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F&G sets moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat hunting rules



Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Jan. 26 adopted new rules for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat for the 2017-18 hunting seasons, including some changes listed below.

Bighorn Sheep

There will be 99 bighorn sheep tags available each year in 2017-18, which is a statewide net increase of six Rocky Mountain bighorn ram tags and a net increase of two California bighorn ram tags from 2015-16. 

Among other changes, Units 13 and 18 were added to Hunt Area 11.

Moose

There will be 805 moose tags available each year in 2017-18, which is a statewide net reduction of 45 antlered moose tags and 23 antlerless moose tags from 2015-16. 

The lower count includes reduction of 45 antlered moose tags among six different hunts in Unit 1. There’s a reduction of 20 antlerless tags in Unit 2, down from 40 tags which were offered to reduce the moose population and improve public safety (vehicle collisions) and homeowner complaints. Reduction was accomplished, so tags were decreased. 

Two more antlered and two more antlerless archery-only tags are offered in Unit 68A to address increasing moose population and human/traffic conflicts with moose in American Falls and Blackfoot and increase public safety on Interstates 15 and 86. An antlerless hunt in Unit 75 (five tags) was eliminated in response to low and declining harvest success and field observations suggesting a population decline.

Mountain Goats

With 50 mountain goat tags available each year in 2017-18, there’s no change from 2015-16.



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