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December
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.
November
IDFG land deals could open 11,000 North Idaho acres: 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 drive: 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.
October
Be 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.
Volleyball All Stars!
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!
Lady 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.
Though 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.
IDFG 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.
Badgers 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.
Badger 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.
Badgers 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.
Young 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 costly mistake.
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 harvested game.
Badger 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.
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