Sports...in brief

IDFG announces beginners’ page

Never hunted? Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it may appear at first glance.

Idaho Fish and Game has devoted a web page to help novices understand the basics, including what they need to get started, what game is available and where to go.

The information is in an easy-to-understand format that allows you to easily navigate Fish and Game’s website and get the information needed to start hunting.

Find it at idfg.idaho.gov/ hunting/beginners-guide.

‘Think Pink’ tourney lands on Oct. 15

COTTONWOOD – As part of her senior project, Prairie High School student Hailey Danly will be putting on the “Think Pink” volleyball tournament Thursday, Oct. 15, 5 p.m., at the PHS gym.

Prairie Pirate volleyball is looking to “pink out” the gym. Grangeville and Cottonwood are invited to come out and enjoy volleyball, while supporting breast cancer awareness. T-shirts are being sold for $15. Text or e-mail Danly for T-shirt orders by Oct. 2. Pay for and pick up shirts on game day.

Those who wear pink to the game will have their name placed into a drawing for gift baskets donated by businesses in both communities. Donation jars will be present during the game, and all proceeds will be sent out to support breast cancer.

Contact Danly at (208) 553-0377; hailsdanly1@gmail.com.

How to stop a poacher with a phone call

Hunting seasons are finally here, and the Idaho Fish and Game reminds people who spend time outdoors that they should reach for a phone whenever they witness a violation of fish and game laws.

Callers to the Citizens Against Poaching hotline, 1-800-632-5999, can report wildlife law violations anonymously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Cash rewards are available to callers who provide information leading to the citation of suspected wildlife law violators.

Clearwater Region fire restrictions lifted

LEWISTON — Due to recent widespread rain events throughout many parts of north-central Idaho, all Stage I and Stage II fire restrictions are lifted on lands managed by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) across the Clearwater Region, effective immediately.

This applies to all Wildlife Management Areas, lakes and reservoirs, and fishing access areas owned or managed by IDFG across Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis and Idaho counties.

Sage grouse will not be listed under ESA

According to the Department of the Interior, an unprecedented, landscape-scale conservation effort across the western United States has significantly reduced threats to the greater sage-grouse across 90 percent of the species’ breeding habitat and enabled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conclude that the charismatic rangeland bird does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Interior called this “collaborative, science-based greater sage-grouse strategy” the “largest land conservation effort in U.S. history.”

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