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Mushroom permits available; Slide Fire commercial permits limited to 125

In 2014, 27,554 acres burned on the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests attracting commercial harvesters. In 2015, the forests sold 123 permits and collected $12,300 in permit fees. During the 2015 fire season, 190,000 acres burned on the forests. The combined forests anticipate many more commercial harvesters this year.

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More than 200 finish area hunter ed courses

“It’s a huge undertaking for the kids and the instructors alike,” Idaho Department of Fish and Game district conservation officer George Fischer said Monday, March 28, looking back at the hunter education programs that IDFG has helped put on across the area this year. “It’s two hours after school in the evenings. Ages go from nine to 60 — I think we had a student in their 70s this year.”

Sports...in brief

Softball clinics set; Fenn Pond upgrades to run April 4 to mid-May.

Mild winter opens early opportunities

Turkey outlook

On the heels of the best big-game hunting season in decades, Idaho turkey hunters will likely benefit from similar conditions that benefited big game. Turkey populations are stable or growing in most parts of the state thanks to several consecutive mild winters, and in some places the birds are pushing the tolerance of private landowners.

Salmon River Gun Club reports progress developing range

Salmon River Gun Club president Jonny Wilson was in Grangeville to tell Idaho County Commissioners about progress on the shooting range for which the county acquired ground from the Bureau of Land Management last year.

Sports...in brief

Super Hunt tag drawing set May 31; Grangeville Gun Club league coming up; Turkey Federation  banquet slated April 9; rangeville Youth Baseball sign-ups set.

Whitetail harvest sets all-time record as four-decade upward trend continues

Fish and Game predicted a banner hunting season for 2015, and hunters delivered with the highest all-time whitetail harvest and increased deer and elk harvests over 2014.

Nothing beats sitting back and glassing for elk bone

A modern guide to antler hunting

I was a hardcore antler hunter in my younger days, but, through the years, have probably become more adept at finding shade as opposed to finding sheds. I do believe, however, that I still have a few tricks up my sleeve that could help you out with your wapiti quandary.

IDFG to stock 1.6M rainbow trout statewide; Mann Lake to get 5,400 March 21-25

Many Idaho waters are open to fishing year round, so anglers can make the most of the year by focusing on times when fishing is at its best for certain waters.

Campground hosts sought: USFS

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic about sharing the benefits of National Forest System Lands with visitors! Multiple openings for campground hosts across the forest are available.

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Bowling, trapshooting, spring sports schedules.

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Salmon, steelhead dwarf your average trout

Want to catch big fish? Of course you do, and if you want to consistently catch them, steelhead and salmon are your best bets. Let’s look at the tape, scale and ticker.

COLUMN: Getting the right boot a matter of choosing impressive hunting footwear

A good hunter, like many things in life, must have a solid foundation, so I would be glad to tackle your question. A quality hunting boot has several key features to consider and the first is durability.

Public meeting planned to collect comments on proposed big game auction tags

Idaho Fish and Game Commission is seeking public feedback on a proposal to offer five tags for auction including one each for elk, mule deer, mountain goat, pronghorn, and moose. Public meetings will be held where people can speak directly with local Fish and Game staff about the proposal. The Clearwater Region meeting will be held Tuesday, March 1 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Clearwater Regional Fish and Game office, 3316 16th St.

Chinook meetings coming up; one Feb. 23 in Riggins

Anglers are encouraged to attend one of three public meetings to help develop the 2016 spring chinook salmon rules in the Clearwater Region (Clearwater, Snake, lower Salmon, and Little Salmon rivers).

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