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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.

Pronghorn fawns are very, very quiet

February 19, 2014 - 2:11pm -- idfg-bstuder

A recent article from NPR highlights the native camoflouge of Idaho's pronghorn. Being very quite is an amazing defense mechanism for these animals until they are old enough to run from predators.

Read the story and view some of the other camoflouge pronghorn have in photos at NPR.


While we're talking about pronghorn fawns, a recent video clip from our 75th Celebration shows historical footage of Idaho Fish and Game biologists "dip netting" (yes, like you'd use for a fish) pronghorn fawns as a management tool. Please note, we do not recommend standing on the tops of cars while driving offroad, as they do in the video below. 



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