CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
August 15, 2013
Fires close some backcountry trails, roads
Fires burning in southwestern
Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request an exchange for a general season tag and get rain check for next year, before the Aug. 15 opening. The closure affects less than half the hunt area, but it appears unlikely that restrictions will be lifted before the end of the hunt.
As of Monday, Aug. 12, the Elk
Fire Complex north of Mountain Home covered more than 90,000 acres, mostly on
Most of the fire is within the southeastern portion of Unit 39, and the closure affects some access to the controlled hunt that opens in the unit on Thursday, Aug. 15.
For a map and updates on the Elk Complex go to: http://www.inciweb.org/state/13/.
Normally Idaho Fish and Game does not recommend closing hunts or altering season dates in response to fire restrictions. Most fires are not large enough to affect an entire hunt unit.
Hunters affected by a fire closure can adjust their schedule to hunt later in the season or exchange general tags to hunt in a different area. But tags must be exchanged before the season begins.
Hunters with controlled hunt tags may exchange them for general season tags before the controlled hunt begins. But controlled hunt fees would not be refunded.
Fish and Game will consider requests for rain checks or refunds in the event that access to a hunting unit is blocked by fire.
Rain checks would be valid in 2014 and offered only for the same species and hunt area as the hunter held in 2013.
Hunters requesting a rain
check must submit their tags and permits with a letter describing the conditions
of their request. Written requests should be sent to the license section at Fish
Hunters and anglers, and anyone else heading into the backcountry, are advised to check with Forest Service ranger district offices or county sheriffs' offices before heading out.
For more information about
rain checks contact licensing at Fish and Game
For additional fire
information check the