Sports & Outdoors
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.
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.