Friday, September 6, 2013

Fish & Game offers deer tag exchange

Some hunting areas affected by fires


By GREG MOORE
Express Staff Writer

    Hunters holding controlled-hunt deer tags for Unit 44, which has been affected by fire closures in the Fairfield area, can exchange their tags for general-hunt tags and a rain check for next year.
    Idaho Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Regan Berkley said hunters holding those tags will need to go to a department regional office to exchange them. She said 225 of the tags were issued.
    “These are fairly extreme circumstances, and vendors don’t have the capability to do that on their machines,” she said.
    The department has also extended until Sept. 9 the time for archery hunters to exchange Smoky Mountain Zone elk tags for a tag in another zone. Unit 44 was not open for the hunt.


Closures and fire boundaries are changing on an almost daily basis.”
Regan Berkley
Idaho Department of Fish and Game


    Controlled elk hunts of 10 tags each are scheduled to open in Units 43, 44 and 48 on Sept. 25. Berkley said the department will make a decision on what to do about those hunts by about Sept. 11.
    “Closures and fire boundaries are changing on an almost daily basis right now, so things are bound to change by Sept. 25,” she said.
    Additional hunts are scheduled to open in October.
The Kelley Fire is burning in Units 43 and 44, the Elk Complex fires burned in Unit 43, and the Beaver Creek Fire burned in Units 44 and 48. The Little Queens Fire is burning in Unit 39. Closures are in effect for those areas. Maps of the closed areas can be found by going to the Sawtooth National Forest website and clicking on the Kelley, Beaver Creek and Little Queens fire names.
For more information about upcoming hunts, contact the Fish and Game Magic Valley office in Jerome at (208) 324-4359.
Greg Moore: gmoore@mtexpress.com




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