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IFG reminder to scale hunters: don’t emphasize deer, elk and elk

Idaho fish and wildlife biologists urge avid scale hunters to be careful not to put a strain on winter-debilitated deer, elk, and moose.

According to an agency press release, antlers shed from deer, elk and elk are often found in areas where the animals spend the winter months. Idaho does not have a scale hunting season, but there are some places with administrative regulations that restrict motorized use or human entry if the animals are at risk.

“Large hibernating game animals are very susceptible to any type of disturbance, be it from passing motorists, domestic dogs, predators or scale hunters in late winter and early spring,” said Dennis Newman, a wildlife manager, fish and game. “There is growing concern that scale hunters in many areas of the state add to the burden of large game overwintering.”

At this time of year, deer and elk are dependent on their body reserves and the little nutrition they can get from the emerging vegetation. Anything that makes them wield energy can affect their survival.

According to the press release, scale hunters can mitigate potential negative effects on deer and elk by delaying their scale hunting trips until the herds leave the winter area. With the help of optics such as spotting scopes or binoculars, they can ensure that their hunting areas are free of animals and that motorized vehicles remain on designated roads and under the control of the dogs. The agency also urges scale hunters to respect private property and adhere to road closures and public land access rules.

The civil marksmanship rifle game takes place on Saturday

LAPWAI – A Civilian Marksmanship Program-approved M1 Garand and Modern Military Rifle match will be held near Tom Beall Road on US Highway 95 at the Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club on Saturday.

Rifle examples include M1 Garand, 1903 Springfield, M1 carbine, M1A, AR15, AK47, and SKS. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the shooting starts at 9:30 a.m. and continues until around 12:00 p.m. on the 18-bank side of the area when there are six or more participants. If there are fewer than six, the match will be played on the six bank side. The entry fee is US $ 20 per shooter.

The portion of the range not occupied by match shooters will be open to the public in the morning, and the entire range will be open for public shooting after noon.

Youngsters are invited to apply for jobs in the Nez Perce National Park

SPALDING – Nez Perce National Historical Park officials are recruiting up to two teenagers to partner with the park’s Youth Conservation Corps program this summer.

The eight-week federal program for 15 to 18 year olds runs from June 13 to August 7. Participants work 40 hours per week and receive $ 9.25 per hour. Applications must be submitted by May 21st.

According to a press release from the National Park Service, participants will develop a better understanding and understanding of natural and cultural resources, park maintenance needs, and park interpretation.

For more information, contact park officials at (208) 843-7057 or [email protected] or write to Nez Perce National Historical Park, 39063 US Highway 95, Lapwai, ID 83540. Applicants must be 15 years or older by June 7, but not 19 years old until after August 6th. Applicants must have or have applied for a Social Security number and be willing to work hard and take part in most work projects.

The film festival is tonight, next Friday

MOSCOW – Films dealing with wildlife science and management will be screened tonight and next Friday during an online film festival organized by the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources.

The annual event went online last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to be broadcast over the internet in an extensive webinar.

The first set of films will air at 6 p.m. tonight, and the second set will air next Friday at 6 p.m. Both screenings will be followed by live question-and-answer sessions with the filmmakers.

The festival is free for students and children. A donation of $ 10 is suggested by other viewers. Visit for more information.

Public comments on swan hunting in Idaho are welcome

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking public comments on a proposal to give swan pendants over the state-controlled hunting drawing.

The state held its first swan hunt in the Panhandle region last fall. The 50 available tags were offered subject to availability and sold out quickly. Comments can be submitted at

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