As of Wednesday, November 15, 2017
With most big game hunting seasons winding down, Idaho Fish and Game reminds hunters who purchased a 2017 deer, elk, or pronghorn tag to report the results of their big game hunts as soon as possible.
Hunters can file their reports through the Fish and Game website which is online at idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/report or call 1-877-268-9365 and speak to a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Hunters are required to file a report for each tag they purchased whether they went hunting or not. Reporting is required either 10 days after a deer, elk or pronghorn is harvested, or ten days following the end of the season for which a tag is valid.
To file reports, hunters need to know their tag number or hunting license number, the number of days they hunted, the game management units they hunted in, the date they harvested, and the number of antler points on the animal they harvested, or the length of the horns for pronghorn in inches.
With some hunts continuing through the end of December, reminders will be sent in the coming weeks to prompt late season hunters to file their reports when their hunts are over.
Promptly received hunting and harvest data provides Fish and Game a more complete picture of game populations to base decisions for next year's season.
Without this timely information, managers are forced to be more conservative when making future hunting opportunities available. In addition, hunters like having harvest estimates well before the application period for fall controlled hunts.
If Fish and Game receives hunter reports early, wildlife managers are able to complete the harvest estimates sooner so hunters can plan their hunting trips next fall.