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March
Hayden Lake angler reels in the latest state record fish: North Idaho angler Scott Kerns now holds the the Idaho catch-and-release record for Northern Pike. He caught a 44-plus inch Northern Pike while ice fishing on Hayden Lake in early March. The fish, weighing approximately 33 pounds, was a true trophy for any angler.
Spring chinook seasons set: Idaho Fish and Game commissioners approved the spring chinook seasons and rules for the Snake, Clearwater, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers during its regular meeting Thursday, March 16, in Boise. Fishing will open April 22.
Fall will bring more elk tags, fewer mule deer: Hunters will see fewer hunting opportunities for mule deer does in the fall, but more controlled hunts for elk, particularly cow elk. Idaho Fish and Game commissioners on Thursday, March 17 set the hunting seasons for deer, elk, bear, pronghorn, mountain lion and wolf. The rules will be available online and in print in mid April.
Spring steelhead season an early opportunity to catch big fish: Big fish, lots of bank access, beautiful weather. Well, two of three ain’t bad, and you might get all three during spring steelhead season. Steelhead make their final push to the headwaters of Idaho’s famous steelhead streams during spring, which concentrates them in the upper tributaries of the Clearwater and Salmon rivers.
Combined fee proposal introduced in legislature: A legislative committee today voted to introduce a bill combining Fish and Game’s Price Lock fee increase with a proposal to create more money to manage wildlife depredation and increase access for hunting and fishing, which combined would raise an estimated $5 million in annual revenue.
February
Varsity lacrosse meeting set: There will be a meeting for varsity players on the Bonners Ferry lacrosse team at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, at United Methodist Church, 6568 Lincoln Street, Bonners Ferry.
Still good ice fishing in the Panhandle: Winter certainly has been cold and snowy in the Panhandle this year. Shoveling snow and contending with slippery roads can make winter a less than pleasant time for many people. Fortunately, the winter has also provided a good ice fishing season that many anglers have gotten out and enjoyed. By Andy Dux
IFWF accepting grant applications: The Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation is accepting applications for its 2017 grants cycle. The grants program provides funding on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and tax-exempt organizations.
Bosworth inducted into Timbersports Hall of Fame: Bonners Ferry native Carson Bosworth is one of three timber sports athletes to be inducted into the Stihl Timbersports Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
Season setting time for big game: Deer and elk seasons might seem like a long way off, here in the middle of winter, but there are things you should do now for the upcoming seasons. I’m not talking about tuning up the bow or sighting in the rifle (although those are always options). By Wayne Wakkinen
Sneak peek at new moose, sheep and goat rules: Idaho Fish and Game Commission on January 26 adopted new rules for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat for the 2017-18 hunting seasons. By Roger Phillips
January
Deadline near for Future Badger Basketball: Anne Tompkins‎, Boundary County Parks & Rec, has 40 kids signed up for Parks & Rec Basketball with room for almost 130 more to sign up before the February 4 deadline.
BFHS weight room open to eighth grade athletes: Any eighth graders who are planning on playing high school football next year are welcome to come and lift weights after school Monday through Thursday in the high school weight room.
Take that hunter education course before the season starts: 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.
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