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New Idaho management plan focuses on collecting better information about whitetail deer numbers, population dynamics

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently approved a whitetail management plan that will place more emphasis on collecting and tracking biological data for the species that some say has …


Where to go, what to hunt: North Idaho’s 2019 prospects

Hunting in Idaho, and the Panhandle Region specifically, should be good this year for elk and deer, according to regional wildlife biologist Kara Campbell.


Study suggests monogamous wolves make better parents

Wolf pups with monogamous parents are more likely to survive, according to new research from the University of Idaho.


New Idaho fall chinook season approved

Idaho Fish and Game commissioners approved a new fall chinook fishing season on the Clearwater River and its North Fork at their meeting in Nampa on Thursday.


Steelhead run lagging behind forecast

The return of steelhead to the Snake River and its tributaries continues to fall short of what was an already low preseason forecast.


Artificial intelligence, cameras and the postal service: How Idaho officials are studying wolves

Over the course of the summer, more than 800 game cameras spread throughout the woods and mountains of Idaho have been taking photos every 10 minutes. Simultaneously.


Idaho mulls fall chinook season

Idaho Fish and Game officials are polling anglers to get their opinions on potential rules designed to balance salmon fishing with catch-release steelhead fishing, in preparation of a possible fall …


With five cases of CWD confirmed just miles from Idaho border, state officials shore up the defenses

In May and into the summer, wildlife officials in Libby, Montana, confirmed five cases of chronic wasting disease.


Clearwater River could see fall chinook fishing, if Idaho is awarded permits

The Clearwater River could see a fall chinook fishery in the coming months, and Idaho Fish and Game officials want public input to help shape its structure.


Fishing fans sought to help study fishing’s effect on Idaho’s wild steelhead

Steelhead anglers are being enlisted to help researchers at the University of Idaho and Idaho Department of Fish and Game measure angling effects on wild steelhead, and in some cases …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018

Annual Idaho Department of Fish and Game meeting starts today

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission’s annual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in Boise.


Clark Fork Delta on the mend with $6 million project

CLARK FORK, Idaho – Katherine Cousins motored a small boat through the Clark Fork Delta’s back channels this week, pausing to watch a belted kingfisher swooping over the water near …


Flow cut out of Priest Lake sparks worry about river’s health

Drought conditions are creating conflicts at Priest Lake. The mountain lake is one of North Idaho’s top resort destinations, drawing people from all over the region for fishing, boating and …


Fish brains: Regional managers in driver seat for future of fishing

Fisheries biologists are stepping in and out of the top regional fish management positions in North Idaho and Eastern Washington this month. These are the managers who supervise staff and …


Amphibious invasion: Bullfrogs threaten native Northwest species

Several years ago, Michael Lucid pulled to the side of the highway to watch hundreds of frogs hopping across the road. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologist didn’t …


The mighty bull trout

Salmon make an epic journey, swimming hundreds of miles from the ocean to return to their birthplace. To Tom Whalen, the shorter migration of Lake Pend Oreille’s bull trout is …


Idaho Fish and Game seeks to raise license, tag costs

About 750,000 Idaho residents, or nearly 47 percent of the state’s population, consider themselves hunters or anglers. Yet less than half of them buy hunting or fishing licenses each year. …


Urban deer becoming a nuisance for Dalton Gardens residents

DALTON GARDENS – There’s no mystery about what ate Les Likes’ corn this summer. Deer tracks are embedded in the mud at the edge of his 1 1/2 –acre corn …


Hunters should stay aware of regulations on bear

It’s been 19 years since a voter- approved initiative eliminated baiting and use of hounds to hunt bears in Washington. Since then, most of the hunting of bears has been …


Kokanee’s fall spawning run makes prime fishing for man and beast alike

Fall colors aren’t limited to trees. Some local creeks turn red this time of year as early kokanee runs make their way to upstream spawning grounds.


Idaho biologists find, monitor wolf pups

The wolf pup had downy fur and a chubby little belly. But as it bolted from the den, it already showed signs of an adult wolf’s fleetness. Lacy Robinson was …


Wildlife crews follow flight of the bumblebee

The bumblebee moving from flower to flower by the shores of Lake Pend Oreille had a distinctive white patch on its rear. So a wildlife technician snapped a picture, documenting …


Idaho biologist develops way to track wolf pup survival rate

Lacy Robinson needed to know how many North Idaho wolf pups survived their first year. Not an easy task, the state wildlife biologist soon realized. Most wolf pups looked alike …


Man studies region’s ospreys for four decades

As an adult osprey circled overhead, Wayne Melquist perched an extension ladder against a piling in Cougar Bay and scrambled up to the nest. “There’s two here – one big …


Farragut park shooting range to reopen Saturday

The shooting range at Farragut State Park will reopen Saturday after a prolonged legal fight over noise and safety concerns.


Lost wolf pup finds temporary home

Campers on Friday outside of Ketchum, Idaho, picked up what they thought was a lost domestic puppy but it turned out to be a wolf.


Idaho issues wolf hunting tags

Idaho Department of Fish and Game has started selling wolf tags – $11.50 for resident hunters and $186 for out-of-state hunters. Tags are available at license vendors and Fish and …


Wolf protections lifted; Idaho, Montana plan hunts this fall

The Obama administration on Wednesday moved to lift Endangered Species Act protections for 5,500 gray wolves in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes, drawing the line on the predators’ rapid …


Hunters, natural predators no match for real turkeys

It was a turkey showdown in Nils Rosdahl’s pasture Wednesday morning. Tail feathers unfurled, a male strutted toward a group of females. As he neared the hens, two other toms …