Fires Could Impact Hunting Season, and Boise Bike Crawl Talks Safety

Idaho Fish and Game has no plans to change season dates

| September 05, 2012
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The Boise biking community has never been stingy when it comes to sharing both information and its love of the sport, so it should come as no surprise that biking and safety organizations have teamed up to offer a bit of a primer course for those interested in learning more about local biking opportunities.

On Sunday, Sept. 9, the public is invited to swing by Ann Morrison Park from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to check out the Boise Bike Crawl. The free event will include info on biking etiquette--on trails and roads--as well as some of Boise's unique bike laws and safety tips from the folks at Boise Bicycle Project, Look! Save a Life and the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association.

Participants can get a quick check of their bike and score free flat fixes and tune-ups, as well as learn more about the importance of bike helmets and maybe even take home a fee one courtesy of ProHelmet.

Ada County Highway District representatives will also be handing out free taillights and reflectors.

The event will be held at the Old Timer's Shelter near the Greenbelt.

Of course, not every sport is as easy to access as biking. Wildfires burning throughout the state may have an impact on fall hunting--specifically in areas around the Halstead fire near Stanley, and the Mustang Complex fires north of Salmon.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is warning hunters that area closures caused by the large fires could mean they may have to adjust their schedules or cancel their hunts.

Game Management Units 21, 27, 36 and 36B are of particular concern. Hunters with permits for these areas can monitor closures online at the Incident Information System website, inciweb.org.

While IDFG says it has no plans to adjust season dates because of the fires, hunters do have a few options. First, they can exchange general tags for a different area, although this must be done before the opening of the season. Hunters with controlled-hunt tags may exchange them for general tags before the controlled-hunt season opens.

For more info, call 208-334-2592.

If the area is completely blocked by fire, IDFG will consider granting rain checks or refunds on a case-by-case basis at the end of the season. Hunters who want to take this option will have to submit their tags, permits and a letter describing what happened and what they want.

For more info, visit fishandgame.idaho.gov.

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