Into the Outdoors

  • Online photo challenge

    Posted by Roger Phillips on July 23, 2014

    Guess the fish for a free hat.

    There was no winner for the July 17 Photo Challenge (aka Name the Place) so I have a hat to spare. Tell me what kind of fish this is and you will be entered into a drawing for an Idaho Outdoors ballcap.

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  • Montana's disaster that never happened: Ending trout stocking.

    Posted by Roger Phillips on July 22, 2014

    Montana's Smith River.

    Here's a cool article from the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks about its 1974 decision to stop stocking trout in streams.

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  • New Polecat Trailhead looks good and could be open by the weekend

    Posted by Roger Phillips on July 21, 2014

    The new Polecat Gulch trailhead is done.

    I took a bike ride Sunday morning to check it out and was impressed by how nicely the new facility blends into the terrain. There's an outhouse, information kiosk and parking. The lot will be a good way for folks to get onto the Polecat trails from Collister and not have to park in the culdesac. The could be open by July 26, according to Julia Grant, Foothills open space manager.

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  • Gear review: Jumping Targets "Rockin' Gopher" reactive steel target

    Posted by Roger Phillips on July 21, 2014

    Jumping Targets "Rockin' Gopher" target.

    I love shooting steel targets, but finding one that works for .22s, handguns and hunting rifle cartridges is a challenge, if not impossible. This one comes pretty close on initial review.

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  • Gearing up for the weekend

    Posted by Roger Philips on July 18, 2014

    For emergencies, or just cuts and scrapes

    A clean-up kit and a first-aid item might not run the revs into the redline, but when you need them, you really need them. These are both inexpensive items you can add to duffel bag to make your trip more comfortable and safe. 

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  • More chinook stocked in the Boise River Friday, July 18

    Posted by Pete Zimowsky on July 17, 2014

    Fish are stocked in key areas like Barber Park.

    Idaho Fish and Game released 251 chinook, including 151 jacks and 100 adults, which brings the total to about 400 chinook stocked in the Boise River.

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