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Hunts Affected by Fire - Hunter Options

Thursday, April 24, 2014 

Attention Unit 39 Hunters: As of 11/6, the Forest Service has opened foot travel in Unit 39. Please note the area is closed to motorized and mechanized vehicles. See the map of the affected area [PDF, 880 kb] and the Boise National Forest website for the fire closure order and further details.

Weather, fires, and other natural events occur every year and are considered part of the hunting landscape. Idaho Fish and Game generally 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 can adjust their schedule to hunt later during the season dates listed in the rules book or exchange general season tags to hunt in a different area, but tags must be exchanged before the season begins.

Hunters with controlled hunt tags for deer and elk may exchange them for general season tags before their controlled hunt begins. Controlled hunt fees would not be refunded.

The list below includes hunts that have had access closed for a large portion of the hunt area, and available options for hunters. Rain check information is posted at the bottom of the page.


Hunt No. Controlled Hunt Area Species Season Dates Hunter Options
5004 20A Sheep 8/30-10/13 Hunters were offered the opportunity to request rain checks before the 8/30 season opening. We are continuing to monitor and evaluate closure areas.
5006 26 Sheep 8/30-10/13 Hunters were offered the opportunity to request rain checks before the 8/30 season opening. We are continuing to monitor and evaluate closure areas.
6017 39 Goat 8/30-11/12 Hunters were offered the opportunity to request rain checks before the 8/30 season opening. We are continuing to monitor and evaluate closure areas. A portion of this hunt area has reopened for access.
6018 43 Goat 8/30-11/12 Hunters were offered the opportunity to request rain checks before the 8/30 season opening. We are continuing to monitor and evaluate closure areas.
General Season* Brownlee Zone A Tag Elk 8/30-9/30 Hunters may exchange Brownlee Zone A tags for another general season elk zone tag through 9/9. General season*.
General Season* Smoky Mountain Zone A Tag Elk 8/30-9/30 Hunters may exchange Smoky Zone A tags for another general season elk zone tag through 9/9.
2024 48 Elk 9/25-10/10 No rain checks. The Ketchum Ranger District has opened a key area of unburned habitat within the Unit 48 closure.
2097 39-1 Elk 10/5-10/31 No rain checks. For safety reasons, the Forest Service has closed all travel (including foot-traffic), except on a few designated roads, on National Forest lands in the southeast part of Unit 39 due to the Elk-Pony Fire. View a Forest Service map of the affected area.
2107 48-3 Elk 10/15-11/9 Commission Changes Controlled Hunt No. 2107 in Response to Fire Closures. See the details. See image of area boundary.
2108 48-4 Elk 8/3-9/15 Hunters could request rain checks before the 8/3 season opening. We are continuing to monitor and evaluate closure areas.
2135 39-4 Elk 11/1-11/9
Attention Unit 39 Hunters: As of 11/6, the Forest Service has opened foot travel in Unit 39. Please note the area is closed to motorized and mechanized vehicles. See the map of the affected area and the Boise National Forest news release for details.
1025 39-1 Deer 8/15-9/30 Hunters were offered the opportunity to request rain checks for 2014 before the 8/15 season opening.
1029 44 Deer 9/15-10/31 Hunters may request a rain checks before the 9/15 season opening. We are continuing to monitor and evaluate closure areas.
  • Shaded areas indicate controlled hunts have already started.
  • * Any General Season tag may be exchanged prior to the opening date of the hunt that the tag is good for.
  • Hunters are encouraged to contact the appropriate land management agency for current fire information or monitor area and access closures through IDFG’s Hunt Planner or through InciWeb.

Rain checks, refunds:

Fish and Game will consider requests for rain checks or refunds in the event that access to a hunting unit is blocked by fire. Hunters requesting a rain check will be required to submit their tag with a letter describing the conditions of their request.

Requests for rain checks will be evaluated case-by-case at the end of the hunting season. Rain checks would be valid in 2014 and offered only for the same species and hunt area as the hunter held in 2013.

Written requests should be sent to:

License Section
Idaho Fish and Game
P.O. Box 25
Boise ID 83707
Last Updated: November 8, 2013 
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