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Do fire closures leave you hunting for a spot to hunt?

This summer's fires continue to burn and as the hunting season gets underway there are still fifteen active fire area closures in Idaho.  This leaves substantial portions of our State... areas bigger some US States... closed to access.

In order to assist sportsmen, we are compiling the latest fire activity and closures from  InciWeb and making them available as real-time maps and downloads on our website.

 

Interactive Closure Maps Online

To view closures in real-time on-line we have added fire closures and fire activity to two applications:

We've recently added fly-out information to each closure with links to the full closure order on InciWeb (see screenshot).

New Fire Perimeter Layer in the Huntplanner Map Center

We've added an additional overlay of active fire perimeters to the Map Center.  This layer by the GeoMac Wildland Fire Support Team is from infared flight photography, and is not available for all the fires in Idaho.  These perimeters are finer detail than the MODIS satellite imagery updated every two hours.

 

In Your GPS and Offline

Download the closure layer as a Google Earth(KMZ) or Shapefile(SHP) for offline viewing.  If your GPS unit requires GPX, there's a conversion utility to transfer KMZ to GPX.

This layer was digitized by individual USFS Fire Incident Teams and Idaho Fish and Wildlife Information System Team at IDFG. We will be updating this layer regularly through the hunting season.

 

Inciweb Idaho Fire Information and Closures

Full text descriptions of all fire closures in Idaho are available on Inciweb.

 

For more maps and information about Idaho's hunt boundaries visit the Idaho Huntplanner, Huntplanner Map Index and the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Information System Open Data Downloads.

View hunt boundaries with real-time fire information and closures. Know before you go!

View Controlled Hunt Boundaries, Game Management Units and Elk Zones with real-time fire information.

IDFG Fire Map displays real-time fire detections from MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) updated every two hours nation-wide.

Fire Detections include:

 
 Active in the last 12 hours
 
 Active in the last 24 hours
 
Cumulative Detections for 2012

 

NEW Recently Added in Version 2!

IDFG Fire Map now includes the most recent Fire Emergency Closures from InciWeb digitized by the Boise National Forest and Salmon-Challis National Forest. Emergency Closures are included for the three major incidents at Trinity Ridge, Halstead and the Mustang Complex.

Enhancements have also been made to provide an improved experience for mobile and touch screens.

 

Make it your own

This application is constructed by "mashing up" publicly-available data sources from the U.S. Forest Service, IDFG's Idaho Fish and Wildife Information System, Open Street Maps and Google Maps.

The Whole Mountain Came Alive...

Before sun-up opening morning of the 2009 rifle elk season it was 15 degrees in Unit 4.  My son and daughter in law, Jordan and Courtney, and I hiked 45 minutes to a clearing that we'd seen elk before. While I waited there for shooting light, Jordan & Courtney decided to backtrack a little bit and head down a well-used game trail & sit overlooking a smaller clearing near the bottom of the drainage. A few minutes went by and the magic time had arrived. All of a sudden a shot from above on the ridge road rung out and the whole mountain side came alive. A herd of elk came crashing down toward me. As I waited to see what or where they came out, I caught glimpses of several cows and a spike bull weaving through the trees on the far hillside, heading just below where I was positioned.  It didn't take long until those same elk single filed right below me at about 125 yards. As I waited for the spike bull to show itself, I suddenly saw a 6X5 instead. Understandably I didn't have time to even ask to myself where he'd come from before I pulled the trigger and down he went. What an awesome hunt. With the help of my kids we had him skinned out, quartered and packed out back to camp by early afternoon!   - Troy Hess

Surprise!

It was the second day of cow season and my dad had already shot his elk so we were trying to get mine. My dad's friend Nick told us to walk this one trail that was really steep. We got about 45 mintutes in when my dad had to use the "outhouse," so I was sitting there waiting when I saw two cows. I didn't say anything to my dad cause I thought it would be funny. I was aiming gettting ready to shoot when I just happened to look over and I saw his huge swaying rack. I repositioned myself and just let it rip. The next thing I know my dad is freaking out and well you can see the picture for the rest. But let me tell you one thing, I had only taken one animal before and that was a deer. This was huge for me. When we got phone service I called everyone on my contact list... Idaho is just the best. No questions asked! - Joshua Hutchinson

My first buck!

My first buck! I was really lucky to draw a late buck tag for unit 48 in 2011. The bucks were rutting hard and the conditions were perfect. Using the natural contour of the land I was able to stay out of sight and out of the wind to sneak up to 25 yards. He was with 12-13 does and two other bucks. This was the most exciting hunt of my life! Thanks Fish and Game for preserving our wildlife so that hunters like me can enjoy the great state of Idaho!
- Matt Sloan

What a great feeling.

I have hunted with my best friend and hunting partner Robert Moore for the past 15 yrs. The more hiking we do, the more exploring we do, the more game we seem to find! You're only limited by your own physical ability. Ditch the ATV's and hike the wilderness Idaho has to provide. You will see more game! Climb of 2600 feet up to 9800 feet in Unit 50. What a great feeling.
- Tom Matus

Comments Sought on Upland Game, Furbearer Seasons

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking public comments on proposed changes to the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 upland game and furbearer seasons. 

Interested hunters are encouraged to attend one of the regional open house meetings. So far three meetings have been set. Others will be announced as they are arranged.

  • Clearwater Region: 208-799-5010
    • Wednesday, December 21 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clearwater Region office, 3316 16th Street in Lewiston. 
  • Southwest Region: Nampa – 208-465-8465
    • Wednesday, January 4 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Southwest Region office, 3101 S. Powerline Road, Nampa.
  • Upper Snake Region: 208-525-7290
    • Wednesday, January 4 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Upper Snake Region office, 4279 Commerce Circle, Idaho Falls.

 

Some ideas that will be considered include:

  • Moving upland game bird seasons to the third Saturday in September.
  • Increasing the chukar/gray partridge bag limit back up to 8 each.
  • Increasing possession limits to three times the daily bag limit.
  • Reductions in fall turkey hunting in the Southeast and Southwest regions.
  • Increasing otter quotas in the Panhandle, Clearwater and Southeast regions.
  • A few changes to areas open or closed to beaver trapping in the Clearwater and Magic Valley Regions.

Anyone unable to attend the open house may submit comments online, by mail to Upland Game Comments, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID 83707, or by contacting regional wildlife managers.

To comment on upland game proposals go to: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/portal/form/uplandsurvey.

To comment on furbearer proposals go to: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/portal/form/furbearersurvey.

The deadline for submitting comments is January 6.

All written comments will be summarized and presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission for consideration before seasons are set.

Applications open for Extra Antlerless Deer Hunts!

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will be offering two extra antlerless deer controlled hunt opportunities during December in a portion of Unit 45 near the area of the Blair Fire.

The hunts have been established to reduce herd numbers prior to winter to help ease pressure on remaining habitat, minimize deer collisions on nearby roadways, and alleviate some depredations on private croplands. 

The first controlled hunt will occur December 1 - 14, while the second will occur December 20-31. Both hunts will have 250 tags for antlerless deer only. These tags represent an extra deer hunting opportunity; hunters who already hunted or harvested this fall are eligible to apply for these hunts. 

Interested hunters will need to apply by November 18 at any Fish and Game license vendor, by calling 1-800-55HUNT5, or on the Internet at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.

For more information, please contact Idaho Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Regional Office at 324-4359.