Exodus Wilderness Adventures reported the Salmon River is “in excellent shape and has great visibility” at the outset of another week of strong steelhead fishing.
Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore has named Ed Schriever as the department’s new Deputy Director of Operations. Schriever has been an Idaho Fish and Game employee for 31 years. He started in 1984 as a fish culturist at the Grace Hatchery and moved up through the ranks serving seven years as the Clearwater Region’s Fisheries Manager before becoming Fisheries Bureau Chief in 2008.
Potlatch ended Clearwater Valley’s boys basketball season with a 56-45 win over the Rams in the 1AD1 District II boys basketball play-in game last Monday, Feb. 16 in Kooskia. But if the district tournament goes the way the Loggers went during their regular season finale against Prairie last Saturday, Feb. 14, the rest of the league’s teams may find contentment in playing for second or third place.
State hammers ‘past employee’ who shot research elk illegally last year
U.S. Sen. Jim Risch trumpeted the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 with a press release last Thursday, Feb. 5, coinciding with the legislation’s introduction to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The bill reprises some provisions of a 2014 bill which the Senate voted to kill at the amendments step of the legislative process.
During the next few months, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will be collecting public input and ideas for fishing rules that will be in effect from 2016 – 2018 and also asking where anglers need new or better access facilities.
During their scheduled meeting, the Fish and Game Commission got a status update on Idaho’s wolf population from staff biologist Jim Hayden, who told the board Idaho’s wolf population — including 550-750 documented wolves — exceeds standards for a recovered population.
Anglers fishing the Clearwater River are enjoying a healthy increase in the number of steelhead returning. After a lackluster season in 2013-2014, the number of “B-run” steelhead is up in 2015, and anglers are taking advantage.
While the public-sector lethal control board’s efforts may have stalled, a private group trying to organize locals wants to accelerate the trapping of wolves in the Clearwater Region.
In more ways than shooting a perfect team score, the Grangeville Gun Club got off to a strong start on the opening day of the 62nd Camas Prairie Trapshooting Association 10-week shoot last Sunday, Jan. 11. Pictured is a squad of well-practiced handicap shooters. Not pictured are those among 56 singles shooters who shot perfect 25s: Rod Behler, Brian Lorentz, Bill Stolz, Neil Walstad, Brad Baker and Logan Schumacher. In Cottonwood, 24 shooters turned out, Cottonwood Gun Club Secretary Jean Spencer said. “It’s not too late to sign up,” Spencer added. “Come on out on Sunday and see what we are all about. Visitors are welcome. If you would like to find out more about this sport or just shoot a few rounds, we gladly help anyone who shows up.” See Scorecard, 8B, for trapshooting results.
Wrestling, boys and girls basketball, trapshooting and bowling results for the week of Jan. 7-12
Idaho’s bighorn sheep auction tag sold for $100,000 to an online bidder at the national Wild Sheep Foundation Sheep Show in Reno Saturday night. This is the fifth highest winning bid since the program started in 1988.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will set seasons for moose, sheep, and goat when it meets Jan. 21-22 at Fish and Game headquarters in Boise.
The recent cold weather across Idaho doesn’t mean the end of fishing until spring. For many, the best fishing of the year is just getting started.
Hunters interested in bidding for the ultimate bighorn sheep hunt can attend the Wild Sheep Foundation Banquet and Auction in Reno from Jan. 8-10, or bid online beginning Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. MDT.