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Hunter Ed set Feb. 1

GRANGEVILLE — An adults-only hunter education and gun safety class will run Feb. 1-13, while two student classes are slated this spring (before turkey season) and another student class is set for this fall.

The upcoming class will run 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Browse the class listings or preregister at

education. The fee is $8 and the class size is limited to 30.

All hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1975, are required by state law to complete a hunter education course before purchasing a hunting license in Idaho.

“We always get a lot of adults in class,” conservation officer Roy Kinner said, “and this one will focus on them.”

For more information, contact Kinner, 983-8443.

White Bird club tied for trapshoot lead

WHITE BIRD — Wade Sickels, Don Sickels and Steve Duerkson knocked down perfect 25s last Sunday morning, Jan. 10, according to the Lewiston Tribune. That was enough to book a perfect 75 and a share of the team scoring lead on the opening day of the annual 10-week Camas Prairie Trapshoot.

The Free Press received individual results from the Grangeville and Cottonwood clubs; find them in the Scorecard on 3B.

Local hoop shoot winners headed to Clarkston Jan. 23

GRANGEVILLE — The 2016 Elks Hoop Shoot local event was held Jan. 9 at GEMS, and winners in four age groups advance to the next level of competition, to be held at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 23 at Lincoln Middle School in Clarkston.

The top boys placers were: ages 8-9, Landon Schlieper (Clearwater Valley); ages 10-11, Lane Schumacher (Prairie); and, ages 12-13, Blake Schoo (GEMS). The top girls placers were: ages 8-9, Tanya Pfefferkorn (CV); ages 10-11, Lilly Denham (CV); and ages 12-13, Madison Shears (P).

The top-three finishers in each group are listed in the Scorecard on 3B.

Camas Prairie FNRA banquet set Feb. 12

GREENCREEK — The Camas Prairie chapter of the Friends of the NRA — a shooting sports and gun safety charity — will hold their annual banquet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12. The event includes auctions, raffle items and games.

“We are asking for underwriting, contributions and local support,” the committee noted in a letter. “The event will be attended by approximately 250 people from communities from Riggins to Orofino.”

The last three years, the group has awarded $6,500 to hunter safety programs and the “Women on Target” shooting clinic, $1,300 to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office for a shooting safety program, $3,500 to the Grangeville Gun Club for that building’s handicap accessibility, and $1,350 to the Idaho County 4-H shooting program for supplies and shotguns. The group has contributed to hunter safety programs in both Grangeville and Kamiah and “numerous other grants were funded between Lewiston and Riggins.”

Tickets are available at Rae Bros. Sporting Goods in Grangeville and Kooskia Feed.

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Big Eddy Trail hike slated Jan. 16

AHSAHKA — The Clearwater Trekkers hiking club will be starting off the new year by returning to the Big Eddy Trail.

“We will meet at 7:30 a.m. and set out at 8 a.m.,” organizer Todd Holcomb noted on the group’s Facebook page. “We'll hike out to the five-mile campsite and back. This is an easy to moderate hike following a well-worn, but often narrow hillside trail. Bring sturdy trail shoes or hiking boots (the trail will be very wet with snow and rain), plenty of water, and food for lunch and snacks along the way. Poles are optional, but don't forget your camera. Meet us in the park, next to the rest rooms, at the trail head.”

Contact Holcomb, 704-9739, Shelli Clement, 253-278-8910, or find the group online at

Ski Scoop

Fish Creek (Jan. 8): 27” snow, 3” new, 37 degrees at approximately 12:45 p.m. All loops groomed, track set, snow is soft and settling due to the warmer temps this past week. —Forest Service

Snowhaven (Jan. 10): 30” base, 35” summit. Open through mid-March 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and federal holidays, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18.

Cottonwood Butte (Jan. 8): 21” base, 25” summit. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and federal holidays, and Friday nights 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. this month.


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