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Big game hunting prospects look strong

Idaho’s fall hunting season is likely to be outstanding. Coming on the heels of an all-time record white-tailed deer harvest in 2015 and the highest harvests in more than a decade for mule deer and elk, hunting this fall should be similar to last year.

Lost in the wilds, or finding your way home when the smoke clears

Ask Bwana

Dear Bwana, I recently got a little turned around while mushroom hunting up by Florence. I was finally able to get out to a road, but the experience has made the fear of being lost prominent in my mind. Do you have any suggestions on how I can be a little more safe in country I’m not familiar with? Thanks, Travis

New fee proposed for Snake River boaters; July 6 meeting is in Riggins

Forest managers at the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest are proposing a new recreation fee associated with the Wild and Scenic portion of the Snake River.

Clearwater River fishery to stay open this week

Chinook fisheries are still open upstream of Orofino Bridge (seven days a week) and in River Section 1 (four days a week).

Road users advised of logging action

Timber traffic picks up

Timber staff on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests reported there are currently many active timber sales and to expect heavy haul traffic while traveling on the Salmon River Ranger District.

Dworshak kokanee and bass providing steady action

Summer is almost here and a lot of folks have been taking advantage of the warm, sunny days by spending a day fishing out on the lake. Dworshak Reservoir is one of the most popular fisheries in the Clearwater Region and anglers have been busy chasing “bluebacks,” “smallies,” or whatever else may bite. Here’s the lowdown on the kokanee this year and how the fishery is shaping up.

Federal forests to help host Free Fishing Day events

The Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests and various partners are hosting three free kids’ fishing day events this year, at Wilkins’ Pond, Karolyn’s Pond and Fenn Pond this Saturday, June 11. The events are free to all kids up to age 12 and an adult must accompany participants. There will be lots of fun and even a few prizes so grab your pole and please bring your own tackle. The ponds will be stocked by Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The events will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Cortez gets 30 days for shooting bighorn

Paul R. Cortez faced justice Monday in District Court.

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Anglers will get bonus chinook fishing season on Clearwater River

Thanks to a good return of hatchery summer chinook to the Clearwater River, anglers will get a bonus fishing season starting June 10 with a special rule that allows the harvest of chinook with an intact adipose fin. This rule change only applies to the Clearwater summer chinook season.

Chinook fishing to close Thursday on Lower Salmon, Snake rivers

In his weekly fishing update, Clearwater Region fish manager Joe DuPont noted the end of the chinook salmon fishing season is nigh on two local rivers: the Lower Salmon and the Snake.

Forest Service facilities prepped for Memorial Day campers

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are ready for visitors this long Memorial Day Weekend.

Automatic machinery now tags, clips hatchery smolts

It’s no secret that Idaho steelhead and salmon anglers rely on hatcheries for fish that they can take home and eat, and anglers can identify “keepers” because a small fin on their back is removed when the fish are young. The clipped adipose fin does not grow back – letting anglers identify hatchery fish for harvest. What’s less known is how the fins get clipped.

Sports...in brief

Idaho State Field Archery Tourney set; ‘Hill of It’ bike ride scheduled for June 4; Softball clinic slated; Grangeville girls b-ball camp coming up; SRHS girls sports camps set for June; Free Fishing Day aims to hook new anglers; Still time to enter Super Hunt drawing.

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Scorecard

Track & Field; Rodeo; Trapshooting results.

Bowhunter education course set April 30-May 1

A course for bowhunters is planned April 30-May 1 at the Idaho County Search and Rescue building. Register at register-ed.com/programs/Idaho. Class starts at 7:30 a.m. both days, and is to run through 5 p.m. that Saturday and through noon that Sunday. Fee is $8. Parental signature is required for anyone younger than 18. Class size is limited to the first 20 to register. Contact Roy Kinner at 983-8443.

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