BOISE -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved broad expansions to Idaho’s wolf hunting and trapping regulations Feb. 20, bringing year-round hunting to more of the state than a bill in the Idaho Legislature had previously proposed.

Invitations to the local chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet are in the mail and all are welcome to join for the March 28 meal. Dinner is 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Grangeville, $30 for individual members or $65 for individual meal plus membership. Tickets and details are a…

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As of Feb. 18, Stephanie Holt had reported the biggest fish caught during this year’s edition of the annual Women With Bait steelhead fishing tournament. Holt’s 34-inch hatchery steelhead measured a bit longer than three other fish of 32-plus inches.

Fishermen were spaced along the banks of the South Fork the Clearwater River last Saturday, Feb. 15, under a gray, cloudy sky. This fly fisherman was trying his luck Saturday afternoon at Harpster.

The Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation is accepting applications for its 2020 grants cycle. The grants program provides up to $10,000 on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations and governmental organizations, generally for projects that address one or more of the following areas.

The Forest Service’s weekly grooming report on the nordic ski and snowshoe loops at Fish Creek south of Grangeville noted 52 inches in total last Friday, Feb. 7, including 18 inches of new snow. “We plan to get out mid-next week,” recreation supervisor Sam Manifold said.

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Since 2010, Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) has been recruiting volunteer anglers to catch adult steelhead from the South Fork Clearwater River. We rely on anglers from around the region, other states, and even other countries to collect steelhead broodstock on the South Fork Clearw…

Riggins is one of six communities set for public meetings by the Idaho Department of Fish & Game to provide information and receive public comments and opinions on how best to manage the 2020 chinook salmon fisheries in the Clearwater, Hells Canyon, lower Salmon, Little Salmon and South …

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is proposing seven extensions of the 2020 wolf hunting seasons and two proposed changes to open more areas to wolf trapping and extend trapping seasons. Public can see the proposals and comment at Fish and Game's public comment webpage.  Deadline to comm…

Idaho County will be submitting a grant application to Idaho State Parks & Recreation for a Pittsburg Landing lower parking lot chip seal. The public can submit comments in writing on the application to Idaho County, 320 W. Main Street, Grangeville, ID 83530, or e-mail to – kackerman@ida…

Hunter education has been scheduled Feb. 17-29 at the Grangeville Elks Lodge. Instruction is 6-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. No fall class is offered in Grangeville. Registration is online at idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/education. Questions? Contact Roy Kinner, 208-983-8443.

Gov. Brad Little is accepting applications for the Clearwater Region representative on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission following the resignation of Commissioner Bradley Melton last Friday, Jan. 24.

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KOOSKIA – The Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC) invites citizens who have interest in forest projects on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest (NPCLW) to attend an evening public meeting in Kooskia next Wednesday, Jan. 29.

"It was kind of a bummer we didn’t open for Christmas break, as far as revenue,” Snowhaven Ski & Tubing Area manager Mark Vandlik told the Free Press Jan. 13, “but, the last two weekends have been really, really good. For the first weekend, we were surprised at how busy we were, but for …

Idaho Department of Fish and Game director Ed Schriever will present his 2019 annual report to the state fish and game commission during an upcoming meeting Jan. 23.

Grangeville Gun Club saw one 25 score last Sunday, Jan. 12, which was the first day of the 2020 10-week shoot. Ken Slabach (pictured) told the Free Press it was a nice day for shooting, despite thick clothes that he said didn’t help his accuracy. Grangeville stands 12th in the 23-team league.

Biologists are conducting aerial elk surveys and wildlife capture work in big game management unit 10A early to mid-January, Idaho Department of Fish and Game noted late last month.

"We packed, groomed and set the track on all loops," Forest Service developed recreation supervisor Sam Manifold reported on his trip through the Grangeville-area Fish Creek nordic ski area Friday, Jan. 3. "Snow is soft and wet but will make a great base for the season. We also packed and gr…

GRANGEVILLE — The Snowhaven Ski & Tubing Area did not have enough snow to open as of Dec. 27, but may open for the season as soon as Saturday, Jan. 4, depending on snowfall.

Last month, the National Wild Turkey Federation local Camas Prairie Turkey Trackers chapter and partner organizations gave away holiday turkeys, as they do every year. Pictured picking up turkeys on Dec. 18 are: back row, Earl (Camas Priairie Turkey Trackers), Dick (Grangeville Senior Center…

Starting Jan. 1, Idaho will require non-residents riding OHVs (off-highway vehicles) in the state to purchase a non-resident off-highway vehicle OHV sticker, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation noted in a Friday afternoon news release. The fee will be the same $12 that Idaho residents a…

GRANGEVILLE — The Snowhaven Ski & Tubing Area did not have enough snow to open as of the morning of Dec. 19, but has the personnel lined up to start as soon as the snow arrives.

Keuterville resident Jim Ewing, 89, shot a buck on the last day of hunting season.  Ewing is an “exceptional marksman in hunting and trap shooting,” according to his nephew, Jim Rehder. He and his wife, Mary, celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on Dec 2.

Meeting by conference call on Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission reopened steelhead fishing in the Clearwater River and lower Snake River downstream of Couse Creek Boat Ramp, beginning on Jan. 1. Daily bag limit in those sections is limited to one adipose-clipped steelhea…

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If you have a 5th or 6th grader who loves to ski or snowboard or one who'd like to learn, you'll want to take advantage of the free skiing program offered by the Idaho Ski Areas Association, a.k.a. Ski Idaho.

COTTONWOOD – Construction on the Pine Bar boat ramp is set to begin on Dec. 2, causing a temporary closure of the ramp and the adjacent parking area. The temporary closure is expected to extend through Feb. 13, 2020, unless work is completed ahead of schedule.

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