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Idaho Fish and Game Commission to meet this week

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The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will hold their next meeting January 27-28 at Fish and Game Headquarters in Boise. The public hearing will begin at 7 pm, January 27 in the Headquarters trophy room. Citizens are invited to address the commission regarding agenda and non-agenda items at the hearing. All testimony will be taken into consideration when the commission makes decisions on agenda items at the meeting. The commission meeting will begin at 8 am, January 28. Routine agenda items include a JFAC budget preview; legislative update, big game briefing, and appointment of Winter Feeding Advisory Committee members. A complete agenda is available on Fish and Game’s website under the About Us tab athttp://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/commission/2016/01_January/Agenda.html. Individuals may request accommodations by…

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Idaho 10 year wildlife action plan comments

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking for public input on the 10-year revision of the Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan. Fish and Game officials are interested in tapping local knowledge and experience to improve Idaho’s plan. When completed, the Action Plan is intended to conserve fish and wildlife by helping landowners, resource-based industries, and land management agencies choose programs and on-the-ground activities that benefit those species that need the most help. All guidance, strategies, and actions suggested in the Action Plan are voluntary and will help prevent future endangered species listings. The Action Plan describes key conservation targets (fish and wildlife species and their habitats), threats to those targets such as noxious weeds and wildfire, and recommended…

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Harvest of an unusual mountain lion in southeastern Idaho is generating lot of interest and questions

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Written by Jeanne Rife on 13 Jan 2016 The harvest of a strange mountain lion in southeastern Idaho recently has generated lot of fuss among media and the public. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has shared some facts and some extra information about the harvest of this mountain lion and its odd deformity. Last week, a young male mountain lion was harvested legally in the Weston area nearly 8 miles southwest of Preston, Idaho. The mountain lion was seen attacking a dog on the property of a landowner in the rural Weston area on December 30. The mountain lion rushed away, leaving its foot marks behind. The tracks were followed with the help of other properties and ultimately…

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January 20 deadline for Idaho 10 year wildlife action plan comments

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking for public input on the 10-year revision of the Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan. Fish and Game officials are interested in tapping local knowledge and experience to improve Idaho’s plan. When completed, the Action Plan is intended to conserve fish and wildlife by helping landowners, resource-based industries, and land management agencies choose programs and on-the-ground activities that benefit those species that need the most help. All guidance, strategies, and actions suggested in the Action Plan are voluntary and will help prevent future endangered species listings. The Action Plan describes key conservation targets (fish and wildlife species and their habitats), threats to those targets such as noxious weeds and wildfire, and recommended…

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FWP considers elk shoulder seasons across Montana

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http://ravallirepublic.com/missoula/news/local/article_0eeb1cf1-7711-5071-b2f9-5a771dc612a9.html December 11, 2015 6:30 pm  •  By Rob Chaney Hunters, landowners and state wildlife managers will all be looking at how a test extension of the elk hunting season works out in central Montana. Read more BILLINGS – While the antlerless elk shoulder season in four Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 4 hunting districts will continue straight through… Read more Some big game could become fair game for half the year if elk shoulder season rules get adopted by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission. The commissioners reviewed a lengthy list of hunting districts where elk seek sanctuary on private land that might be opened to antlerless harvest as early as August to as late as February. They also stressed any decision on the…

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Utah DWR Launches Massive Patrol Effort

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Officers need your help This winter is not a good time to try to kill a mule deer illegally in Utah. Conservation officers with the Division of Wildlife Resources are conducting massive patrols on ranges on which deer congregate in the winter. They’re conducting the patrols with one goal in mind: to protect Utah’s mule deer from poachers. Tony Wood, chief of the DWR’s Law Enforcement Section, says in the winter, deer congregate on ranges at lower elevations. As large groups of deer bunch together, they provide poachers with an enticing target. But the deers’ behavior helps wildlife officers too: it directs them to areas where poaching will most likely happen. Officers aren’t focusing their efforts entirely on popular winter…

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Utah Black Bear population healthy, growing; new strategies for hunt

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http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/11/29/black-bear-population-healthy-growing-new-strategies-for-hunt/#.Vlxg9ISS4p8 SOUTHERN UTAH — A new black bear strategy, started in Utah in 2015, did exactly what wildlife managers hoped it would: It led to government agencies taking fewer bears and hunters taking more bears. In 2014, hunters and government agencies took a total of 378 bears in Utah. In 2015, despite putting more hunters in the field, the number taken declined to 370. Leslie McFarlane, mammals coordinator for Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources, said biologists are happy with the results. Division of Wildlife Resources reports a new black bear hunting strategy is working in Utah. Utah, Nov. 20, 2015 | Photo by Lynn Chamberlain, Division of Wildlife Resources, St. George News “The strategies implemented last year gave more hunters an opportunity to…

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Get draw results sooner with AZGFD customer portal account

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PHOENIX – Tired of waiting for results of a hunt draw to be made public to find out if there’s a permit-tag with your name on it? The Arizona Game and Fish Department has the solution: Open up a Customer Portal account. It’s quick, easy, and – best of all – it’s free. Beginning with the 2016 spring hunt draw, those hunters who have Portal accounts will have the ability to view their draw results a day or two before the results actually are released. The Portal allows customers to create a secure account where they can manage and view their contact information, as well as their license and draw results information and bonus points, in their personal “My AZ…

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DNR Offering CWD Testing for Hunters This Fall

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http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=1353&yr=2015 Wisconsin Ag Connection – 11/18/2015 State wildlife officials will continue testing harvested white-tailed deer for chronic wasting disease this year. This testing is part of the DNR’s ongoing efforts to monitor the status and spread of the disease in Wisconsin. “We provide testing as a service to deer hunters, but it is also important in our efforts to monitor the distribution and prevalence of the disease,” said Tami Ryan, DNR wildlife health section chief. “We will continue testing and tracking this disease within our long-term monitoring areas in southern Wisconsin where CWD is regularly found. Long-term monitoring provides useful data that increases our understanding of CWD dynamics and impacts.” The agency will be testing deer from select areas of…

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Arizona Pronghorn Antelope, Elk Hunt recommendations to be available for review

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First of six “open houses” scheduled for Monday PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has scheduled a series of six “open houses” for its constituents to review and ask questions about the proposed pronghorn antelope, elk, and population management hunt recommendations. The department annually makes hunt recommendations to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission regarding the management of game species, which establish the seasons, dates, bag limits, open areas and permit-tag allocations based on the framework of the hunt guidelines set by the commission every two years. The proposed hunt recommendations will be posted Friday, Nov. 20, at www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines. The open houses will be conducted at the following Game and Fish regional offices: Monday, Nov. 23: 3-5 p.m., Kingman,…

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