Sports & Outdoors
Badgers trample Wildcats in two:
The Bonners Ferry Badger baseball team began
their Intermountain League title defense
Saturday with convincing wins over the Kellogg
Wildcats, 11-1 and 10-0. Both games were
shortened due to the 10-run rule.
Spring chinook seasons open Saturday:
The spring chinook salmon fishing season will
open Saturday, April 22, with a four-day-a-week
season in the Clearwater River drainage, and
daily fishing on the Snake, lower Salmon and
Little Salmon rivers.
Badger baseball improves to 7-2 in early season
The Badger Baseball team improved it’s early
season record to 7-2 last week over doubleheader
sweeps of Chewelah and Riverside. By Coach Tom Turpin
Fur auction set for April 22 in Lewiston:
This year’s auction of furs, hides, antlers, and
other items is set for Saturday, April 22, at
the Idaho Fish and Game office, 3316 16th
Now's the time to grab a rod and fish your local
Warm, sunny days probably have you itching to go
fishing, but that beautiful weather means
melting snow that blows out rivers, and puts a
chill on some lakes and reservoirs. The answer
to your fishing dilemma may be in your
neighborhood, at a local park, or a within a
short drive (or bicycle ride) away.
Panhandle turkey hunts should be good:
General turkey season opens Saturday, April 15,
and you can see units that have general hunts in
our turkey hunting rules , as well as details
about the seasons. Hunters will find most
general hunting opportunity in the Panhandle,
Clearwater and Southwest Regions, and beyond
that most areas are limited to controlled hunts.
Expect Kokanee fishing on Priest Lake similar to
Priest Lake anglers can expect Kokanee fishing
to be similar to what they found last year.
Idaho Fish and Game Kokanee monitoring efforts
suggest Kokanee numbers remain low, but the fish
that are caught should be good sized, likely 14-
Think 'Safety First' when turkey hunting this
With Idaho’s youth turkey hunt beginning April 8
followed by the general spring turkey season
opening April 15, the Idaho Department of Fish
and Game is encouraging hunters to think "Safety
New trappers encouraged to complete education
Beginning on July 1, 2018, every trapper who
purchased their first trapping license after
June 30, 2011 will be required to attend and
pass a mandatory trapper education course before
they can purchase an Idaho trapping license.
Hayden Lake angler reels in the latest state
North Idaho angler Scott Kerns now holds the the
Idaho catch-and-release record for Northern
Pike. He caught a 44-plus inch Northern Pike
while ice fishing on Hayden Lake in early March.
The fish, weighing approximately 33 pounds, was
a true trophy for any angler.
Spring chinook seasons set:
Idaho Fish and Game commissioners approved the
spring chinook seasons and rules for the Snake,
Clearwater, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers
during its regular meeting Thursday, March 16,
in Boise. Fishing will open April 22.
Fall will bring more elk tags, fewer mule deer:
Hunters will see fewer hunting opportunities for
mule deer does in the fall, but more controlled
hunts for elk, particularly cow elk.
Idaho Fish and Game commissioners on Thursday,
March 17 set the hunting seasons for deer, elk,
bear, pronghorn, mountain lion and wolf. The
rules will be available online and in print in
Spring steelhead season an early opportunity to
catch big fish:
Big fish, lots of bank access, beautiful
weather. Well, two of three ain’t bad, and you
might get all three during spring steelhead
season. Steelhead make their final push to the
headwaters of Idaho’s famous steelhead streams
during spring, which concentrates them in the
upper tributaries of the Clearwater and Salmon
Combined fee proposal introduced in legislature:
A legislative committee today voted to introduce
a bill combining Fish and Game’s Price Lock fee
increase with a proposal to create more money to
manage wildlife depredation and increase access
for hunting and fishing, which combined would
raise an estimated $5 million in annual revenue.
Varsity lacrosse meeting set:
There will be a meeting for varsity players on
the Bonners Ferry lacrosse team at 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21, at United Methodist
Church, 6568 Lincoln Street, Bonners Ferry.
Still good ice fishing in the Panhandle:
Winter certainly has been cold and snowy in the
Panhandle this year. Shoveling snow and
contending with slippery roads can make winter a
less than pleasant time for many people.
Fortunately, the winter has also provided a good
ice fishing season that many anglers have gotten
out and enjoyed. By Andy Dux
IFWF accepting grant applications:
The Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation is
accepting applications for its 2017 grants
cycle. The grants program provides funding on a
competitive basis to nonprofit organizations,
the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and
Bosworth inducted into Timbersports Hall of Fame:
Bonners Ferry native Carson Bosworth is one of
three timber sports athletes to be inducted into
the Stihl Timbersports Hall of Fame Class of
Season setting time for big game:
Deer and elk seasons might seem like a long way
off, here in the middle of winter, but there are
things you should do now for the upcoming
seasons. I’m not talking about tuning up the bow
or sighting in the rifle (although those are
always options). By Wayne Wakkinen
Sneak peek at new moose, sheep and goat rules:
Idaho Fish and Game Commission on January 26
adopted new rules for moose, bighorn sheep and
mountain goat for the 2017-18 hunting seasons.
By Roger Phillips
Deadline near for Future Badger Basketball:
Anne Tompkins, Boundary County Parks & Rec, has
40 kids signed up for Parks & Rec Basketball
with room for almost 130 more to sign up before
the February 4 deadline.
BFHS weight room open to eighth grade athletes:
Any eighth graders who are planning on playing
high school football next year are welcome to
come and lift weights after school Monday
through Thursday in the high school weight room.
Take that hunter education course before the
Even though Idaho's spring turkey hunting season
is months away, now is a great time for
beginning hunters to register for and complete a
hunter education course.
Time to apply for spring bear hunt nears:
Hunters wanting to participate in this spring's
controlled hunts for black bear can apply from
January 15 through February 15.
IDFG Commission to meet:
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will set
seasons for moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain
goat when it meets January 25 and 26 at Fish and
Game headquarters in Boise.