Idaho Hunting News

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Takes Over Wolf Management in Idaho

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken over wolf management in Idaho and plans to open a 24-hour, toll-free line for calls related to endangered gray wolf management within Idaho.

The action comes in response to Idaho Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter's announcement that the state would no longer manage wolves as a designated agent under the Endangered Species Act.

13 Year Old Wins African Safari for NWTF Conservation Project

Cason Berg, 13, of Soda Springs, Idaho won the grand prize in the National Wild Turkey Federation's 2010 Dream Hunt Conservation Project, a contest created to involve youth in the conservation of America's natural resources.

For his hard work and dedication, Cason won an all-expenses-paid, chaperoned hunting trip to Namibia, Africa, sponsored by Flies and Fletching, Outdoor Pursuits Worldwide and Ekuja Hunting Safaris.

Idaho Incentive Program to Increase CWD Sampling

Collecting Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) samples is really nothing new for the staff of the Upper Snake Region. For over six years they have been sampling wild ungulates to check if the disease has spread to Idaho. This year a little honey has been added to sweeten the pot, so hunters will be more likely to have harvested animals checked out.

While IDFG will continue to collect CWD samples at check stations across the Upper Snake Region and at certain taxidermists and meat processing plants, a new option and incentive program is being tried out.

Idaho Submits Wolf Kill Proposal

Idaho Fish and Game has submitted a proposal to kill at least 40 to 50 wolves in the Lolo elk management zone in northern Idaho.

Fish and Game is seeking authority from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act to reduce wolf numbers in response to their effects on elk herds in the Lolo zone.

Idaho F&G Explains Decision Regarding Wolves

Wildlife managers and biologists agree that the wolf population in Idaho recovered years ago, and that wolf numbers now need to be controlled to reduce conflicts with people and wildlife.

The recent court decision bypassed science and put Idaho wolves back under the protection of the Endangered Species Act based on a legal technicality. Now we must deal with a difficult situation.

Idaho Commission Wants Lead in Wolf Management

Idaho should remain in the lead role in managing wolves despite their return to endangered species status, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission decided Monday, August 16.

But commissioners want a new agreement with the federal government for lead management to include some changes to restrict the use of license dollars from being used on wolf management and to reflect state priorities better.

Idaho Wolves Returned to Endangered Species List

We are very disappointed by District Judge Donald Molloy's ruling, returning gray wolves to endangered species protection.

"This is a major setback for responsible wildlife management in Idaho. We have demonstrated our ability to conduct a hunting season in an orderly fashion," Idaho Fish and Game Commission Chairman Dr. Wayne Wright. "It's a shame when legal twists can trump wildlife management. This is not how the Endangered Species Act should work."

Idaho Offers One More Chance to Finish Hunters Ed Before Season Begins

Hunter Education courses in Idaho are taught primarily by volunteer instructors who themselves like to hunt. This means that as the hunting season approaches, the chances of finding a Hunter Ed class become more difficult. Fortunately, a couple of options still exist for those who want to get out and hunt for the first time. The Upper Snake Region is offering two field day classes on Saturday, August 28, 2010 for those who will have completed either the on-line course or the workbook option.

Idaho Early Elk Hunts Begin in August

Some early elk hunts open August 1, most of them antlerless "green-field" hunts.

The early "green-field" hunts in seven elk management zones - Palouse, Weiser, Lemhi, Beaverhead, Pioneer, Snake River and Owyhee-South Hills zones - are meant to help landowners reduce crop damage.

Early archery hunts also start August 1 in the Snake River elk zone, and controlled green-field hunts also open in the Dworshak and Hells Canyon zones.

Idaho Controlled Hunt Draw Results Available Online Now

Hunters who applied for elk, deer, pronghorn, fall turkey and black bear controlled hunts can now find the results online.

Applicants can enter their hunting license number online to find out instantly how they did in the drawing.