Sports & Outdoors
Stitch in Time
Leftover deer, elk tags going on sale:
Approximately 156 deer and 161 elk
controlled hunt tags not issued during the
recent second drawing for deer, elk, pronghorn
and black bear will go on sale first come, first
served August 25 at 11 a.m. Pacific Daylight
Controlled hunt results now online:
Hunters who applied in the second controlled
hunt drawing for elk, deer, pronghorn, and fall
black bear can check online to see whether they
were successful in the recent computerized
Idaho approves grizzly bear management plan to
manage harvest as part of removing bears as
endangered species: Action as
part of a plan to limit the take of grizzly
bears in Idaho toward the end of removing the
Greater Yellowstone population from the federal
list of threatened and endangered species.
Hunters can extend their seasons with second
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission reduced the
price for second elk tags if purchased during
August, and hunters are taking advantage of the
Fall Chinook seasons open September 1:
An exciting fall Chinook season is ahead for
anglers, with September 1 marking the first day
of the season.
Chinook fishing closing soon on most Idaho
rivers: But fall season will
be opening in about a month.
Fall Chinook fishing to open September 1:
Chinook salmon fishing will open on three Idaho
rivers, including the Clearwater.
Deer hunt blind available for hunters with
disabilities through drawing at Kootenai Refuge:
Those with disabilities that prevent or make it
difficult to hunt big game can enter a drawing
for a special hunting opportunity at the local
Bonners Ferry 'Border Patrol' adds depth to
Logger roster: In this story
re-published from the Libby, Montana Western
News, a few players from Bonners Ferry's
championship baseball team are making
significant contributions to Libby's team in the
summer American Legion Baseball league.
Thanks to the Western News for giving
permission to re-publish this interesting story.
Badger Track has a great meet at State,
including State Champion in discus event:
The Bonners Ferry Badgers Track Team was off to
Middleton, Idaho, for the State Track Meet a
week ago, on May 20-21. They returned with some
notable achievements, several personal best
marks, individual medals, and a State Champion.
Badger Golf has great spring, both teams place
Boys' team competing at State:
The Bonners Ferry Badgers Golf Team has had a
great spring, doing well at the Intermountain
League District Tournament, and competing in the
Idaho State Tournament, where a Badger golfer
took ninth place overall.
Badger Boys take 3rd Place at
Idaho State Baseball Tournament:
The Badger baseball team ended a phenomenal
season by taking third place in the 2016 3A
Idaho State Baseball Tournament. Here is
the story and several photographs from the Third
Free Fishing Day aims to hook new anglers:
On Free Fishing Day, anyone can fish without having to
possess a valid fishing license. And that covers
non-residents as well as residents.
Time to gear up for Kokanee fishing:
The warm weather may finally be here to stay,
many anglers across the state, warm spring
weather means kokanee fishing.
Free summer baseball / softball program offered:
A free program providing instruction and both
baseball and fastpitch softball games is being
offered this summer for Boundary County boys and
girls ages 9-12.
Badger Baseball wins District Championship, now
On to State!: The Badger
baseball team tops off their undefeated league
season with an undefeated District Tournament
run to move on to the State Tournament.
BFHS Baseball, Softball District Tournament
Notes and a few more great photographs:
Baseball and Softball District Tournament games
are coming up in just a few days, and both the
Badger Baseball and the Badger Softball teams
are shooting for berths in the Idaho State
Championship Tournaments. We just couldn't
resist adding a few more photographs of this
year's Baseball and Softball teams—what a great
season for a couple of great teams and a bunch
of great players and coaches. Take a look
at our photos and a few notes on the District
Tournament coming up.
Badgers defeat Timbelake Tigers to finish
perfect in IML Baseball: The Badger
baseball team completed their first ever perfect
season in Intermountain League history by
beating the Timberlake Tigers 9-5 last Tuesday.
Badgers sweep Kellogg Wildcats in IML Baseball,
locking up second straight league title:
Badgers break open a 5-5 tie in Game 1 when they
score seven runs in sixth inning. Mercy rule,
again, in Game 2.
With injured players out, Badgers still win in
The Badger baseball team improved their IML
record to 6-0 and 16-2 overall with a 9-1 win
over the Priest River Spartans yesterday.
Boundary County Fishing Secret revealed here:
Take a look at this story for some big hints
about the secret.
Badger Girls Softball, Boys Baseball sweep all
games vs Timberlake on Saturday, four games to
none; both Badger teams now alone in first place
in Intermountain League:
Brief summary and photos of the Girls' game
included here. Full story and photos on
the Boys' game is in our Sports section.
Badger Boys sweep Tigers for sole possession of
First Place: The Badger
baseball team took control of first place in the
Intermountain League by sweeping the rival
Timberlake Tigers on Senior Day in Bonners
Senior Badger Baseball Trading Cards:
Collect them all!
Badgers pound Wildcats in IML baseball—invoke mercy rule yet again:
The Badger baseball team beat the Kellogg
Wildcats 19-6 in Intermountain League play on a
sun-soaked Tuesday afternoon yesterday. The win
improves their overall record to 13-2 and 3-0 in
Badger Baseball sweeps Spartan series:
The Badger baseball team began defense of their
2015 3A Intermountain League title by sweeping
the Priest River Spartans Saturday at Bonners
Ferry High School.
Spring Chinook season opens this Saturday:
Predicted to be one of the top five Chinook
returns since 2000.
Badgers win Colville Invitational:
Defeat teams from Colville, Washington and
Badgers pound Rams in doubleheader:
Dunham pitches first no-hitter of the season.
Badger Baseball keeps on winning; Latest victory
features home run, standout pitching, diving
catches, double play, and more:
The team is playing great; details on their
latest win by clicking on this story.
Youth Turkey Hunt begins soon:
Youth turkey hunters get an
early shot for a whole week before the regular
turkey season begins. Click on this story
for the dates and other details.
Thousands of trout coming to Boundary County:
We are going to share a secret that will help
with your fishing success.
BFHS Cheer and Dance Teams at State Competition;
Track Team at Lewiston Invitational:
Things have been busy for several BFHS teams in
recent weeks. The dance and cheer teams have
been to the Idaho State competitions, and the
Track Team has already been to a large
invitational meet in Lewiston.
Badger Baseball continues on a hot streak, takes
two of three games from 4A Sandpoint:
Badgers continue strong play, win series with
Badgers sweep Maniacs in three game series:
The Bonners Ferry Badger baseball team traveled
to Orofino this past weekend for their annual
three game series against the Maniacs, winning
all three games for the first time in program
Enter Idaho Super Hunt for hunt of a lifetime:
Super Hunt tags allow winners
to pursue deer, elk, pronghorn or moose in any
$10,000 reward offered in illegal killing of
Grizzly Bear in Bonner County: Two
rewards are being offered, totalling $10,000.
Contact information is listed in this story.
Big Horn Show coming in Spokane for its 56th
The Inland Northwest Wildlife Council's 56th
annual Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show is
coming up in
Spokane. Established in 1960, the
Big Horn Show is one of the oldest and longest
continually operated sports and recreation shows
in the United States.
Here is your basic starter information on
catching some of Idaho's biggest fish:
If you've thought you might want to tackle some
of our state's biggest fish, here are some steps
to get you started.
Anglers needed to catch Clearwater River
steelhead for hatcheries:
Have you always wanted to catch lots and lots of
steelhead, way beyond the limits? Fish and
Game is asking you to do just that.
Don’t dump unwanted domestics into Idaho:
It seems every year Idaho Fish and Game gets a
few calls, emails or visits from citizens
wanting to know the identity of some exotic
creature they encountered.
Want to help out new hunters? Volunteer hunter
education instructors needed:
Idaho’s hunter education program is looking for
new volunteer instructors to help ensure that
the newest generation of hunters has a thorough
understanding of safety, ethics and
Learn animal tracking at NIC Sandpoint class:
It’s not too late to sign up for North Idaho
College at Sandpoint’s “Animal Tracking” class
taught by wilderness expert and author Brian
Baxter this Saturday, February 6.
Furbearer Trapping Course scheduled in Coeur
d'Alene: Idaho Fish and Game
has created a voluntary trapper education
program to help educate trappers. The goal is to
promote safe and ethical trapping, to minimize
non-target catches, and to minimize impacts of
trapping activity on other recreationists.
Classes are being taught by teams of volunteers
and Fish and Game employees.
F&G Director Declares Idaho wolf management a
success: "The bottom line is
Idaho has a healthy, sustainable wolf population
that is over seven times higher than the federal
Radio collars are vital tool for game management:
Idaho Fish and Game biologist Craig White
recently got a message telling him two elk died,
but it didn't come from a colleague or a
citizen, it was from a satellite.
Studies Say: No more than 10 seconds air time
Ten seconds is all the time an angler should
take to remove the hook, take pictures and
return a fish to water, according to a
recommendation in a recent survey of studies
about the impacts of exposing fish to air.
Click on this story for more details.
Recap of December's Moose Madness 2015:
The 2015 Moose Madness annual event was held on
Friday, December 18. Everyone who attended had a
blast, of course, although all Badger fans were
disappointed to find out at the end of the
evening that Sandpoint would remain in
possession of the Moose Rack trophy this year.
Think you've got a big-game trophy animal?
Here's how to get it scored and entered into the
Most big-game hunts are over and stories are
circulating about some big trophies that were
taken during the fall hunting seasons, including
a possible state-record moose. If
you are thinking you may have a trophy animal,
here are the details on getting it officially
New Year requires new Idaho hunting and fishing
Before heading out in the New Year, Idaho
hunters and anglers are reminded to pick up a
Nearly all of Idaho’s hunting and fishing
licenses, tags, and permits are sold on a
calendar year basis, and they expire December
Opportunities coming up in North Idaho to have
big game trophies officially measured:
Got a big game trophy at home?
Here's your chance to get an official
measurement. But you've got to start the
process right now.
FFA doing its part for Moose Madness:
FFA members are ready to put the boot to
Sandpoint. They are working in coalition with
the Leadership Class, Staff, and the rest of the
Student Body for Moose Madness.
Comments sought on upland, turkey, furbearer and
falconry seasons: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking
public comments on proposed changes to the
2016-2017 and 2017-2018 upland game, turkey,
furbearer, and falconry seasons.
Winter big game aerial surveys underway:
As snow blankets much of Idaho, wildlife
biologists with Idaho Fish and Game are in the
sky conducting aerial surveys of big game across
Intermountain League All-League Teams announced
for fall sports: See our list
of Intermountain League All-League Teams for
fall sports. Several Bonners Ferry High
School student athletes recognized on the
Why you should keep fishing in winter,
This article, the second of a two-part series,
gives tips for ice fishing.
F&G: Here's why you should keep fishing in
winter (Part 1):
People may see hearty anglers wading streams or
staked out on banks during winter weather and
wonder "what are they doing?"
The short answer is "probably catching fish."
Hunters asked to report hunting results:
Idaho Fish and Game encourages hunters who
purchased a deer, elk, or pronghorn tag to
report the results of their 2015 big game hunts
as soon as possible.
If you follow Grizzly Bear management and
recovery—there's a meeting in Missoula:
The multi-agency committee responsible for
grizzly bear recovery in the contiguous United
States and adjacent Canadian Provinces will be
holding their annual winter meeting in Missoula,
Montana from December 8, 2015 – December 9,
2015. The public is invited to attend.
Fish and Game conservation officer frees tangled
video goes viral:
It wasn’t an average day at the office for Idaho
Fish and Game Conservation Officer John McLain
when he encountered a white-tailed buck tangled
in baling twine, but his average days don’t go
viral on the Internet, either.
Cross Country awards announced:
Bonners Ferry High School Cross Country held
their end-of-season awards banquet last
Thursday. Several Badgers made the
All-League list of Cross Country runners, and
individual awards were also given.
Interested in wolf trapping? Required course
available in Coeur d'Alene:
Idaho rules require a Wolf Trapper Certification
course be completed and passed before a person
can purchase wolf trapping tags.
Badger Cross Country competes at Idaho State
Championships: Badger cross
country season came to an end on October 31 at
Farragut State Park at the Idaho State
Championships. Runners from all over the state
converged on a rainy North Idaho state park to
compete in the largest ever Idaho state cross
Hunters can take survey about
controlled hunts and auction tags:
Fish and Game is getting opinions from hunters
about possibly changing controlled hunt drawing
odds and increasing the number of big game tags
offered through auction.
Idaho Fish and Game encourages hunters
to complete big game reports soon:
Idaho Fish and Game encourages hunters who
purchased a deer, elk, or pronghorn tag to
report the results of their 2015 big game hunts
as soon as possible. Reporting is required
either 10 days after a deer, elk or pronghorn is
harvested, or ten days following the end of the
season for which a tag is valid.
Parachuting beavers go global:
It wasn't exactly an unreleased Beatles tune or
a missing Monet, but the much-talked-about film
featuring parachuting beavers was recently
rediscovered in Fish and Game's archives.
Cross Country: Boys' and Girls' teams place
second at District; both advance to State:
Teams battle hard to bring home District
hardware. Coach Warner named Intermountain
League Coach of the Year.
Fall Chinook season ends soon:
The fall Chinook season will end October 31 in
the Clearwater River, a short stretch of the
lower Salmon River and in the Snake River,
except the section from Cliff Mountain Rapids
upstream to Hells Canyon Dam, which closes
November 17. More details available by
clicking on this story.
Girls' and Boys'
XC take second at Kellogg:
steps in to help earn trophy; Boys'—Ranked
4th in state. Read all the
details by clicking on this story.
Badger Cross Country competes at Sandpoint:
The Badgers cross country teams were able to
enjoy some time closer to home after a long week
at Priest River and Moscow. On Saturday, October
10 the Badgers raced at Traver’s Park in
Sandpoint for the William Johnson Invitational
hosted by Sandpoint High School.
From Idaho Fish & Game: From field to freezer:
tips for processing your big game animal:
You successfully shot a deer, elk or other big
game animal. Now the work begins. You want to
properly process the animal so you get many
healthy, enjoyable meals from it.