Idaho Department of Fish and Game is gathering opinions from hunters about possibly changing controlled-hunt drawing odds and increasing the number of big-game tags offered through auction.
Deer hunters are gearing up for opening day of rifle season across much of Idaho, as deer numbers are up and opportunity is high. Idaho Fish and Game has a lot of reasons to be optimistic for a very good season.
Cottonwood Gun Club will host its annual Fall Night Shoot, a six-week trapshooting event that begins Oct. 14, with a practice night on Oct. 7.
“Every McAdow boy, when he graduates hunters ed, gets a complete custom-built rifle to his specifications,” Tom McAdow said last week. “Mine’s a Mauser 25-06.”
Cooler weather and precipitation, including snowstorms in the central Idaho mountains, have slowed fire activity and allowed land agencies to lift some restrictions, and the Forest Service expects to lift more by the weekend.
Saturday, Sept. 19 marks the opening day for Idaho’s chukar, quail and gray partridge hunting seasons. Hunters need only have a valid 2015 hunting license to hunt chukar, quail and gray partridge.
The following agencies jointly announced fire restrictions are being lifted effective Sept. 10, except on land managed by IDFG: BLM, Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protective Association (CPTPA), Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), Nez Perce Tribe Fire Management, Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service (Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Nez Perce-Clearwater, Payette, and Wallowa-Whitman).
Two mule deer does were found Sunday morning, Sept. 6, shot and left on the top of the Doumecq Grade.
In January 2014, in response to a lawsuit brought by EarthJustice on behalf of four other pro-wolf groups, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) abruptly pulled a wolf trapper from the wilderness. Last week, EarthJustice released a letter it received on Aug. 5, in which the U.S. Forest Service said Idaho Department of Fish and Game had informed the federal agency IDFG “does not intend to conduct any wolf control actions” in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness during the coming winter.
Sale of 142 controlled hunt tags for hunts that begin in mid-August will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at 10 a.m. MT, Aug. 11 at Fish and Game offices, license vendors and online at fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Because of a computer malfunction, Idaho Fish and Game delayed sales of its early season, unclaimed controlled hunt tags that went on sale Aug. 6 on a first-come, first served basis.
The second area National Rifle Association Women On Target instructional shooting clinic is now taking sign-ups.
Although fewer coho are expected to return than last year, Idaho Fish and Game and the Nez Perce Tribe are expecting enough to provide a tribal and non-tribal sport fishery proposed to start Sept. 1.
Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted a fall chinook salmon fishing season to open Sept. 1 on parts of the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers, and Idaho could see its second-ever sport fishing season for coho salmon on Sept. 1 pending commission approval Aug. 11 in Idaho Falls.
Idaho Fish and Game is offering a discount for big game hunters who want more hunting opportunity. Through August only, resident and nonresident hunters can buy remaining nonresident tags as second tags for discounted prices of $199 for deer and $350 for elk. The price does not include the $1.75 vendor fee.