A journey initiated by a few dozen local hunters pleading the case of a languishing elk herd, culminated, on March 13, with a unanimous vote by a state-wide panel of Fish and Game commissioners to drastically reduce all elk hunting in the Elk City Zone.
Earlier this wee, a swan was senselessly shot at Swartz Pond, Nez Perce National Historical Park off the Old White Bird Grade. The shooter made no attempt to recover the swan. It is more than likely that the swan was shot from the road with a .22 caliber rifle.
Flowering rush: It’s not a problem invasive species in Idaho County, yet, and officials are asking the public to be vigilant to get ahead of infestations early.
Personal use firewood permits and personal use mushroom permits are now available from Forest Service offices on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and at several local vendors. Permits are valid from April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2020.
RIGGINS — The annual Salmon River Jet Boat race weekend is set to open with the boat show BBQ at 6 p.m. MT April 19, with two days of racing to follow April 20-21.
The Grangeville Gun Club will give out the listed 10-week shoot awards (see ‘Scorecard’ below) at its banquet 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6.
Opportunities for moose hunters to harvest one of Idaho’s most sought-after trophy species will be fewer in 2019-20 in an effort by Fish and Game wildlife managers to address declining populations in much of the state.
OROFINO – The Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (ICAFS) presented Dworshak National Fish Hatchery (Dworshak NFH) with the 2019 Excellence in Aquaculture Award earlier this month. Presented annually by the ICAFS Aquaculture Committee, the award honors achievement in the field of…
The Camas Prairie Turkey Trackers — the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation — has scheduled its 14th annual fundraiser banquet for 5:30 p.m. April 6 at the Grangeville Elks Lodge. Contact Tammy Nail, 208-553-6326, or find more on the Camas Prairie Turkey Trackers Facebook page.
Idaho Fish and Game is using "green" power, but not where you might expect it. Mule deer bucks currently roaming the backcountry are sporting solar-powered ear tags that allow biologists to track their movements without worrying about draining a battery in a telemetry collar.
Having scored a half-a-point more than Wallace-Kellogg during the final Sunday of shooting March 17, Cottonwood won its first Camas Prairie Trapshoot team title since a three-way tie for the title in 1998. Cottonwood put two on the men’s all-star team with five 25s apiece: Clint Riener and B…
Bear hunters should be aware that bait is not allowed for black bear hunting in 8A and 10A during spring 2019 hunts. Under a rule change the Fish & Game Commission approved earlier this month, bait use is allowed in these units beginning in the fall 2019 season.
Idaho Fish and Game removed seven wolves in wolf control actions that began late last month in northern Idaho's Lolo elk zone to improve elk survival in the area. The control operation was paid for using Fish and Game license dollars transferred to the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board, c…
GRANGEVILLE – The Grangeville Highway District is proposing development of a biking/walking trail on the west end of town, and it will be soliciting public input at an open meeting this Thursday. Weighing in early on the idea, the Grangeville City Council, at its meeting last week, raised is…
KAMIAH -- Scott Godfrey, vegetation and stewardship staff officer on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, was recently recognized alongside USDA Forest Service colleagues with a U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award for efforts to advance the Good Neighbor Authority in…
A meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 28 at the Super Eight Motel in Grangeville for “coffee and discussion” of a Grangeville Highway District idea to seek federal grant funding to build a loop bicyclists and pedestrians could use west of town.
Despite February storms that battered much of Idaho and pushed snowpack and precipitation above average in most areas, radio-collared young fawns and elk calves were faring relatively well across the state through the end of February.
A paperwork problem that was subject to legal action and that nearly cut off fishing seasons across North Central Idaho last December was cleared up Friday, March 15, by the federal agency that regulates oceangoing fish. The National Marine Fisheries Service – a branch of NOAA – decided Idah…
Twenty years is a long time, and for Snowhaven Ski & Tubing Area boss Scott Wasem, it may be enough – depending on what the Grangeville City Council decides.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet in Boise on March 12-13, with the public hearing starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 in the Main Auditorium of the Washington Group Building at 720 E. Park Blvd in Boise. Members of the public can address the commission on any matters related to …
The Full Draw Archers have two events coming up this spring, with the fourth annual Rochelle Hilbert and Colin Sprute shoot set for May 4-5 at Camp 58, and the Newsome Creek 3D Shoot June 22-23 at Sing Lee Campground. Contact Shawna Hilbert, 208-507-0205, or Nick Hilbert, 208-507-0741, for details.
With four new inches of snow since Tuesday, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests developed recreation supervisor Samuel Manifold reported 60 inches in total with a temperature of 25 degrees at about 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 1.
The USDA National Resource Conservation Service’s March 1 report on the water year shows the Clearwater basin holding 94 percent of the 1981-2010 average amount of water, despite recent snowfall that pushed the agency’s snow-water report into above average ranges across much of Idaho. The Cl…
Baker City, Ore. -- A Forest Service road in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is expected to be closed for more than a week due to a rock slide.
Volunteer instructors and officers are finishing up initial 2019 hunter education classes across the Clearwater Region. “Without volunteer efforts there is no way (Idaho Fish and Game) could keep up with our classes for young and old alike in firearms safety, survival and conservation,” IDFG…
Fishermen were active on the Clearwater River at the Button Beach area between Kamiah and Kooskia Friday, Feb. 22. In the following days, several more inches of snow fell in the area.
The Fish Creek Nordic ski area south of Grangeville has received six inches of new snow since Tuesday, bringing the total measured Friday, Feb. 22, to 55 inches. Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests developed recreation supervisor Samuel Manifold reported a temperature of 21 degrees at abou…
With 56 inches in total and a temperature of 22 degrees at 2 p.m. Feb. 19, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests developed recreation supervisor Samuel Manifold reported 12-16 inches of new snow “since Friday” in the Fish Creek Nordic Ski area south of Grangeville.
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor Cheryl F. Probert has accepted a temporary appointment as the Acting Forest Supervisor of the Kootenai National Forest in Libby, Mont., effective February 19. Kurt Steele will serve as Acting Forest Supervisor of the Nez Perce-Clearwater Natio…
The Camas Prairie Turkey Trackers — the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation — has scheduled its 14th annual fund-raiser banquet for 5:30 p.m. April 6 at the Grangeville Elks Lodge.
Idaho Fish and Game has confirmed a case of Treponema Associated Hoof Disease in an elk harvested by a hunter near White Bird in 2018, which is the first animal diagnosed with TAHD in Idaho. Fish and Game is asking people to report elk showing symptoms.
An innovative approach using trail cameras to capture wildlife will allow Idaho Fish and Game biologists to estimate deer and elk populations in a safer, less-invasive, and less-expensive way than the traditional method of biologists flying in aircraft and counting them.
Recent winter storms have been good for Grangeville's Snowhaven Ski Area, putting fresh powder across the hill for eager skiers and snowboarders. Pictured here were recreationists enjoying Saturday afternoon, Feb. 9.
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests groomed all loops and set a track at Fish Creek Wednesday, Feb. 6. Developed recreation supervisor Sam Manifold reported it was lightly snowing and “new snow is soft and dry.”
Winter-months steelhead fishing on the South Fork Clearwater River has been pretty good for the few people who have taken the time to give it a go – and was especially good for one local youngster who put in a full effort on Christmas Day.
The well-documented decline of a once healthy elk population in Units 14, 15 and 16 has reached a critical level and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has taken notice.
LEWISTON – A crowd turned out for the Jan. 31 meet-and-greet dinner Idaho Fish and Game put on to introduce new director Ed Schriever to Clearwater Region sportsmen and women.
How much difference a month can make: The Jan. 4 SNOTEL data showed the Clearwater River basin running ahead of average, but as of Feb. 1, the basin had slipped from 102 percent of the 1981-2010 median to 87 percent. Parts to the south and west saw their snow-water equivalent scores climb fr…
IDFG has scheduled a public meeting 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Grangeville Senior Center to hear hunters’ preferences for rules and seasons for the upcoming big game hunts.
Three public meetings for Idaho Fish and Game to gather public input on how to manage spring and summer chinook salmon fisheries in the Clearwater Region have been scheduled for next month. Managers will hear thoughts and ideas about how to run the Clearwater River basin, Lower Salmon River,…
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