JEROME, Idaho (KLIX) – Upland game hunters should be happy – though they might have to put some extra miles on their vehicle if they want to bag a sharp tail.

Sharp-tail grouse season opens Oct. 1 and run through Oct. 31. Hunting is closed in Twin Falls, Cassia and Minidoka counties, and so hunters will have to travel to eastern Idaho to bag their birds.

The season is open only in eastern Idaho, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Areas open include:

Bingham and Clark counties east of Interstate 15, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson County east of Interstate 15, Madison, and Teton counties, Bonneville County east of Interstate 15, Bannock County east of Interstate 15 and south of Interstate 86, Bear Lake, Caribou, Cassia County east of Interstate 84 and that portion west of Interstate 84 south of the Malta-Sublette Road and east of the Malta-Strevell Road, Franklin, Oneida, and Power County south of Interstate 86.

Any person hunting sharp-tailed grouse must have a valid Idaho hunting license with a $4.74 sage/sharp-tailed grouse permit validation, according to Fish and Game. The permit allows better monitoring of the harvest of these game birds.

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