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Idaho Department of Fish and Game is offering several trapper and wolf trapper education courses in north Idaho during October and November. Trapper education is required for all Idaho trappers that have not held an Idaho trapping license prior to July 1, 2011. Wolf trapper education, a sepa…

Idaho Fish & Game district conservation officer George Fischer offered “a big attaboy” to hunter education instructor Roy Kinner for hosting the fall 2021 Grangeville class. Area volunteers and conservation officers assisted with the field day and several of the evening classes. “We coul…

The youth pheasant hunting season runs from Saturday, Oct. 2-8. Youth ages 17 years and younger with an Idaho hunting license can participate in the youth pheasant hunt so long as they’re accompanied by an Idaho licensed hunter age 18 years or older. Anyone 18 years or older can not hunt dur…

KAMIAH -- The Forest Service has worked with the purchaser and logging operators on the Windy Shingle North timber sale, located in the Shingle Creek and Papoose Creek drainages southwest of Riggins, to decrease impacts to the public from road closures and delays due to timber harvest operat…

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) continues to cause an increase in the number of deer deaths across the Clearwater Region. Every year, Idaho Fish and Game receives reports of deer potentially infected with EHD in small, isolated outbreaks. Although EHD is a naturally occurring disease in …

PotlatchDeltic and Idaho Department of Lands jointly announced the temporary closure of Bingo Creek Road and all its tributaries through Dec. 31. This narrow one-lane road will remain closed to all recreational activities and public entry until the end of the year. Due to recent wildfires, t…

Cornerstone Teen Center is now accepting applications for a shooting sports program for Camas Prairie and Clearwater Valley youth grades 7-10. Supported by the NRA, Idaho Friends of NRA, CCI, and local benefactors, this program is tailored for youth that are home-schooled or attending privat…

This doe was out for a drink at dusk at this Stites stream on Lukes Gulch Road recently.

Conservation officers responded to a report of an injured elk near the top of Beaverslide Road near Kamiah on the afternoon of Aug. 26. They found a spike elk had been shot, paralyzed, and left to die along the side of the road.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission reduced the bag limit for steelhead anglers to one fish per day and three in possession during a special meeting Sept. 1. The new bag limit started Sept. 3 and runs through Dec. 31, which is the end of the fall season. The bag limit applies to: the Salmon R…

Fish and Game staff is monitoring the extent of the disease causing deer to die across the region. Test results have not confirmed which type of hemorrhagic disease is causing deer deaths in the Kamiah area. Deer death numbers are increasing in other areas throughout the region. Hemorrhagic …

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A recent clear day pictured along the Middle Fork Clearwater River, reflecting the East Kooskia Bridge.

Salmon anglers will get another crack at chinook and coho fishing and the forecast is for good runs of each after lackluster spring/summer chinook returns earlier this year. The preseason forecast for fall chinook salmon of 24,710 adults is similar to last year’s return of 27,322, and the co…

Fall chinook salmon are trickling in at Lower Granite Dam. This means anglers will soon have an opportunity to catch these big guys. The current estimate for this year’s fall chinook salmon return to Lower Granite Dam is 24,710 adults and about 10,000 jacks. These estimates are close to what…

Based on continuing reports of dead deer, Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials estimate up to 50 to 100 whitetails have died near the Kamiah area. Idaho Fish and Game wildlife staff is working on testing the dead animals to confirm the cause of death. Tests came back negative for both…

You’ve passed your hunter education course and bought your hunting license. You want to venture into deer hunting. If you are new to hunting, choosing the right deer tag may seem a bit overwhelming. Flipping through the 2021 Idaho Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet, you will find that deer s…

An onion umbel, pictured this month in a local garden.

Approximately 1,050 catchable-sized (10-12 inch) rainbow trout will be stocked in the Clearwater Region this month. This includes 400 at Karolyn’s Pond this week and 400 more at Karolyn’s Pond Aug. 23-27, as well as 250 at Crooked Creek Aug. 23-27. The number of trout actually released may b…

The next contingent of young hunters and anglers got in a morning of practice during the annual National Wild Turkey Federation JAKES Day event last Saturday, July 31.

Angler input on proposed changes is important to help fishery managers understand angler preference and help shape fishing seasons for the next three years.

The National Wild Turkey Federation JAKES Day event is scheduled 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 31 at the Camas Prairie Bowmen’s Range south of Grangeville. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. that morning. The event is for youth ages 8-14 to learn outdoors skills. Cost is $20 per youth for each not already an …

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A contributed picture from one of our readers of a lightning strike in the Kooskia area in July, 2021.

The Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Zone, which includes lands and fire response areas for the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Lands, Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protective Association, and Nez Perce Tribe, has coordinated initial attack responses for the …

Trumpet vine blooms a brilliant salmon color in the courtyard at the Kamiah Welcome Center.

The Fish and Game Commission will meet in Pocatello on July 13-14, with the public hearing starting at 7 p.m. MDT Tuesday, July 13. People can address the commission about any matters related to Fish and Game at that time. The public hearing will not be streamed live, but the business meetin…

Results of the deer, elk, pronghorn, fall black bear, and fall turkey controlled hunt drawings are available online. Applicants who provided a valid email address will receive notification of their draw results.