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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.

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Fishermen were drifting the Clearwater River, near Kamiah at Button Beach, Thursday, Feb. 4.

Fish and Game will be setting new seasons for upcoming spring chinook fisheries in March, and gathering public input on the upcoming season proposals. Anglers will be able to see the proposals starting Feb. 11.

Fish and Game will be setting new seasons for upcoming deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion, and wolf hunts in March, and gathering public input on upcoming season proposals starting Feb. 8.

Photographer Rodger Davis captured this moment of frosty rocks on Leitch Creek on Dec. 8.

Hunters wanting to participate in this spring’s controlled hunts for black bear can apply from January 15 through February 15.

Wildlife capture work will begin early January in the Panhandle and Clearwater Regions among game units 1, 6, and 10A. Idaho Fish and Game is continuing to monitor and capture animals as part of a large multi-year research project to better understand how various management activities, such …

Snowmobilers: Valley Cats Snowmobile Club advises the snowmobile trail head on Yakus Creek has been moved from Yakus Creek FS100 Junction to the Molly Creek Road Junction on the FS 514 Road. There is a plowed area at that point to allow trailer parking. It is requested users not park at 514/…

Idaho Fish and Game and University of Idaho researchers began a multi-year moose research project in early 2020. Adult survival so far has been better than expected, but populations are still declining in the long term. They hope more research will provide clues on how to help Idaho’s larges…

The Middle Fork Clearwater River at the mouth of the South Fork in Kooskia.

Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Dec. 22 approved increasing the outfitter set-aside for nonresident elk tags from 2,400 to 2,800 using temporary rulemaking, after they approved a rulemaking petition seeking to increase the outfitter set-aside up to 25 percent of the nonresident quota for g…

The Kamiah Gun Club reminds area trapshooters that the annual Camas Prairie “Ten Week” shoot starts Jan. 10. Those who would like to start practicing for that or just come down and shoot are welcome at the Kamiah Gun Club every Sunday starting around 9 a.m. Pictured are Amber Wemhoff, Sage H…

The Camas Prairie Turkey Trackers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation picked up 52 turkeys from Cash & Carry Market on Dec. 9, as part of the club’s traditional gift to local people in need. “National- and state-level funds are frozen this year, but the local club was able to …

This year, the Forest Service is offering permits to harvest Christmas trees online through Recreation.gov. Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Christmas tree permits are now available to purchase online at http://bit.ly/NPCChristmasTrees.

License gift certificates can be purchased at any Idaho Fish and Game office in any dollar amount. Most people buy them for the exact amount of an annual hunting license, fishing license, combination, sportsman’s package or even a lifetime license! Lifetime license prices start at $300 and c…

The Governor’s Salmon Workgroup will meet remotely via Zoom on Dec. 2, including discussion of its draft report.

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) will adopt a new fee structure and site-type simplification that will go into effect Dec. 10, which will include a $2 increase to the motor vehicle entrance fee, which will rise from $5 to $7.

The Deyo Dam (constructed in 2011) created the 55-acre Deyo Reservoir. It was designed with family-friendly fishing in mind with two large peninsulas. A well-maintained trail circles the pond providing easy access. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game stocks with rainbow trout according to …

During their meeting on Friday, Nov. 20 Idaho Fish and Game Commission extended the reduced bag and possession limits adopted last fall for steelhead into the 2021 spring steelhead season.

Kooskia resident Pam Reidlen shared this photo taken Sunday, Nov. 15, of swans at the Heart of the Monster outside Kamiah.

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests officials invite the public to take advantage of the early season snow at Lolo Pass. The Lolo Pass Visitor Center, located off of U.S. Highway 12 at the Idaho-Montana state line, is currently operating under its winter hours. Customer service is availabl…

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet in Lewiston on Nov. 19-20, with the public hearing starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Clearwater Regional Office at 3316 16th Street. People can address the Commission in person about any matters related to Fish and Game at that time. Att…

Hatchery staff are now busy cleaning and winterizing fish stocking trucks after the final fall rainbow trout stocking last week. Approximately 3,000 fish were stocked in Elk Creek Reservoir near the town of Elk River and 2,100 fish were released into Dworshak Reservoir (pictured) last Thursd…

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Hatchery staff are now busy cleaning and winterizing fish stocking trucks after the final fall rainbow trout stocking last week. Approximately 3,000 fish were stocked in Elk Creek Reservoir near the town of Elk River and 2,100 fish were released into Dworshak Reservoir last Thursday, October 29.

Deer hunting in southern Idaho either got off to a slow start, or the harvest stats are lagging due to the timing of the opener, or a combination.

Ron Davies, who Gov. Brad Little recently appointed to the Fish & Game Commission, is a retired battalion chief with the Pocatello Fire Department, where he served for nearly 26 years. Since moving to central Idaho full-time, Davies started the Custer Country chapter of the Mule Deer Fou…

New hunters interested in getting their Hunter Education certification can do so online without participating in a “field day” for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.

The Maggie Creek Supervisory Area of the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) in Kamiah will be closing roads accessing the Woodrat Mountain block of state land on Nov. 6. Entrance roads will be closed at Suttler Creek, Wilson Creek, Harris Ridge, Kidder Ridge, Glenwood Meadows, and Woodrat Mount…

KAMIAH — Several campgrounds along the Selway River have been temporarily closed while the Moose Creek Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests undertakes a project that will improve the long–term safety of these popular recreation sites.