F&G to allow hunters to exchange tags if area affected by fire
Fires burning in Idaho’s backcountry have raised concerns about public safety and hunter access.
In the interest of public safety, the U.S. Forest Service has closed a large area of the Boise National Forest because the Trinity Ridge Fire. The closure affects a large area of the Middle Fork and North Fork of the Boise River and the Trinity recreation area – north and east of Featherville.
Wild fires affect access in other areas of the state as well. But it is still uncertain how the fires might affect hunting seasons. 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.
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 tags and permits with a letter describing the conditions of their request.
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. Fire updates can be found online at: http://www.inciweb.org/state/13/.