Monday is last day to offer feedback on upland game management plan

Hunters have through Monday to comment on Idaho Fish and Game’s updated draft of its upland game management plan.

The six-year plan lays out the department’s intended direction for its upland game program and outlines management priorities, conservation and recreational goals through 2024.

The draft plan and a comment form are available on Fish and Game’s upland game management plan page bit.ly/2SIj4WN. The final proposed changes, which will take public comments into account, will be presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission for its consideration at its March 12-13 meeting in Boise.

The plan identifies major issues affecting each upland game species and will guide future decisions by game managers with the goal of enhancing populations and habitat while providing hunting opportunities that align with hunter preferences.

The department’s upland game planning team identified three main priorities in the proposed management plan — improving population and harvest monitoring, protecting and improving upland game habitat, and working to increase hunting access.

Forest officer is the guest speaker at sportsmen’s meeting Thursday in Clarkston

Umatilla National Forest law enforcement officer Austin Hess will be the guest speaker at the Asotin County Sportsmen Association meeting in Clarkston on Thursday.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at Four Square Church, 2377 Appleside Blvd.

Marksmanship match is Saturday at Lapwai shooting range

LAPWAI — The Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club will hold a Civilian Marksmanship Program-sanctioned M1 Garand and Modern Military Rifle match Saturday at its range along Tom Beall Road off of U.S. Highway 95.

Sign-up starts at 9 a.m., and shooting starts at 9:30 and will last until about noon on the 18-bench side of the range. The entry fee for the M-1 Garand match is $35 per shooter and includes 35 rounds of .30-06 ammunition, or $15 if the shooter furnishes ammunition.

The six-bench portion of the range will be available for use by nonmatch shooters, with targets out to no more than 100 yards, and the entire range will be open to public shooting after about noon.

Anatone Flats is the destination for bird-watchers’ trip on Saturday

ANATONE — The Canyon Birders will travel to the Anatone Flats and Fields Spring State Park near here Saturday on a bird-watching trip.

Those interested in attending can meet in the south parking area of Swallows Park near Clarkston at 8:30 a.m. for carpooling. Attendees are advised to brings snacks, drinks and a Washington State Discover Pass if they intend to drive their own car.

Meeting set to explore possibility of forming chapter to reimburse hunters for wolf kills

KOOSKIA — Kooskia resident Dan Fowler is holding a 5 p.m. meeting at the Kooskia City Hall here March 2 to explore starting a local chapter of the Foundation For Wildlife Management.

The nonprofit group helps cover expenses for wolf hunters and trappers in an effort to keep wolf numbers under control. The group receives funding from membership dues and grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. It reimburses hunters and trappers up to $1,000 for each wolf they take. More information on the group is available at www.foundationforwildlifemanagement.org/.

Montana districts hit female mountain lion quotas

BILLINGS, Mont. — State wildlife officials say hunters in several western Montana hunting districts have met the quota of female mountain lions for the season.

The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department says hunting in portions of Mineral, Sanders and Missoula counties closed Sunday evening.

Hunting in portions of Mineral and Missoula counties will close Monday after sunset.

Officials say hunters can find current information about hunting quotas at the department’s web site or by calling its toll-free number at 1-800-385-7826.

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