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March 1, 2012

Upland game rules book hot off the press

By Niels Nokkentved, IDFG

   The new upland game, turkey and furbearer seasons and rules books are back from the printer and will available later this week.

   The 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey seasons and rules brochure includes some changes that affect some spring turkey controlled hunts.

   The new rules book includes several changes to turkey seasons.

   The application period for spring turkey controlled hunts began Feb. 1 and will run through March 1. The application fee is $6.25 per person for residents and $14.75 for nonresidents.

   Hunters may apply for controlled hunts at any hunting and fishing license vendor, Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling 1-800-55HUNT5; or online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov. An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications.

   If drawn a hunter must also purchase a turkey controlled hunt permit and turkey tag. Hunters must have a valid 2012 Idaho hunting license to apply.

Other upland game changes:

   Increased the possession limit for upland birds and game species to three times the daily limit, up from twice the limit.

   Returned the opening day of the chukar, gray partridge and quail seasons to the third Saturday in September. This year that would fall on Sept. 15 and run through Jan. 31, 2013.

   Increased the daily bag limit to eight each for chukar and gray partridge.

   Changed the opening day for the cottontail and snowshoe hare seasons to Aug. 30 statewide to match forest grouse seasons.

   Changes in furbearer seasons and rules include:

Panhandle

   Increase the otter quota to 30, from 15.

   Extend the otter season 15 days to March 31 to match the beaver season.

Clearwater

   Increase the otter quota to 20, from 15.

   Convert beaver control trapping permits 201 and 202 to a general season.

Southeast

   Increase the otter quota to 15 from five.

Magic Valley

   Open the Lime Creek drainage and Basalt Creek in Camas County and Clover Creek in Gooding County to beaver trapping.

   The seasons and rules also are available online at: http://fishandgame .idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=67.