Fish and Game Commission approves new fishing rules for 2016-18

Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently approved fishing rules changes for the 2016-18 seasons. New rules will take effect on Jan. 1.

Three deer wasted, bull elk shot; poaching cases abound

Three deer – all bucks – were shot and wasted in the Joseph Plains during the last week, and details of an unrelated elk poaching came to light on Monday, Nov. 16.

Sports...in brief

Survey under way; Hunters encouraged to complete big game reports soon; Steelhead catch picks up: 10 hours per fish on the Little Salmon.

Sports...in brief

Fall chinook season ends soon; Hunting regs to be topic of IDFG meeting

Sports...in brief

Ski Swap; WAA winners; IDFG reminds: keep game meet cool.

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Fall chinook runs booming, but overlooked

Big fish, and lots of them. What’s not to like? When it comes to Idaho’s fall chinook, the answer is not as simple as you might think, but the fall chinook are in Idaho in near-record numbers and anglers are catching them.

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Happy Hunting

The 2015 hunting season has already been fruitful for many area hunters, including those who took to the hills near communities across Idaho County.

Bashaw charged with trespass, wasting

Robert S. Bashaw, 24, of Grangeville, was due to appear in magistrate court Tuesday, Oct. 6, on charges that he trespassed on private property south of town, shot a whitetail deer out of season and left it to waste.

Steelhead counts picking up

The number of steelhead migrating into Idaho is increasing, as counts over Lower Granite Dam have been in the thousands for about three weeks now.

IDFG survey targets auction tag interest

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is gathering opinions from hunters about possibly changing controlled-hunt drawing odds and increasing the number of big-game tags offered through auction.

Deer hunting rifle season opens Saturday: IDFG “optimistic for a very good season”

Deer hunters are gearing up for opening day of rifle season across much of Idaho, as deer numbers are up and opportunity is high. Idaho Fish and Game has a lot of reasons to be optimistic for a very good season.

Trapshoot event starts Oct. 14

Cottonwood Gun Club will host its annual Fall Night Shoot, a six-week trapshooting event that begins Oct. 14, with a practice night on Oct. 7.

McAdow tags cow elk, upholds promise

“Every McAdow boy, when he graduates hunters ed, gets a complete custom-built rifle to his specifications,” Tom McAdow said last week. “Mine’s a Mauser 25-06.”

Fire restrictions and closures lifting, but hunters should stay informed

Cooler weather and precipitation, including snowstorms in the central Idaho mountains, have slowed fire activity and allowed land agencies to lift some restrictions, and the Forest Service expects to lift more by the weekend.

Bird hunting seasons open Saturday

Saturday, Sept. 19 marks the opening day for Idaho’s chukar, quail and gray partridge hunting seasons. Hunters need only have a valid 2015 hunting license to hunt chukar, quail and gray partridge.