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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.

The public is invited to join Ranger Sacha this weekend to learn about Lewis and Clark’s naturalist contributions to science and test their own naturalist skills. Ranger Talks will be Friday, July 2, at Powell Campground, and Saturday, July 3, at Wilderness Gateway Campground, both located o…

During a conference call on Thursday, June 17, Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners amended current wolf trapping and hunting seasons in response to recent legislative direction.

Seasons will remain open on the Snake, Clearwater rivers, but Idaho Fish and Game is closing salmon fishing on the Little Salmon River, effective at the end of fishing hours on Friday, June 18, as chinook salmon harvest is approaching current harvest objectives.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet via conference call Thursday, June 17 at 9 a.m. MDT. The Commission will consider changes to the 2021-2022 wolf season proclamation related to Idaho legislative action that will take effect July 1, 2021.

During a conference call on June 3, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved chinook fishing seasons for 2021 on the South Fork Salmon River and in the Clearwater River basin.

WINCHESTER — Teaching outdoors is natural for the Lewis Soil Conservation District (LSCD). Getting students outdoors and teaching them about conservation and natural resources is something they have been doing for 48 years. The LSCD served the community by organizing and hosting the Annual S…

Sawyer Williams and her younger brother, Cooper, caught a few fish Monday afternoon, May 31, at Robinson Pond near Kamiah.

Fish and Game staff will be stocking nearly 40,000 catchable-size (10 to 12 inch) trout at locations across the Clearwater Region in June, including Fenn Pond (once before June 4 and again June 14-18), Robinson Pond (before June 4), Karolyns Pond (June 7-11 and again June 14-18), Tolo Lake (…

During the past 10 months of a study of how often wild steelhead are caught in Idaho, University of Idaho tagged 2,085 steelhead, of which 848 were wild, 1,043 were adipose-clipped hatchery fish, and 194 were adipose-intact hatchery fish. Anglers have reported catching 613 of those fish, and…

Idaho Fish and Game staff in coordination with the Idaho Department of Lands and US Forest Service conducted a 314-acre prescribed burn last month on the Red River Wildlife Management Area.

The First Hunt Foundation headquartered in Kamiah received a grant for $96,850 from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Torstenson Family Endowment for the year 2021. Rick Brazell, founder and President of First Hunt Foundation said, “This grant is very timely and appreciated. Covid has slowe…

Meeting in Coeur d’Alene on May 6, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission elected commissioners Greg Cameron and Tim Murphy as chair and vice-chair, respectively, for 2021-2022.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Take Me Fishing Trailer is again visiting local waters. IDFG provides all the equipment, bait and instruction to help new anglers get into the sport. No fishing license is required while the fishing trailer is on site. More information is available by …

The First Hunt Foundation headquartered in Kamiah received a grant for $96,850 from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Torstenson Family Endowment for the year 2021. Rick Brazell, founder and President of First Hunt Foundation said, “This grant is very timely and appreciated. Covid has slowe…

Waiting for the other antler to drop, a lopsided elk pictured recently grazing near Harpster.

Idaho Fish and Game offers lots of opportunity for kids to apply for tags for deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear controlled hunts set aside exclusively for youth. The controlled hunt application period for deer, elk, pronghorn and fall black bear hunts runs from May 1 to June 5, and winners…

“We are so thankful to our local landowners allowing turkey access to our young hunters and ‘guides,’” Idaho Fish & Game District Conservation officer George Fischer said. “It was kind of an epic youth season for those willing to brave the cold. Quite a number of youth turkey hunters, ag…

The Kamiah Gun Club would like to let everyone know that starting this May are “summer hours,” meaning the club will be shooting every first and third Sunday of the month. As usual, the shooting starts at 9 a.m. and all are welcome.

Saturday, April 17, the temperatures were in the low 70s and weather was perfect for a boat ride on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River heading out of Kooskia.

“Volunteer hunter education instructors Roy Kinner and Kevin Asker knocked the ball out of the park with the first live hunter education class since covid,” Idaho Department of Fish and Game district conservation officer George Fischer said of the class that concluded April 17. “Now 15 new h…

The spring turkey season that began with the opening of youth hunts last week has seen big results so far in the Grangeville area. Want to see a photo of your successful hunt in the paper? Send it to aottoson@idahocountyfreepress.com and we’ll print it in a future edition.

Youth turkey season opens April 8, general turkey season opens April 15, and Idaho Fish and Game biologists around the state have great news for hunters looking to bag a gobbler during the spring season.

Implementation is expected to begin sometime this year on the Hungry Ridge Restoration project, located approximately 17 miles southeast of Grangeville. Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests signed the Final Record of Decision for the project on March 24.

WEIPPE — The Schmidt Brothers Mill, a few miles outside of Weippe, was in operation for nearly 50 years before it shut down. It featured homes for nearly 20 families and included a post office, cook shack and a gas pump. For the next 40 years, it served as a pasture. It wasn’t until the dona…

When daffodils start to bloom there can be no doubt that spring is in the air. This cheery bunch of flowers burst forth on the first day of spring last Saturday, March 20, in the Valley View subdivision. Goodbye winter!

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The busy recreation season is just ahead for the 112-mile stretch of the Lower Salmon River managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In advance of recreationists and anglers enjoying the water, the BLM’s Cottonwood Field Office is announcing completion of improvements to three additio…

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KAMIAH – District Ranger, Terry Nevius, of the Red River Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, invites the public to a virtual meeting on March 24, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., to solicit input for the development of the Red Siegel project. The project proposes actions that…

It was a good day for fishing — but maybe not for catching — Friday, March 10, at Tommy Robinson Pond outside of Kamiah.

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Idaho Fish and Game is nearing the S. Fork Clearwater river steelhead broodstock goal. According to Idaho Fish and Game, with the help of more than 230 volunteer anglers, as of yesterday, March 16, more than 489 steelhead were sent to the hatchery to meet broodstock needs.

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Idaho Fish and Game staff will be stocking catchable-size (10 to 12 inch) rainbow trout at four Clearwater region locations in March. This will be the first load of hatchery fish making their way into Clearwater region waters during 2021 with thousands more hatchery fish scheduled to be stoc…

Idaho elk and deer hunters had increased harvests in 2020, and elk hunting continues to steam toward all-time highs for consecutive years of harvest above 20,000 animals. White-tailed deer harvest was also historic by topping the mule deer harvest — something that has happened just a few tim…

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Idaho Fish and Game staff will be stocking catchable-size (10 to 12 inch) rainbow trout at four Clearwater region locations in March. This will be the first load of hatchery fish making their way into Clearwater region waters during 2021 with thousands more hatchery fish scheduled to be stoc…

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As of Friday, Feb. 26, brood collection has started to pick up. With the help of over 130 anglers, we have tubed 49 steelhead and sent 41 of those to the hatchery (26 females and 15 males). We are well on our way, but still have a way to go! We need 252 breeding pairs from the South Fork Cle…

Idaho Department of Fish & Game is pursuing work on its Kamiah enforcement facility including placing a foundation for an owner-purchased modular home, complex septic system, water and sewer lines, electrical connections, concrete flatwork, concrete stoops and construction of detached garage.