Upper Snake

World Fish Migration Day - May 21, 2016

Did you ever stop to think about the journey fish make to keep their populations viable? Idaho's ocean-going salmon and steelhead journey 1,000's of miles, negotiate thousands of feet in elevation change and run a gauntlet of swimming, flying, fishing predators to return to Idaho - where they spawn and the cycle repeats. This is important not only for fish populations to survive, but it's also important on a broader scale because fish returning to Idaho headwater streams bring with them ocean nutrients which are important to Idaho ecosystems.

Even our local resident fish journey many miles and contribute to other wildlife and plant communities in ways we are only beginning to understand.

This Saturday is World Fish Migration Day. If you want to learn more, go to:  www.worldfishmigrationday.com/  or www.fws.gov/fisheries/fishmigration to learn more.

4 X 5 Mule Deer Muzzleloader

I was muzzleloader hunting with a Hawkins .50 Cal muzzleloader in the Little Lost River drainage. I was following an old logging trail when I heard some wolves in the distance howling. I stopped and listened for 5 minutes until they stopped. I took a few steps forward when this buck ran upon the logging trail 90 yards in front of me and stopped. I put the bead on his chest and fired and the buck disappeared. I went to where he had been standing and looked on the downside of the logging trail and there he laid expired 30 yards away. He measured 27.75 inches. It was an enjoyable hunt.