As of Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Edwards Memorial roping event set
KOOSKIA — In remembrance of Terry Edwards, Stacy, Dallas, Cody and Bret Edwards are hosting a roping event at their arena east of town at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.
See the ad on 10B for details.
Holt wins library’s golf club raffle
WHITE BIRD — The White Bird Library recently drew the winning ticket for a golf club raffle: Amanda Holt of Grangeville won.
Saddliers’ queen tryouts coming up
KOOSKIA — The Kooskia Saddliers will have queen tryouts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at their arena. Originally, the tryouts were to be at 9:00 a.m., but due to a benefit breakfast for Ray Mefford at that time, the Saddliers have moved their tryouts back two hours.
Youth pheasant season opens Oct. 3
Idaho’s youth pheasant season opens statewide Saturday, Oct. 3, and runs through Oct. 9 for all licensed hunters 15 years old or younger.
The weeklong hunt opens a half hour before sunrise in Area 1, 2 and 3, except on the C.J. Strike, Fort Boise, Montour, Niagara Springs, Payette River, and Sterling wildlife management areas, where shooting hours begin at 10 a.m.
Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed hunter 18 years or older – one adult may accompany more than one youth.
The daily bag limit is three cocks and the possession limit is nine, except on wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked, in which case the daily limit is two cocks and six in possession.
Youth hunters do not need a WMA pheasant permit to hunt on Idaho Fish and Game wildlife management areas. Pheasants will be stocked on the C.J. Strike, Fort Boise, Montour, Niagara Springs, Payette, Sterling and Market Lake wildlife management areas before the youth hunt season.
All upland game hunters are required to wear hunter orange during the pheasant season when hunting on wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked. A hunter orange hat meets this requirement.
See the 2014-2015 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules brochure available at Fish and Game offices, license vendors and online at fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=67.
Hot summer affects chinook salmon
It wasn’t just sockeye salmon that suffered in this record hot summer of 2015. Idaho Fish and Game’s McCall Hatchery made some changes to accommodate overheated chinook salmon.
“Because of the water temperatures in the South Fork being in the upper seventies, we were seeing a lot of mortality with fish that we were holding as well as fish that were in the river swimming free,” McCall Hatchery assistant manager Joel Patterson said.
Normally, the McCall Hatchery houses catchable rainbow trout in the summer, but those fish were moved out early to lower elevation lakes and streams to make room for the chinook salmon. Instead of spawning the fish at the trap along the South Fork Salmon River, it was done at the McCall Hatchery in late August and early September.