Outdoor news in brief

Tie One On fly-tying event scheduled

The Snake River Cutthroats fly-fishing club will host its monthly Tie One On fly-tying demonstration at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Tap-N-Fill, 1494 Milligan Rd.

Local expert Shawn Bostic will offer his insights. Bostic started tying flies in the mid-1990s on the mess deck of a fast attack submarine.

“Fly tying has always been a great fit for me because it gave me a way to stay connected to fishing while being deployed at sea,” Bostic said in an email from the Snake River Cutthroats. “Because I had to learn from books and never took classes, I had to teach myself how to tie so some of what I do is a little different and I have developed my own way of designing flies.”

Bostic also designs some of his own tying materials and equipment. Bostic said in the email he ties everything from trout flies to large salt water streamers and everything in between.

For more information visit snakerivercutthroats.org.

Craters to host annual Christmas Bird Count

The annual Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Wednesday at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. The event, co-sponsored by the Snake River Audubon Society, is part of an international effort to count wintering birds in the western hemisphere.

Craters of the Moon offers a unique winter time birding experience, according to a Craters news release. Participants of all experience and skill levels are welcome.

Participants should meet at the Craters of the Moon visitor center at 9 a.m., and wear boots and warm clothes and bring binoculars and a lunch. Snowshoes will be provided if conditions require.

For more information contact Todd Stefanic at crmo_information@nps.gov or 208-527-1352. For more information about Audubon Christmas Bird Counts, visit http://bit.ly/1G7GhRX.

Gift licenses, Super Hunt entries make great stocking stuffers

Shoppers looking for a good stocking stuffer should consider gift certificates for a fishing license, hunting license, or Super Hunt entries from Idaho Fish and Game.

License gift certificates can be purchased at any Idaho Fish and Game office in any dollar amount. Several options and price ranges are available, depending on the age of the recipient and type of license — hunting, fishing or combination. These gift certificates can be only be redeemed for hunting and fishing licenses at Fish and Game offices.

Because of the need to confirm residency, a person can only buy a resident license for a spouse, a minor child, or for themselves. Non-resident licenses can be purchased for a friend or relative who lives out of state.

Many of the license vendors sell store gift certificates that they will accept for license purchases. Many will also accept Visa gift cards for license purchases.

Shoppers can also purchase entries for Super Hunt drawings for individual deer, elk, pronghorn or moose hunts, and Super Hunt Combo, which includes a tag for each of the four species.

Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose with a tag for that species, including general hunts and controlled hunts. Super Hunt tags are in addition to other tags, meaning if winners draw a controlled hunt tag or purchase a general season tag, they can still participate in these hunts as well as the Super Hunt. All other rules of individual hunts apply.

Super Hunt entries are $6 each and Super Hunt Combo entries are $20 each. No license is needed to enter and hunters can enter as many times as the like. Entries can be purchased in the hunters name at any Fish and Game license vendor or on-line. The drawings for the Super Hunts will be in June and August 2018.

For more information, visit idfg.idaho.gov/licenses.

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