Tom Schirm, a fish carver from Dayton, placed third for his carving depicting a westslope cutthroat trout at the World Fish Carving Championships in Springfield, Mo.

Carver Tom Schirm’s westslope cutthroat places third

Tom Schirm, a fish carver from Dayton featured in an article that appeared in the Tribune’s Outdoors section last September, recently placed among the top artists at the World Fish Carving Championships in Springfield, Mo.

Schirm, a habitat biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, placed third for his carving depicting a westslope cutthroat trout (shown above). The carving was previously named best in show at the National Fish Carving Championships held at Vancouver, Wash., last year.

Youth Hunter Ed Challenge Program is set for Saturday

LAPWAI — The Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club will offer the Youth Hunter Education Challenge Program, supported by the Jack O’Connor Center of Lewiston, at its public shooting range near here Saturday.

Program participants will use the shotgun range until 10 a.m. and the 18-bench side of the range until 12:30 p.m. The six-bench side of the range will be available to the public during the program, and the entire range will be open to the public after 12:30 p.m.

Parking lot work to close Lower Granite Dam visitor center

LOWER GRANITE DAM — The dam’s South Shore Visitor Center will be closed Saturday and Sunday to accommodate maintenance work on the parking lot there. Workers from the Army Corps of Engineers will apply a seal coat to the parking lot over the weekend.

Free fishing days are planned for upcoming weekend

Idaho and Washington will allow people to fish without first purchasing fishing licenses during both states’ annual Free Fishing Days.

Idaho’s celebration is on Saturday only, while Washington will celebrate on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to a reprieve from licenses, there are a number of derbies and events for kids planned.

In Idaho there will be a fishing derby at Deer Creek Reservoir near Headquarters from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The entry fee is $20 for those 13 and older.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest and other organizations will hold events for kids from 9 a.m. to noon at Spring Valley Reservoir near Troy, Kiwanis Park Pond at Lewiston, Mann Lake near Lewiston, Wilkins Pond near Grangeville, Fenn Pond near Lowell and Karolyns Pond near Elk City.

In Washington, the Asotin County Sportsmen’s Association and officials on the Pomeroy Ranger District of the Umatilla National Forest will combine forces to put on two Kid’s Free Fishing Day events. The first will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at West Evans Pond along U.S. Highway 12 just west of Clarkston. The second will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Rainbow Lake along the Tucannon River. Both are open to kids 14 and younger and will feature prizes for the largest and smallest fish caught as well as free hot dogs and pop for all kids who participate. There also will be a fish cleaning station at each event.

IDFG invites public review/comment on draft deer plans

Idaho Fish and Game wildlife managers are asking deer hunters to review and comment on the agency’s recently released draft management plans for mule deer and whitetail deer.

The department will hold an open house at its Clearwater Regional Office, 3316 16th St. in Lewiston, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The plans are available for comment through June 21.

Both plans, which will guide deer management for the next six years, detail a variety of topics, including agency plans for population management and concepts for hunting seasons designed to maintain sustainable deer herds while also striving to meet hunters’ expectations. Each was built in part from hunter surveys conducted in 2017 and 2018.

According to a news release from the agency, the plans mostly outline broad management prescriptions and concepts that typically don’t go into unit-by-unit detail. Nor do the plans provide season frameworks or specific rules, which are addressed in the big game season-setting and rules process.

After hunters review and comment on the draft plans, wildlife managers will incorporate those comments and revise the plans before presenting final drafts to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.

More information is available at

Johnson to speak at flycaster group’s Thursday meeting

David Johnson, manager of the Nez Perce Tribe’s Department of Fisheries Resource Management, will be the guest speaker at a Kelly Creek Flycasters meeting Thursday at the Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston.

The meeting starts with a 6 p.m. social hour and dinner. At about 7 p.m., Johnson will give an overview of the tribe’s fisheries program.

The cost for dinner is $19.50. Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to Greg Paris at or by calling (509) 758-1174 by Sunday.

Hiking group plans trek along Lochsa River trail for June 15

LOWELL — The Lewis-Clark Valley Hikers will visit the Lochsa River National Recreation Trail No. 2 near here on June 15.

The trail runs for about 16 miles alongside U.S. Highway 12 between Cold Springs Creek and Sherman Creek. The club will begin its hike at the Sherman Creek trailhead.

Those interested in joining the outing can meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at the junction of Highway 12 and State Highway 13 near Kooskia. The hikers plan to cover about 4 or 5 miles before having lunch and then retracing their path and returning to the trailhead between 2:30 and 3 p.m.

Jack O’Connor open house and gun show is next week

The Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center at Hells Gate State Park near Lewiston will hold its annual open house and gun show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15.

The event, held at the museum featuring many of the late gun writer’s trophy mounts and writing memorabilia, includes a show of custom firearms and a forum of outdoor writers. Those attending the open house will not be required to pay the park’s daily entrance fee.

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