Ice fishing tourney coming up

A North American Ice Fishing Circuit qualifier is making a stop close to home.

The ice fishing tournament takes place on Sunday in West Yellowstone, Montana. Teams range from locals to national level professionals and those just interested in the sport.

The tournament is located on Hebgen Lake, just outside of West Yellowstone. Kirkwood Marina is the tournament starting point.

Teams can register until 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The two-person teams will be fishing from roughly 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes for the top teams. The top 10 finishing teams also receive an invitation to the NAIFC National/North American Championships.

There is also a high school division to be held Saturday morning. It is open to teams of two students 12 and older. Coaches and parents are allowed on the ice to assist the student anglers but cannot fish.

There are no entry fees for the high school tournament.

On Saturday, the NAIFC free ice fishing camp for kids will take over the lake. The classroom portion will begin at 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, then move out to Kirkwood Marina on Hebgen Lake for the ice fishing. Groups are limited to 25 people or less.

For more information on the NAIFC, tournament events and the kids ice camp, visit WestYellowstoneMTIceFishing.com. To enter the qualifier, visit NAIFC.com.

Shrine Bowl coaches selected

The head coaches for the 48th annual Wyoming Shrine Bowl have been selected.

The North team, which is under the direction of Cody High School head football coach Matt McFadden, has added the following to its staff: Trent Pikula (Thunder Basin), Jim Talich (Cody), Kirk McLaughlin (Big Horn), Larry Yeradi (Wright) and Zeb Hagan (Meteetsee).

The South team will be led by Mountain View High School head football coach Brent Walk. His staff is made up of: Paul Garcia (Cheyenne East), Wes Gamble (Douglas), Michael Collins (Mountain View), Logan Wright (Saratoga) and Jack Cobb (Little Snake River).

The Wyoming Shrine Bowl, which is an all-star game for the state’s outgoing football seniors, will be held on June 12 at Dick Cheney Alumni Field in Casper.

Super Tag through Game and Fish

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is running a bonus raffle for all hunters who purchase Super Tag tickets during the month of January to win $2,000 in license application and/or trip credits for your next hunting or fishing excursion with Worldwide Trophy Adventures.

Worldwide Trophy Adventures provides hunting and fishing trips around the world. The company has trips to meet every hunter and angler interests, and can help hunters obtain their dream license. The winner of the raffle has until 2026 to use credits.

The only way to win is to buy at least one Super Tag ticket in January.

The Super Tag Raffle includes 10 license drawings, one drawing for each of the following species: bighorn sheep, moose, elk, mountain goat, wild bison, deer, antelope, mountain lion, grey wolf and black bear. The Super Tag Trifecta is one drawing and the winner chooses any three licenses from those offered. Super Tag tickets are $10 each and Trifecta tickets are $30. The last day to purchase tickets is July 1.

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