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For many of you your hunting season is over, and for many of you it is in full swing. But, regardless of what stage of it that you’re in, I thought it might be a good time to publish a short article on some recipes that my family likes.

Feeding birds in winter is a fun hobby for bird watchers and photographers. It is also important because providing food for birds can help them survive cold, windy days, long freezing nights, and a time when berries are long gone and insects are nowhere.

The area surrounding southwestern Idaho’s Swan Falls Dam is home to many natural wonders. Smallmouth bass, catfish, and sturgeon fill the river, ducks and geese flock to the sandbars, mule deer and black-tailed jackrabbits feed in the sagebrush-covered shoreline, and golden eagles nest high on the rugged cliff walls. With all of these attractions, it’s no surprise that so few people know that the Snake River’s oldest hydroelectric dam is itself home to one of the most unique natural phenomena in Idaho.

There’s something satisfying about watching mosquitoes from inside a mosquito net canopy which I rigged up here in my modest hotel room. Mosquitoes are annoying, but in Amazonia, they also make me nervous. Good thing I bumped up my yellow fever vaccination.

Rays from a late afternoon November sun paint pastel colors on the cliffs along the Owyhee River in southeast Oregon. Pinkish-red rhyolite glows in black and grey layers of rock in the cliffs above the river, downstream from Owyhee Dam.

The Boise and Payette National Forest vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits Saturday, Nov. 23. On Monday, Nov. 25, permits will be available at Boise and Payette National Forest District Offices and the Interagency Visitor’s Information Center, at 1387 South Vinnell Way in Boise. All tree permits are valid to Dec. 25.

Yellowstone National Park biologists have been busy counting noses (and beaks), recording sightings, conflicts and concerns for bear management, wolves and birds. They have compiled their work done in 2018 into three reports now available to the public.

Yellowstone National Park backpackers want a few more amenities compared to their counterparts surveyed 17 years ago, but in other respects they remain much the same.

Eastern Idaho biologists want wolverines to shed a bit of hair and grin for the camera in the name of science.

Yellowstone National Park backpackers want a few more amenities compared to their counterparts surveyed 17 years ago, but in other respects they remain much the same.

Bison cause traffic jams. Wolves can be seen feeding on an elk carcass in the trees several 100 yards away from the road. An occasional coyote follows an established game trail across snow-covered hills.

Personnel from Fish and Game’s Nampa Hatchery will be releasing more than 14,400 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during November. Local ponds are the primary focus of this stocking effort due to milder weather and correspondingly cooler water temperatures.

BOISE — Trucks loaded with trees damaged by the Douglas-fir tussock moth infestation in the Packer John State Forest are making their way to area sawmills. The Idaho Department of Lands sold nearly 2,000 acres of dead and dying timber as part of two salvage sales. The tree harvest reduces fire risk, addresses safety concerns to the recreating public, and clears the way to plant trees that are less preferred by tussock moth. The salvage sales also generate money to help fund public schools in Idaho.

The Idaho public land conservation group 43rd Exposure is hosting a Boise River float route cleanup event along the Boise Greenbelt focused on the summer float route spanning from Barber Park to Ann Morrison Park.

BOISE — Idaho Power will release more than 78,000 rainbow trout into the Snake River this month. About 52,000 fish will go to C.J. Strike Reservoir, south of Mountain Home. The releases will be split between the Cottonwood Park boat launch and the Jack’s Creek Sportsman’s Access.

Since we’re right in the middle of big game hunting I thought it might be a good time to do a “Knife Sharpening 101” article. All outdoorsmen use a knife — and yet only a very small minority can sharpen one.

It’s a long way down to Lucky Peak Reservoir now that the reservoir is about 30 percent full and the water level is between 80 and 90 feet down.

Hunting season is here, but don’t put away your fishing pole yet. Fall is my favorite time of the year to fish. Most people are out chasing birds or deer and elk so there isn’t a lot of fishing pressure at area -lakes and streams.

It only takes one look at a thermal springs map of the United States to see that Idaho is blessed with a huge number of hot springs. In fact, the Gem State has one of the highest concentrations of thermal pools in the nation.

As a birder, there is almost nowhere I would rather be than southeastern Idaho in the fall. In the later summer, migrant birds begin their southward journeys, stopping over along the way to rest and refuel.

Hanging on the wall in Brett Nienhuis’ living room are three 8-inch-by-12-inch photos of an angler in a wheelchair reeling in a fish from a drift boat — an aluminum boat that Nienhuis built in his Lewistown shop.

Each year hundreds of Canyon County residents take to the streets and walk to fight hunger and poverty in the annual Canyon County CROP Hunger Walk. This year’s CROP Hunger Walk is at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 starting at the McCain Student Union on the College of Idaho campus in Caldwell. Registration is at 2 p.m.

Call me a bridge nerd. I can just sit on a rock and stare at the Guffey Bridge at Celebration Park, watching clouds floating above it and the Snake River’s waters flowing underneath it.

The crossing at Sixaola, on Panama’s sketchy Caribbean side, nearly got me a night in the clink. Among all the usual border stress and chaos, the office to buy the required liability insurance was closed. I’d already crossed the border bridge and was now stuck in no-man’s land, all stamped out of Costa Rica, all stamped into Panamá, but my bike wouldn’t clear customs without an insurance policy.

This is the time of the year snakes, such as the garter snake, are going into hibernation. All Idaho native snakes hibernate and they return to the same dens each year, according to Frank Lundburg, a snake expert, educator and conservationist in Boise.

The 2019 pheasant hunting season gets underway Saturday, Oct. 12 in northern Idaho, and on Oct. 19 for the rest of the state. The season runs through November 30 in eastern Idaho and through December 31 in southern and northern Idaho.

While conducting seminars at the recent Great Northwest Outdoor Expo I met the Uberleben guys. They had a booth set up and something that caught my eye was their Uberleben Stoker Flatpack Stove. I’m not a world-renowned hard-core backpacker but I love to do it and am always looking for compact, lightweight items to enhance my backpacking.

Hunting season is here, and a question commonly asked is “where can I go hunting?” There’s a lot of good answers to that question in Idaho, starting with nearly two-thirds of the state is public land, and most of it is open for hunting.

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That buck or bull standing next to the road might be a tempting target, but it might not be what you think it is, and it could be a very costly mistake.

The Southwestern Idaho Birders Association will hold their monthly meeting at the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Mountain bikers in Boise have a lot to be grateful for. With nearly 200 miles of Ridge to Rivers trails easily accessible from the heart of downtown, there is no shortage of options to keep riders of all ages and skill levels entertained without straying too far from home.

Years ago, when we were hiring the management team for a plant that I was opening, we’d take the prospective managers to Barbacoa’s in Boise and wine and dine them. My favorite was their steak on a hot rock. I mean, how can you not love ribeyes? They are the ultimate steak.

McCALL — New equipment for backcountry adventures and new perks for season passholders are new for Brundage Mountain Resort this winter.

Personnel from Fish and Game’s Nampa Hatchery will be releasing more than 29,500 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during Oct.. Local ponds are the primary focus of this stocking effort due to milder weather and correspondingly cooler water temperatures.

The Canada jay is a bird with a lot of personality. It’ll swoop down from a Douglas fir and buzz your hat. It’ll sit on a nearby branch and scope out your camp looking for something to steal.