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Sporting dog pond reopens in Pocatello’s Edson Fichter Nature Area

A pond just for your pooches opens at Edson Fichter Nature Area, a trapper education class is coming up, and Jensen Grove Park Pond is still on salvage. This is what’s happening in your neck of the woods.

Edson Fichter Nature Area, which is managed by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, is known for its community fishing pond filled with rainbow trout, trails for walking and biking, and plenty of open space for wildlife watching. Now, it’s also a great place to train your waterfowl dog or to let your playful pup take a dip in the newly restored dog pond.

The dog pond, located to the south of the community fishing pond, was one of the first amenities offered at Edson Fichter Nature Area and was created for the purpose of providing hunters a place to train their retrievers. Issues with the pond’s liner prevented the pond from holding water. But now that is a thing of the past.

Thanks to the efforts of Fish and Game staff and volunteers, the newly lined dog pond is ready for your tail-wagging companions to get out for some swimming and retrieving practice. The pond is less than half an acre in size and reaches a depth of 12 feet on the northern end. The dog pond is also situated in a designated recreation area in which people can conduct other field training with their dogs.

Here are some basic ground rules for use of the dog pond so that all visitors, including those on four paws, can have a fun and safe experience.

  • The dog pond is for dogs only. People cannot swim in the dog pond. Swimming by dogs and people is also prohibited in the fishing pond.
  • Dogs using the dog pond under the supervision of their owners do not have to be on leash.

The dog pond is part of a smaller recreation area that is a “no-leash zone” set-aside for people who are training or otherwise recreating with their dogs. However, dogs must be leashed in other areas of Edson Fichter Nature Area, including at the fishing pond and on the trails. Visitors can refer to the signs and maps posted at the nature area for clarification.

  • No boats or float tubes are allowed on the dog pond. Same is true for the fishing pond.
  • There is no fishing at the dog pond. That’s what the fishing pond is for!
  • Know your dog’s limits with its physical activity and swimming abilities.
  • Please pick up after your dog.

There are a few more finishing touches to be applied to the dog pond once spring arrives, but otherwise it’s ready for you and your “best friend” to enjoy some last minute fall fun.

So you want to be a trapper? Fish and Game trapping class coming to Montpelier

For those of you looking to begin trapping, or those who need a refresher, a Trapper Education course has been scheduled for Nov. 17 at Bear Lake High School in Montpelier. This one-day class will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Already an experienced trapper? You may still need the class. As of July 2018, Idaho requires anyone who has not purchased a trapping license before July 2011 to complete a mandatory Trapper Education course — much the same way a hunter education course is required to hunt in Idaho.

If you know you need this class, don’t wait for a class to come to you. A drive down to Montpelier for a one-day class is a small sacrifice to ensure you can trap for a lifetime.

Even if you are a skilled trapper or don’t need this class to meet the new Trapper Education requirement, you can still learn a thing or two at this course.

Registration can be completed online at idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/education. The cost of the course is $9.75 per student when registering online or $8 when registering in person at a regional Fish and Game office. Seats are limited!

With trapping seasons opening up all over the state during the winter months, this class is a great opportunity to fulfill your trapper education requirement to begin trapping this year.

Trapper Education, much like Hunter Education, covers trapping laws, safety, ethics, basic trapping methods and how to avoid non-target catches.

Please note this course will not allow a trapper to immediately begin trapping wolves. Anyone intending to trap wolves must attend a wolf-trapper education class prior to purchasing wolf-trapping tags. Therefore, anyone intending to trap wolves that did not hold an Idaho trapping license prior to July 2011 is required to take both trapper and wolf-trapper education.

Fishing limits lifted at Jensen Grove Pond until Dec. 31

The water is still draining out of Jensen Grove Park Pond, and anglers should take advantage of the recently issued salvage order by Idaho Fish and Game, which is effective through Dec. 31.

During the salvage order timeline at Jensen Grove Park Pond:

  • Fish may be taken by any method except use of firearms, explosives, chemicals, electric current or prohibited baits.
  • All bag, possession, size and number limits are suspended.
  • A valid Idaho fishing license is still required.

For more information about any of the information mentioned in this regional round-up, contact the Idaho Fish and Game in Pocatello at 208-232-4703.

Jennifer Jackson is the Regional Communications Manager for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, southeast region.

Source: https://www.idahostatejournal.com/outdoors/xtreme_idaho/sporting-dog-pond-reopens-in-pocatello-s-edson-fichter-nature/article_7dc7eb4e-d344-54e1-b73c-6900b1adb73f.html

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