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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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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.

Chinook seasons open Saturday

The spring chinook salmon fishing season will open Saturday, April 23, on parts of the mainstem Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater, Lochsa, Snake, Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers.

Cortez pleads guilty in bighorn sheep poaching case; judgement withheld

Paul R. Cortez of Nampa pled guilty in Idaho County district court today, through an agreement to drop all the charges against him but one felony count for poaching a bighorn sheep in Salmon River country last November.

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Time Zone, Confluence rapids look stout

32nd Annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races

The Little Salmon River has been ticking up toward 3,000 cubic feet per second, and if it’s surging when the weather cracks 70 degrees as expected on Saturday, the Confluence Rapid could give Time Zone a run for the best place to watch this year’s Salmon River Jet Boat Races.

Spring is prime time for lakes, reservoirs

Sunny, warm spring weather arrives and your favorite river starts flowing high and the color of chocolate milk. Sound familiar? It often happens when the mountain snowpack melts, but don’t fear. While some rivers may be difficult to fish during spring runoff, many lakes and reservoirs are coming into their prime.

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In The Pipeline

Lochsa River surfers hit the Pipeline Rapids wave last Sunday, April 10, and with the river running at around 8,000 cubic feet per second, the annual Lochsa River Madness is just around the corner.

Managing chinook seasons is a constant work in progress

Spring Chinook fishing opens April 23, and anglers often wonder how many salmon there will be and how long the season will last. It’s a challenging question to answer because unlike most Idaho fisheries, salmon seasons are dependent on how many fish return from the ocean each year.

Column: A tale of two squirrels

Dear Bwana, It would seem some type of tree squirrels have taken over my bird feeders! At first they were a nuisance, but now I’ve actually kind of grown to like them. I was wondering if you could give me any helpful hints to find out exactly what kind they are? Thanks in advance, Loretta I think I can help you out, Loretta.

Wolves roamed half of Idaho in 2014

Wolves used about half of Idaho’s total land area in 2014, according to Idaho’s year-end wolf monitoring report, which pegged the 2015 official total at 786 in 108 documented packs inside the state. Biologists also documented border packs – 20 of them – that overlapped the state boundary.

Mushroom permits available; Slide Fire commercial permits limited to 125

In 2014, 27,554 acres burned on the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests attracting commercial harvesters. In 2015, the forests sold 123 permits and collected $12,300 in permit fees. During the 2015 fire season, 190,000 acres burned on the forests. The combined forests anticipate many more commercial harvesters this year.

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More than 200 finish area hunter ed courses

“It’s a huge undertaking for the kids and the instructors alike,” Idaho Department of Fish and Game district conservation officer George Fischer said Monday, March 28, looking back at the hunter education programs that IDFG has helped put on across the area this year. “It’s two hours after school in the evenings. Ages go from nine to 60 — I think we had a student in their 70s this year.”

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