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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).

Heli-gunners remove 20 wolves from Lolo Zone

Idaho Fish and Game, with assistance from USDA Wildlife Services, has completed wolf control actions in northern Idaho’s Lolo elk zone to improve elk survival in the area.

Sports...in brief

Board postpones tag auction vote, opposes auction mandate bill; Softball clinic slated; Apply now for bear, turkey controlled tags; Two more hunter ed spring courses on tap; Camas Prairie FNRA banquet is Friday; Lindsley PRs, wins.

Wolf advocates: Lolo Zone aerial gunning under way

Aerial gunning of wild wolves is under way in remote and rugged areas of the Clearwater National Forest, conducted by the federal Wildlife Services agency and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Defenders of Wildlife and Friends of the Clearwater noted Feb. 8. The agencies are using helicopters to kill wolves in the Lolo Zone, which covers portions of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. About 50 Lolo Zone wolves have been killed from the air since 2011.

Presidents Day Weekend snow jamboree slated

This Presidents Weekend, Feb. 13-14, Meadows Valley will be hosting a two-day Snow Jamboree for snowmobilers of all ages. Based at the location of C&M Lumber, 3625 Walker Lane and Highway 55 in New Meadows, activities and events are planned for all.

Groups seek grant to add ADA accessibility to Elk City’s new motorized recreation trailhead

Framing Our Community and the Dust Devils ATV Club are planning to add ADA access to all of the facilities at the new Elk City Trailhead constructed in 2015. This trailhead will provide year-around shelter, bathrooms, and fire pit and informational signage to recreationists in Elk City that is accessible to disabled veterans, senior citizens and others.

OHV rec group’s ‘working relationships’ proving productive

A motorized recreation group — well-known in other counties — is coordinating with the Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC) to propose and implement the Gem Trail, a 243-mile route from Avery to Elk City with several key stops in Idaho County: in Kamiah, Kooskia and Elk City.

State wolf management to continue after five-year ‘success’

Outside Opinion

In a few short months, the federal five-year post-delisting oversight window will close and Idaho will continue to sustainably manage its wolves.

Ski scoop

Fish Creek, Cottonwood Butte and Snowhaven snow conditions.

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First of two bighorn sheep tags set for auction on Jan. 23

Hunters interested in bidding for the ultimate bighorn sheep hunt can attend the Wild Sheep Foundation Banquet and Auction in Reno from Jan. 21-23, or bid online beginning Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. (PST). Online bids will be taken at http://www.onlinehuntingauctions.com/IDAHO-BIGHORN-SHEEP-PERMIT_i23890809.

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