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F&G seeks input on upland game, turkey and furbearer season setting

| November 22, 2023 1:00 AM

Idaho Fish and Game will be setting the new seasons for upland game, turkey and furbearers for 2024-2025 in January 2024. Hunters and trappers are highly encouraged to review the proposed seasons and changes and weigh in with their own comments. The comment period is open until Dec. 3, 2023 at 6 p.m. MST.

Fish and Game staff will also host a series of open houses at Fish and Game regional offices between Nov. 21-30. For a full list of upcoming open houses, scroll to the bottom.

Season proposals are broken down by regions, so it’s easy to find which changes pertain to each hunter’s given location. Department proposals will be presented to the Fish and Game Commission for their consideration at their January 2024 meeting at the Fish and Game Headquarters Office in Boise. Here’s what is being proposed:

Wild turkey

• Create archery-only spring wild turkey hunt (Panhandle Region)

• Reduce landowner permission wild turkey hunt tags (Southwest Region) 

• Fall and winter landowner permission wild turkey hunts (Magic Valley Region)

• Eliminate landowner permission wild turkey hunts (Southeast Region)

• Change opening date for fall wild turkey season (Southeast Region)

• Convert fall wild turkey controlled hunts to general season (Salmon Region)

• Convert spring youth-only wild turkey hunt to general season (Salmon Region)

Forest grouse

• Extend forest grouse season (Clearwater Region)

Beaver

• Remove beaver trapping closures (Clearwater Region)

River otter

• Increase river otter quota (Southwest Region)

Trapping 

• Move opening day of trapping season (multiple regions)

Fish and Game staff will host a series of open houses at Fish and Game regional offices from Nov. 21-30. In the Panhandle region, the open house will be held Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the IDFG office, 2885 W. Kathleen Avenue, Coeur d'Alene.

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