The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Monday, August 19, set waterfowl seasons of 105 days and a two-day youth hunt, along with some changes in goose seasons and limits.
The waterfowl season opens with a two-day youth hunt on September 28 and 29 for licensed youths aged 10 to 15.
Duck and Canada goose seasons in the area around the American Falls Reservoir will run from October 5 to January 17, with scaup seasons from October 26 to January 17. In the rest of the state it will run from October 12 to January 24, with scaup seasons from November 2 to January 24.
The daily bag limit will be seven ducks – but no more than two female mallards, two redheads, three scaup, two pintails and two canvasbacks – and four Canada geese.
This year, the white-fronted goose season was separated from Canada geese to accommodate white-fronted goose hunting opportunities in the southwest part of the state.
In the southwest area, white-fronted geese will be open November 11 to February 23.
The light goose season will be open from November 26 to March 10.
But during the time the white-fronted goose and light-goose seasons occur at the same time, the use of electronic calls and unplugged shotguns would not be allowed.
Elsewhere, the white-fronted goose season around the American Falls Reservoir will run from October 5 through January 17, and in the rest of the state it will run from October 12 through January 24. The daily bag limit will be six white fronted geese.
For light geese – snow and Ross’s geese – there are four zones.
The season for:
- Zone 1 will run from October 5 to January 17
- Zone 2 will run from October 29 to January 17 and from February 15 through March 10.
- Zone 3 will run from November 26 to March 10.
- Zone 4 will run from October 12 to January 24.
The daily bag limit is 20 light geese, increased from 10 last year.
For light geese, zones 1 and 2 are in the area around American Falls Reservoir, including the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, Bannock County and parts of Bingham, Caribou and Power counties; zone 3 is the Southwest and part of the Magic Valley; and zone 4 is the rest of the state.
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