint marking system is part of an overall effort by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Idaho Transportation Department to understand better the effects of roads and vehicle collisions on Idaho's wildlife, and the effects on public safety.

Idaho F&G Discussion - Should Motorized Hunting Be Regulated

The 2010 big game hunting season is now history, with stories of success, near misses, and golden memories for families and friends. Last hunting season was also the first year of implementation for the motorized vehicle hunting rule (MVR) in the Diamond Creek Zone (big game management units 66-A and 76), creating much public interest and discussion. In fact, the MVR has generated enough controversy statewide that it will be reviewed by the Idaho Legislature, with the possibility that it could be abolished if Senate Bills 1015 and 1016 are approved.

Montana Man Pleads Guilty in Idaho Elk Poaching Case

A Montana man entered a guilty plea before Fourth Judicial District Judge Patrick Owen in Boise County court Thursday, January 13.

Gary A. Parrett, 36, of Great Falls, Mont., was charged with taking two bull elk in a closed season, the wanton waste of two bull elk, and hunting elk without the proper tag. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of unlawful possession of two or more big game animals within a 12 month period. The remaining misdemeanor charges were dismissed.

Idaho Spring Turkey and Bear Applications Accepted Jan. 15th - Feb. 15th

The application period for spring turkey and black bear controlled hunts starts January 15, and runs through February 15.

Spring turkey and spring black bear seasons start April 15 - some controlled hunts open later. Leftover tags for spring turkey and bear controlled hunts go on sale April 1.

Idaho Elk Poachers Fined and Lose Hunting Privileges

Two California residents and a north Idaho man have pleaded guilty in a case of elk illegally killed over bait in Boundary County.

Idaho Fish and Game officers began working the suspected elk baiting case in December 2009. Suspects were observed setting out bait to attract elk, but they didn't kill any elk.

This year Fish and Game officers staked out the site again. The suspects returned.

Idaho Suspends Wolf Management Plan

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission, in a telephone conference call Wednesday, December 8, suspended Idaho's 2008-2012 species management plan for wolves.

The 2002 Idaho Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, approved by the Idaho Legislature and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, remains in effect as the foundation for wolf management in the state.

Idaho 2011 Licenses, Tags and Permits on Sale December 1st

The 2011 licenses, tags and permits go on sale at 12:01 a.m. MST, Wednesday, December 1, except for the nonresident Selway B elk tags which go on sale at 10 a.m. MST.

The sale of these popular tags is being delayed because many license vendors and Idaho Department of Fish and Game offices will not be open at midnight. By delaying the sale timing, hunters will have an equal opportunity to buy the tags.

Idaho Seeking Anonymous Poacher

Idaho Fish and Game is looking for information to assist with an on-going investigation.

On November 12, Fish and Game received an anonymous letter from "Poacher X" stating:

"Here is a picture of the nice buck I poached up in northern Idaho this year. & I plan to do all my Idaho hunting like this from now on. & I'll send a picture of my nice pronghorn next. Also my turkey." (Expletives deleted)

The return address said only "Poacher X" with a postmark from Everett, Wash.