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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Idaho research crews are busy working on several concurrent research projects to improve monitoring capabilities for big game in forested landscapes and determine how large predator and ungulate populations affect each other. Based on those interactions, managers will decide what actions wou…

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Idaho Governor Brad Little’s workgroup on salmon and steelhead recovery transitioned to a new phase July 8-9 as members began drafting policy recommendations. They also focused on continuing deeper discussions on specific fish recovery topics and listening to public comments.

The 2020 adult fall chinook salmon return past Lower Granite Dam is projected to be around 15,000 adults with about 5,500 of these being natural origin. These run sizes will allow a harvest of over 3,000 adult salmon, which is considerably more than was provided during our spring chinook sal…

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The local Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet previously rescheduled for May 30 has been moved to July 18. Dinner will be at 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Grangeville, $30 for members or $65 for individual meal plus membership. Contact Susan Harries, 208-983-0995.

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Hammer Down River Excursions of White Bird is organizing a bass fishing tournament this July 19-Aug. 22. Teams of 4-8 who book bass fishing trips in Hells Canyon and the Lower Salmon River through Hammer Down will be eligible for prizes in various categories.

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The Governor’s Salmon Workgroup had planned to meet in Riggins July 8-9. Now, the group will meet remotely via Zoom those days. The upcoming workgroup meeting will be the ninth in the series. The workgroup will hold several additional meetings throughout 2020. Information about past workgrou…

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) still have not updated the local DMV offices or private vendors with the new software to register boats, UTVs or ATVs, according to the Idaho County Assessor’s Office. Law enforcement officers have honored the 2019 registrations thru June 3…

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The local Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet previously rescheduled for May 30 has been moved to July 18. Dinner will be at 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Grangeville, $30 for members or $65 for individual meal plus membership. Contact Susan Harries, 208-983-0995.

Register starting at 7 a.m. June 20 at Sing Lee Campground, seven miles up Newsome Creek Road off State Highway 14, for two days of archery fun. Full Draw Archers will have 40 3D targets set up for adults, youth 13-17 and cubs 7-12 to shoot for scores in 12 classifications. Scores are due in…

The local Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet previously rescheduled for May 30 has been moved to July 18. Dinner will be at 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Grangeville, $30 for members or $65 for individual meal plus membership. Contact Susan Harries, 208-983-0995.

Register starting at 7 a.m. June 20 at Sing Lee Campground, seven miles up Newsome Creek Road off State Highway 14, for two days of archery fun. Full Draw Archers will have 40 3D targets set up for adults, youth 13-17 and cubs 7-12 to shoot for scores in 12 classifications. Scores are due in…

COTTONWOOD - To help make the most of your river adventures, the Bureau of Land Management’s Cottonwood Field Office offers a boater guide for the 112-mile segment from Vinegar Creek to the confluence of the Snake River, as well as the additional 20-mile trip along the Snake to the popular t…

Register starting at 7 a.m. June 20 at Sing Lee Campground, seven miles up Newsome Creek Road off State Highway 14, for two days of archery fun. Full Draw Archers will have 40 3D targets set up for adults, youth 13-17 and cubs 7-12 to shoot for scores in 12 classifications. Scores are due in…

COTTONWOOD - Whitewater rafting and jet boating season is here on the Lower Salmon River! To help make the most of your river adventures, the Bureau of Land Management’s Cottonwood Field Office offers a boater guide for the 112-mile segment from Vinegar Creek to the confluence of the Snake R…

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