Boise — Elk hunters holding Brownlee Zone A-tags now have the option of exchanging them for other general elk tags, Idaho Fish and Game announced Tuesday, Sept. 3. Brownlee Zone A-Tags will be exchanged at any Fish and Game office through the close of business on Monday, Sept. 9. Wildfires burning across much of the Brownlee Elk Zone which opened to elk hunting on Aug. 30 have resulted in public closures of large portions of the zone, forcing tag holders to watch and wait. With cooler, wetter weather, fires are being contained, but it can still take time for the Forest Service to reopen areas closed by wildfires.
With only portions of the wildfire contained, there is no telling when the entry restrictions might be lifted, Fish and Game regional supervisor Scott Reinecker noted. Allowing Brownlee Zone tag holders to exchange their tags for an opportunity to elk hunt in another part of the state is a good option.
For more information about other hunts potentially impacted by this seasons wildfires, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 465-8465.