Many upland game bird seasons set to open

Upland bird seasons in Idaho are opening. Here’s a brief summary of the seasons.

Forest grouse

The season forest grouse season, which includes ruffed, spruce and dusky grouse, began Aug. 30. The season in northern Idaho runs through Jan. 31, and through Dec. 31 in the rest of the state. The daily limit is four, whether all of one or mixed species, and 12 in possession.

Fall turkey

The general fall turkey season opens Friday in portions of the Panhandle, Clearwater, and Southeast regions. Turkey hunters need a valid hunting license and appropriate turkey tag.

Chukar and partridge

Chukar and gray partridge seasons run from Saturday through Jan. 31. The daily bag limit is eight chukar and eight gray partridge, and the possession limit is 24 chukar and 24 gray partridge.

California quail

Bobwhite and California quail seasons also run from Saturday through Jan. 31. The daily bag limit is 10 total, and the possession limit is 30 total. Area 2 in eastern Idaho is closed. There are no seasons for Gambel’s or Mountain quail.

Sage and sharp-tailed grouse

The seven-day sage-grouse season runs from Saturday through Sept. 22 in some areas, with a one-bird daily limit and a two-bird possession limit.

Sharp-tailed grouse season opens from Oct. 1 through 31, with a two-bird daily limit and six-bird possession limit. Hunters are reminded that because both sharptails and sage-grouse can occur in the same areas in south-central and eastern Idaho, identification of species is important, as sharptails cannot be taken during the sage-grouse season. A separate permit that costs $4.75 is required for hunting sage- and sharp-tailed grouse.


The youth pheasant season, for hunters ages 15 and younger, is Oct. 7-13. At least one adult 18 years old or older having a valid hunting license, must accompany each youth hunting party into the field at all times.

Pheasant season in northern Idaho runs from Oct. 14 through Dec. 31. The season begins Oct. 21 in the remainder of the state, with seasons running through Nov. 30 in eastern Idaho and through Dec. 31 in western Idaho.

The daily bag limit is three cocks, and the possession limit is nine, except on nine WMA’s in southern Idaho where pheasants are stocked. On these WMA’s, the daily limit is two cocks and six in possession.

More info

For more details, hunters should consult the 2016 & 2017 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules brochure available at all Fish and Game license vendors or online at