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Outdoors Briefs for April 15, 2010

| April 15, 2010 9:00 PM

Fur sale set for May 1 in Cd'A; Paddle season opener tonight; Cd'A Sportsmen's Breakfast April 20; Center Target receives top rating; Sandpoint ranger office to move; Kalispell Bay boat launch repairs set

Fur sale set for May 1 in Cd'A

This year, the annual Idaho Fish and Game Hide and Fur Auction will be on May 1 at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d'Alene.

Items may be viewed beginning at 10 a.m., and the auction will begin at noon PDT. The fairgrounds are at 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d'Alene. Items typically include hides, furs, antlers, horns and fishing and camping gear.

A taxidermist-furbuyer license is required in advance to bid on bear parts, mountain lion parts or any furbearer for anyone in the business of buying and selling hides or animal mounts. Resident licenses are $40 for one year, and nonresident licenses are $170. The licenses can be purchased at any Idaho Fish and Game office.

Buyers for personal use are not required to have a taxidermist-furbuyer license.

Information: 769-1414

Paddle season opener tonight

The Coeur d'Alene Canoe and Kayak Club will have its paddle season opener at 5:30 tonight at Fernan Lake.

The public is welcome.

Information: Marcia Jimenez, www.cdacanoekayakclub.org

Cd'A Sportsmen's Breakfast April 20

The Coeur d'Alene Sportsmen's Breakfast is 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 20 at the Lake City Senior Center, 1916 N. Lakewood Drive.

Cost is $6.

Information: Mark Taylor or Nancy, 769-1414

Center Target receives top rating

Center Target Sports in Post Falls has received a five-star rating from the National Association of Shooting Ranges.

It is the seventh indoor range in the United States to achieve the honor and the only one in the Northwest.

Since the award was introduced, the NASR has only awarded 14 awards total, including both indoor and outdoor shooting ranges.

Ranges are rated on appearance, management, customer service, amenities, customer development and community relations.

"From the start, the vision Ed Santos had for Center Target Sports was to create an environment where the customer feels comfortable and safe at all times," said Zach Snow, NSSF senior shooting promotions coordinator.

Center Target Sports is owned by Peggy and Ed Santos.

"Center Target Sports' five-star rating documents our commitment to provide the most bang for your buck," said Ed Santos said. "This is the result of a lot of work by our entire staff and the support of thousands of customers."

Sandpoint ranger office to move

The U.S. Forest Service's Sandpoint Ranger District office in Sandpoint will close for several days later this week so it can move into its new location at 1602 Ontario St.

The office will be closed from Thursday, April 15 through Monday, April 19. The new office will open for business on Tuesday, April 20.

The Forest Service is planning a grand opening celebration for June.

Forest visitors can purchase firewood permits and maps at the Bonners Ferry Ranger District (267-5561) or the Priest Lake Ranger District (443-2512). For more information, contact Greg Hetzler at 263-5111.

Kalispell Bay boat launch repairs set

PRIEST LAKE - The Kalispell Bay Boat Launch will be closed this year from April 19 to June 30, open for July and August, and then closed again Sept. 7 for the remainder of the fall.

The closure will allow reconstruction at the boat launch that includes a new overflow parking lot and repaving of the roads and parking areas.

There will also be an additional ramp and dock added to the boat launch area.

The Kalispell Bay Boat Launch is a primary access point for launching boats into Priest Lake and those accessing Bartoo and Kalispell islands for day use or overnight camping.

Hills Resort and Priest Lake Marina are the nearest boat launching facilities to Kalispell Bay.

Information: (208) 443-2512

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