Outdoors Blog

Application period begins for controlled hunts

It’s time to apply for fall controlled hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear and turkey.

The application period runs May 1 to June 5.

From Fish and Game:

Hunters may apply for controlled hunts at any hunting and fishing license vendor or Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling 1-800-554-8685; or online here. An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications. Hunters must have a valid 2016 Idaho hunting license to apply.

Hunters can use harvest statistics and drawing odds from the past 10 years to search for similar controlled hunts for this year. Drawing odds are posted on Fish and Game’s website under the Hunting tab or here.

Foothills feedback deadline is Sunday

The deadline to provide feedback on the Ridge to Rivers draft management plan is Sunday.

You can take the survey here.

Learn more about the management plan here.

Meeting to discuss elk deaths at feeding site

Fish and Game will host a meeting at 6 p.m. May 18 at the Hailey Community Campus to discuss the Bullwhacker feeding site, where 33 elk died this winter.

“Our goal for the meeting is to review the history of the Bullwhacker feed site, cover the events that took place this winter, and what our plans for the future include,” Daryl Meints, regional wildlife manager, said in a press release. “We hope to have a good, open discussion.”

Golf season begins in Sun Valley

The back nine of the Trail Creek course at Sun Valley opens Saturday. Through May 12, you can play nine holes with a cart for $39 and 18 holes for $59. The Sawtooth Putting Course opens Saturday, too.

USGA pushes nine-hole option

The USGA is promoting nine-hole golf options with its PLAY9 Days this season. The promotions are scheduled for the ninth day of each month, beginning Monday.

The USGA has a mini website dedicated to playing nine holes.

Carey Lake kids fishing day

Idaho Fish and Game will hold a kids fishing day Saturday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Carey Lake Wildlife Management Area.

The event will introduce kids to bluegill and bass fishing. Fishing rods, bait and tackle will be provided.

If enough fish are caught, there will be a fish fry, too.

Fuelwood permits available beginning May 15

From the Forest Service:

Personal use fuelwood permits for the Payette and Boise National Forests will go on sale beginning Sunday, May 15. Check with forest vendors for Sunday hours.

On the Sawtooth National Forest, the Minidoka Ranger District and Fairfield Ranger District issue permits beginning Sunday, May 15, but permits for the Ketchum Ranger District and Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA), will be delayed until Tuesday, May 31 due to melting snowpack. Call the SNRA at 208-727-5013 or Ketchum Ranger District at 208-622-0090 to check snowmelt and road conditions in these areas.

Permits are $12.50 per cord with a 2-cord minimum and a 10-cord maximum per household. Permits will be available at USDA Forest Service Ranger District offices, the Interagency Visitor Information Center at 1387 South Vinnell Way, Boise, Idaho and private vendors in Southwest Idaho, (see attached list).

The Payette National Forest has four free-use areas, which are located in the Hazard Lake, Kinney Point, Secesh Meadows/Warren and Big Creek areas. A free-use permit is required for these areas and can be obtained at the associated Payette Ranger District office along with specific location information and permit use requirements. Free-use fuelwood counts toward the 10-cord maximum per household.

The Boise National Forest has closures in the Hulls Gulch and Rocky Canyon areas of the Mountain Home Ranger District.

“Please check this year’s fuelwood brochure and current Motor Vehicle Use Maps to make sure you are cutting in an area open to fuelwood gathering. Also, pay special attention to areas with restoration activities, roads may be signed,” said Boise National Forest Fuelwood Coordinator Audrey Karpe. “Remember all Forests have regulations in place regarding not cutting neither dead nor living whitebark pine trees which are declining and are of critical importance to several wildlife species.”