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Fishing rules may change in 2016

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.

2014 wolf count: IDFG increased monitoring, found “no dramatic changes”

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 enjoy strong steelhead return to the Clearwater River

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.

Wolf management group organizing locally

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.

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Perfect Day Shooting The Clay

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.

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Wrestling, boys and girls basketball, trapshooting and bowling results for the week of Jan. 7-12

$100K raised for sheep research

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.

Moose, goat, sheep seasons on the agenda

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.

With low temps, ice fishing heats up

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.

Idaho bighorn sheep auction starts Jan. 8

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.

Tag, license fee hike would let residents ‘lock in’ price

Idaho Fish and Game will ask Idaho lawmakers this legislative session to consider a proposal to increase resident Idaho license and tag fees, but the request has a twist.

WSU wolf researchers cast doubt on lethal control

Washington State University researchers have found that it is counter-productive to kill wolves to keep them from preying on livestock. Shooting and trapping lead to more dead sheep and cattle the following year, not fewer.

Predator tag discounts continue

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved a plan to continue offering discounts on nonresident tags for large predators in some units. The discounts will apply to black bear, mountain lion and wolf tags.

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Retired firefighter runs for fitness, fun in cities all over the world

Steve Munson, 61, retired from a life dedicated to fire management with the Forest Service. Now he runs — eight to 15 miles every other day, and 26.2 at least once a month.

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Hunt auction benefits ‘Wounded Warriors’

Edd and Leanne Woslum of Yellow Wolf Ranch, near White Bird, donated a white tail hunt for the Wild Sheep Foundation’s auction in February.