Q: Last winter, our 9-year-old daughter became very interested in getting archery lessons, and we waited to see if it was a passing fancy.
Movies have since come out showing girls with bows and arrows. She hasnt even seen those movies, and yet, she still has a strong desire to learn.
I know nothing about archery, nor where to go in the Treasure Valley.
And the more I think about it, the more it looks like something I might enjoy learning, too.
Is there a good place to take young kids for lessons where they might even offer family lessons?
ROD, via email
A: Archery is big time in Idaho and a lot of fun.
You might check with archery clubs and shops throughout the valley for information on lessons and kids leagues.
For example, Idaho Archery Company, 5669 N. Glenwood St., offers private lessons and kids classes.
If the child has never shot a bow before, owner Mike Gallegos recommends a private lesson for $30. Everything is provided, so you dont have to buy equipment.
From there, if the child enjoys it, you can continue with kids lessons.
You dont have to buy equipment right away. You can rent it to see if the sport will be something in which the childs interest continues.
You can call the shop at 376-7057 or go to idahoarchery.net.
Once you guys get started in archery, you can practice at Boise Parks and Recreations archery range.
Its pretty convenient and is located 750 Mountain Cove Road at the entrance to Military Reserve.
Have fun and good shooting.
PRINTING F&G RULES
Q: Where does Idaho Fish and Game get its hunting and fishing regulation booklets printed? Here in Idaho?
TONY, via email
A: According to state law, the printing of the regulations is put out for bid, and the Idaho Division of Purchasing handles it for Fish and Game.
Rotary Offset Press in Kent, Wash., submitted the low bid earlier this year and won the contract.
The agency only had two companies submit bids. The other was Liberty Press in Salt Lake City. No Idaho company submitted a bid, said Mike Keckler, spokesman for Fish and Game.
Q: Whats the fire danger with using a muzzleloader in very dry conditions like we have now?
63-YEAR-OLD HUNTER, via email
A: Youll get varied opinions on this, but the U.S. Forest Service is concerned about shooting and fires.
You can see why with all the fires we had during summer and how dry conditions were.
Fire experts with the Forest Service said any time you have something that sparks you need to be exceptionally aware of the risk, especially during dry conditions.
The agency suggests:
Look around the area after firing the rifle.
Dont leave the area where you have been using your muzzleloader without making absolutely sure you have not ignited any fuels nearby.
The higher danger of a fire starting is when a spark hits fine fuels, especially dry grass. Firing a weapon in that type of vegetation is a watch-out situation.
In addition, after shooting, it is advisable to stay in the immediate area for a short period of time in case a spark starts to smolder in dry fuel.
The other watch-out situation is a spark lodging in a dry log.
A lot of muzzleloader hunts are later in the season when fire danger eases up.
Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445, Twitter: @Zimosoutdoors