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January
Badger wrestlers 5-0 to win River City tourney: The Bonners Ferry Badgers went 5-0 in the Copper division to take first place at the River City Team Dual Tournament in Post Falls, beating West Valley, Gonzaga Prep and Shadle Park, Spokane, Whitefish, Montana, and Bishop Kelly, Boise to win.
What's this access/depredation fee? Why do I have to pay an extra $5 for my license? It’s a question that will commonly be asked when hunters, anglers and trappers buy their 2018 licenses, so here’s a quick refresher. The “Access/Depredation fee” is a new, one-time annual fee that applies to everyone – residents and nonresidents alike – when they buy their first annual license of the year.
St. Maries rolls over Badgers: The Badger boys fell at the hands of the 8-1 St. Maries Lumberjacks Thursday in a non-league away game, 57-44. The loss puts the Badgers at 4-5 on the season. Dylan Hittle led the Badger scoring drive with 11 points.
Badger girls fall to Timberlake: The Badger girls fell to Timberlake Tuesday in an Intermountain League road match 55-43. The Lady Badgers stayed within fighting distance throughout the game, with Miranda Wenk leading all scorers with 22 points.
Badger boys spank Spartans: Chris Sabin landed 21 points to lead the Badger boys to a 66-41 win over the Priest River Spartans at home Saturday night, improving their season record to 6-5 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Badger girls dominate Priest River: The Lady Badgers opened tonight's game against Priest River, the opening IML league match for both teams, with spark and pizzazz, jumping out to a 35-2 first quarter and never looking back in a 62-18 victory that saw the whole team enjoy game time.
Badgers ride a long way to beat the Lions: The Badgers traveled to Lincoln County High School on Wednesday in Eureka and both the boys and girl's varsity got on the bus for the long ride home with wins.
Porter named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week: The Canadian Hockey League today announced that rookie James Porter of the Kelowna Rockets is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending December 31 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout with a goals-against-average of 0.48 and save percentage of .987.
December
Steelhead limits reduced for 2018 spring season: Steelhead anglers are reminded that Fish and Game commissioners extended the reduced bag and possession limits for the 2018 spring steelhead season, which starts January 1.
New Year, new hunting and wildlife watching opportunities: Welcome to 2018 and all it will bring for outdoors folks. Many are looking forward to hunting, and even if you’re not a hunter, you’re probably a wildlife watcher, so there’s lots of cool things in the coming months.
Badgers topple Colville at Eagle Holiday tourney: The Lady Badgers outshot the Colville Indians through four quarters Thursday morning to win their second match 64-41 at the Eagle Holiday Tournament at West Valley High School, Spokane.
Eagles hold off Lady Badgers in tournament play: The Badger girls put up a tenacious fight today, but fell to Eagle Holiday Classic host West Valley High School in Spokane, as the 5-4 Eagles managed to grind out a 63-55 win in tournament play.
Boys fall, girls win in hoops action: The Badger boys fell to the St. Maries Lumberjacks at home Thursday, while the girls hosted Lakeland Friday night and won.
St. Maries caps Lady Badger win streak: The Badger ladies started out strong Thursday at St. Maries, leading 14-8 after the first quarter, but the Lumberjacks chipped away through the rest of the game to hand the girls their first loss on the season, 57-45.
Lady Badgers undefeated in six games: The Badgers traveled to Post Falls Saturday for a day of basketball at Genesis Prep, and the Lady Badgers kept their undefeated season alive, defeating the Jaguars 61-37 to improve their record to 6-0. The boys results were not reported.
Badger boys fall to Grizzlies: The Badger boys traveled to Newport, Washington, Thursday night, where they fell to the Grizzlies 74-38 to drop their season record to 3-2.
Girls win, boys fall to Bulldogs: The Badger girls pulled off a win in the house of the Bulldogs Saturday, keeping their winning streak so far this season alive at five with a final score of 65-52. The Badger boys put up a tough fight, but couldn't over come a second quarter deficit and suffered their first loss of the season to the Bulldogs, 75-66.
BCMS wrestlers win District 1 championship: Your District 1 Middle School Champions for the second year in a row are the Bonners Ferry Badgers! Taking first place spots on the dais were Jake Summerfield, Marcus Regehr, Eli Richards, Joel Cowley, Kyle Smith, Andrew Sandelin and Hunter Higeretta.
Badger varsity romps at Cusick, face Sandpoint: The Badger girls trounced the Cusick Panthers in an away game Thursday, outshooting their opponents in every quarter to chalk up a 59-24 win. The undefeated Badger boys also won their match Thursday with a 78-66 win.
GPS collars show the hidden lives of deer and elk: The whup, whup, whup of a helicopter grows louder as a herd of deer flees toward a trap. A small army of Fish and Game staff and volunteers hide as the animals run into a hidden net and become entangled. People rush to the thrashing animals, and within seconds, untangle and calm them by placing a mask over their eyes and carefully pin their legs to their bodies.
Badgers go 3-0 with win over Wallace: Brady Bateman scored 22 points Tuesday night to lead the Badger boys to a 68-53 win Tuesday night at home, improving their record to a perfect 3-0.
Looking for action? Try Pickleball! Pickleball is similar to tennis and badminton. It’s played indoors with a paddle rather than a racket. It's found its way to Bonners Ferry! If you are 14 or older and like being physically active, you might like to try the fastest-growing sport for adults.
Trapper classes offered: Beginning 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.
November
BFWC has good showing at Bigfoot Battle: Bonners Ferry Wrestling Club placed 24th out of 120 teams at the USA Wrestling Bigfoot battle tournament. Eli Richards led the way by taking first in the 130 pound Middle school division, scoring 26 team points.
Lady Badgers open season with a win: "It was fun," Badger coach Travis Hinthorn said of their season opener tonight. "We got a little wild later in the game, but we'll calm down as the season goes on." Despite opening game rambunctiousness, the Badgers did what they set out to do, earning an opening game win over the visiting St. Maries Lumberjacks, 53-42.
KVSA gearing up for Gun & Horn Show: The Kootenai Valley Sportsman Association will be hosting the annual Gun and Horn Show at the Boundary County Fairgrounds February 9 to 11 2018. Be sure to come check out the horns and a wide range of vendor booths along with raffles for a rifle and more!
Kootenai Valley Rifle and Pistol Club season now underway: The Kootenai Valley Rifle and Pistol Club (KVRPC) is dedicated to the sport of small bore shooting and they invite all  interested people to join them.
Dump your big game carcasses properly: When you're done butchering a big-game animal, there's usually bones, hide and other inedible parts that should be double-bagged, securely tied, and put out with your household waste for garbage collection.
BF Wrestling Club wraps season: The Bonners Ferry Wrestling Club had their end of the season potluck Monday night. The kids finished the season strong with many medals and ribbons won. They even won the Battle of the North tournament and received a trophy. Members Dalton Regehr, Marcus Regehr and Aiden Dodd went undefeated this season.
Jordan back on the 'Dirty Dozen:' Last week we had an all district one coaches meeting where we selected what we call the “Dirty Dozen,” which is essentially our All-District 1 Idaho Cross Country team. By Coach Tyler Warner
Idaho anglers asked to take a poll ... no, uh, not pole: Interested anglers have through November 13 to take part in an online survey about fishing in Idaho. The survey covers a variety of topics, including how often people fish and their preferred fish species, what types of fishing regulations they support, and what important conservation priorities Fish and Game should pursue.
Bonners Ferry brings home Battle For The North trophy: The Bonners Ferry Wrestling Club traveled to fight in the Battle For The North Tournament at Lakeland November 2, and won the under 50 Members Division! Six Bonners Ferry wrestlers won in their weight divisions.
Julia Cummings brings home first Badger state swim title: Badger swimmer Julia Cummings traveled to Boise Thursday for the 2017 Idaho High School Swimming State Championships, and brought home Bonners Ferry High School's first and so far only Idaho state swimming title.
Nonresident elk tags sold out for 2017, deer selling fast: Idaho Fish and Game sold out its nonresident regular deer and nonresident elk tags for the first time in nearly a decade, and nonresident hunters wanting whitetail tags better act. It's the first time since 2008 all nonresident elk tags have sold.
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