Hunter can become creatures of habit, just like their prey and the Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) wants to make sure waterfowl hunters in the Upper Snake Region are aware of some changes and omissions in the latest edition of the waterfowl regulations brochure.

Hunters are first cautioned to take a look at the regulations and make sure they understand the numbering system used to identify hunt areas.  Some changes may have been made that could affect their hunting areas. It is important to review hunt area descriptions and season dates (See map on Page 10 in rules brochure, http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=66.)

Hunters should also note that a closure was omitted regarding seasons for light – blue, snow and Ross’s – geese:

  • In Area 4, season runs from October 13 through January 25, 2013. Fremont and Teton counties are closed, which was omitted from the 2012 Waterfowl Seasons and Rules brochure. Area 4 includes all parts of the state not included in Areas 1, 2 & 3.

Hunters must have a valid 2012 Idaho hunting license, and any person 16 or older who hunts migratory game birds, such as ducks or geese, must have in their possession a federal migratory bird stamp, which costs  $15 and is valid from July 1 through June 30 of the following year. All waterfowl hunters also need a federal migratory game bird harvest information program validation.

Only approved nontoxic shot may be used to hunt waterfowl. For a list go to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website at: http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/CurrentBirdIssues/nontoxic.htm.

Logo courtesy Idaho Department of Fish and Game

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