Outdoors

TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014

Federal lands transfer could cost Idaho $111 million a year

PUBLIC LANDS -- Aside from probably being unconstitutional, and certainly being stupid and greedy, Idaho's effort to take over federal lands within the state's borders also would probably be unaffordable. Of course, unless the state sold off the lands to corporations. Here's the report posted...

TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

Idaho sockeye salmon success could be blueprint

FISHING -- The fishing scene is roughly beginning to resemble the good-ol' days on the Snake-Salmon river systems of Idaho. You've read about the spring and fall chinook plus the coho comeback this year. Here's the latest good news on sockeye recovery. By KEITH RIDLER/Associated...

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014

Idaho discounts nonresident big-game tags

HUNTING -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has reduced the price of unsold nonresident deer and elk tags to be sold as second tags. The following discounts will be available to resident and non-resident hunters purchasing second tags in 2014. Second elk tags will...

MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014

Keeping dogs out of wolf traps on Idaho agenda

WILDLIFE -- A report on how to keep domestic dogs from being caught in traps set for wolves will be presented among other agenda items during the Idaho Fish and Game Commission meeting Wednesday and Thursday, July 9 -10, at the Salmon Region Office, 99...

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014

Idaho treats novices to fishing, complete with gear

FISHING – An Idaho “Take Me Fishing” trailer is geared up for another season of introducing people to the sport of fishing at Panhandle lakes. The trailer is filled with rigged up fishing gear and bait the Idaho Fish and Game Department loans for free....

TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014

Idaho hunting proposals posted online

HUNTING -- The Idaho Department of Fish and Game's proposed changes for the 2014 big game hunting seasons are available online for public review and comment. The proposals are listed by region. Panhandle hunters will see proposals to increase opportunity for hunting antlerless whitetails as...

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 2014

Idaho pondering changes in hunter fees, ages

HUNTING -- Idaho is looking to raise resident hunting and fishing license fees for the first time since 2005, but the plan in the works from the Department of Fish & Game would give loyal hunters or anglers who buy a license every year a...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9, 2013

Could Idaho cover costs of managing federal lands?

PUBLIC LANDS -- A new report sheds light on the grim future of national forests, BLM lands and federal wildlife refuges if certain Idaho Legislators were to get their way. Report: Federal government spent $392M to manage lands in Idaho in 2012 As Idaho officials...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013

Idaho Fish and Game to chat online about fishing

FISHING -- Do you have a question about fishing in Idaho? Here's your chance for a direct answer. Idaho Fish and Game Department fisheries managers and enforcement staff will be at their computers tonight (June 12) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (MDT) for a...

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013

Feds delay decision on wolf de-listing

PREDATORS -- Federal wildlife officials are postponing a much-anticipated decision on whether to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states. In a court filing Monday in Billings, Mont., government attorneys say "a recent unexpected delay" is indefinitely holding up action on the...

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013

Idaho chinook salmon fishing opens May 4

FISHING -- Idaho will open a spring Chinook salmon fishing season on Saturday, May 4, on parts of the Clearwater, Salmon and Snake rivers, according to rules adopted today by the state Fish and Game Commission. Fish counts from Bonneville Dam suggest that the 2013...

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013

Seen near Wallace: Is it wolf or dog?

WILDLIFE -- A reader submitted this photo snapped Wednesday off I-90 between Wallace and Mullan. She said the eyes appeared blue like those of a husky, but the animal ran away as though it were wild. What's your guess? Wolf, wolf hybrid or husky? Click...

THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013

Idaho extends wolf hunting through June

HUNTING -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission today (March 28) voted to extend the current wolf hunting season in the Middle Fork and part of the Dworshak-Elk City wolf management zones. The commission extended the wolf hunting season through June 30 in the Middle...

MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013

Idaho lawmakers continue quest to take over federal lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Idaho state lawmkers supporting House Concurrent Resolution 22 say they don’t intend to sell off the federal land, but to manage it more efficiently. Many people in the realm of recreation are not fond of the idea of the state -- not...

TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2013

Elk decline in Idaho’s Unit 11; fewer permits likely

HUNTING -- The number of bull permits offered in Idaho’s Unit 11 is expected to drop following recent elk surveys that show a decline in both bulls and calves there, according to Eric Barker of the Lewiston Tribune. The unit south of Lewiston is sometimes...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27, 2013

Red Ives cabin reservation deadline Thursday

FISHING -- Procrastinators lose in the quest to bunk in a Forest Service cabin along the St. Joe River, float a prized Idaho wilderness river or backpack through certain prized wilderness areas. This is the season for thinking ahead to summer adventures that require a...

TUESDAY, FEB. 26, 2013

Idaho seeks comments on big-game hunting seasons

HUNTING -- As wildlife biologists try to wrap up winter surveys, the Idaho Fish and Game has scheduled public meetings around the state to discuss proposals for 2013 big game seasons and rules. Some of the proposals likely to emerge include: Increased black bear season...

TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 2013

Idaho lawmakers want ultimate public handout: federal land

PUBLIC LANDS -- In another example of their self-centered approach to the outdoors and the world, Idaho lawmakers are suggesting they are going to waste state time and money making a stab and taking over federal lands within Idaho's borders. S-R Boise reporter Betsy Russell...


Idaho tax checkoff supports non-game wildlife

WILDLIFE – Idaho residents have a rare chance to support the state’s wildlife when they file state income tax returns. Check the square to donate any amount of your refund to the Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund. State wildlife management for fish and animals is funded...

THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2013

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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