Sports & Outdoors
Take that hunter education course before the
Even though Idaho's spring turkey hunting season
is months away, now is a great time for
beginning hunters to register for and complete a
hunter education course.
Time to apply for spring bear hunt nears:
Hunters wanting to participate in this spring's
controlled hunts for black bear can apply from
January 15 through February 15.
IDFG Commission to meet:
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will set
seasons for moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain
goat when it meets January 25 and 26 at Fish and
Game headquarters in Boise.
Steelhead season opens New Years Day:
For some anglers, the best thing about New
Year's is the start of the spring steelhead
season, which opens January 1 on parts of the
Clearwater, Salmon, Little Salmon, Snake and
Salmon forecast: sockeye up, chinook down:
The forecasted return of adult spring and summer
chinook salmon to the Columbia River basin in
2017 will be lower than initial estimates made
last year in December, but the estimate of
sockeye salmon is nearly twice the size of last
No more Moose Madness:
Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint tipped off their
annual basketball contest Friday
night, but this time
there are no moose antlers on the line. After
eight years of Moose Madness basketball, along
with its crazy, rambunctious, and noisy student
competitions between the two schools, this year
will be just a plain old basketball game.
Hunting, fishing seasons continue through
There's still time to bag that Christmas goose,
game bird, or maybe a nice solstice-season
steelhead. For hunters and anglers itching to
get out during the holiday season, several
opportunities are available.
Local voices needed on trails council:
The U.S. Forest Service is soliciting
nominations for the Pacific Northwest National
Scenic Trail Advisory Council. which provides
recommendations to the Forest Service on the
long-term management of the Pacific Northwest
National Scenic Trail.
Hunters urged to turn in reports:
With most of the major big game hunting seasons
over for the year, Idaho Fish and Game reminds
hunters who purchased a 2016 deer, elk, or
pronghorn tag to report the results of their big
game hunts as soon as possible.
IDFG seeks input on proposals:
Idaho Fish and Game wants to hear from hunters
on proposed changes to moose, bighorn sheep and
mountain goat seasons for 2017 and 2018.
Idaho hunting and fishing licenses back online:
People can once again buy Idaho hunting and
fishing licenses and tags online, but they will
have to establish a user name and password to
get entrance into the system.
IDFG land deals could open 11,000 North Idaho
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday,
November 17, approved two land deals that will
provide and protect public access to about
11,000 acres on various properties available for
hunting, angling and trapping.
Walking a mile in an elk's shoes ... er:
For the past several years Idaho Department of
Fish and Game has been working on a project to
get to know our elk a bit better. Efforts and
methods to monitor elk populations have always
been a high priority for IDFG but recently new
technology has given us an opportunity to walk a
mile in our elk’s “shoes”… ermm … I mean
“hooves,” like we never have before.
Upland game bird seasons look good:
Idaho Fish and Game reminds hunters that with
several upland bird seasons extending into
December and January, they may find hunting
areas uncrowded and the action top notch.
Hunters urged to dispose of carcasses
responsibly: Hunters who are
successful at harvesting a big game animal are
required by law to remove and care for all of
the edible meat.
Idaho Trails Association holding membership
Idaho’s network of backcountry trails leads
hikers to and through some of our state’s most
beautiful, hidden places. As one of the state’s
fastest growing volunteer-driven organizations
dedicated to clearing backcountry trails, Idaho
Trails Association needs you to help restore
and maintain this invaluable legacy.
Badgers well represented in All-IML:
Badger senior Ethan Erickson was recently named
one of two Intermountain League Linemen of the
Year, and he joins four other Badgers on this
year's IML first all-league team offense.
KR Gun Club kicks off another season:
The Kootenai Valley Rifle Clubs are starting a
new season. Rifle shooting is not just for
hunting or plinking, to some it is a serious
sport of precision. A group of dedicated
Boundary County residents meet weekly from
October to May to participate in the sport of
small-bore target shooting.
prepared for unexpected night in the woods:
Every fall, hunters get lost in the woods, and
while most escape no worse than tired, chilled
and hungry, the hazards of being lost in Idaho's
woods shouldn't be underestimated. Hunters can
take precautions and prepare for an unexpected
stay in the woods.
Congratulations go out to Badger
volleyball stars Jadyn Bennett, named to
the All IML Team, to coach Kendra Maas,
honored as IML Coach of the Year, and
Miranda Wenk, who was voted Most
Valuable Player in the Intermountain
League! The Badgers downed Priest River
last week, and travel to state
competition this weekend!
Badgers bound for State: “Does it
ever not rain at cross country meets? Because
literally every meet I’ve ever been to it has
rained,” said first year runner Brady Bateman to
his coaches at the Idaho 3A District I
Championship meet. Indeed the rain came down
hard all day long as Bonners Ferry, Coeur
d’Alene Charter, Kellogg, Priest River, and
Timberlake vied for the top team scores to
qualify for the 3A State Championships.
Lake Pend Oreille Bull Trout population appears
stable: A moratorium on angling and
lake trout eradication efforts to address the
threats of overfishing and a voracious
non-native species appear to have stemmed the
decline of bull trout in Lake Pend Oreille,
according to a recent study.
Salmon, steelhead numbers low: With
another drop in the fall Chinook forecast and a
continuing poor run of steelhead and Coho salmon
this fall, the two-state Columbia River Compact
and the state of Washington shut down angling
for salmon and steelhead from the mouth of the
Columbia River to the Highway 395 Bridge near
Pasco as of Saturday, October 22.
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.