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Coho season coming through

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Oct. 20 approved an historic fishery for the first time ever: a specific season for coho salmon is open in Idaho.

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Pages succeed in first hunting seasons

On the Sunday morning of Opening Weekend 2014, Jackson Page, 10, went to his dad to ask for a chance to go after a deer he had seen weeks earlier and decided would be his come hunting season.

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Poachers disregard life, property

Poaching, always a problem this time of year, sometimes threatens homes. “We have been very, very busy,” IDFG conservation officer George Fischer said Monday, Oct. 27. “This deer was shot and left in a yard up Cow Creek.”

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A bear for the books? Duman’s may be

A black bear weighing 600-plus pounds could not have mistaken a Cottonwood-area photographer’s intentions on Oct. 21, but it turns out Renee Duman has as good an eye with her rifle as she has with her portraiture rig.

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Certified tracking dogs can help hunters find lost game

It is an agonizing ordeal when one loses a game animal. It is absolutely one of the worst feelings a conscientious hunter can endure. In order to prevent this type of occurrence Edd and Leanne Woslum in cooperation with the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game, have trained blood tracking dogs. The sole purpose in life for these dedicated hard-working animals — other than running and playing — is to seek and track a hunter’s wounded game animal on demand.

Forests welcome visiting hunters

Hunters have informational tools to choose from this hunting season, including the 2014 Clearwater Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM), Clearwater Motorized Travel Guide, and the availability to download vehicle use and visitor maps on a new app.

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Nice Shot

Dillon Alder, 17, a junior at Grangeville High School this fall, shot his first elk last Sunday, Oct. 11, near Elk City.

Rifle hunting season opens Friday; chinook biting

Deer hunters are gearing up for opening day across Idaho, as numbers are up and opportunity is high.

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High school football, cross country; bowling; o-mok-see results.

Second tags still available

The regular deer season opens Oct. 10 in most regions of Idaho.

Snake River sockeye salmon revival seen in IDFG’s traps

Fish and Game’s effort to save Snake River sockeye salmon from extinction is proving to be a success, as the number of sockeye returning to Idaho has set a new modern day record.

Decoy animals help IDFG spotlight the violators

Fish and Game is taking aggressive action to catch and prosecute people who spotlight game animals. In areas where conservation officers suspect spotlighting or other suspicious activity near roads, they are using "artificial simulated animals" to bust unlawful hunters. Artificial simulated animals, commonly called ASAs, are life-like figures of deer, elk and other game species, complete with moving parts.

Sports...in brief

SMA benefit fun run coming up; Legion b-ball meeting set; Upland game bird seasons open Sept. 20.

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Wilderness Society director adopts conservation on Cottonwood ranch

Craig Gehrke has spent more than 30 years in a land-conservation career — working to set aside more wilderness in Idaho for The Wilderness Society and focusing on forest and range management issues on public lands. But Gehrke recently learned firsthand about the potential for implementing conservation measures on private lands — on his family’s ranch near Cottonwood.

Fish and Game seeking wolf observations

Scouting for upcoming hunting seasons, huckleberry picking, and general late summer recreating are all good reasons for getting away to Idaho’s great outdoors.

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