Out and About: Outdoors news of note

May 2, 2013 

CAMPING

Seminars, demos at Cabela's on May 4-5

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and will offer free hands-on camping seminars, product experts and demonstrations at 8109 W. Franklin Road, Boise.

Classes will include campsite safety, tent camping in luxury, how to make the perfect campfire, basic outdoor survival and first aid, and backpacking for dummies.

BIRD WATCHING

Free program in Foothills May 8 to offer tips

Vicki Runnoe of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will share tips about bird-watching, binoculars and field guides during a Sunset Series program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise.

She will also lead a walk in Hulls Gulch. Registration is not required for this adult education program. For more information, go to BoiseEnvironmentalEducation.org.

BOATING

Cold water safety clinic schedule for May 11

Registration is being taken for the free clinic scheduled 10 a.m. to noon at the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation headquarters, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise.

Registration is required. Call 514-2412 or email David.Dahms@idpr.idaho.gov.

HUNTING

Super Hunt drawing deadline set for May 31

With every entry in Idaho Fish and Game's Super Hunt drawings, hunters get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime, and their entry fee helps support hunter and angler access to and across private lands.

The first drawing in June will pick 26 hunters, each of whom will get one of 25 tags - eight elk, eight deer and eight pronghorn hunts as well as one moose hunt; and one Super Hunt Combo entry also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunt for one elk, deer, pronghorn and moose.

A second drawing will be in August. The entry period for the second drawing is June 2 through Aug. 11.

Entries are available at license vendors, Fish and Game offices, or they can be ordered online at fishandgame.idaho.gov, or by calling (800) 554-8685.

MUSHROOMS

Free permits needed for Trinity Ridge Fire area

Individual personal-use mushroom pickers must obtain a free permit to gather mushrooms within the Trinity Fire Ridge area from May 1 to July 14, the U.S. Forest Service said. Permits are not required for noncommercial mushroom picking on other parts of the Boise National Forest.

For more information on mushroom picking and where to get permits, go to fs.usda.gov/main/boise and scroll down to "mushroom gathering."

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