Hunting Blog

  • 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 than 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.

  • 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 from satellites and forest emergency closures.
  • 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.

  • Nice Shot.

    I was just going for a drive and spotted these elk on the hill side outside Garden Valley. Out of season so I shot them with my camera...

    - Neal Bernklau

  • Peak Mountain Goat Hunt.

    6 1/2 year old billy shot near Deep Creek Trail in Hells Canyon. Unit 22. 

    - Darwin DeCroo

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.