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Hunting, fishing seasons continue through holidays

There's still time to bag that Christmas goose, game bird, or maybe a nice solstice-season steelhead. For hunters and anglers itching to get out during the holiday season, several opportunities are available.

Pheasant seasons in Areas 1 and 3 are open through Dec. 31. Forest grouse seasons are open through Jan. 31 in north Idaho's Area 1 and through Dec. 31 in the rest of the state. Seasons for bobwhite and California quail in Area 1 are open through Jan. 31, and chukar and gray partridge seasons are open statewide through Jan. 31 as well. In addition, turkey hunters can hunt either sex through Dec. 31 in Idaho’s Panhandle region and on private lands-only in much of the Clearwater region.

For upland game hunters, the cottontail season is open through Feb. 28, and snowshoe hare season through March 31. There is no season on pygmy rabbits.

It's also not too late to bag that Christmas goose, with Idaho waterfowl seasons open through the holidays into January. In parts of southern Idaho, the white-fronted goose season extends to Feb. 19 and the light goose (Snow and Ross' geese) season goes through March 10.  

For steelhead anglers, the fall season remains open through Dec. 31 in the Clearwater River and the North Fork, Middle Fork and South Fork Clearwater rivers where bag limits are two per day and six in possession, and in the Salmon, Little Salmon, Snake and Boise rivers where limits are three per day and nine in possession. The spring steelhead season starts Jan. 1 in these waters with limits of three per day and nine in possession. Fishing for other species is open year round in many other waters as well.

Idaho hunters and anglers must have 2016 licenses and appropriate permits through Dec. 31. On Jan. 1, they will need new 2017 licenses and permits. They are encouraged to review the current season and rule brochures available at Fish and Game license vendors and online at:

An adult may buy a license or tag for their minor child, but adult residents age 18 and over have to buy their own license because they need to show proof of residency. Gift certificates can be purchased and or redeemed for hunting and fishing licenses only at Fish and Game offices.

Junior licenses sell from $7.25 for hunting and $13.75 for fishing. An adult hunting license costs $12.75 and the adult fishing license costs $25.75.


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