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IDFG seeks public help with poaching case

Nearly all of a large bull elk shot and tagged on opening day in Unit 14 was left to rot off Slate Creek in what Idaho Fish and Game district conservation officer George Fischer called an unusual case.

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Idaho looks to book coho records

If you’re fishing in the Clearwater River for coho salmon, or catch one while you’re steelhead or chinook fishing, the IDFG offers this hint: The state catch-and-release record is wide open because this is the first coho fishing season since the catch-and-release records started in 2016.

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Steelhead harvest season opened Sunday, Oct. 15

Harvest season for adipose-clipped hatchery steelhead opened Sunday, Oct. 15 on the Snake, Salmon and Clearwater rivers.

IDFG says non-resident deer, elk tags may sell out this month

Big Game Outlook

Idaho big game hunters have been on a roll in recent years with a top-10, all-time deer harvest in 2016, an all-time record whitetail harvest in 2015, and a top-five, all-time elk harvest in 2015.

Poaching case gets first convictions

The first four of eleven defendants named in an Adams County wildlife poaching conspiracy case have recently been found guilty or pleaded guilty to charges against them.

Camp free during National Public Lands Day, Sept. 30

Forest visitors can enjoy a free stay at campgrounds on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests during National Public Lands Day, which takes place on Sept. 30.

Sockeye run fared “better than expected”

In a challenging year for salmon and steelhead returns, Idaho's most endangered salmon fared a little better than expected with 157 of them trapped in the Sawtooth Basin this summer.

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.

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