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THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017

Idaho Fish and Game Department logo (Courtesy photo)

Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 3:25 p.m.

Idaho Fish and Game working up new fee proposal

HUNTING/FISHING -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission today directed Fish and Game staff to develop a proposed bill for consideration by the Idaho Legislature that would create a new $5 charge to purchase an Adult Resident annual hunting, fishing or trapping license. A previous...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2016

Orofino fishing guide Jim McCarthy relishes the moment after netting two Clearwater River steelhead hooked simultaneously.

Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 2:28 p.m.

Idaho Fish and Game aims again at fee hikes

FISHING-HUNTING -- Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are once again proposing a plan to raise hunting and fishing fees, despite previous resistance from state lawmakers who have refused to advance similar proposals. A feature of the proposal would allow sportsmen...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016

THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016

FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2016

THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2016

TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2015


A captive bull elk watches intruders from a field at the Rose Lake Elk Ranch last fall near Rose Lake. Gary Queen, the manager of the farm, has said captive elk are regularly tested for disease.  
 (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Tue., Feb. 17, 2015, 12:31 p.m.

Will Idaho roll dice with wild deer, elk populations? 

HUNTING -- An obscure rule change sought by domestic elk ranchers could wreak havoc on Idaho’s hunting industry by introducing a deadly parasite into wild game populations – something some Idaho veterinarians are describing as “Ebola for wildlife.” S-R Idaho Capitol reporter Betsy Russell posted...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2015

Ilah Hickman, 14, poses for a photo with a young Idaho giant salamander at the state Capitol in Boise on Monday. Idaho lawmakers worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections, have rejected the eighth-grader’s request that it be named the state amphibian. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Tue., Jan. 20, 2015, 9:39 a.m.

Salamander spotlights ignorance of Idaho lawmakers 

WILDLIFE -- Usually it's not earth-shaking stuff when school kids approach a legislative body with a campaign to name an official state something-or-other. But Monday's House State Affairs Committee hearing in Boise on a 14-year-old girl's request to name the Idaho giant salamander as the...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19, 2014

Wed., Feb. 19, 2014, 11:27 a.m.

Idaho House backs hunter 'loyalty discounts’ 

HUNTING -- The Idaho Department of Fish and Game won House approval to give hunters and anglers a break on their licenses, provided they buy them year after year. The agency needs approval from the state legislature to change hunting and fishing license fees. Representatives...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 2014

THURSDAY, DEC. 26, 2013

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4, 2013

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9, 2013

THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2013

Idaho state Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, took a break from his end-to-end trek of the state on Sept. 11 to attend a legislative committee meeting in Boise. He planed to return to Riggins to get on his bike an fishing the trip. He said he wouldn't shave until he reached Nevada. (courtesy)

Thu., Sept. 12, 2013, 5:23 p.m.

Idaho legislator goes from hike to bike

TRAILS – Idaho state Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, hasn’t given up his plan to travel the length of Idaho this fall by muscle power to promote trails, experience rural areas and raise funds for the Redside Foundation that supports the health of Idaho guides. But...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 2013

State Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, began his quest to hike the length of the state on the 950-mile Idaho Centennial Trail on Aug. 19 here at Upper Priest River Falls.
 (Mat Erpelding)

Thu., Aug. 29, 2013, 6:02 p.m.

State legislator hiking length of Idaho

TRAILS -- State Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, who was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in November, is attempting to hike a 950-mile route the length of Idaho in about 40 days. “Why did you run?” we asked the mountain climbing guide and outdoor...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7, 2013

MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013

MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2013

TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012

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