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Firewood, mushroom permits available

A permit is required to gather firewood for personal use on national forest land. Permits are $5 per cord with a minimum of four cords ($20) and a maximum of 12 cords. The permit is valid from the date sold until March 31, 2016, on national forest land in northern Idaho and national forests in Montana as well as Bureau of Land Management land.

Apply now for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts

The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts opens this week. Applications for these hunts will be accepted April 1-30.

Chinook fishing season to open April 25

The Fish and Game Commission has approved seasons and rules for the earliest of Idaho’s chinook salmon fishing. The seasons and rules approved by the commission are based on a projected sport harvest of approximately 11,700 adipose clipped chinook salmon in the Clearwater, Snake, lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers.

Wardens seeks public help to find poachers

Sometime around Wednesday, March 11, two deer were shot on private lands on Lightning Creek. Wardens seeks public help to find poachers

Wildlife Services remove 19 Lolo Zone wolves

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.

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Steelheaders continue to see superb results amid favorable weather

Idaho anglers are taking advantage of the mild winter to pursue one of the state’s most sought after game fish: steelhead.

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Boys basketball state tournament box scores, bowling and trapshooting results.

Board to meet March 23

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.

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Bowling, trapshooting results

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You’ll See ’Em In The Woods

“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.

Salmon River steelhead biting; Clearwater catch rates popping

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.

IDFG promotes fisheries manager

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.

Boys basketball: Pirates’ title defense ramps up as districts open Wednesday

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.

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‘It was grandpa’s idea to bring a rifle’ : IDFG bags Earthquake Basin poachers, license cheaters

State hammers ‘past employee’ who shot research elk illegally last year

Risch backs public shooting ranges

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.