Out and about: snow sports, hunting and duck stamp contest

January 1, 2014 

FREE SKI/SNOWSHOE DAY, YURT OPEN HOUSE JAN. 4 Trails and parking lots will be free at the Idaho City Park N’ Ski areas, 17 to 23 miles north of Idaho City on Idaho 21. Four areas will be available with large plowed parking lots and toilets. The area offers 56 miles of marked ski trails of which 26 miles are groomed for skiing, and are also available for snowshoeing. Yurt open houses are also planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4. They are the Rocky Ridge yurt, accessible from the Whoop-Um-Up parking lot and the Banner Ridge Yurt from the Banner Ridge parking lot. Dogs are allowed at Rocky Ridge, but not Banner Ridge.

F&G SEEKS COMMENTS ON UPLAND SEASONS The comments are for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 upland game, turkey and furbearer seasons. A meeting to see proposals or comment on them is scheduled Thursday, Jan. 2 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Southwest Regional F&G Office at 3101 S. Powerline Road in Nampa. Anyone unable to attend an open house may submit comments by mail to 2014-15 Upland Game, Turkey and Furbearer Proposals, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID 83707, or comment online atfishandgame.idaho.gov. Look under “News Headlines.”

GET QUACKING ON DUCK STAMP CONTEST Young artists from kindergarten to high school can attend Junior Duck Stamp Days at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25 and Feb. 8, Feb. 15 or March 8, to create and submit artwork for the Junior Duck Stamp contest. Hours are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Information will be provided from instructions on how to draw a duck to field guides and art supplies. Students can enter their Junior Duck Stamp artwork in the state contest. Deadline is March 15. See fws.gov/deerflat or call 467-9278.

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