When overlaying the land management layer in the Map Center, large southern sections of Units 56, 57 & 73A have lands listed as Dept of Interior and either Dept of Agriculture or Dept of Reclamation (the shade of blue is very similar). Can you tell me what those lands are, because they do not show up as public in other applications.
Since we first launched the Huntplanner in 2003 we've received a lot of feedback from hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. Along with your bouquets and brickbats, we receive many great ideas to improve the Huntplanner Map Center.
In this release, our third complete re-write of the Huntplanner Map Center, we've focused on adding the most requested features from your letters:
- Improved display and interactivity on mobile phones and tablets
- Transparency sliders to toggle the opacity of layers
- Create PDF maps for printing and sharing
- Tools to draw on the map and add notes
- Placename and coordinate search
- Measuring tools for distance and area
- More basemap options
- Controlled Hunt overlays by Species
- Areas closed to Hunting
- Geolocation to show your location on the map
We've added all these new features while retaining the existing functionality.
We recognize this is a new product. There will be bugs to work out and adjustments. While we're smoothing the rough edges, the classic Map Center will remain available. We've already received some great feedback from hunters that has helped us improve the new Map Center. If you have ideas or suggestions to make the Map Center better, please let us know!
I can't tell from the small maps in the regulation book where exactly the boundaries lie. Where can I get a better map?
Looking for a great place to fish, hunt, or watch wildlife? Check out one of Idaho's 32 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). Each WMA has been set aside to protect wildlife habitat and provide the public access for fish and wildlife related recreation. Maps specific to each WMA have been revised and are available on the IDFG WMA webpage http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wma/. Here you will also find information on how to get to the WMA and what kind of wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing and other activities are unique to each WMA.
Also, check out the new WMA viewer app http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/maps/wma/. This map application allows you to interactively discover WMAs near you and explore the land within each WMA. It also provides all of the same information as the IDFG WMA webpage, just click on one of the WMAs on the map and an information box will appear.
This year we have added two new features to the Huntplanner to enable you to better scout for your next hunt. Google Earth (KMZ) files are now available for each hunt area let you better explore the terrain online and in your GPS. Photographs, campgrounds and trails information help you better understand the landscape and access.
Fires burning in Idaho's backcountry have raised concerns about public safety and hunter access, and some roads and trails have been closed. In order to view the impact of fires with hunt areas, IDFG has made fire activity and closures available in two mapping applications, the Idaho Huntplanner MapCenter and the IDFG Fire Map. For your GPS Unit the fire closure layer and the hunt areas are available as KMZ downloads.
Idaho Fish and Game does not recommend closing hunts or altering season dates in response to fire restrictions. Most fires are not large enough to affect an entire hunt unit. Hunters affected by a fire closure can adjust their schedule to hunt later in the season or exchange general tags to hunt in a different area. But tags must be exchanged before the season begins.
Hunters with controlled hunt tags may exchange them for general season tags before the controlled hunt begins. But controlled hunt fees would not be refunded. Fish and Game will consider requests for rain checks or refunds in the event that access to a hunting unit is blocked by fire. Hunters requesting a rain check will be required to submit their tags and permits with a letter describing the conditions of their request. Rain checks would be evaluated case-by-case at the end of the hunting season. Rain checks will be valid in 2013 and offered only for the same species and hunt area as the hunter held in 2012. Written requests should be sent to the license section at Fish and Game, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID 83707 when the season is over.
Hunters and anglers, and anyone else heading into the backcountry, are advised to check with Forest Service ranger district offices or county sheriffs' offices before heading out.
Photo Credit: Group Torching on McGuire Complex by Shawn Pearson
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.