Snake River sockeye salmon revival seen in IDFG’s traps

Fish and Game’s effort to save Snake River sockeye salmon from extinction is proving to be a success, as the number of sockeye returning to Idaho has set a new modern day record.

Decoy animals help IDFG spotlight the violators

Fish and Game is taking aggressive action to catch and prosecute people who spotlight game animals. In areas where conservation officers suspect spotlighting or other suspicious activity near roads, they are using "artificial simulated animals" to bust unlawful hunters. Artificial simulated animals, commonly called ASAs, are life-like figures of deer, elk and other game species, complete with moving parts.

Sports...in brief

SMA benefit fun run coming up; Legion b-ball meeting set; Upland game bird seasons open Sept. 20.

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Wilderness Society director adopts conservation on Cottonwood ranch

Craig Gehrke has spent more than 30 years in a land-conservation career — working to set aside more wilderness in Idaho for The Wilderness Society and focusing on forest and range management issues on public lands. But Gehrke recently learned firsthand about the potential for implementing conservation measures on private lands — on his family’s ranch near Cottonwood.

Fish and Game seeking wolf observations

Scouting for upcoming hunting seasons, huckleberry picking, and general late summer recreating are all good reasons for getting away to Idaho’s great outdoors.

Active Network to compensate Idaho hunters

Active Network, the company that provides Fish and Game's online licensing system, experienced technical difficulties Wednesday, Aug. 6, due to the large volume of transactions involving leftover tag purchases and was forced to shut down.

Washouts close Magruder Road near state line

Forest Service officials anticipate reopening a section of the Magruder Corridor Road by next Friday, Aug. 29, that closed last week due to damage and blockage suffered during a high water incident.

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Step Up, Let’s Go, Come on

Wagon train harkens back to local history

“A few years back, some Mormon kids wanted to reenact it,” Bruce Graham said.

‘Restrictive’ seasons set: Upland bird hunting dates announced

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved a restrictive season for sage grouse.

Waterfowl plan public comments due Aug. 8

Waterfowl hunters in Idaho have a chance to comment on proposed 2014-2015 duck and goose seasons during an upcoming open house scheduled Friday, Aug. 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clearwater Regional office, 3316 16th Street in Lewiston.

Night golf scheduled

What’s night golf? It’s golf played on the course after dark with special glo-balls and other illuminated equipment — “the second most fun thing you can do in the dark,” according to organizers Lois Geary and Lynda Williams.

Controlled tag purchase deadline coming up

Big game hunters who were drawn in controlled hunt drawings for deer, elk, antelope and bear have only until Aug. 1 to purchase their tags. Any tags not purchased by that date will be forfeited.

Sports...in brief

GHS football parents meeting slated Aug. 7; ‘Raspberry ’ fun run goes Aug. 3; Football camp set Aug. 11-12; ‘Riggins Salmon Run’ fun run set to go Sept. 13; City softball showdown scheduled; St. Mary’s Hospital golf scramble set; JAKES Day all set for Aug. 9.

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IDFG pursues Dixie-area whitetail deer waste

Someone picked the day the United States celebrates its freedom to mock another of the nation’s great traditions: hunting. And it wasn’t the first time.

Wilderness wolves win a reprieve

IDFG winter culling postponed until 2015

Faced with a legal challenge by conservationists and an imminent hearing before a federal appeals court, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (“IDFG”) has abandoned its plan to resume a professional wolf-killing program in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness during the coming winter.