By Deni Hawkins
Whether you're in it for the ducks...or the deer, it's hunting season in Idaho.
"Hunting is fantastic here," elk hunter Mark Fiechter said. "We have been gone for the past year and being back in Idaho and going up in the mountains is something I'm really looking forward to."
"Duck hunting is great in Idaho, it really is," duck hunter James Wellman said. "I do more shooting than I do hitting, but I've been known to knock one down a time or two."
General deer hunting kicked off Thursday, and waterfowl hunting will open on Saturday. However, Idaho Department of Fish & Game have already issued fines and citations to poachers who have tried to jump the gun this season.
But even during hunting season, Fish & Game has fewer than 100 officers in the entire state patrolling hunting areas. It's a hard task when you're up against hundreds of eager hunters.
"I think they do as good a job as they can for the area they have to cover," Fiechter said. It's an enormous state...they can't be everywhere at once. But I've been out in the back country and run across some Fish & Game people and had them look at my hunting license and ask me questions about it."
When it comes to making sure everyone is playing by the rules though, the department needs a little help. That's where decoys and check in stations come in. More....