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Even Idaho militia leader can’t justify armed march on Nevada

How you view Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the Bureau of Land Management depends a lot on your politics. For most people with a basic understanding of how grazing is managed on public land the issue is simple. Bundy

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Idaho ranching and conservation giant Purdy dies at 96

Leonard “Bud” Purdy, one of Idaho’s most beloved and respected ranchers and conservationists died Monday at his home on Silver Creek in Picabo. Purdy, 96, led the ranching industry into rest and rotation grazing on public lands that both protected

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Western congressmen call for permanent payments to counties

As Americans are rushing to complete their tax forms before the deadline Tuesday, county officials across Idaho and the nation are waiting to see ho much money they will get from the federal government as payment in lieu of taxes.

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Here’s your chance to be the Grand Poobah of Fish and Game

Think you can manage elk? How about wolves? Think you can make hunting, fishing and trapping better in Idaho. Think you have all the answers, or at least better ones? Here’s you chance if you live in Southwest or Southeast

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Idaho reports 659 wolves lived in the state at the end of 2013

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game released Friday its 2013 Idaho Wolf Monitoring Progress Report. Its biologists documented 107 wolf packs in Idaho at the end of 2013 – fewer than the 117 documented at the end of 2012,

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Idaho scientists lay out their data on how our climate has changed

Idaho scientists, engineers and managers rarely get dragged anymore into the debate about climate change. They avoid it when they can. They are too busy analyzing its impacts on our land and water. They all take for granted that the

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Now the surf’s up at Boise River Park

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Photos by Roger Phillips That’s more like it. If you were wondering what the waves would look like at 1,800 cfs, now you get a better idea. The wave shapers are pushing flows into the right places and two nice

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Free fishing trailer hits Wilson Ponds on Saturday, and many more ponds in April

Ponds

  Photo by Roger Phillips It’s like an Easter Egg hunt, but with trout, and more than once a month. Fish and Game’s free fishing trailer will make 11 stops around the Treasure Valley in April. It has loaner fishing

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Waves at Boise whitewater park are lackluster, but should change tomorrow

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Photos by Roger Phillips I was excited to see how the waves at the park would look at 1,800 cfs. When I rode by this morning to check them out, to put it politely, I was underwhelmed. How could we

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42,000 trout coming to a body of water near you in April

Trout

Photo by Roger Phillips Idaho Fish and Game’s Nampa Hatchery will be release more than 42,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during April. Boise River – above Glenwood Bridge, April 7 and 21, 1,500/700. Boise River – below

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