Sportsmen input on proposed season changes helps wildlife managers understand sportsmen preferences and shapes hunting and trapping seasons.
Idaho Fish and Game is currently seeking public comments on statewide migratory game bird season proposals for the 2023-2024 season in the Panhandle and elsewhere in the state.
Over the past year, some hunters in north Idaho have expressed dissatisfaction with the season structure during the 2022-2023 season and a desire to hunt Canada geese through January 31. Results from previous survey efforts suggest duck hunters prefer seasons that start and end early. Furthermore, Canada goose hunters prefer seasons that start and end as late as possible but occur at the same time as duck seasons. It is difficult to satisfy these desires with the season structure proposed in recent years. In an attempt to better satisfy hunter preferences for late season Canada goose hunting opportunity, the Department is proposing 2 options for public consideration for the Canada goose season in Zone 6.
Oct. 7, 2023 – Jan. 19, 2024
Oct. 7, 2023 – Oct. 22, 2023 and Nov. 4, 2023 – Jan. 31, 2024
This is your opportunity to actively participate in shaping migratory bird seasons, and we want to hear your thoughts!
Comments will be accepted through Wednesday, March 22; you can review the proposals and submit comments here. You can also come by the Panhandle Regional office to submit your comments and chat with a biologist during an upcoming open house.
The open house will be hosted on Tuesday, March 21 from 5 – 7 p.m. at 2885 W Kathleen Ave in Coeur d’Alene. For more on other open houses across the state, click here.
For a complete list of proposals by species, visit the season setting page on the Fish and Game website.
For more information about 2023-24 migratory game bird season setting proposals, click here.
If you have specific questions about any of the proposals, please contact your local Fish and Game regional office.
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