Fire burned 22,000 acres of winter range on the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area in eastern Idaho in 2016. To support elk and deer, and prevent private property damage, Idaho Fish and Game set in motion the largest winter feeding operation in Idaho’s history.
I was saddened to see that the unmoving lump in the middle of the road was a raccoon, all its charm snuffed out by a car tire. Later inspection proved it to be a male, possibly drawn to its unfortunate demise while searching out a female to mate with.
It seems to hit about this time every year. Late-winter blues. Blame it on the rain, icy slopes, hard-packed trails, limited sun, cabin fever or a grouchy spouse (oh, was it my turn to do the dishes?).
Idaho hunters and anglers could be required to pay an additional $5 on top of a proposed 20 percent fee increase, according to legislation being crafted by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and the department it oversees.