Numbers Game

Hunters took more elk and white-tailed deer in 2017 than in 2016, but mule deer harvest was down. With a much milder winter so far, Fish and Game biologists expect the drop in mule deer harvest to be short lived as herds recover from last year’s difficult winter across Central and Southern Idaho.

The mysteries of migration

Brett Bowersox of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and University of Idaho graduate student Stacy Feeken prepare to track radio-tagged steelhead in the lower Clearwater River. Eric Barker / Lewiston Tribune

GIBBS EDDY — On a recent morning, University of Idaho graduate student Stacy Feeken and Idaho Fish and Game biologist Brett Bowersox launched a drift boat, equipped with a large antenna, into the lower Clearwater River.

Snow geese make annual return to eastern Idaho

A snow goose blizzard at Market Lake Wildlife Management Area. Snow geese only visit east Idaho for a short time each year and the show starts soon. Be sure not to miss it.

Sunday’s snowstorm was a reminder that winter has not given up the fight. We are expecting another blizzard, one that actually heralds the arrival of spring. This blizzard is coming from the south on 100,000 wings.

Wonder what creates our weather? Look toward the sun

The sun not only supplies the light and warmth we need to survive on this planet, but it is also the engine that creates our weather. Terry Thomas / news@postregister.com

I am studying to get a remote pilot certification to allow me to commercially fly my drone. The subjects have been similar to what an aircraft pilot needs to know including loading (things like G-forces) and aircraft performance, understanding aeronautical charts and communications.

Clay-target shooting a growing high school sport in Oregon, Washington

High school clay target shooting is said to be the nation’s fastest growing competitive high school sport — and the safest, with no accidents since it begain in 2001 in the Midwest. Courtesy Dale Nelson

School shootings over the past couple years frustrate Dale Nelson of Oregon City as much or more than all Americans.

Tune in to the big race in Alaska

Contestants line up for the start of the Iditarod Trail Invitational that started Sunday afternoon. The lead bikers were finishing the race on Wednesday evening. (Courtesy of Iditarod Trail Invitational)

Now that the Winter Olympics are history, there’s another big event for outdoor enthusiasts to turn their attention to: the Iditarod Trail Invitational.

Interior Department veterans question need for overhaul

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017 file photo Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks on the Trump Administration's energy policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. Zinke wants to move more Interior Department employees out of Washington and into the field, closer to the public lands and resources they manage, saying that will lead to improved, decentralized decision-making. More than 90 percent of the department's employees already work outside the Washington area, and some retired department employees say the agency already has a well-established decentralized decision-making process. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik,File)

DENVER — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s plan for a major realignment to put more of his department’s decision-makers in the field has a fundamental flaw, in the eyes of some who spent their careers making those decisions: They’re already out there.

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