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Idaho Outdoors notebook

IDAHO OUTDOORS MOVING TO WEDNESDAYS

Starting next week, you’ll have an extra day to plan your outdoor adventures. Whether you’re a backpacker, biker, floater or fisherman, we’ll have you covered every Wednesday in the Explore section. Questions? Call 208-377-6482.

TROUT STOCKING SCHEDULE RELEASED

Idaho Fish and Game will release more than 15,000 catchable rainbows next month. The number of fish actually released may be altered because of weather or water conditions, equipment problems or schedule changes. Fish will be released in the Boise River above and below Glenwood Bridge on Sept. 7 and Sept. 21. Complete schedule at fishandgame.idaho.gov.

BIRD HUNTING SEASONS OPEN SEPT. 1

Mourning dove, sandhill crane and early Canada goose seasons open Tuesday. The mourning dove season runs through Oct. 30. The daily bag limit is 15 and the possession limit after the second day of season is 45. Sandhill crane season runs through Sept. 15 in all five hunting areas. The daily and season limit is two. Details are available on Idaho Fish and Game’s website. The new early Canada goose hunt in a portion of southeast Idaho runs through Sept. 15, with a daily bag limit of five and a possession limit of 15.

DESPITE FIRES, HUNTING SEASONS WILL GO ON

Hunters can get fire information and links at a designated fire page on Idaho Fish and Game’s website. Normally fire season is winding down when fall hunts begin, which could happen in parts of the state, but weather patterns in the Panhandle and Clearwater Basin are showing no relief. Access to some areas, including federal, state and private timberland, is closed, and hunters can expect some access restrictions in those regions. Hunters affected by a fire closure can choose between hunting later in the season or exchanging general tags to hunt in a different area. Exchanges must be made before the season begins. Hunters with controlled hunt tags can exchange them for general season tags before the controlled hunt begins, but controlled-hunt fees would not be refunded.

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