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Sports...in brief

Fall softball clinic set; Cottonwood night shoot starts Oct. 12; Steelhead count runs at seven-year low.

ID protection offered after data breach hits license sales system

Earlier this month, Active Network, the Texas-based company that owns and operates Idaho Fish and Game’s hunting and fishing license system, announced it will offer identity theft services to license buyers whose personal information may have been compromised last month.

Youth waterfowl, pheasant seasons open soon

Youth across Idaho will soon have an early shot at waterfowl and pheasants, with September 24-25 marking the youth waterfowl weekend and Oct. 1-7 set for the youth pheasant season.

Passport program a boon for new hunters

It's easier than ever to introduce someone new to hunting in Idaho.

Is Idaho County squatchy?

Ask Bwana

Dear Bwana, I live just outside of town in the foothills and several times recently have seen flashes of movement outside the bathroom window while getting ready for bed. I’ve seen the guys on TV looking for Big Foot and was wondering if there have been any reported sightings in the area?

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You’ll See ‘Em In The Woods

Pictured are the instructors and the 20 participants in the fall section of local hunter education, which graduated last Saturday, Sept. 10. “This was the last fall class for this year,” hunter ed instructor and retired Idaho Fish and Game conservation officer Roy Kinner said. “Next classes will begin in February and March. “ Instructors were Kinner, Kevin Asker, Alicia Asker and Brad Flynn.

Proposed burning aims to bolster elk habitat

Idaho Fish and Game is fired up about increasing elk populations in its Lolo Elk Zone in the headwaters of the Clearwater River. Through a cooperative effort with Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the two agencies and RMEF are proposing controlled forest fires known as “prescribed-fire treatments” to improve habitat for elk and other wildlife.

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.