President’s Report – January 2019

IOGA – President’s Report  January, 2019   (Re)Introductions IOGA members, By way of introduction, this is my first President’s Report as your new IOGA  Board President, Jeff Bitton. After many years providing leadership, Steve Burson decided to step down from the Board President role in order to concentrate more of his time and energies in…

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IOGA’s New Year’s Resolutions

Maybe you have been living out in the backcountry under a rock, or dealing with the most recent Steelhead closure, or maybe you are just enjoying a slow wrap up to the busy holiday season. Whatever the case, there are a couple of things that you should know. Most of them are about digging deep…

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Thank You to Idaho Forest Service for Trail Work

For years the United States Forest Service has struggled maintaining our trail systems in central Idaho.  Lowering budgets have caused reduced manpower to get the job done.  It seems volunteer work is being relied upon more and more. Last spring I had talked to my interim permit administrator Phil McNeal and asked him if there…

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Idaho Steelhead Resolution December 2018

Update on the Steelhead Closure by Aaron Lieberman Outfitters and guides from across the state gathered in Boise late last week for IOGA’s 64th Annual Membership Meeting, with great turnout, presentations and an engaged membership community in attendance. Among those positive outcomes was a vote on, and approval of, a Membership [Steelhead] Resolution outlining IOGA’s position…

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IOGA annual meeting set for Dec. 12-13 in Boise

By Steve Stuebner The Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association 2018 annual meeting will feature the introduction of new executive director Aaron Lieberman, discussions about a new hunting tag allocation system and  budgeting for a seasonal business, and, of course, the Thaw Fundraiser, dinner, silent/live auction and live music by Jimmy Bivens. The meeting will occur…

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Idaho outfitters look forward to a strong big-game season in 2018

Idaho’s hunting outfitters and Fish and Game officials are expecting a very active big-game season this fall, with potentially a record number of hunters pursuing elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer and strong harvest rates expected. Archery season is under way, and rifle big-game seasons are starting in mid-September in Central Idaho units, where you…

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Spring fishing is heating up in Idaho

By Steve Stuebner Spring fishing is starting to heat up in Idaho after a long winter that brought plenty of snow and freshwater to Idaho’s rivers and reservoirs. Idaho outfitters are fishing for Chinook salmon on Lake Coeur d’Alene, steelhead on the Salmon River near Salmon, cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout on the South Fork…

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Outdoor writer to detail sexual harrassment in Colo. river-guiding industry at IOGA annual meeting

By Steve Stuebner Jayme Moye, a widely published outdoor journalist who wrote an exposé about sexual harassment in the river-guiding industry in Colorado and inside the National Park Service, Grand Canyon District, will be the lunch speaker on Thursday, Dec. 14th, during the 63rd annual meeting of the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association (IOGA) in…

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Idaho outfitters expecting a promising big game hunting season

By Steve Stuebner It’s September — the temperatures are cooling off, the nights are getting chilly in the mountains, and the spine-tingling bugle call of Rocky Mountain elk is echoing in the forest. That means it’s time to go hunting! Idaho outfitters who lead big game hunts are optimistic about a promising hunting season this…

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