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September 4, 2014

Motorized hunting rule in effect

   Hunters heading out this fall should be aware that thirty hunting units in Idaho fall under the motorized hunting rule. The rule states motorized vehicle use by all big game hunters is restricted to established roadways legally open to travel by full-sized automobiles.

   The rule applies to people hunting big game animals, including moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats, in designated units (see link to map below) from Aug. 30 through Dec. 31.

   To learn more about what you can and canít do when hunting on your motorized ORV, check page 105 of the 2014 Big Game Regulations, stop by your regional office and pick up a brochure, or go to Fish and Gameís website: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=152

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Openings still available for weekend wolf trapper classes

   Seats are still available in both Clearwater region trapper education courses scheduled for this weekend.

   On Friday, Sept. 5, the course will be held at the Idaho Fish and Game regional office in Lewiston. On Saturday, Sept. 6, the course will be held at the Clearwater Fish Hatchery at 118 Hatchery Roe in Ahsahka. Both classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

   Trappers must register to take a wolf trapper education course. Registration can be completed online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/education/?getPage= 30, or call the local Idaho Fish and Game office. A person must have a trapping license and attend a wolf trapper class before purchasing wolf trapping tags.

   The eight-hour class provides students with interactive, hands-on training from experienced, certified trapper instructors. The curriculum includes wolf management; wolf trapping regulations and ethics; wolf habits and behavior; making, rigging and setting traps and snares; proper care for a wolf; reporting requirements.

   The cost is $8 per student. Online registration includes an additional convenience fee of $1.24. Contact the regional fish and game office in Lewiston for more information (208) 799-5010.