Youth pheasant hunt opens Oct. 3
The weeklong hunt opens a half-hour before sunrise in areas 1, 2 and 3 — except on the C.J. Strike, Fort Boise, Montour, Niagara Springs, Payette River and Sterling wildlife management areas, where shooting hours begin at 10 a.m. The season runs through Oct. 9 for licensed hunters 15 and younger.
Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed hunter 18 or older. Youths do not need a WMA pheasant permit to hunt on wildlife management areas.
The daily bag limit is three cocks, and the possession limit is nine, except on wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked, in which case the daily limit is two cocks and six in possession.
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Silver Creek Campground, roads to close
The Boise National Forest will temporarily close Forest Road 671 on Oct. 1. It is expected to reopen the afternoon of Oct. 2.
The closure will begin at the junction of Forest Road 698 (Middle Fork Payette River Road) and Forest Road 671 (Silver Creek Road) and extend north to the Peace Creek Trailhead, just north of the Silver Creek Campground. The Peace Creek Trailhead will remain open, and foot access will be available to the Silver Creek Plunge.
More information: 208-373-4007 or 208-373-4100.
Irrigation canals open for fish salvage
Some Southwest Idaho irrigation ditches will open to fish salvage from Oct. 1 to Nov. 15.
Fish salvage is limited to: Ballentyne, Black Canyon A-line, Black Canyon, Boise City, Boise Valley, Bolton, Caldwell Highline, Campbell, Canyon County, Deer Flat Low Line, Emmett, Farmers Co-op, Farmers Union, Galloway, Island Highline, Last Chance, Lower Payette, McConnel Island, Middle Line, Middleton, New York, Noble, Parma, Phyllis, Pioneer Dixie, Ridenbaugh, Riverside, Sebree, Settlers, Siebenber, Sunnyside, Thurman Mill, Waldvogel, Washoe and Weeks canals and ditches within those portions of the Boise, Payette, Snake and Weiser rivers.
Because most irrigation ditches are on private land, would-be fish salvagers must have landowner permission and a valid fishing license before accessing these canals.
More information: 208-465-8465.