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McCALL — Sunny days and great slope conditions are bringing out the spirit of springtime at Brundage Mountain. A series of signature events "will keep the springtime vibes rolling" through mid-April.

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Love fishing but can’t seem to find the time to travel for a extended trip to a favorite lake, reservoir or river? That shouldn’t prevent anglers in the Treasure Valley from picking up their rod and reel and fishing on a weekend, or after work, because there are ample fishing opportunities nearby.

Editor’s note: A reader asked if Tom eats what he hunts and fishes for. During my follow-up conversation, Tom and I hatched up the notion of him sharing some of his favorite game and fish recipes. We will be publishing them over the next few weeks. Enjoy!

It was a bluebird day. The sun was shining and it was almost spring-like weather. The night before, a storm blew in two feet of fresh snow. We were hell bent on skiing fresh untracked powder in the back country near Lowman.

Idaho Press editor Scott McIntosh went fly fishing on the Owyhee River just outside Adrian, Oregon, as part of a class taught by Chris Gerono with Idaho Angler. “I got my first strike but didn’t land the fish,” he said.

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Karcher Moving & Storage was joined by the District 5 VFW Honored Guard, Nampa City Councilwoman Sandi Levi, the Nampa Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses, tenants and the general public for the installation of their new flag pole and first time flag raising on Feb. 21.

Going to a shooting range for the first time can be intimidating. It helps if a friend takes you along. Just in case, though, whether you’re new to the Treasure Valley or new to shooting, here are some tips for heading to the Black’s Creek Public Shooting Range, just outside Kuna.

When Outdoor Editor Jeanne Huff told me that she wanted me to write an article on “what’s the best big game rifle for newcomers to Idaho” my first thought was uh-oh, this could cause a civil war right here in little ole’ Idaho. I don’t think she knew how serious of an issue this is.

Editor’s note: “Pend Oreille Country” is an Idaho Public Television production for Outdoor Idaho and will air on Thursday. The Idaho Press is proud to present the following introduction to the show in collaboration with Outdoor Idaho.

If the great taste of a walleye fillet isn’t enough, anglers will now have added incentive to catch and keep walleye in Lake Pend Oreille and connected Idaho waters. Starting March 1, an experimental program launched by Idaho Fish and Game and Avista will offer a chance at cash rewards for anglers harvesting walleye.

Vroom. The 47th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Boise Roadster Show presented by Les Schwab Tires returns to Expo Idaho on March 8 to 10, according to a press release about the event. The main events will include an appearance by special guest Kevin “KevDogg” Schiele, star of the reality TV show “Bitchin’ Rides,” and the showstopping, eye-popping designer cars.

Whether in the movies, on television or in person, just about everyone is familiar with the ghostly green images portrayed by night vision equipment that helps humans see in the dark. This is relatively new technology for mankind, but many animals solved the dilemma of how to see in the dark many eons ago.

An interagency effort is planned between Idaho Fish and Game, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to capture 80 bighorn sheep in five Hells Canyon herds Feb. 19–28 as part of the ongoing Hells Canyon Initiative to restore bighorn sheep populations. Bighorn sheep will be captured by net gunning from a helicopter and brought to a processing site near the capture location. Biologists will take health samples, radio collar the sheep, and release them on site.

In an effort to get a better picture of how wild steelhead are affected by fishing, the University of Idaho and Idaho Department of Fish and Game will enlist the help of anglers in a two-year study that will track fish as they progress from Lower Granite Dam through the fishery.

Idaho Fish and Game is adding three proposals for the 2019-20 big game hunting season for eastern Idaho mule deer hunts and elk hunts in the Weiser and Brownlee zones in response to new information.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game with input from the Southeast Idaho Winter Feeding Advisory Committee has authorized a feed site on the west side of the Ninety Percent Range in Caribou County to bait approximately 200 elk from a landowner’s property.

Idaho Fish and Game is adding three proposals for the 2019-20 big game hunting season for eastern Idaho mule deer hunts and elk hunts in the Weiser and Brownlee zones in response to new information.

Whether waiting for a bus, playing outside or walking the dog — during the colder winter season, everyone is looking for ways to stay warm. Luckily, the process your body uses to break down foods serves as an internal heater.

In 2009, the Owyhee Initiative collaborative group saw the fulfillment of a major milestone, when Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, spearheaded legislation to protect 517,000 acres of wilderness, 316 miles of National Wild and Scenic Rivers, closure of 200 miles of motorized trails in candidate wilderness areas, better enforcement of off-highway vehicle use in Owyhee County and increased protection of Shoshone-Paiute cultural resources.

On July 20, 1969, mankind stepped on the surface of a celestial body beyond Earth for the first time. So the Whittenberger Planetarium on the campus of The College of Idaho will celebrate the anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s “one giant leap for mankind” by centering its upcoming shows on Earth’s only dance partner: the moon.

Hunters who are hoping to participate in a spring controlled turkey hunt have the rest of February to apply. The application period opened on Friday, Feb. 1, and runs through March 1. Results will be made available by March 20.

An innovative approach using trail cameras to capture wildlife will allow Idaho Fish and Game biologists to estimate deer and elk populations in a safer, less-invasive and less-expensive way than the traditional method of biologists flying in aircraft and counting them.

“This handsome male Bufflehead duck is one of several that can be seen at Wilson Ponds, Nampa. They are one of our smaller ducks.” — Bud Hampton

The badly dilapidated bridge spanning Sand Hollow Creek at Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area will soon be replaced, one of the last repair projects resulting from the “snowpocalypse” of 2016-2017, according to a news release from Idaho Fish and Game.

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Caldwell, ID – Starting February 28, 2019, the George W. Nourse Gun Range will be closed on the last Thursday of every month to allow staff to clean and maintain the range for visitors, according to a news release. The monthly closures will be in place from dawn to 3:30 p.m.

the Southwestern Idaho Birders Association presents: "The Art and Science of Life and Death in Gorongosa National Park" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge invites families to embrace the season and come to the refuge for an evening with the stars. Learn how wildlife use the stars to navigate and do some sky watching of your own.

The Stanley Ranger Station is currently closed to the public, acccording to a Forest Service news release about the closure. The Ranger Station is undergoing "much needed repairs to the office," said the release. Employees are working remotely from other offices on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the public is encouraged to contact the Sawtooth NRA headquarters office at 208-727-5000. It is expected that the office will re-open on or about February 20, 2019.

From a mule deer fawn’s perspective, Idaho Fish and Game’s winter trapping must be something like an alien abduction. The fawn is chased by something hovering in the sky, captured, briefly restrained and blindfolded, then tested and measured before being released as if nothing ever happened.

Idaho Fish and Game officials on Saturday, Jan. 26 dispatched a mountain lion that was spotted in a Ketchum subdivision after killing a dog. The six to seven-year-old, non-lactating female cat was tracked to a nearby area and dispatched for public safety.

Fish and Game staff will hold a series of open houses around the state to talk to hunters about their preferences for rules and seasons for the upcoming big game hunts.