Outdoor news in brief

INL closed to hunters during Aug. 21 eclipse

With a large number of visitors expected in the area to watch the eclipse, there will be no hunting on Idaho National Laboratory land on Aug. 21.

According to an Idaho Fish and Game release, the Department of Energy has decided to close the small portions of INL that are normally open to hunting and hunter access on Aug. 21.

The release said for over a decade hunters taking part in certain elk and pronghorn hunts have been able to access a small section of land along the northern boundary of the INL site. Entrance onto INL land required hunters to obtain a permit in advance from Fish and Game and follow specific guidelines regarding time, place, and method of access.

For more information, contact INL security at 208-526-2260.

Second controlled hunt drawing ongoing

It’s not too late to apply for the second controlled hunt drawing for over 3,300 unclaimed tags, according to an Idaho Fish and Game Department release.

The application period for the second drawing for deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear controlled hunt tags runs through Tuesday.

A list of available tags by hunt number is available on Fish and Game’s website under the “In the Spotlight” section at idfg.idaho.gov.

Results of the drawing will be available around Aug. 23. Any tags not drawn after the second drawing will be sold at 10 a.m. Aug. 25.

Hunters can apply at Fish and Game license vendors, by telephone at 800-554-8685, or online at Fish and Game’s website. The application fee is $6.25 for residents and $14.75 for nonresidents for each species.

YNP expects heavy visitation around eclipse

Yellowstone National Park officials expect heavy visitation in the days surrounding the Aug. 21 eclipse, and they’re offering some advice to deal with the bigger crowds.

Park officials said in a news release that they recommend visitors avoid the South Entrance to the park Aug. 21. That entrance borders Grand Teton National Park and will be in the path of totality. Officials announced earlier this month that Aug. 21 is expected to be the busiest day in the history of Grand Teton National Park.

Yellowstone Park officials offered the following advice for visitors:

n Pack your patience

n Expect heavy traffic

n Allow plenty of time to travel to and from your destination

n Get up-to-date road conditions online and by phone at 307-344-2117

n Do not expect to have cell phone service, even in areas where it is normally available

n Arrive with enough food, water, and fuel in your vehicle for the entire day

n Bring appropriate eclipse viewing glasses (available in park lodges, general stores, and bookstores) and solar filters for cameras, binoculars, or telescopes

The partial eclipse will occur in the park between 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. The eclipse will “peak” around 11:36 a.m. for a little over 2 minutes.