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Equipment stolen from IDFG still missing

A Fish and Game trailer stolen from Boise in April was recovered on May 2 and about half its contents found, but many items remain missing and officials are asking the public's help locating them. The trailer contained GPS and radio collars for tracking big-game animals and other equipment used to capture, handle, process and release animals.

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Improvement to pool at Jerry Johnson Hot Springs

A hot springs pool at the Jerry Johnson recreation site impacted by spring runoff is showing improvement, according to Forest Service officials.

Chinook fishing starts picking up

Idaho Fish and Game Clearwater Region staff biologist Brett Bowersox noted chinook fishing has been up-and-down with the flow so far.

Archery shoot slated May 6-7

The second annual Rochelle Hilbert & Colin Sprute Archery Shoot will be held this weekend at Camp 58.

Rainbow trout stocking continues down south

Personnel from Fish and Game's McCall and Nampa Hatcheries will be releasing more than 100,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout during May.

Chinook salmon slow to show, expected soon

Salmon fishing seasons are tricky because the run size and fishing seasons vary from year to year based on how many fish return to Idaho and how many hatchery fish are available for sport harvest.

Commission to meet in Salmon

Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet May 16-17 at the IDFG Salmon regional office. A public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. May 16. The agenda includes setting direction for Wolf Depredation Control Board funds.

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COLUMN: The Bear Essentials

Ask Bwana

Dear Bwana, It’s bear season! Can you give me any tips that might help me bag a bruin this spring?

Bowhunter Ed course scheduled May 6-7

Idaho County’s Search and Rescue Building will be the site of classes 7:30-5 p.m. May 6 and 8 a.m. to noon May 7.

Commission sets 2017-18 waterfowl regulations

Fish and Game commissioners on Tuesday, April 11 set waterfowl seasons and rules for the upcoming season. Most rules will be similar to 2016, but new zones were established to tailor seasons to different climates and geographic areas to maximize hunting opportunity and migration patterns.

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Jet boats storm in this weekend

The annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races are scheduled this weekend, April 14-16, starting with an outdoor barbecue, 6-8 p.m. MT April 14 at the Salmon Rapids Lodge parking lot. Adults eat for $10, kids 6-12 for $5.

Pond fishing warming up; trout stocking continues

Ponds are the underdogs of Idaho’s fishing waters, but acre-for-acre, they can provide as much fishing opportunity as Idaho’s famed destinations.

Turkey, bear seasons open April 15

Idaho's spring turkey and black bear general seasons open April 15 in much of the Clearwater Region, with turkey seasons running through May 25 and spring black bear seasons, closing dates vary.

Waterfowl hunt zones reset based on survey results

A recent survey conducted by Idaho Fish and Game found that 79 percent of waterfowl hunters surveyed preferred a continuous season and 69 percent want the season to run as late into January as possible.

Big game rules available online

The Idaho big game hunting brochure for 2017 and 2018 seasons is available now on the Fish and Game web site.