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Outdoors...in brief

Harper, Howland make the grade

RIGGINS — The 2014 spring hunter education class wrapped up last Saturday April 19, with sixteen graduates: ten girls and six boys, ranging in ages from nine to thirty.

Lotus Harper of Riggins and Drew Howland of New Meadows earned individual recognition for their contributions and accomplishments during the class, according to instructor Gary Phillips.

Little Salmon River access map available

A Little Salmon River access map and rules brochure is now available on the Fish and Game website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.

Pre-order FNRA fund-raiser tix: numbers limited

GREENCREEK — The Camas Prairie Friends of NRA annual event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 at the Greencreek Community Hall.

Camas Prairie Friends of NRA is a chapter of the Friends of NRA, which gives earned money in the form of grants to nonprofit organizations to help promote shooting sports and gun safety.

Tickets are not available at the door and the number available is limited. Tickets are for sale at Rae Bros. Sporting Goods, Kooskia Feed or through www.friendsoffnra.org/id.

Riggins Rodeo goes May 3-4

RIGGINS — The 66th annual Riggins Rodeo will feature a new event on May 3-4 — ranch bronc — along with the traditional events. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 7-12 and free for ages six and younger.

Action starts at 1:30 p.m. both days. Details at rigginsrodeo.com.

Bowhunter ed set for May 3-4

GRANGEVILLE — The Camas Prairie Bowmen and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will host bowhunter education 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3 at GEMS and 8 a.m. to noon May 4 at the Camas Prairie Archery Range.

Class size is limited to the first 20. Register at

fishandgame.idaho.gov: click on the hunter ed logo (bighorn sheep) at the bottom of the page. Or, contact Roy Kinner, 983-8443 or Kent Roberts, 507-1048.

Netters go 14-4

MOSCOW — An April 15 trip north to play the Moscow and Pullman JV squads “was like speed dating,” GHS tennis coach Kerry McCulley said. “Some matches were only 15 minutes long,”

Grangeville won eight of nine against Pullman JV and won six of nine against Moscow JV.

Big game rule books available

Effective July 1, the minimum age to hunt big game will be lowered from 12 to 10 years of age.

Details are in the 2014 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochures, which are available at license vendors, Fish and Game offices and online: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=63.

Wolf hunters will notice that bag limits have been standardized to five wolves per year statewide, with year-round seasons on private land in Units 8, 8A, 10, 10A, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16A, 17, 18, 19, and 20.

Wildlife planning comments open

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has released proposed management plans for the state’s 32 wildlife management areas for a 30-day public review and comment period.

Each of the proposed plans is available for review and comment on the Fish and Game’s website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/wma. The comment deadline is May 20.

Comments may be submitted on the website or mailed to WMA Plan Comments, c/o Idaho Fish and Game, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707. Questions on specific plans may also be directed to regional habitat managers.

Moose, sheep and goat hunt applications due

The deadline for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunt applications is fast approaching.

April 30 is the last day to apply for these hunts. Apply at Fish and Game offices or license vendors, or apply using a credit card by telephone or over the Internet. Telephone applications may be made at 1-800-554-8685; Internet users may apply through Fish and Game's website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/.

Commission to meet May 14-15

LEWISTON — The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet May 14-15.

A public hearing will begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 14 at Fish and Game’s Clearwater Regional office at 3316 16th Street.

Regular commission business will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 15. Agenda items include setting seasons for chinook salmon on the upper Salmon and South Fork Salmon rivers; budget direction for fiscal 2016, a nonbiological rules update; and election of commission chairman and vice-chairman.

Replacements are being sought for two positions on the seven-member commission. One would replace Commissioner Bob Barowsky of the Southwest Region, and the other would replace Randy Budge of the Southeast Region. Fish and Game commissioners are appointed by the governor to represent their region for staggered four year terms; no more than four may be from the same political party.

Contact Ann Beebe, 334-2100, or e-mail ann.beebe@gov.idaho.gov.

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