License gift certificates can be purchased at any Idaho Fish and Game office in any dollar amount. Most people buy them for the exact amount of an annual hunting license, fishing license, combination, sportsman’s package or even a lifetime license! Lifetime license prices start at $300 and c…

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) will adopt a new fee structure and site-type simplification that will go into effect Dec. 10, which will include a $2 increase to the motor vehicle entrance fee, which will rise from $5 to $7.

Idaho Fish and Game is managing noxious weeds and improving habitat in the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area. An aerial spray application was done Nov. 4 in the Billy Creek and Lime Point areas within the WMA, targeting whitetop, starthistle, cheatgrass and other noxious weeds on Idaho…

By day and by night, Camas Prairie residents looked to the skies as skeins of geese flew overhead, observing them passing through and stopping to rest on lakes and fields. No masks were observed, but the teams showed social distancing being observed, apart from when the gaggles settled in cl…

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Hatchery staff are now busy cleaning and winterizing fish stocking trucks after the final fall rainbow trout stocking last week. Approximately 3,000 fish were stocked in Elk Creek Reservoir near the town of Elk River and 2,100 fish were released into Dworshak Reservoir last Thursday, October 29.

Ron Davies, who Gov. Brad Little recently appointed to the Fish & Game Commission, is a retired battalion chief with the Pocatello Fire Department, where he served for nearly 26 years. Since moving to central Idaho full-time, Davies started the Custer Country chapter of the Mule Deer Fou…

Deer hunting in southern Idaho either got off to a slow start, or the harvest stats are lagging due to the timing of the opener, or a combination.

New hunters interested in getting their Hunter Education certification can do so online without participating in a “field day” for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.

Cottonwood – Three popular launch sites along the Lower Salmon River are scheduled for improvements that will enhance access for anglers and recreationists. This fall, the BLM’s Cottonwood Field Office will begin boat ramp improvements at the Shorts Bar, Lucile and Hammer Creek recreation si…

GRANGEVILLE — The Snowhaven Ski Patrol is offering an OEC — Outdoor Emergency Class — to become a ski patroller. This will be an on-line class with weekly hour sessions to work on practical application used by First Responders. Class starts Nov. 11 and cost for fees and books is $300. Those …

Reduced-price deer and elk tags will go on sale at 10 a.m. MT Dec. 1, under new rules the Idaho Fish and Game Commission advanced for legislative approval in 2021. The rules include a limit on the number of reduced-price deer and elk tags available for nonresident disabled American veterans.

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GRANGEVILLE — Local Idaho Fish & Game conservation officers are pursuing the case of two white-tailed deer that were dumped and left to waste on Vrieling Road in Grangeville on or around Oct. 14. One doe and one buck were field dressed and the buck’s antlers were removed.

Reduced-price deer and elk tags will go on sale at 10 a.m. MT Dec. 1, under new rules the Idaho Fish and Game Commission advanced for legislative approval in 2021. The rules include a limit on the number of reduced-price deer and elk tags available for nonresident disabled American veterans.

With the Oct. 10 hunting holiday coming up this week, Idaho Department of Fish & Game sent out a reminder that it deploys decoys in areas where there’s a history of illegal hunting.

With the Oct. 10 hunting holiday coming up this week, Idaho Department of Fish & Game sent out a reminder that it deploys decoys in areas where there’s a history of illegal hunting.

The Salmon River Gun Club will have the shooting range open to the public for sighting in rifles on Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4. The gun club is sponsoring a raffle to win an M1 Garand rifle with ammo and clips. Tickets are $5 for one or $20 for five ticket…

Since the early 2000s, Idaho’s moose populations have been stable or declining in most areas of the state. The Idaho Moose Management Plan 2020-2025 covers how Idaho Fish and Game and its partners will manage moose populations and hunting opportunities for the next six years.

Beginning immediately, TDS telecom company will be conducting fiber optic work along the Snake River from Captain John Creek up to Billy Creek in the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Work will be primarily along the river between these two drainages so crews can attach fiber optic ca…

Hunters and anyone else heading into the backcountry are advised to check with Forest Service ranger district offices or county sheriffs’ offices in their hunt area before heading out. Fire updates can be found online at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/?state=16. Additional fire information is ava…

Shooting hours for Upland Game Bird Permit Release Areas are on the agenda Sept. 15, when the Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet via conference call at 8:30 a.m. MDT. The commission also has a decision scheduled for a Clearwater River coho salmon fishing season. Fisheries staff will al…

Conservation officers are investigating a case regarding a shot and wasted mature 4x4 white-tailed buck found on August 18. The deer was likely shot the evening of Aug. 17 off Harrisburg Road near Kamiah. Officer Lucas Swanson and other area officers have gathered reports of several other il…

Trail crew members conducted rock work on Ragg Station Trail #313 in the Gospel Hump Wilderness by hand with lots of hammering and perseverance. Rock work recently completed there will improve the visitor experience on this trail, especially for those riding or packing stock. Pictured is the…

Some small game hunting seasons will open in Idaho on Aug 30 and Sept. 1, with opportunities including upland birds, upland game, and doves. Many general archery seasons for deer and elk also open on Aug. 30. There is a wealth of opportunity that this time of year provides for Idaho’s hunters.

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The Governor’s Salmon Workgroup will meet remotely via Zoom Aug. 26-27. The agenda, public call-in number to participate, and details about the workgroup, are available online at https://species.idaho.gov/governors-salmon-workgroup.

In place of their regular annual fund-raising banquet, the National Wild Turkey Federation Camas Prairie Turkey Trackers are set to host a "Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt" film at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Sunset Auto Vue drive-in in Grangeville. Advance tickets are $15 per person through the N…

Personnel from Fish and Game's Clearwater hatchery is planning to release 400 catchable-sized rainbow trout at Karolyn's Pond near Elk City before Aug. 7, and another 400 at the same site during the week of Aug. 17-21.

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In place of their regular annual fund-raising banquet, the National Wild Turkey Federation Camas Prairie Turkey Trackers are set to host a "Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt" film at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Sunset Auto Vue drive-in in Grangeville. Advance tickets are $15 per person through the N…

KAMIAH – Several historic fire lookout towers across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are staffed every fire season to detect smoke from wildfires in remote locations and support the agencies’ wildfire response. While COVID-19 restrictions are in place, members of the public are not…

The 27th Annual Camas Prairie Bowmen Spring Fling 3D Shoot was postponed this spring and has been rescheduled Aug. 8-9 at the range south of Grangeville. Shoot time Saturday is a staggered start 7-10 a.m. with scorecards in by 4 p.m. Sunday's is a "fun shoot" — no trophies.

Free Press reader Wyatt Holliman spotted a cow moose with twins in the Grangeville area on the evening of July 9, 2020.

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