With many upland game bird seasons opening soon, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking hunters to donate a fully feathered wing for each bird they harvest. Because juvenile and adult birds molt their wing feathers differently, biologists can use this information to estimate chick production.
Forest grouse season has opened and soon to follow are many other favorites including quail, chukar, gray partridge, pheasant, and turkey. Wing barrels have made a comeback on the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area, and IDFG is seeking bird hunters’ help to learn more about the area’s upland bird populations.
If you see one of these barrels, deposit one wing and a completed data card into the barrel. Wings allow us to sex and age the birds and hunter participation helps form location, access and sportsman presence data that will be used to help IDFG improve management efforts.