Regions hunts start slow

Most Idaho Fish and Game check stations around the state reported more hunters participating this year than in 2012 for the October deer hunting season opener.

In a series of snapshots from 12 check stations around the state on the opening weekend, almost 7,000 hunters brought in 1,116 animals.

Last year 5,600 hunters bagged 1,031 animals.

Few hunters showed up at the Clearwater Region check stations, but all the animals checked were in good condition. Weather was fair to nice. Deer didn't seem to be moving much yet compared to years past.

—IDFG news release

Fall chinook harvest closing

Chinook salmon fishing will end on the Snake and Clearwater rivers Thursday, Oct. 31 – except a short reach on the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam, which closes Nov. 17.

As of Oct. 21, anglers had caught 267 marked adults and 161 jacks fall chinook and caught and released 1,142 unmarked fish in the lower Clearwater River. They caught and kept 861 adults and 671 jacks in the Snake River, for a total of 1,532 fish.

This year, almost 54,812 adult fall hatchery-origin chinook and about 21,366 jacks crossed Lower Granite Dam.

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