As of Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Every year, Outdoor Life Magazine acknowledges individuals, non-profits, corporations and government agencies with their “Open Country” awards. This year, Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Access Yes! Program won the agency award.
Access Yes! provides payment to private landowners willing to open their ground to public hunting and fishing access. In 2013, Access Yes! provided access to nearly 320,000 acres of private land and an additional 485,000 acres of public land.
Hunt results coming due
Fish and Game is busy analyzing harvest information received from hunters filing timely reports for 2014. So far this year, hunters have completed 104,670 reports; 41 percent of the reports are complete.
The earlier wildlife managers receive hunter data, the sooner they are able to complete harvest estimates. The sooner those estimates are completed, the earlier hunters can use that data to plan for next fall.