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.
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.
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.
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.”
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,…
The Clearwater Region is hosting a sportsmen dinner, 5:30-8 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Clearwater regional office located at 3316 16th St. in Lewiston. Dinner is free to the public and attendees will have an opportunity to meet and hear from new director of the Idaho Fish and Game, Ed Schriever.
Dog owners, upland bird hunters and hound hunters are being cautioned as Idaho Fish and Game pursues an investigation into animal poisonings in the Joseph Plains area, where two hounds were killed by poison last weekend.
At Cottonwood: The Monastery of St. Gertrude chapel was filled with more than 200 people attending last Saturday’s Jan. 12 performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Palouse Choral Society Chamber Choir.
An old Bureau of Land Management plan to revitalize Salmon River boat ramps is poised for new life — and, finally, some funding — by way of action the Idaho County Commission took last month.
Visitors to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests should be prepared for a closure in effect on part of Cove Road (Forest Service road 279), located on the Salmon River Ranger District, due to work on the Doc Denny 2 timber sale. The road will be closed weekdays, Monday through Friday, and open on weekends. The combined forests issued an order Wednesday, Jan. 2, closing part of the road from mile 16 to just past mile 20.
“This is a temporary closure to maintain safety for all the citizens and the contractor,” according to city administrator Tonya Kennedy. Public safety and heavy truck traffic in this area – accessed off the Grangeville Salmon Road — are the main concerns.
The Clearwater River basin in the place to be, if you’re looking for snow, according to the Jan. 4 U.S. Department of Agriculture SNOTEL data. Compared to history, the Clearwater countryside – which spans a vast swath of Idaho County – has received 102 percent of average, and 100 percent of median precipitation since Oct. 1.
The federal government shutdown affects many agencies, including the U.S. Department of Commerce – a fork of the executive branch, one outgrowth of which is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, from which stems federal management of oceangoing fish such as salmon and steelhead.
Michael Hileman had hunted on Bureau of Land Management ground in the Kamiah-area for three decades, the Idaho Press Tribune reported in October, but was hit with a trespassing infraction after a hunt with his stepdaughter this past season.
Amid a change at the director level with the retirement of Virgil Moore and the promotion of deputy director of operations Ed Schriever, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is anticipating a total budget of about $125 million next fiscal year — an increase of $15 million from the current f…
"Today is traditionally our biggest day of the year," Snowhaven Ski & Tubing Area manager Scott Wasem told the Free Press Wednesday morning, Dec. 26. "We're expecting a big crowd today, and it has been our largest in terms of people and money for years and years."
Idaho County Commissioners Skip Brandt and Denis Duman last week signed off on a letter to Gov. Otter and the Idaho Land Board which states the county “would not oppose the concept” even though “concerned about the loss of tax dollars that ultimately benefit our schools.”
With fresh snow having fallen Thursday night on a groomed base of snow at Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Area, manager Scott Wasem told the Free Press the hill will indeed be opening as anticipated, starting Saturday, Dec. 22.
“It came down to today for me,” 15-year Riggins resident and river guide Rusty Peterson told the Free Press after festivities on Dec. 8 shifted downtown. “I was ready to pack up, put my house to rent and go do something else.”
Now the fishermen are lawyering up. A notice of intent to sue filed in October was met by an Idaho Fish and Game commission decision to close the winter steelhead fishing season at the end of the last day of the notice period, Dec. 7. The closure stands to ripple through river communities from Orofino to Riggins that depend on steelhead fishing to bring anglers – and their wallets – to town during otherwise slow winter months.
The National Ski Patrol is offering an Outdoor Emergency Care Course starting next month in Grangeville. An organizational meeting is planned for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12, at the Soltman Center in Grangeville, to give candidates information on how to enroll and the logistics of the course. Classes will start on Jan. 9.
Three Rivers Rafting has changed ownership. Parts of the business were purchased by both Hughes River Expeditions, and Hunt Paddison and Mira Warner. All float boat and fishing operations on the upper Selway River through the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area will now be conducted under permit by Hughes River Expeditions.
Idaho has seen steelhead returns come in low from time to time in the past, and the state has also seen counts come back strong in years that followed, as happened during the late 1990s and during the recent relative high of 2014. But following on last year’s dismal return, this year’s low return will hit Idaho’s fishing communities hard in a way that has not been seen during the modern era of state management. Since the mid-’70s, when the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Hatcheries came online, the state has reliably kept up fall steelhead fishing through December.
Since the mid-’70s, the state has reliably kept up fall steelhead fishing through December – but not this year.
Idaho Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore on Nov. 6 announced he will retire from the department in Jan. 2019 after a 42-year career in fish and wildlife management. Moore has served as director since 2011, and intends to remain until his replacement has been selected by the Fish and Game Commission and is in place.
Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter announced Oct. 15 that he asked for — and has received — the resignation of Blake Fischer as an Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commissioner. Fisher came under intense criticism for graphic photos taken during an African hunting trip he participated in last month.
Dworshak area hunters should be aware that the Idaho Fish and Game commission shortened the deer hunting season in Unit 10A for 2018.
Most mule deer hunters are satisfied with hunting in Idaho, and their attitudes and preferences have not changed much over the last decade, according to a survey conducted by Idaho Fish and Game in 2017.
Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public comment on proposed rules adopted by the Fish and Game Commission, published in October in the Idaho Administrative Bulletin.
Weather conditions permitting, fire managers plan to begin prescribed fire operations immediately and through the fall in the Barnard Junction, Moose Kelly, Weitas, and other project areas across the forest. Many of the planned areas have remained relatively untouched by fire for almost a century.
“We had a good season this year,” and, in fact, “…really boring,” said Scott Wasem, manager for Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Hill, reporting to the Grangeville City Council at its March 19 meeting. “Boring” in the fact that mechanical problems were at a minimum – “One derail the whole season,” he said – and “good” as operations went well, and the hill made $102,612. “Everything ran smoothly; it was just really good,” he said, for the city-owned and operated facility this season that went from Dec. 26 to March 10.
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