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§ Light Goose Season, Part 2, Opens this Month
§ Turkey, Upland Game Rules Book Coming This Month
§ Super Hunt 2012 Entries on Sale Now
§ Commission Conference Calls Have Started
§ Fish and Game Seeks Angler Opinions
§ Ask Fish and Game: Hunter Reports
Light Goose Season, Part 2, Opens this Month
The second part of the hunting season reopens on blue, Ross’s and snow geese on February 18 and runs through March 10 in the southwestern and south-central parts of the state.
Only Areas 2 and 3 are open. The daily bag limit is 10 geese, and the possession limit is 20.
Area 2 includes Ada, Boise, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, and Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls and Washington counties. ExceptFort Boise and Payette River wildlife management areas and that portion of the Roswell Marsh Wildlife Habitat Area south of State Highway 18, and the Snake River Islands Unit of the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in the Southwest Region will be closed during the spring light goose season.
Area 3 includes that portion of the Upper Snake Region within Bingham County in Game Management Unit 63 south of Highway 20 and west of the west bank of the Snake River, and that portion of the Southeast Region within Bingham and Power counties in units 68 and 68A west of the west bank of the Snake River and American Falls Reservoir bluff. (See red area on map on page 7 of the Waterfowl Seasons and rules brochure.)
Light goose season is closed in Area 1, which includes all parts of the state not included in Areas 2 and 3.
For more details, visithttp://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/docs/rules/waterfowlGoose.pdf.
To hunt waterfowl, hunters must have a 2012 Idaho hunting license and a federal Migratory Game Bird Harvest Information Program Validation. In addition, all hunters 16 and older must have a federal Migratory Bird Stamp.
Only nontoxic shot may be used. For a list of approved shot go to: http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/CurrentBirdIssues/nontoxic.htm.
Turkey, Upland Game Rules Book Coming This Month
The new upland game, turkey and furbearer seasons and rules books are going to be available in late February.
The 2012-2013 & 2013-2014 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey seasons and rules brochures include some changes that affect some spring turkey controlled hunts.
The spring turkey controlled hunt application period began February 1, and information for spring 2012 hunts is available from Fish and Game offices, license vendors and the Fish and Game website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=67.
The new upland game, turkey and furbearer rules include several changes to turkey seasons.
In the Southeast Region, general fall turkey seasons in units 73, 74, 75, 77 and 78 have been replaced with a controlled hunt with 150 permits. In addition, permit numbers were reduced in Unit 71:
· Spring controlled hunts 9015 and 9016 were each reduced to 50 permits, from 75.
· Fall controlled hunts 9021 and 9022 were each reduced to 75 permits, from 100.
And the season in hunt 9021 was shortened by a month to run from September 15 to November 30. The season had been from September 15 to December 31.
General fall turkey seasons in units 22, 23, 24, 31, 32 and 32A in the Southwest Region have been replaced with two controlled hunts: One in units 22, 32 and 32 A with 125 permits, and one in Unit 30 with 20 permits.
The application period forspring turkey controlled hunts began February 1 and will run through March 1. The application fee is $6.25 per person for residents and $14.75 for nonresidents.
Hunters may apply for controlled hunts at any hunting and fishing license vendor, Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling 1-800-55HUNT5 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-55HUNT5 end_of_the_skype_highlighting; or online athttp://fishandgame.idaho.gov. An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications.
If drawn, a hunter must also purchase a turkey controlled hunt permit and turkey tag. Hunters must have a valid 2012 Idaho hunting license to apply.
Other upland game changes:
· Increased the possession limit for upland birds and game species to three times the daily limit, up from twice the limit.
· Returned the opening day of the chukar, gray partridge and quail seasons to the third Saturday in September. This year that would fall on September 15 and run through January 31, 2013.
· Increased the daily bag limit to eight each for chukar, gray partridge and quail.
· Returned the opening day for the cottontail and snowshoe hare seasons to August 30 statewide to match forest grouse seasons.
Changes in furbearer seasons and rules include:
o Increase the otter quota to 30, from 15.
o Extend the otter season 15 days to March 31 to match the beaver season.
o Increase the otter quota to 20, from 15.
o Convert beaver control trapping permits 201 and 202 to a general season.
o Increase the otter quota to 15 from five.
· Magic Valley:
o Open the Lime Creek drainage and Basalt Creek in Camas County and Clover Creek in Gooding County to beaver trapping.
Super Hunt 2012 Entries on Sale Now
Why get just one, when you can have as many as you want – Super Hunt entries that is.
With every entry in Fish and Game’s Super Hunt drawings, hunters get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime, and their entry fee helps support hunter and angler access to and across private lands.
Super Hunt is a fund-raising drawing for 40 big game tags. The tags are handed out to winners in two drawings. Entries are drawn for elk, deer, and pronghorn and moose tags. Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose. That includes general hunts and controlled hunts.
Entries in this year’s first Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo drawing must be received at the Fish and Game headquarters by May 31, with the drawing set for June 15.
Even hunters who don’t draw a tag win – the proceeds from the drawing go to Fish and Game’s Access Yes! program, which compensates willing landowners for providing access to or across private lands to hunters and anglers.
The first drawing in June will be for eight elk, eight deer, and eight pronghorn hunts as well as one moose hunt; one “Super Hunt Combo” entry also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunt for one each elk, deer, pronghorn, and moose.
A second drawing will be in mid-August when another “Super Hunt Combo” and entries for two elk, two deer, and two pronghorn hunts along with one moose hunt will be drawn. The entry period for the second drawing is June 1 through August 10.
Hunters can take an animal or animals on their Super Huntor Super Hunt Combo tags in addition to any general season or controlled hunt tags they also hold. All other rules of individual hunts apply.
The special drawings began in 2004 as a way to raise money for the Access Yes! program, which helps assure hunter and angler access to and across private lands by compensating willing landowners.
The first entry for a species costs $6; additional entries for the same species cost $4 each when purchased at the same time. Super Hunt Combo entries cost $20 for one; additional entries are $16 when purchased at the same time. Entries are available at license vendors, all Fish and Game offices, or they can be ordered on the Internet athttp://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/superhunt/, and by phone at 800-554-8685 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 800-554-8685 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
There is no limit to the number of entries.
Fill out the entry order forms and mail them to: Idaho Fish and Game License Section, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707.
Check out the Super Hunt Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/pages/SuperHunt-Idaho/171792339534643.
Commission Conference Calls Have Started
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet via telephone conference call at 8 a.m., each Thursday until the end of the 2012 legislative session.
Commissioners will discuss legislation of interest to Fish and Game.
The calls are open public meetings and will be held at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game office, 600 S. Walnut Street, Boise.
Individuals with disabilities may request meeting accommodations by contacting the Director’s office at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game directly at 208‑334‑5159 or through the Idaho Relay Service at 800‑377‑2529 (TDD).
Fish and Game Seeks Angler Opinions
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game wants to hear from anglers on a variety of issues important for the future of fishing in the state.
Anglers are encouraged to attend one of several upcoming meetings to provide their opinions and suggestions on three main topics: Development of the 2013-2018 Fish Management Plan, potential fishing rule changes for the 2013-2014 seasons, and the 2012 Chinook salmon season and limits.
The meeting locations and dates will be:
· Orofino: February 16, Fish and Game Clearwater Hatchery, 118 Hatchery Roe Drive, located northwest of Ahsahka Bridge.
· Lewiston: February 21, Idaho Fish and Game office, 3316 16th St.
· Kooskia: February 22, Kooskia Community Center, 26 Main St.
· Riggins: February 23 (6 p.m. Mountain Time), Best Western Salmon Rapids Lodge, 1010 S. Main St.
· Grangeville: February 28, Super 8 Motel, 801 W South 1st St.
· Moscow: February 29, Fairground Exhibit Building, 1021 Harold St.
Each meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a presentation and will continue until all angler comments are addressed. In the past, these meetings have lasted two hours.
Fish and Game wants to know how anglers would like their fisheries to be managed, and whether anglers think Fish and Game needs to make major changes in their management strategies or whether anglers support current management.
Angler comments from these meetings will help in the development of the next Fish Management Plan, which will span from 2013 to 2018.
Fish and Game also would like to know any potential rule changes anglers would like to see in the 2013-2014 fishing rules. Some of the issues that Fish and Game is aware of include limit changes on some of the Clearwater Region's streams and potential changes for the Clearwater River catch-and-release steelhead season.
Local fishery personnel will also discuss Chinook salmon management strategies used in the past and new ideas that could be used in the future to provide a more desirable fishery.
All opinions and suggestions regarding these issues are welcome.
Anyone unable to attend a meeting may provide their comments by contacting regional fishery personnel at 208-799-5010 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 208-799-5010 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or send their written comments to Fishing Rules, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, 3316 16th St., Lewiston, ID, 83501, or by e-mail to Clearwater Fisheries Manager Joe DuPont firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. I forgot to turn in my harvest report, is it too late?
A. No, it’s not too late. The information is important. Fish and Game staff relies on hunter reports to help make hunting season recommendations in time for the Fish and Game Commission’s March meeting, at which big game seasons and limits are set. All deer, elk and pronghorn hunters must complete and submit a report for each tag issued within 10 days of harvest or within 10 days of the close of the season for which their tag was valid. Hunter reports can be submitted online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/harvest_report/. Hunters need to have their tag numbers or hunting license numbers to report 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 pronghorns in inches. They can also be submitted by telephone at: 1-877-268-9365 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-877-268-9365 end_of_the_skype_highlighting to file reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For questions or problems entering a hunter report please call the Fish and Game Wildlife Bureau at 208-334-2920 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 208-334-2920 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.