Snowhaven to open Saturday, Dec. 19

Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Area will open this Saturday, and has scheduled to continue through Jan. 3, manager Scott Wasem told the Free Press Monday, Dec. 14. “We got 20 inches last night and we’re expecting three to four more today,” Wasem said. “I’ve been up here grooming it. We have about 18 inches at the bottom of the hill, 25 on top.”

FS to start grooming snow trails Thursday

Time to dust off the snow gear as area receives ample amounts of snow for both horse-powered and people-powered pursuit. The recent snowfall has given the surrounding areas efficient levels to begin grooming winter snow trails. As snow conditions allow, more than 400 miles of snowmobile trails will be groomed around the Grangeville and Elk City area throughout the winter season beginning this week. Grooming of the Fish Creek Nordic Trails will begin this Thursday and continue on a weekly basis throughout the winter.

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Fishing Day

These men were enjoying a recent trip on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River between Kooskia and Kamiah.

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One For The Books

In October 2014, the Free Press reported on a big bear a local woman tagged in that fall’s hunt. Last Wednesday, Nov. 25, Renee Duman of Cottonwood said she “finally got this bad boy officially scored and recorded.”

Trophy bighorn found killed; Nampa man to face Dec. 14 arraignment on felony charge

Last month, an Idaho Department of Fish and Game Salmon River jet boat patrol happened upon what one officer described as a man in bloody pants with “blood on his hands and arms.”

Winter fishing tips: Steelhead “hunker down” in their spots

People may see hearty anglers wading streams or staked out on banks during winter weather and wonder “what are they doing?”

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.