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Demo day slated at Lolo Pass

FEB. 15 UPDATE: EVENT CANCELED - Due to the recent warm temperatures and increasing runoff in the Lolo Pass Winter Recreation area, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests has decided to cancel the Winter Demo Day that was planned for this Saturday, Feb. 18.

IDFG asking sportsmen not to stress game animals out

Winter provides great opportunities to view Idaho wildlife, but it is very important to enjoy the view from a distance. Winter can be very stressful for wildlife, especially in winters like this when snow is deep or crusted.

Bear hunt application deadline is today

Hunters still have today to apply for Idaho’s spring black bear controlled hunts, as applications must be filed by Wednesday, Feb. 15. Spring turkey controlled hunt applications must be in by Wednesday, March 1.

Bighorn sheep being captured in Hells Canyon

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plan to capture 100 bighorn sheep in five Hells Canyon herds by Feb. 14 as part of the ongoing Hells Canyon Initiative to restore bighorn sheep populations. Bighorn sheep will be captured by net gunning from a helicopter and brought to a processing site near the capture location.

Lawmakers bounce price lock, crop depredation bills

During last week’s Idaho Fish and Game Commission annual meeting in Boise, House Resources and Conservation Committee Chairman Rep. Marcus Gibbs of Grace, returned two Idaho Fish and Game legislative proposals to the Fish and Game Commission. Gibbs informed the F&G commissioners neither proposal will receive a committee print hearing, where the committee determines whether a proposal will be printed and numbered as a bill.

F&G sets moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat hunting rules

Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Jan. 26 adopted new rules for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat for the 2017-18 hunting seasons, including some changes listed below.

Feeding sites off-limits to wolf hunters

With Idaho Fish and Game winter feeding big game in areas of southern Idaho, hunters are reminded that mountain lions and gray wolves may not be hunted or pursued within one-half mile of any active Fish and Game big game feeding site. In addition, wolves cannot be trapped within the same distance.

Boat registrations in the mail

The U.S. Coast Guard has made changes to the vessel registration process that will impact the registration and renewal process for all vessels and owners in the United States, including Idaho.


Trapshooting results.

IDFG employee saves life at hatchery accident

In the midst of a disaster it takes a lot of ingenuity and teamwork to keep the water flowing at a fish hatchery. Earlier this month, staff at Niagara Springs Fish Hatchery did some quick thinking when a car crashed into Niagara's intake pool.

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Learning Techniques

Grangeville Ski Patrol outdoor emergency care instructor Brian Adams (right) and student Paul Sonnen went through the sign-ups for the course the Ski Patrol is offering this winter.

2016 hunting, fishing licenses expire Dec. 31

Before heading out in the New Year, Idaho hunters and anglers are reminded to pick up a 2017 license.

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Retired “Officer of the Year” Kinner reflects on 28-year Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game career

Roy Kinner caught on with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in 1988, working as an enforcement technician — a training position and a stepping stone to becoming a conservation officer — in Orofino.

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Wild Ride

After riding 17 miles on the sixth day of his ride from Pittsburg Landing to Nez Perce Pass late last summer, Brad Arnzen of Grangeville and some of his close friends made camp at the high place that divides Salmon River country from the Selway.

Snowhaven open daily through New Year’s; closed Christmas Day

The Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Area opened for the season last Saturday, Dec. 17.