Variety of upland bird hunts start Saturday in Idaho

STATESMAN STAFFSeptember 19, 2013 


Jesse Murphy of Boise and Wyatt hunt quail and doves on the Snake River.

ROGER PHILLIPS — Idaho Statesman file Buy Photo

Seasons for chukar, quail, gray partridge and sage grouse open Saturday, Sept 21. Hunters need only a valid hunting license to hunt quail, chukar and gray partridge, but sage grouse hunters also need a $4.75 permit validation.

• Chukar and gray partridge seasons run Jan. 31 throughout the state. The daily bag limit is eight chukar and eight gray partridge, and the possession limit is 24 chukar and 24 gray partridge.

• Bobwhite and California quail seasons in Area 1 run through Jan. 31. The daily bag limit is 10 total, and the possession limit is 30 total.

Area 1 includes: Ada, Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Boise, Bonner, Boundary, Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Clearwater, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Payette, Shoshone, Valley, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls and Washington counties.

• Sage grouse hunting runs through Friday, Sept. 27, with a one-bird daily limit and a two-bird possession limit

Hunting is allowed in Butte, Camas, Cassia, Clark, Fremont, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Lemhi, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Power and Teton counties.

It is also permitted in:

• Bannock County west of Interstate 15, Bingham County west of Interstate 15, and Blaine County, except within the Salmon River drainage.

• Bonneville County west of Interstate 15 and north of U.S. 26, and Custer County, except within the Salmon River drainage upstream from and including Valley Creek.

• Oneida County west of Interstate 15, Owyhee County west of the Bruneau River, and Twin Falls County east of U.S. 93.

• Closed areas include eastern Owyhee County and western Twin Falls County.

For all upland rules, go to

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