Sometime around Wednesday, March 11, two deer were shot on private lands on Lightning Creek. Wardens seeks public help to find poachers
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game completed a wolf control action last month in northern Idaho’s Lolo elk zone near the Idaho/Montana border to improve poor elk survival in the area. USDA Wildlife Services specialists killed 19 wolves through aerial control in February. During the last five years, six other agency control actions in Lolo zone removed an additional 48 wolves.
Idaho anglers are taking advantage of the mild winter to pursue one of the state’s most sought after game fish: steelhead.
Boys basketball state tournament box scores, bowling and trapshooting results.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet in Boise on March 24. Commissioners will set seasons for deer, elk, pronghorn, bear, mountain lion and wolf, as well as spring Chinook salmon.
Bowling, trapshooting results
“On Feb. 28 our latest graduating class of Grangeville hunter education students was certified,” district conservation officer George Fischer said. “Fifteen students entered the ranks with the privilege to be called ‘Idaho Hunters.’ A big attaboy to lead volunteer instructor Kevin Asker, who coordinates the class, volunteer instructors and conservation officers. This was an outstanding class of students. The future looks bright for conservation and hunting, and not only because they are wearing orange.” Among those pictured — students, Idaho Department of Fish and Game officers, and volunteers — is new Riggins-area officer, Dennis Brandt.
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.