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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Where All Things Merge Into One

Pictured is an ice circle that formed on the Salmon River downstream of French Creek near Riggins some time before Fred Taylor of White Bird happened upon it Jan. 8.

Hunters satisfied with controlled hunts, but would weigh options

Idaho Fish and Game recently conducted a survey to “take the pulse” of hunters about controlled-hunt drawings, and the majority of them are satisfied with the current system. The approval percentage is also higher than it was a decade ago.

COLUMN: Two ways to test for one nasty parasitic protozoan

Ask Bwana

Giardiasis or “beaver fever,” not to be confused with the common affliction that plagues most teenage boys, is a disease born from a parasite that attacks the small intestines of humans and other animals.

Spring steelhead season opens New Year’s Day

For some anglers, the best thing about New Year's is the start of the spring steelhead season, which opens Jan. 1. Anglers are reminded that they will need a 2016 fishing license and steelhead permit.

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Escape to Cottonwood Butte Saturday, Dec. 26

Cottonwood Butte Ski Area will be opening on Saturday, Dec. 26.

Board to meet in Boise in January

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet by conference call Thursday, January 21 to set the 2016 and 2017 upland game, turkey and furbearer seasons.

Fishing season and rule books available soon

Idaho’s fishing seasons and rules books for 2016-2018 have been sent to the printer and are expected to be available at license vendors this week.

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Shepp Ranch managers retire after 34 years

Mike and Lynn Demerse are moving on after 34 years of managing the Shepp Ranch guest ranch in the Salmon River Country in Central Idaho. And they want to thank everyone who helped them throughout the years with everything from delivering hay to last-minute supplies to boat parts and more.

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.