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Fire closures rolled back as weather shifts

A large portion of the Middle Fork Elk Zone has reopened thanks to cooler temperatures and slower fire growth of the Highline and Goat Fires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area.

Youth waterfowl, pheasant hunts set to run Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Young hunters will soon have an early shot at waterfowl and pheasants, with Sept. 30-Oct. 1 marking the youth waterfowl weekend and Oct. 7-13 set for the youth pheasant hunt.

Hotline an ‘important link’ against poachers

Callers to CAP hotline, 1-800-632-5999, can report wildlife law violations anonymously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Cash rewards are available to callers who provide information leading to the citation of suspected wildlife law violators.

Wolf trapping class offered

Wolf trapper education classes are available and open for enrollment in Idaho Falls, Coeur d’Alene and McCall.

Check hunt area before heading out

IDFG will do its best to keep hunters informed about what fires are affecting early season hunts. What follows is general information on a large-scale basis; see idfg.idaho.gov/fire for more detailed info.

Attention upland bird hunters: Wing barrels are set

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.

Governor recognizes historic role of hunting and fishing

Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter this week recognized the 80th Anniversary of the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act signed into law in 1937.

Hunter ed course slated

A hunter education course has been scheduled Sept. 18-30 at the Grangeville Elks Lodge.

Mule deer survey closes Sept. 22

Fish and Game managers want to hear people’s opinions about mule deer hunting in Idaho, so they’re asking hunters to take an online survey and share their thoughts.

Fire closures and restrictions can limit access for hunters

Idaho’s early hunting seasons often coincide with fire season, and hunters should consider that when planning trips.

Enjoy Labor Day Weekend on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

Visitors will find plenty of places to camp, picnic, and play on the Nez Perce–Clearwater National Forests over Labor Day weekend.

Fire restrictions, area closures in effect this Labor Day recreation weekend

Visitors will find plenty of places to camp, picnic, and play on the Nez Perce–Clearwater National Forests this Labor Day weekend, but with fire risks still listed as “extreme” and multiple public safety closures in force due to ongoing wildfires, visitors are advised to contact Forest Service offices for the latest information before heading to the woods.

Third annual fishing, hunting expo coming up this week

Idaho Fish and Game is hosting the third annual two-day “Fish & Hunt Idaho Expo” Friday, Aug. 25, 2-7 p.m. at the Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club Shooting Range at 27007 Tom Beale Road near Lapwai and Saturday, Aug. 26, 8-4 p.m. at the Idaho Fish and Game regional office at 3316 16th street in Lewiston.

Board to meet Friday

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet Friday, Aug. 25 at Fish and Game’s Headquarters office, 600 S. Walnut in Boise.

Hunters plan for warm weather

Early season big game hunts have started and hunters are already in the field to take advantage of what looks to be another great season. But with daytime temperatures reaching the mid-90’s and the high risk for wildfires, Idaho Fish and Game encourages early season hunters to plan ahead and keep these weather-related precautions in mind.

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