Turkey and black bear hunts start April 15
Turkey hunts run through May 25, and spring black bear closing dates vary.
A few bear hunts opened earlier in some areas where hunters also may use a second bear tag.
Dates for controlled hunts are listed in the Upland Game or Big Game seasons and rules brochures, available at all Fish and Game offices, license vendors, and on Fish and Game's website, fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Hunters can find detailed hunt maps on the website under "Idaho Hunt Planner."
Hunters must have a valid Idaho hunting license and the appropriate tags for either species.
Turkey hunters may buy two turkey tags for the spring season. Resident adults pay $19.75 for the first tag and $12.25 for the second one.
Discounted tags for youth, seniors and disabled veterans are $10.75. Nonresident turkey tags cost $80, except for junior mentored tags, which are $10.75.
See baby owls in the Foothills
The Foothills Learning Center is leading a tour to see baby great horned owls, known as owlets. Children and adults can learn about the owls of Idaho, do owl crafts and activities and take a walk to view an owl family.
The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise. No registration required.
Bring binoculars if you have them; there will be some available to borrow. Tour leaders also will set up spotting scopes for really great views of the owls.
To get to the center, take 8th Street north to Hulls Gulch Reserve. From the end of the pavement, go one-third mile. For details, call 493-2530 or go to boiseenvironmentaleducation.org.
Mushroom class starts April 24
The deadline to sign up for the Southern Idaho Mycological Association's basic mushroom identification class is April 19. It is a beginners' class.
The class will start at 7 p.m. on April 24, 25 and 26 at Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise.
At the end of the class, participants will know 10 safe, easy-to-identify edible mushrooms and how to pick them.
A follow-up field trip to collect spring mushrooms will be held either April 27 or 28. There is a $15 materials fee for the class. To sign up, call Genille Steiner at 345-2515 or 631-7462.