Idaho Fish and Game is revising its long range plan for managing elk.
Rocky Mountain elk are Idaho’s premier big game animal. They are distributed throughout Idaho from the sage-dominated deserts of the south to the dense cedar-hemlock forest of the north.
Using many sources of input and data, Fish and Game develops plans to best manage wildlife to preserve, protect and perpetuate the species. The previous elk management plan addressed the need to manage hunter density and distribution, and changes in elk populations. Today Fish and Game is revising that plan to address current hunter preferences and elk numbers.
The goal is a plan that is responsive, incorporates biological and resource realities, hunter input and desires, and Commission involvement and approval.
Based on hunter survey results, aerial surveys, current elk population status, the potential for herd growth and hunter preferences, Idaho Fish and Game staff drafted statewide elk management objectives for the next 10-years. They also developed objectives and strategies for each of the elk management zones in Idaho, and, are working on other, hunter-friendly options.
The elk plan objectives are in draft form and we would like your input. Please provide comments by following the links below:
We Need Your Involvement!
- Select the PageWatch icon at the bottom of the page and sign up to receive e-mail updates on the process.
- View the results of the online chat about the plan.
- Attend an elk plan meeting in your area and provide your input. Meetings listed below.
- In July and August, provide your comments on the draft plan online.
- In March 2014, provide input on big game proposals that are a result of implementing the new plan.
- April - May 2013 - Statewide Elk Plan Open Houses/Public meetings- gather input on individual zone strategies - Second public survey conducted - Online chat to discuss the Elk Plan and elk management in real time.
- June 2013 - Incorporate public input into draft Elk Plan.
- July 15, 2013 - Draft Elk Plan to F&G Commission for approval to be released for public comment.
- July 15 - August 15, 2013 - Draft Elk Plan out for public comment.
- August 15 - November 2013 - Incorporate public input into Elk Plan Final Draft. Present Elk Plan Final Draft to F&G Commission for approval.
- January - February 2014 - Develop elk season proposals; gather public input to begin implementing the new Elk Plan.
- March 2014 - F&G Commission meeting on proposed changes to 2014 elk seasons.