Panhandle

Commission extends big game tag auction comment period

Idaho Fish and Game commissioners on Thursday 2/4, postponed a decision to offer big-game tags for auction until their March 9-11 meeting in Boise to allow more time for the public to comment on the proposal.

The extended comment period will close March 4th.

The comment period has reopened.
  1. Auction tag proposal document [PDF 92kb]
  2. Decision postponed, auction tag press release ( 2/4/16 )
  3. Original auction tag press release ( 1/29/16 )
  4. Comment on the proposal

Connors bull moose

My 11 yr old Connor tried drawing for unit 6 bull moose for his first time ever. He not only was lucky enough to draw, but he was able to do it with his dad and grandfather present.

Be Careful Ice Fishing - January 2016

I recently observed pictures on social media of anglers ice fishing on Lake Lowell near Nampa. Anglers and other recreationists going out on the ice on lower elevation lakes, reservoirs and ponds need to be very careful and be prepared with safety equipment. Have 20'+ of rope, never go alone and maintain distance between yourself and other anglers. If someone falls through the ice - don't rush to the hole. Remain calm and assess your situation before moving. Before attempting a rescue - call for assistance. Spread your weight out on the ice by laying down or rolling to the bank or a safe distance from the hole.  Use a long stick, ladder or rope to assist anyone who's fallen through the ice to get back on top. If you've fallen through the ice, put both arms on the ice and kick like you are swimming. It is much easier to get back on the ice by kicking and pulling yourself forward with the help from a buddy holding a long stick or rope.

As temperatures start to warm, the edges of the ice can become unsafe. Pay attention to your surrounds because conditions can change rapidly.

Learn more about ice fishing in Idaho.

North Idaho First Ice Frenzy

These two seniors at Post Falls High school spent their entire winter break waiting for the first ice to form on area lakes and scored big when it came on with 18 flags and 5 northern pike, 6, 7, 8, 9 lb. fish which made for excellent winter table fare. Congrats Gentlemen and good luck the rest of the season!

Rebecca's crazy buck

Rebecca and I spent the afternoon sitting and watching the edges of a overgrown field. Despite the chilly breeze, the warm sunshine made rebecca drowsy. Suddenly a doe with a fine buck in tow, burst into view. The drowsy girl was instantly transformed into an alert huntress. One seventy yard shot from her Remington .243, dropped the buck. That was a wonderful evening for Father and Daughter.