Sports & Outdoors
Stitch in Time
Jordan Young burns up Kellogg course:
Rain and grass do not usually generate fast
cross country times. During the Ben Castro
Kellogg Invite, held at Pinehurst Golf Course, a
flat course and talented runners managed some of
the fastest times of the season.
it's early, deer season looking good:
Judging deer hunting success a week into the
season is kind of like predicting a football
game after the first quarter when the score is
7-3, but so far, deer hunters are reporting
seeing plenty of animals and expressed general
satisfaction with their hunts.
Big game hunters must call in reports:
Fish and Game's online hunter reports have
unfortunately been a casualty of the data breach
of our online vendor's database, but hunters can
still file their reports by calling the
toll-free number at (877) 268-9365.
can be reached 24/7: With Idaho’s
hunting seasons in progress, the Idaho Fish and
Game reminds people who spend time outdoors that
there are several ways to contact a Fish and
Game officer on weekends or after hours.
trounce Wildcats: In their second
of three conference matchups, the Badgers came
onto the rain-soaked field full of energy and
ready to take on the Wildcats from Kellogg.
sixth graders dig deep for win: The
Badger sixth grade football team reached down
deep Saturday and pulled out a come-from-behind
win in the fourth quarter to beat Timberlake
26-18. The fifth grade team, hampered by few
players who turned out this year, fought a good,
hard fight, but fell 13-0.
blaze at Travers Park: A cool, wet
morning at Travers Park in Sandpoint led to fast
times on Saturday in one of the last cross
country races of the season. Three mostly flat
one-mile loops around the park gave spectators
great opportunity to watch many schools from
across northern Idaho test the 3.1 mile course.
Special deer, elk hunts offered: In
response to a wildfire that burned about 75
percent of the Tex Creek Wildlife Management
Area near Idaho Falls, Idaho Fish and Game is
offering special controlled hunts with 500
antlerless deer tags and 500 antlerless elk tags
to be sold on a first-come, first-served basis
at 9 a.m. Thursday, October 13.
Badgers shine against Eureka: Two
young Badger football teams took a road trip to
Eureka, Montana, Saturday, and both teams put on
performances that bode well for the future of
Badger football, with the fifth graders fighting
their way to a 16-14 win and the sixth graders
romping to a 14-0 blowout.
Think twice before taking a roadside shot:
That buck or bull standing next to the road
might be a tempting target, but it might not be
what you think it is, and it could be a very
What you need to know about IDFG check stations:
Hunting seasons are here, and hunters will see
Fish and Game check stations throughout the
state. Remember that all hunters, anglers and
trappers must stop at Fish and Game check
stations, regardless of whether they’ve
ladies take second at invite:
Bonners Ferry cross country enjoyed a warm,
sunny day in Priest River for the Ivan Benson
Invite at PRLHS. The 5k course drew several area
schools including 4A Lakeland, 3A Kellogg, IC
Academy, and Classical Christian Academy.
Lakeland would finish first in team scoring with
a score of 28. Bonners Ferry took home a second
place trophy with a score of 40.
arrive late, finish strong: Bonners
Ferry cross country made its way to the Elks
Golf Course on the east edge of Moscow for the
Bob Weisel Invite Saturday. Moscow High School
hosted several distances, include a 1.5-mile
middle school course, a 5k high school course,
and a 2k high school course.
New blinds at KNWR: In an effort to
better serve our waterfowl hunters, Kootenai
National Wildlife Refuge has been replacing the
old waterfowl hunt blinds with a newly designed
blind. Three blinds were replaced in 2015 and
five blinds were replaced this summer.
edge Kellogg, Priest River: What
started as a cool morning on North Government
Way in Hayden Saturday turned into a soggy
affair as Badger cross country hit the 5k course
at Hayden Canyon. Over 18 teams from all over
the Northwest converged on the halfway point of
the season to make for tough competition.
Easy ways to introduce novices to hunting:
It's easier than ever to introduce
someone new to hunting in Idaho. One way is
through Idaho Fish and Game’s Hunting Passport,
which offers novice hunters, both young and old,
the opportunity to hunt for one year before
needing to complete a hunter education course.
Identity theft services offered for IDFG breach:
Active Network, the Texas-based company
that owns and operates Idaho Fish and Game’s
hunting and fishing license system, announced
Friday that it will offer the following identity
theft services to all Fish and Game license
buyers whose personal information may have been
compromised by an attempt last month to access
the online license system.
Another exciting demo derby!
Bonners Ferry, smashed his way to a first place
finish in the 2016 Lions Club Demolition Derby,
defeating second place finisher Chris Cook,
Lewiston. Coming in third was James Smith,
Bonners Ferry. In the women's competition, Cindy
Sumpter, Bonners Ferry, went home with the first
place trophy. In all, around 30 drivers took
return to Farragut: On Saturday the
Badger cross country team returned to the site
of the 2015 State Championships: Farragut State
Park. Timberlake High School hosted the 5k
course, featuring a wide variety of turns and
hills on a warm, sunny day. Schools from as far
as Boise made the trek north to test the course
and North Idaho competitors.
Badgers fine-tuning their game:
With the five non-league games the Badgers face
this season, they are getting much needed
playing time as well as a fierce test. Week one
culminated with a 44-0 loss to Lakeland, a
strong 4A rival. And now with week two behind
them, having played Lakeside, they are picking
up their game and fine-tuning the offense and
defense to bring it strong in the upcoming
runners at home for first time in years:
Badger cross country returned home for
the first time in five years when Bonners Ferry
High School hosted the home invite at the 3.1
mile Naples course on Saturday. A cool morning
and rain the night before kept the sandy course
packed down which aided runners in tackling
difficult hills and turns.
Youth invited to IDFG hunt: Any
youth hunters ages 10-15 are welcome to join the
Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s annual youth
waterfowl hunt on Saturday, September 24, at the
Clark Fork Driftyard near Clark Fork, Idaho.
Volunteers needed for trail party:
Volunteers are needed for repairing the Boulder
Meadows trail near Naples in a work party set
for Friday, September 9. Volunteer crews will be
digging water drainage ditches, installing water
bars, and replacing soil that has been washed
off the trail.
harriers work out rust in season opener:
Badger cross country racing began on
August 27 at J. Neils Park in Libby, Montana.
The flat, three-mile course made for great times
and an early learning experience for young
Badger teams. This year the Badgers return
seniors Eric Ellis and Alex Urbaniak as well as
gaining senior Elisabeth Cowley.
Leftover deer, elk tags going on sale:
Approximately 156 deer and 161 elk
controlled hunt tags not issued during the
recent second drawing for deer, elk, pronghorn
and black bear will go on sale first come, first
served August 25 at 11 a.m. Pacific Daylight
Controlled hunt results now online:
Hunters who applied in the second controlled
hunt drawing for elk, deer, pronghorn, and fall
black bear can check online to see whether they
were successful in the recent computerized
Idaho approves grizzly bear management plan to
manage harvest as part of removing bears as
endangered species: Action as
part of a plan to limit the take of grizzly
bears in Idaho toward the end of removing the
Greater Yellowstone population from the federal
list of threatened and endangered species.
Hunters can extend their seasons with second
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission reduced the
price for second elk tags if purchased during
August, and hunters are taking advantage of the
Fall Chinook seasons open September 1:
An exciting fall Chinook season is ahead for
anglers, with September 1 marking the first day
of the season.
Chinook fishing closing soon on most Idaho
rivers: But fall season will
be opening in about a month.
Fall Chinook fishing to open September 1:
Chinook salmon fishing will open on three Idaho
rivers, including the Clearwater.
Deer hunt blind available for hunters with
disabilities through drawing at Kootenai Refuge:
Those with disabilities that prevent or make it
difficult to hunt big game can enter a drawing
for a special hunting opportunity at the local