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Wednesday 01/13/2016
Idaho Fish and Game officials: Collaring wolves was a mistake
Updated: January 13, 2016 - 11:46 am

During the recent elk capture operation in the Frank Church/River of No Return Wilderness, an Idaho Fish and Game crew captured and placed tracking collars on four wolves. Fish and Game had told the Forest Service it would not collar wolves during the project. The wolves were released unharmed.

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Thursday 12/24/2015
Vehicle travel restricted in backcountry
Posted: December 24, 2015

Snow groomers and Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Backcountry are installing barricades at National Forest Trailheads this week so trail grooming can begin.

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Thursday 10/22/2015
Fish on!
Posted: October 22, 2015

“Snake-bit. I must be snake-bit,” Seth mused.

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Thursday 09/17/2015
Living among bears in North Idaho
Posted: September 17, 2015

Bears living in North Idaho eat a variety of foods. However, huckleberries are typically one of the most important sources of calories for bears preparing to spend five or more months in winter dens. When huckleberry production is low, bears seek alternatives that sometimes lead them into trouble.

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Bird hunters encouraged to submit wings
Posted: September 17, 2015

With sage and sharp-tailed grouse seasons opening soon, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking hunters to help gather grouse information by providing a fully feathered wing for each bird they harvest.

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IDFG biologist debuts 'Untamed' hunting film
Updated: September 17, 2015 - 12:12 am

Idaho Department of Fish and Game's Clay Hayes of Kendrick grew up in rural Florida and moved to Idaho in 2007 to work as a wildlife biologist. He started Twisted Stave Media in 2012 with the goal of preserving and promoting traditional woodsmanship skills and lending a voice to the wild lands he enjoys. He recently released his first film, "Untamed," and it can be seen at idfg.idaho.gov/untamed.

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Thursday 09/10/2015
Little fish
Posted: September 10, 2015

Question was, "Shirley, what do you do at the floathouse? Read?"

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IDFG plans youth waterfowl hunting events
Posted: September 10, 2015

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has scheduled three mentored waterfowl hunting opportunities for youth aged 10-15 who have completed hunter education. The hunts are planned for Saturday, Oct. 3, the opening day of the annual youth-only waterfowl season.

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Oktoberfish derby on Lake Pend Oreille set for Oct. 3-4
Posted: September 10, 2015

BAYVIEW - The 11th Annual Oktoberfish Southenders Derby is scheduled for the first weekend in October.

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Adopt a Crag climbing cleanup Saturday
Posted: September 10, 2015

North Idaho College's Outdoor Pursuits is hosting the Adopt a Crag climbing cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 12 at Q'emiln Park in Post Falls.

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Upland game bird season about to fly
Posted: September 10, 2015

Another mild winter and timely rainstorms during spring and early summer provided good rearing conditions for young upland game birds, and hunters will likely see more birds this year than last.

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Wolf trapping certification courses scheduled
Posted: September 10, 2015

Idaho rules require prospective wolf trappers to successfully complete a Wolf Trapper Certification course before they can purchase wolf trapping tags.

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Thursday 09/03/2015
Steelhead, fall chinook, coho fishing seasons now open
Updated: September 03, 2015 - 12:05 am

Three fishing seasons opened Tuesday and more ocean-fresh fish are arriving daily to Idaho.

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10 tips for hunters during fire season
Updated: September 03, 2015 - 12:06 am

With hunting seasons starting and Idaho seeing some of its worst fires in decades, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game offers these 10 tips for hunters.

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Fire danger closes access to private land hunting area
Updated: September 03, 2015 - 12:05 am

Since 2011, the Mica Bay Land Company and the Godde Family have been very generous to allow hunters to access about 22,000 acres of previously inaccessible private property near Coeur d'Alene. They initiated and entered into a public access program to allow hunting in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG).

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Some elk hunters can exchange tags due to fire closures
Updated: September 03, 2015 - 12:07 am

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is extending the deadline to exchange tags for some early elk hunts that are about to start, or have already started, in the Panhandle, Clearwater and McCall areas that have large land closures due to wildfires.

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Archery hunter recovering after Idaho grizzly bear attack
Updated: September 03, 2015 - 12:29 am

IDAHO FALLS (AP) - An archery hunter pursuing elk is recovering after being attacked in Idaho by a grizzly bear with three cubs.

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Thursday 08/27/2015
2015 Cabela's Post Falls Waterfowl Classic Goose Calling Contests winners
Posted: August 27, 2015

Contestants came from far and wide last weekend competed in the 2015 Cabela's Post Falls Watefowl Goose Calling Contests.

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Idaho Fish and Game's deer and elk outlook
Posted: August 27, 2015

Idaho big game hunters could have a hunting season to brag about this fall, and deer hunters could see the best hunting in more than 20 years and potentially a record harvest for white-tailed deer.

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Farragut Shooting Range available to prepare for hunting seasons
Posted: August 27, 2015

The Farragut Shooting Range is located on a site that was formerly a military training range. It was constructed as part of the Farragut Naval Training Station established by the U.S. Navy in September 1942.

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Fires limiting access to some areas, hunting seasons will go on
Posted: August 27, 2015

Hunters heading into the field need to beware of fire situations and possible area closures in their favorite hunting spots. They can get fire information and links to other websites at a designated fire page on the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/fire.

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Thursday 08/20/2015
Cd'A disc golfer ranked best in the state
Posted: August 20, 2015

Jared Person won the "Discs Across the Kootenai" for the second year in a row this past June, his name etched in the trophy that commemorates the disc golfer who hurls his disc the farthest across the Kootenai River during the Timberbeast Challenge annual disc golf tournament.

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Deadline to comment on fishing rule changes is Aug. 31
Posted: August 20, 2015

Fishing seasons and rules are revised every three years. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is currently accepting public comments on proposed fishing rule changes for 2016-18, but the deadline to comment is coming soon. All comments must be received no later than Aug. 31 to be considered in the rule setting process.

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Yellowstone National Park sees record attendance
Posted: August 20, 2015

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park experienced record-setting attendance in July, which is typically the park's peak visitation month.

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Group of cyclists building tiny, off-grid house in the woods
Posted: August 20, 2015

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The Stomparillaz Cycling Collective is building what it calls the Oculus.

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Thursday 08/13/2015
IDFG: Waterfowl hunting rules will change; lots of ducks expected
Posted: August 13, 2015

Hunters will see similar waterfowl rules and bag limits to last year in most areas, but with minor season dates and bag limit changes. Excluding Zone 1 in Southeast Idaho, most of the state will open for waterfowl hunting on Oct. 17 and run until Jan. 29, and the youth hunt will be Oct. 3-4.

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Grizzlies head to the hills - for moths
Posted: August 13, 2015

The dinner bell is ringing high in the Mission Mountains, and grizzly bears are heeding the call.

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Opinion: Respect for our prey
Posted: August 13, 2015

The recent outrage against Dr. Walter Palmer, the lion assassin, was followed by titillating media focus on Sabrina Corgatelli, the big game hunter from Idaho.

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Second deer and elk tags discounted
Posted: August 13, 2015

COEUR d'ALENE - For hunters who want more hunting opportunity this fall, second general season deer or elk tags are available at a discount.

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Some big game hunting seasons have already opened
Posted: August 13, 2015

For many years, there have been big game hunting seasons opening on Aug. 30 in Idaho. In the last decade or so, some hunts have been moved up to as early as Aug. 1.

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Thursday 08/06/2015
Getting the point
Posted: August 06, 2015

ATHOL - Paul Clock vividly described of one of the best parts of being a bowhunter.

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For good summer fishing, try Kootenai River
Posted: August 06, 2015

Many streams and rivers in the Panhandle are experiencing record low flows and warm water temperatures this summer. The result is tough conditions for fish and for anglers.

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Watersports event set for Long Lake
Posted: August 06, 2015

An amateur watersports competition will be held Saturday, Aug. 22 and Sunday, Aug. 23 on Long Lake in Washington.

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Big One Chinook Derby underway on Lake Cd'A
Posted: August 06, 2015

The best salmon fishermen from throughout the Pacific Northwest are on Lake Coeur d'Alene this week setting lines in search of the big one.

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Thursday 07/30/2015
Sockeye arrive at Stanley despite warm water
Posted: July 30, 2015

The first sockeye salmon reached the Sawtooth Basin near Stanley on Monday, July 27 despite hot weather and warm water that prompted the Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologists to capture fish downstream to ensure survival of one of Idaho's most endangered species.

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Purchase controlled hunt tags by Saturday
Posted: July 30, 2015

Big game hunters who were successful in drawing controlled hunt tags for deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear have until 11 p.m. PDT, Saturday, Aug. 1 to buy their tags.

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Friends of Scotchman Peaks kick off robust summer schedule
Posted: July 30, 2015

Summer is well underway in the Inland Northwest, and beautiful things are happening within the Scotchman Peaks Proposed Wilderness Area. The Friends of Scotchman Peaks (FSPW) spent months preparing for this summer work season, and all the hard work seems to be paying off as the first few events have been resounding successes. "We put in a lot of thought and effort into building our programs this year," said programs coordinator Sandy Compton, "and now that we're here, the weeks and events seem to be flying by."

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Hunting for good stories?
Posted: July 30, 2015

When, as a young deputy sheriff, Bill Sansom was shot three times by a criminal he had just accosted, the aftermath of his experience left him unable to work in law enforcement but subsequently led to a grueling period of rehabilitation and commitment to follow a lifelong dream of becoming a writer. An early story he wrote was published in Bugle magazine, titled "Not Looking to Die," telling the story of his encounter with death and also explained how his return to the forests of western Montana in pursuit of elk restored his ability to cope with the tragedy and redefine his pursuit of life.

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Thursday 07/23/2015
Heat wave won't affect Idaho fishing rules
Updated: July 23, 2015 - 12:53 am

Warm water temperatures came earlier than usual to many of Idaho's fishing waters, but it's unlikely to lead to fishing closures or restrictions similar to those that neighboring states have implemented.

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Preparation is key to early big game hunts
Updated: July 23, 2015 - 12:55 am

With a number of hunting opportunities opening in early August on or near private property, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game reminds hunters that they can increase their success and avoid potential problems by obtaining landowner permission in advance and taking extra precautions to properly care for their harvested game.

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On target
Updated: July 23, 2015 - 12:54 am

The Coeur d'Alene Bowmen archery club will hold its final 3-D shoot of the year Aug. 1 and 2 at Farragut State Park in Athol.

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Road reopens as Yellowstone monitors new thermal feature
Updated: July 23, 2015 - 12:54 am

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park officials have reopened the Upper Terrace Drive, which was temporarily closed so scientists could monitor a new thermal feature that was edging up the roadway.

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Take hunter education now to avoid the rush
Updated: July 23, 2015 - 1:03 am

Hunter education is required for anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1975, who wants to purchase an Idaho hunting license.

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Thursday 07/16/2015
Fishing rule changes proposed
Posted: July 16, 2015

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking public feedback on proposed fishing rule changes for 2016-2018. Idaho fishing seasons and rules are developed for approval by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission every three years. Fish and Game has proposed a host of changes based on new information from biologists, and from public meetings and angler opinion surveys conducted earlier this spring.

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Bear encounters likely as summer continues
Posted: July 16, 2015

With summer temperatures continuing to increase and natural food sources for bears becoming harder to find in some places, potential for human interactions with bears are on the rise.

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Watch pets around wildlife as attacks rise in summer
Posted: July 16, 2015

LOS ANGELES - A 1-pound squirrel and 90-pound dog didn't let their size disparity stop them from dueling.

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IDFG addresses wildfire concerns
Posted: July 16, 2015

Wildfires burning in Idaho have raised concerns about public safety and access to public lands.

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Yellowstone sees record attendance
Updated: July 16, 2015 - 12:05 am

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - As Yellowstone National Park moves into the busiest part of the year, June saw record-setting attendance numbers.

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Watersports event begins July 31 in Priest River
Updated: July 16, 2015 - 8:42 am

A competitive watersports event will be held July 31 to Aug. 2 in Priest River.

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Thursday 07/09/2015
'Dispersed camping' offers alternative to full campgrounds
Posted: July 09, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Few things are more disheartening to the camping summer tourist than pulling into a campground and finding all of the sites full. It's especially deflating when you've been on the road for hours and just want to pitch your tent and relax.

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