The signs of spring are everywhere--tulips are popping out of the ground, birds are singing in the morning, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is auctioning off bits and pieces of animals.
In a sure sign of the season, the annual Fish and Game Fur Auction will put all those chunks of animals that have been either seized or salvaged over the last year up for sale for anyone looking to pick up some antlers, a hide or do a wee bit of taxidermy.
The department will be selling furs, antlers and skulls (elk, moose, deer, black bear, mountain lion, otter, beaver, bobcat and fox) as well as whole carcasses. But before you start thinking about your favorite wild game recipes, remember, these critters have been sitting around for a while and are not fit for consumption--they're just being sold for the inedible parts.
Outdoorsmen looking for less, um, biological items can even pick up miscellaneous hunting and fishing equipment.
Of course, getting a killer deal on a set of antlers to hang above your fireplace will require a trek to Lewiston. The auction will be held on Saturday, April 2, at the Fish and Game Clearwater Regional Office in Lewiston. An auction preview will begin at 8 a.m., with the sale starting at 10 a.m.
Remember, a taxidermist/fur-buyer's license is required to bid on certain items or if you plan to resell them. And, no, anyone who illegally killed an animal cannot buy that animal back.
For more info, call 208-799-5010.
If you're not really part of the hoof and antler set, there are still plenty of things to do to mark the season.
Broken Spoke Cycling is hosting the second of two short-track mountain bike training races on Friday, March 25. The course is roughly a 20-minute drive east of Boise and it costs only $10 for adults to try their skills at short-track racing.
Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. For more info, visit brokenspokecyclng.org.
Of course you can still feel the chill of winter during several spring break specials being offered by Idaho Ice World. If you don't know what to do with the kiddies over the break, teach them how to focus their aggression with a week-long hockey camp March 28-April 1. The cost for the camp is $100 and full hockey equipment is required.
For kids new to the ice, there's also a learn-to-skate camp for ages 5 to 11 for $100.
For more info on either program, call 208-331-0044.