Posts tagged: Rich Landers
Any hunting dog with gift for finding birds also has a nose for trouble. It’s in the contract you accept when a pup joins your world. That’s why I’m always prepared for the day my bird dog sniffs the business end of a skunk. I’ve packed home dogs with broken legs, wounds from barbed-wire and snouts full of porcupine quills. Traumatic? Yes. Toxic? No. A dog that returns to the hunting rig after rolling in a steaming cow pie or wallowing in putrid roadkill is relatively pleasant compared to a cur that’s taken a full-bore load of skunk musk at close range/Rich Landers, SR. More here.
Question: Have you or one of your pets ever been hit by skunk musk at close range? What did you do?
Heading out on a trail for a day or even a few hours is one of life’s simplest active pleasures. Craving fresh air, wildflowers, wildlife and healthy exercise? Taking a walk is the universal alternative whether you’re young or old, rich or poor. I look at day hiking as backpacking without the baggage – knee-friendly ventures that can be short and easy or long and challenging. Your choice. Day hiking has an attractive cost/benefit ratio compared with other means of venturing outdoors. It requires a minimal investment in equipment for traveling the widest variety of routes. Since day hikers often need little time for packing and planning, they have more time and incentive to discover new places/Rich Landers, SR. More here. (Rich Landers' SR photo: Bitterroots are delicate pink wildflowers that blossom from sparse rocky soil — sometimes sprouting in spring from well-traveled trails)
Question: What's your favorite place to day hike?
“Although I thought Sandpoint had arrived long ago,” posts Rich Landers/Outdoors, “the North Idaho town has just been named one of the nation’s 'top 10 emerging ski towns' in the March 2013 issue of National Geographic’s Adventure magazine.” More here.
A reader emailed me today asking where he could bring a friend from out-of-state to see a moose. Most of us who live in this region take moose for granted. We see them regularly, if not predictably. Seeing a moose for the first time would be a big deal for this reader and his friend. But where to send them? I had a moose in my yard near Hangman Creek a few weeks ago, but I haven't seen hide nor hair of the bull since. Mike Miller of Spokane snapped a photo of this bull moose on Wednesday while dayhiking along the Little Spokane River. Just last year, moose were chasing dogs accompanying hikers in the Dishman Hills. I put out a few queries to Fish and Game officers. So far, they haven't come up with an area where you could regularly be likely to drive up and see a moose, although moose are being poached not far from I-90 near Cataldo/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors. More here.
DFO: Is there anyone out there beside me who hasn't seen a moose on the loose around town?
Question: Where would you tell a visitor to go, if s/he wanted to see a moose?
While fly fishing the Missouri River a few years ago, a friend of mine – close enough to be funny and frank at the same time – called from upstream and said, “Did anyone ever mention you cast like an old lady?” “That comment is an insult,” answered another friend from downstream. “I don’t know any old ladies who cast that poorly.” Funny, but basically true. I’m adequate. I catch fish when I go fly fishing – sometimes more fish than my generously talented partners – but it’s not pretty. I’ve simply never made time to learn and practice proper fly-casting techniques/Rich Landers, SR. More here. (SR photo: Rich Landers)
Question: Fly fisherman or worm/bait fisherman?
The legend-making began quickly this week with news that former Idaho Sen. James McClure, 86, had died. Even in the case of a politician’s death, Americans have a natural inclination to soften edges, revise history and speak kindly of the deceased out of respect for families. But out of respect for the national forests that suffered McClure’s tenure, the record begs a brief reality check. Certainly he was a refreshing gentleman in contrast to the volatile politics we must endure today, yet McClure was not always an adherent of inclusiveness, as some suggested this week, nor was he a champion of the public interest. He jumped on the Reagan bandwagon in the early 1980s to support Interior Secretary James Watt and his in-your-face Sagebrush Rebellion plan to privatize public lands/Rich Landers, SR. More here.
Question: Should we ignore the clay feet of the dearly departed — in this case Sen. Jim McClure's weak environmental record?
A Wenatchee hunter has a right to be proud for his photo showing a pride of mountain lions on the Douglas County ranch where he has permission to hunt. The black and white trail-cam image, which shows EIGHT cougars in one spot (web readers click on “photos” above), has gone viral in Northwest websites and e-mail lists since he first released it to acquaintances on Christmas Day. (Complete Outdoors post & photos from Rich Landers here)
Question: Which category are you in re: photo? Wildlife enthusiast? Alarmist? Skeptic?
(Washington Fish & Wildlife Director Phil) Anderson conceded and politely summarized the saga of wolf reintroduction. He detailed how wolf hunting seasons in Montana and Idaho were canceled last fall by a federal lawsuit and how Washington is developing a wolf management plan. Pending a new court ruling, Anderson explained, wolves are federally protected as endangered species. Unless the law is changed, “we don’t have the authority to be shooting wolves,” he said. A response blurted out from the middle of the room: “Why don’t we shoot some legislators?” a man said. Several people gasped. Anderson stood speechless at the front of the room. A few men quietly commented “That’s not funny,” and “You can’t say that.” Anderson moved the meeting on, but the man’s phrase was a smoldering ember that needed to be doused/Rich Landers, SR. More here.
Question: Was this situation handled properly?
A close encounter ranks among the most memorable outdoor experiences my wife, daughter and I have experienced together. But we weren’t alone and the wolves didn’t advance on us. Bold wolves are worth noticing. A lawsuit prevented the highly regulated wolf hunting season scheduled in Idaho this fall, a situation that’s been cheered and loathed. I personally have little desire to shoot a wolf. But after interviewing some of the top wolf experts in the world last year, I’m convinced – as they are – that limited hunting would be good medicine for the wolf’s acceptance by our society, and it’s ultimate survival/Rich Landers, SR. More here.
Question: Do you agree with Rich’s opinion that limited hunting “would be good medicine for the wolf’s acceptance by our society, and it’s ultimate survival”?
Wisconsin whitetails apparently are willing to challenge any bull elk that come wandering into their turf during the rut. In an early November battle, a whitetail buck fought to the death with a 640-pound concrete elk lawn ornament. Both critters suffered serious damage. Outdoors writer Rich Landers provides the rest of the story here.
Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area is opening its lifts Friday to take advantage of 8 inches of fresh snow on a base up to 20 inches deep, Phil Edholm, ski area president announced minutes ago. “The majority of the front side of the mountain will be open with top to bottom skiing and riding off Chair 1 plus the beginner area,” he said, noting that coverage is good and snow was still falling at 11 a.m. today. Lifts will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday with reduced ticket rates, but full services. Additional lifts and terrain will be opened as conditions allow/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors Blog. More here.
Question: When do you usually strap on your skis for the first time during a snow season?