Waterfowl and Sage-grouse Seasons Set in Idaho

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Idaho Sage-grouseThe Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Tuesday, August 12, adopted waterfowl and sage-grouse seasons for 2008.

The 107-day goose season, unchanged from last year, will run from October 4 through January 16, 2009 in northern and eastern Idaho and the Fort Hall Reservation; and will run from October 11 through January 23, 2009 in the southwestern part of the state.

The bag limit would be four geese.

For most ducks, the season will be 107 days, running from October 4 through January 16, 2009 in northern and eastern Idaho and the Fort Hall Reservation; and from October 11 through January 23, 2009 in the southwestern part of the state.

The bag limit would be seven ducks.

The season is closed on canvasbacks.

A shorter scaup season will run October 25 through January 16, 2009 in the northern and eastern parts of the state, and from November 1 through January 23, 2009 in the southwest.

A youth waterfowl hunt for goose, duck, coot and snipe will be September 27 and 28. Limits are the same as the regular season. The season on canvasback is closed.

Commissioners also set the seasons for sage-grouse, opening September 20 in:

  • Southwestern Owyhee County, 23 day season, two-bird bag limit.
  • Northwestern Owyhee County, seven day season, one-bird limit.
  • Eastern Owyhee County, closed.
  • Magic Valley, seven day season, one-bird limit.
  • Parts of Power, Oneida and Cassia counties, seven day season, one-bird limit.
  • Most of the Upper Snake Region as well as Lemhi and part of Custer counties, 23 day season, two-bird limit.
  • Big Desert area West of Interstate 15 and south of U.S. Highway 20, seven day season, one-bird limit.
  • Southeastern part of the state, east of Interstate 15 and south of U.S. Highway 26, closed.
  • Please consult the 2008 Waterfowl Seasons and Rules brochure, available later this month, for details on waterfowl seasons. For sage-grouse seasons and rules, a pamphlet also will be available.