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TUESDAY, DEC. 21, 2010, 2:43 P.M.

Outdoors making most of shortest day

HUNTING -- I've endured some long days in the field this season with little to show for hours of follownig Scout, my English Setter, through the Palouse.

But today, the shortest day of the year, was the best of the season: Scout tallied 18 points on pheasants, three of them roosters. Three shots, a limit and home in time to come to work before anyone missed me.

I plan to spend the longest night of the year savoring stir-fried fresh pheasant breast, red wine, my kids coming home for Christmas break, and a dog-tired dog by my feet. 

Good way to recover from staying up late last night to watch the total lunar eclipse. 

Thanks to Hans Krauss for the photo from his perch in the Valley. 

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.