Sports & Outdoors
Stitch in Time
Kootenai Refuge sponsors evening
Owl Calling event:
We look forward to seeing you at the Refuge for
the Friday, February 27 Owl Program.
All the details are in this article.
Don't get stuck in the Autumn rush--sign up for Hunter Education now:
Every autumn as the leaves begin to change,
thousands of Idahoans begin to focus on one
thing: heading to the back country to hunt. If
you are new to hunting, you must first complete
a hunter education course. Far too often, new
comers learn that they have waited too long to
sign up, and finding a class is difficult.
Badger boys almost knock off #1 ranked Kellogg:
The Bonners Ferry Badger Boys' Varsity
basketball team took Idaho's #1 ranked Kellogg
Wildcats right down to the closing seconds
before losing the game by 3 points, 46-43.
Badger girls lose first District Tournament game:
Basketball's year-end District Tournament is
where teams earn the right to go to the Idaho
State Basketball Tournament.
In this year's Tournament, the BFHS Girls'
Varsity team opened District competition with a
game against Priest River. During the regular
season, these two teams split, with each team
defeating the other once.
League standings in Boys' and Girls' Basketball, as of February
11: Click on this headline to see where all
the Intermountain League steams stack up in basketball.
If you're anticipating steelhead fishing on the
Clearwater River, here's the story you're
looking for: This winter has
been a good one for steelhead anglers in Idaho;
especially on the Clearwater River. There
are plenty of fish still moving through the
system, and the best is yet to come.
Badger Boys' and Girls' Varsity get overtime
wins: Boys defeat a 5A JV
squad, Girls take down Idaho's top-rated team.
League standings in Boys' and Girls' Basketball, as of February
6: Click on this headline to
see where all the Intermountain League steams
stack up in basketball.
Fish and Game to present update program
on Lake Pend Oreille Fishery: For
Idaho Panhandle anglers and biologists alike,
one of the greatest highlights of 2014 was
watching scores of anglers enjoy great Kokanee
fishing on Lake Pend Oreille. To update
anglers and all others interested, Fish and Game
will be presenting a program later this month on
the lake's fishery.
League standings in Boys' and Girls' Basketball, as of February
2: Click on this headline to see where all
the Intermountain League steams stack up in basketball.
Intermountain League standings in Boys' and
Girls' Basketball, as of January 28:
Click on this headline to see where all the
Intermountain League steams stack up in
Badger Girls win, Boys take a loss at St. Maries:
The Girls' Badger Varsity Basketball team
defeated St. Maries High School 60-38 last
Saturday in St. Maries. Girls' JV also
win, while the Boys' Varsity team comes home
with a loss.
Idaho wolf population remains well above
federal recovery levels; livestock depredations
down: Idaho Fish and Game
Staff Biologist Jim Hayden’s recent report on
Idaho wolves offered three key messages: Idaho’s
wolf population is well above all standards for
a recovered population; wolf monitoring was
intensified and expanded in 2014; needs and
expectations for predation management vary
widely across the state.
Mild winter keeps Idaho deer and elk herds
After a banner year for Idaho hunters, deer and
elk populations continue to benefit from mild
winter conditions. Preliminary harvest surveys
suggest high harvest and high success rates in
Intermountain League standings in Boys' and
Girls' basketball: Click on
this headline to see where all the Intermountain
League steams stack up in basketball.
Badger Girls split games last week;
Girls' JV team mowing down opponents:
Things went great last Thursday and Friday for
the BFHS Varsity Girls' basketball team--great
for a game and a half that is.
BFHS Boys split their games last week:
The Bonners Ferry Badgers Boys Varsity
basketball team lost a league came to Kellogg,
but defeated Genesis Preparatory Academy in
their games last week.
Enter now for Idaho 2015 Super Hunt Drawing:
Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo tags allow
hunters to participate in any open hunt in the
state for deer, elk, pronghorn and/or moose. For
the chance to win a tag, hunters must purchase
entries for the Super Hunt drawings.
Idaho bighorn sheep tag sells for $100,000:
Idaho’s bighorn sheep auction tag sold for
$100,000 to an online bidder at the national
Wild Sheep Foundation Sheep Show in Reno
Saturday night (Jan 10). This is the fifth
highest winning bid since the program started in
Fish and Game might charge you more for a
license, unless you purchase every year:
Idaho Fish and Game will ask Idaho lawmakers
this legislative session to consider a proposal
to increase resident Idaho license and tag fees,
but the request has a twist where you can keep
your fee the same.
Steelhead season opens with the New Year:
For some anglers, the best thing about New
Year’s is the start of the spring steelhead
season, which opens January 1.
Apply soon for Spring controlled hunts:
Black bear, turkey: The application period for spring black bear
controlled hunts opens January 15 and continues
through February 15. This year, the spring
turkey controlled hunt application period opens
February 1 and runs through March 1.
Ever wanted to "Super Hunt" in Idaho?:
If someone you know loves hunting (and that
someone might be you), and dreams of hunting
moose, elk, deer, or pronghorn in any and all
areas of the state during any and all hunts,
including general hunts and controlled hunts,
then think about Idaho's Super Hunt drawing.
Moose Madness: here's what it's all about:
Take a look at this article for the inside story
on what all the Madness is about this week.
Fish and Game looking for your input
on next year's hunting season: Fish and Game is drafting proposals for the 2015
hunting season, and is seeking public input on
proposals to moose, bighorn sheep and mountain
goat. Those proposals are now available for
public review and comment.
And the Idaho Panhandle National Forest wants
your comments on a restoration project:
The Idaho Panhandle National Forest (IPNF) is
accepting comments for the Treasured Landscapes
Prescribed Fire and Whitebark Pine Restoration
Project, located on the Sandpoint Ranger
District in the Lightning Creek watershed north
of Clark Fork, Idaho.
Furbearer trapping course scheduled in Coeur
for January 16-17:
Much of Idaho's history from the early 1800s is
linked to trapping. For those who are interested
in pursuing modern-day trapping in Idaho, Fish
and Game is offering an introductory course in
trapper education. Read more about the
course by clicking on this headline.
A relative 'Newcomer' inhabits one of Northern
Idaho's river/lake systems:
A newcomer is establishing itself in northern
Idaho. Walleye, a staple of the Midwestern
United States, have not historically been a part
of the northern Idaho landscape. They have found
their way into area waters fairly recently.
Badgers and Panthers tangled last night in
basketball double header: Badger
Varsity Girls have a relatively easy win, while
the JV Boys come up just short in an intense
Badger Girls' Varsity Basketball
opens season with win: The
2014-2015 edition of the Bonners Ferry Badger
Girls' Varsity Basketball Team opened their
season last Thursday, November 20 against the JV
team from 4A Lake City High School of Coeur
Low water levels at Boundary Creek-Smith Creek
Wildlife Management Area:
Visitors to the Boundary Creek-Smith Creek
Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Bonners
Ferry have noticed that water levels across the
WMA are low this year. The lower than normal
water level is making trapping and waterfowl
hunting very difficult.
Here's where you check your trivia skills
on record fish caught in Idaho: Ready for your Idaho Record Fish Trivia
Extravaganza Contest? See if you can
answer a few questions about record-setting fish
caught in Idaho.
Here's the full story on
BFHS Cross Country at State:
Eleven weeks of training, teamwork, dedication,
and deter-mination paid dividends for eight
representatives of Bonners Ferry High School
cross country, during the season and at the
Idaho State Meet. The State details are
all right here.
Fish and Game reminds hunters of rules
for hunting private land:
Deer rifle seasons opened in mid-October in much
of Idaho. You may be surprised at some of
the rules regarding hunting on private land in
Wolf trapper certification class scheduled
in North Idaho:
If you are interested in trapping, a class has
been set up to be held in Coeur d'Alene in a
couple of weeks. This class is required before
a person can purchase wolf trapping tags.
BFHS Cross Country competes at
Idaho State Cross Country Meet:
The Bonners Ferry Boys' team finished in 8th
place at the Idaho State Cross Country meet,
completed earlier today at the three mile course
around the lake at Eagle Island State Park in
Eagle, Idaho. Click on this headline for
more details on individual finishes at the state
BFHS Volleyball team competes at State
The Bonners Ferry Badger Volleyball team earned
their way to the Idaho State Tournament by
winning both the regular season Intermountain
League championship and first place in the
District Tournament. Click this headline to see
the details of their trip to state.
Cross Country team does well at Districts,
prepares for State Tournament; Perkins claims District Championship, Warner
named Coach of the Year: The rain
let up just in time for the District 1 3A Cross
Country Championships to get underway last
Thursday, October 23.
Social media page in the fight against poaching:
Several recent poaching cases are catching the
attention of Facebook users who follow the
Citizens Against Poaching page.
NEXT UP IN STATE TOURNAMENTS:
BFHS Volleyball begins state competition with two matches this
Friday at Twin Falls. They will first play Sugar-Salem at 9 am.
The BFHS Cross Country team will run this Saturday on a
beautiful 3 mile course around the lake at Eagle Island State
Park. The girls run first at noon, with the boys following an
We plan to keep the latest updates for both teams posted right
BOYS SOCCER: In spite of Caleb
Blackmore's eight saves for the Badgers, Sun Valley's Community
School wins the consolation trophy at the Idaho State 3A Soccer
tournament, defeating Bonners Ferry 2-0 on Friday.
Congratulations on a great season!
SOCCER: In State Tournament play today,
Thursday, October 23, the District I champion BFHS Badger Boys'
Soccer team loses its first game to Wendell with a score 5-0.
They will next play American Falls tomorrow, October 24.
After winning the Intermountain League championship, the BFHS
Volleyball team sweeps six of six games to win two matches and
capture first place at the District Tournament. They now
move on to the Idaho State Volleyball Tournament, held in Twin
Falls October 31-November 1.
Fish and Game approves historic Coho Salmon
season; restored species had been
technically extinct: Anglers, a unique salmon season opens in a river
not that far off. The Idaho Fish and Game
Commission has approved an historic fishery for
the Clearwater River. For the first time ever, a
specific season for Coho Salmon will open in
Great regular season finale for
BFHS Cross Country: District
competition up next.
BFHS Cross Country performs well
at Priest River and Moscow: The
Badgers gain momentum in meets last weekend,
including some first place finishes.
Rifle season for deer opens Friday:
Deer hunters are gearing up
for opening day across Idaho, as numbers are up
and opportunity is high. Three consecutive mild
winters across most of Idaho are resulting in
unusually high numbers of mule deer and
It's that special time of year:
Deer hunt opening soon: The regular deer season opens October 10 in most
regions of Idaho. Take a look at this
story to see some tips from Fish and Game on
hunting opportunities for youth, their guide in
taking care of game meat in the backcountry, and
information on hunting rules.
Ask Fish & Game: Hunting on private land:
Idaho Fish and Game answers
some commonly-asked questions.
Badger cross country at Plantes Ferry meet:
Battling against the heat and
high-level competition, the Badger cross country
team gave it their best shot at the Plantes
Ferry meet in Spokane.
Fish and Game: How
to legally recover
roadkill: We have to admit it: This is a subject
that secretly we all sort of wonder
about, but publicly, we all turn up our
noses in disdain: roadkill. And
we're not just talking about roadkill, we are
talking about salvaging roadkill.
Wolf trapping class scheduled in Pocatello:
The Idaho Department of Fish
and Game is holding a wolf trapping
certification class in Pocatello on Saturday,
All hunters and anglers
required to stop at check stations:
Throughout the deer and elk
seasons, Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) will be
running check stations to collect data on hunter
and angler success. Idaho Code requires that
"all sportsmen, with or without game, must stop
at Fish & Game check stations."
Badger runners perform well
at meets in Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene:
BFHS Cross Country team had a busy week last
week, running two races in three days. The team
began by running at Kellogg at Pinehurst Golf
Course, a notoriously fast race, on Thursday,
September 11, and again at Coeur d’Alene’s hilly
Hayden Canyon for the Super 1 Invitational on
Saturday, September 13.
BFHS Women's soccer posts another win:
BFHS Women's Soccer won their match this weekend
against Kellogg. "The girls played amazing,"
said Coach Delude.
Spotlighters beware! you might be shooting an
ASA: Fish and Game is taking
aggressive action to catch and prosecute people
who spotlight game animals.
Fall turkey season opens soon:
Hunters looking to bag a wild Idaho turkey can
start hunting on Monday, September 15.
BFHS Womens' soccer posts a win:
The Bonners Ferry Badger Womens' soccer team
picked up a road win in Kellogg in their latest
game on Saturday.
Cross Country team again performs well:
With the cancellation of the annual Silverwood
Coaster Cross meet, Coeur d’Alene High School
stepped up to host a “jamboree” meet.
BFHS Football: Badgers fall in home opener:
A report on Friday's football game, BFHS vs
Badger cross-country opens season with
great meet at Post Falls: Badger
cross country kicked off the 2014 campaign by
shaking off the rust at Kiwanis Park in Post
Falls on Thursday.
Badger football loses at Libby in action-filled
game: On August 30 the Bonners Ferry Badger football
team traveled to Libby, Montana to take on the
Libby Loggers. This year the Badgers are a
young group with only one senior available for
the first 2 games.
Fish and Game releases area
fish stocking information: Looking for some ideas on spots where you can do
some fishing this fall?
Fish and Game looking for your help:
Have you seen a wolf? Scouting for upcoming hunting seasons,
huckleberry picking, and general late summer
recreating are all good reasons for getting away
to Idaho’s great outdoors. If during these
forays, you see a wolf, Fish and Game staff
would like to hear about it.
controlled hunt drawing complete
(find out if you got one): The
moment you've been waiting for is here!
Here's how hunters who applied for controlled
hunts in the second application period can find
out if they were successful.
Disabled hunter access available in the
Idaho Panhandle National Forest: The
Disabled Hunter Access Program on the Idaho
Panhandle National Forest will be available
again this year to qualifying hunters. The
program allows motorized access for hunters with
disabilities on two roads on the Bonners Ferry
Ranger District and three roads on the Sandpoint
Last chance to apply for controlled hunts:
The application period for the second drawing
for deer, elk and pronghorn remains open through
Friday August 15.
New ADA Deer Hunt Blind on
Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge: Kootenai
National Wildlife Refuge has a new Deer Hunt
Blind constructed specifically for disabled big
game hunters. The Refuge will conduct a random
drawing on August 15, 2014, to award ten hunters
an ADA Deer Hunt Permit.
Latest Fish and Game news on: drawing for
controlled hunts, leftover controlled hunt tags,
and fireworks or explosive targets:
In this story, read the latest news from Idaho
Fish and Game on these important topics.
Successful summer for Badger Girls' basketball:
The Badger Girls
have been bringing championships home in summer
tournaments recently. Click on the
headline of this story to read more.
North Idaho baseball team with BF players wins
Idaho championship again, moves to regional play:
The Idaho Little League state champions, with
three members from Bonners Ferry, is once again
playing for a spot in the Little League World
Series. The North Idaho Little League team beat
out Boise in the state championship held in
Sandpoint on July 12th.
Wildlife officials predict good year for deer
Many Idaho hunters are optimistic about taking a
deer, or maybe even two, this fall.
Three consecutive mild winters across most of
Idaho are resulting in unusually high numbers of
mule deer and whitetail deer.
Badger cross country ramping up;
first practice in two weeks: Summer
seems like it just began, but already the time
has come to look forward to the fall running
season. The Badger cross country staff would
like to remind high school runners that first
practice will be held Friday, August 15 at 4:00
p.m. Click on the headline of this story
for more details.
Football players are working hard
preparing for 2014 season: Coach
DePriest writes about preparations for Badger
Football 2014, and gives important dates to
remember for members of the team.
Once nearly gone, Lake Pend Oreille kokanee have
rebounded in a big way--over one million fish:
The Lake Pend Oreille kokanee
are back over the past
eight years, due in large part to an Idaho
Department of Fish and Game strategy aimed at
reducing predation on the smallish game fish.
Unsold non-resident deer and elk tags now
available to anyone as second tag: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission reduced the
price of unsold nonresident deer and elk tags
will sell them as second tags. Any hunter who
has already purchased a deer or elk tag at the
regular resident or nonresident price can now
purchase a second tag for the same species.
Submit your great photos to
Idaho Fish and Game website: Do you have a photo from a recent Idaho hunting
or fishing adventure you want to share? How
about a photo you’ve taken of wildlife in Idaho?
You can submit your favorite photos
electronically for display on Idaho Fish and
Badger Football summer conditioning update:
The Badger football team started our summer
strength and conditioning workouts last Monday.
There were many positives and some areas of
Fish Stocking Schedule:
Time to plan your fishing strategy for the month
of June. And to help out, check out the June
fish stocking schedule for Idaho's Panhandle
waters, just released by the Idaho Fish and Game
Department. You can see the stocking schedule,
which includes several Boundary County lakes, by
June 14 is Free Fishing Day in Idaho:
Saturday June 14 is your chance to try fishing
for the first time, or dust off your rod and put
it back into use. It is Free Fishing Day in
Idaho, and Idaho Fish and Game invites everyone
to celebrate the day by fishing anywhere in
Idaho without a license.
Kokanee Catch Limit Increased on
Lake Pend Oreille: Anglers fishing Lake Pend Oreille will be
allowed to harvest more kokanee as a result of a
vote by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to
increase the limit there.
Badger softball finishes strong in league
and district play: Let's go back in time to Friday, April 25. The
Badgers hosted the visiting Troy Trojans for
Senior Night. All three seniors: MaKenzie Carle,
Brianna Reasoner and Arista Winey were honored
as well as the foreign exchange students Ale,Mint and Jin in addition to three seniors from
Troy. The Badgers had a standout
Badgers Advance to Championship Game, Add Three
to All-League Team:
The Bonners Ferry Badgers baseball team advanced
to the district championship game by defeating
the Priest River Spartans 6-1 in the first round
of Intermountain League tournament play Thursday
Idaho F&G Accepting Applications for
Controlled Hunt: Hunters
hoping to draw tags for big game controlled
hunts this fall should submit their applications
in the next few weeks, according to the Idaho
Department of Fish and Game.
IDFG considers increased kokanee harvest:
Continued improvement of North Idaho’s Lake Pend
Oreille kokanee population has the Idaho
Department of Fish and Game considering an
increase to the harvest limit.
busy for Lady Badgers softball: April continues to be a busy month for the
high school softball team, with many girls
putting in time for both the JV and Varsity
squads. With six games over the course of six
days between the two, the Badgers had a
disappointing record to show for a hard fought
week of softball. With many close loses, the
team went 1-5 overall between April 14 through
Hall qualifies for 2014 World Team trials:
In his first tournament since his ACL knee
surgery last August, Adam Hall qualified for the
2014 World Team Trials at the Las Vegas/ASICS
U.S. Open wrestling tournament April 18-19.
Busy week for Badger girls: It sure has been a busy week for the Badger
softball team! With seven games in the past six
days they have earned a well-deserved day of
rest on Sunday.
Excavating wins championship: The Boundary County Volleyball Association
finished their season with a round robin
tournament and in a close competition between
the top three teams, Kelly’s Excavating won the
‘A' League championship.
Though she couldn't compete with her
fellow cheerleaders at state due to
injuries from a car crash the night the
team earned their state berth, the team
presented her with a beautiful Badger
Pride plaque for her indomitable spirit
following their state performance.
Kelsey and her parents were able to
attend state, but they're back home and
Kelsey is hard at work in rehab to gain
back what she lost.
Lady Badgers take first win of the season:
The Badgers varsity girls softball team
travelled to face Sandpoint's varsity team in a
double-hearer Tuesday evening, falling dismally
in the opener but roaring back to win game two
7-3 and their first win of the season.
Badger wrestlers keep tradition alive:
The Bonners Ferry Wrestling Program is in full
swing for the spring season, with wrestling Freestlye
and Greco-Roman in several tournaments over the
last couple of weeks.
Little League tryouts this week: Little League tryouts will be held from 5 to 7
p.m. Friday, March 28 and from 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday, March 29, at the west end of the
fairgrounds ball fields.
Please be at the batting cages, located near the
parking lot of the old downtown mill, if your
child plans to play this year in any group other
Coaches looking to build lacrosse program:
you looking for an exciting new spring sport?
Coaches John Niewieroski and Brandon Glaza are
looking to start a new lacrosse team in Bonners
Ferry for boys in grades four through eight.
girls have good first outing: The Badger's JV softball team played a double
header Thursday, March 20, against the Post
Falls Trojan's C-team and did very well for
their first game. By Sam Schneider
B-run steelhead restrictions lifted:
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted
unanimously to lift the restrictions on harvest
of “B-run” steelhead on the Clearwater River for
the remainder of the 2014 season effective
immediately. The decision was made during the
commission meeting on Thursday, March 20, 2014.
IDFG Commission adopts 2014
rules: The Idaho Fish and
Game Commission Thursday, March 20, adopted the
2014 seasons for deer, elk, pronghorn, black
bear, mountain lion and gray wolf, as well as
seasons and limits for Spring Chinook Salmon as
proposed by Fish and Game biologists.
Bound for state ...
The Bonners Ferry High School
Dance Team will also be traveling to the Idaho Center in Nampa
Friday, where they will compete in four different dance
categories ... GO, BADGERS!
The Bonners Ferry High School Cheerleaders will be heading
to state competition Friday, March 21, at the Idaho Center in
Nampa. The Badgers will be competing in three divisions; 3-A All
Girl Show Routine, Group Stunt, and Pom Routine. They are very
hopeful that teammate Kelsey Shutes, recovering from injuries
sustained in a car crash the day she and her team won district
and the state berth, will be able to attend and watch. The
community's prayers and support are appreciated.
leaders wanted: Do you want to reduce your risk of falls?
Stretching and bending your arms and legs with a
crowd of happy people can help you reach that
goal. Panhandle Health District (PHD)
coordinates a group of volunteer leaders who
teach Fit and Fall Proof classes.
Badger boys off to
state: The Bonners Ferry Badger boys basketball team
earned a trip to state Thursday evening,
traveling to Timberlake and downing the Tigers
36-33 in a loser-out game decided at the free
throw line with only 35 seconds left on the
-- Badger boys open district play tonight --
The Badger boys basketball team travels to Timberlake
to take on the Tigers at 7 p.m. tonight, February 27, in the
opening round of the Intermountain League Championships. Please
plan to go cheer them on!
tops in Elks Hoop Shoot: Trey Bateman, 8, won the
Elks Hoop Shoot Northern Competition in Kellogg last Saturday.
Trey hit 23 out of 25 free throws to win the 8 and 9 year old
division. Trey also earned top shot honors by hitting the most
free throws in all age groups. The district competition hosted
the best free throw shooters in North Idaho