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Sports/Outdoors Briefs

Youth soccer season to close on Saturdays

COTTONWOOD — The Grangeville and Cottonwood youth soccer season will come to a close this week, with a final tournament in Cottonwood at the City Park set for Saturday, Oct. 19, starting at 9 a.m.

Grangeville has 71 boys and girls ages Pre-K through sixth grade playing soccer this fall; Cottonwood has about 60 kids in this same age group. Both Grangeville and Cottonwood each have fielded eight teams.

Steelhead rule change affects S.F. Clearwater

Bag limits have changed on the Main Stem, North Fork, South Fork, and Middle Fork Clearwater rivers; now allowed are one adipose clipped steelhead per day and two in possession.

Allowed sizes have changed on the Main Stem from the mouth upstream to the Orofino Bridge and the North Fork Clearwater River. Only adipose clipped steelhead less than or equal to 28 inches can be harvested.

These changes, which went into effect on Tuesday, Oct. 15, were announced by Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game last Thursday, Oct. 10.

IDFG fisheries manager Joe DuPont cited a crunch on the numbers returning to Dworshak Hatchery as the reason for the change.

DuPont’s column will be posted in full on idahocountyfreepress.com.

Hunters: leave the weeds home

As Idaho’s hunting seasons open, thousands of individuals will be traveling Idaho’s back country and potentially spreading noxious weed seeds.

Noxious weeds can become lodged in ATVs, pack animals and hunting gear, and carried from one area to another. Even a few seeds can start a new noxious weed outbreak. Vehicles, trailers, pack animals, and hunting and camping gear should be cleaned before moving them to a new area.

Commission to meet in Jerome

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet Nov. 13-14 in Jerome. A public hearing begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Fish and Game regional office at 324 South 417 East, Suite 1, Jerome.

A complete agenda will be posted on the Fish and Game website when it becomes available.

IDFG equipment auction set

A public auction of vehicles and other equipment used by Idaho Fish and Game is set for Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Dealers Auto Auction, 3323 Port Street in Nampa. The auction will start at 1 p.m. This year's sale includes vehicles, ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles and more.

Contact Dealers Auto Auction, 463-8250 or daaofidaho.com.

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