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Bridge repair near C.J. Strike Reservoir

April 24, 2014 - 12:10pm -- idfg-bstuder

Here's some information that sportsmen interested in C.J. Strike Dam should know. The bridge below the dam is going to be closed for rennovations through July 31, 2014. Please consider alternate routes.

C.J. Strike Dam is a popular location for fishing and this closed bridge is near several popular Fish and Game access points. This location is along the Snake River upstream from Grandview, Idaho. 

Learn more about the closure in this Mountain Home News article about the closure

The wooden bridge near CJ Strike Dam. Photo from Flickr, Don Burr by CC Attribution

Volunteering for habitat [Article and Photos]

April 14, 2014 - 9:20am -- idfg-bstuder

Idahoans care about their wildlife. It's always uplifting to me to see a group of volunteers taking time to show their appreciation and volunteer at events such as sagebrush and bitterbrush planting to restore wildlife habitat.

Volunteers recently planted over the Minidoka complex fire at Big Cottonwood Wildlife Management Area. The Times-News story and photo gallery are now online.

Interested in volunteering? You can also learn more about the history of volunteers in Idaho Fish and Game's 75th celebration page.

Planting Game Habitat at Big Cottonwood
VIRGINIA HUTCHINS • TIMES-NEWS Mark Fleming, regional wildlife habitat manager, gives instructions to volunteers who will help the Idaho Department of Fish and Game plant sagebrush and bitterbrush seedlings in burned areas of the Big Cottonwood Wildlife Management Area on April 5, 2014.

Photo used by permission.


How do sportsmen's dollars fund conservation?

April 6, 2014 - 4:47pm -- idfg-bstuder

Sportsmen's dollars are a primary driver to much of wildlife conservation efforts.

Learn more about how funding is acquired and distributed in the Spokesman-Review's outdoor article "Wildlife dividend: Guns, ammo have direct connection to conservation."


Idaho Fish and Game also recently posted an article about sportsman funding conservation in a previously posted story during our 75th Celebration of the 1938 initiative: Sportsmen Willingly Assume the Burden of Conservation

Senator Key Pittman of Nevada, co-principal sponsor of Pittman-Robertson Act

Wildlife detection systems showing signs for safety

March 31, 2014 - 5:27pm -- idfg-bstuder

Wildlife-vehicle collisions are a common occurrence in Idaho. The folks in Boundary County have taken some initiative to help reduce the danger from them.

Elk along highway



Across the state, you can report road-killed animals to Idaho Fish and Game. We use the data to analyze problem areas for vehicle-wildlife collisions and work with groups such as in Boundary County. You can report wildlife collisions, or even salvage some species by starting here.


Into the wolf den: Monitoring pup survival

March 5, 2014 - 11:00am -- idfg-bstuder

Managing wolves is complicated. It requires a good understanding of their biology. That includes understanding wolf cub survival rates. Since the 1938 initiative, Idaho Fish and Game's biologists continue to try new methods to gain more knowledge and understanding of Idaho's wildlife to preserve, protect, and manage Idaho's wildlife resources.

The following Spokesman Review article tells about Lacy Robinson's recent ground breaking research for monitoring wolf pups. Read more at

Collared wolf pup, (c) Lacy Robinson, Idaho Fish and Game

Want to know more? This video documents the new method of monitoring wolf pups.
Note: There is footage of a minor surgery that some users might find upsetting.



State record fish caught... again!

March 4, 2014 - 10:47pm -- idfg-bstuder

Another weekend of ice fishing on Cascade and another state record yellow perch.  How can you go 38 years without breaking the record and then break the state record three times in three weeks?

Read more about this record-breaking catch: *


*Note: Idaho Fish and Game has confirmed that this indeed did break the state record set last week. Review all state of Idaho record fish here. And, apparently if you're headed to Cascade lake, you can find the instructions for recording a state record fish.

Birds on the Snake, watch and learn

February 27, 2014 - 12:36am -- idfg-bstuder

We follow several birding photographers online and have been awed at their finds of birds in Idaho. This article gives some good information about places along the Snake River in Idaho to watch birds.

Idaho’s Snake River is a bird-watching haven Peregrine Falcon


You can also check out the Fish and Game's Idaho Birding Trail for additional birding information for around the rest of the state.


"Working Together Symposium" coming to Boise

February 21, 2014 - 12:55am -- idfg-bstuder

Wildlife biologists around Idaho will be meeting next week in Boise at the annual Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society Meeting. New this year is a symposium titled: “Working Together: Understanding and Leveraging Gender Differences in the Wildlife Profession.”

The March 6th event is open for registration to interested professionals and features a panel of experts from around the region.

Learn more at the Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society website.


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