Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 2011

MONDAY, JAN. 31, 2011

Snowshoeing topic at Fernan meeting

WINTER SPORTS -- Snowshoeing past and present will be the topic of the free program Tuesday at the Panhandle Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Club meeting. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District office, 2500 E. Sherman in Fernan Village. Park...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 30, 2011

SATURDAY, JAN. 29, 2011

Birds show signs of spring fever

BIRDWATCHING -- The ever-vigilant eyes of area birdwatchers are finding more to see every day. Here's this week's report from Charles Swift in Moscow: I had a smallish mixed flock of Bohemian and cedar waxwings on campus this morning. There might be more Bohemians around...

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Fishing seminars featured at Boat Show

FISHING- Even without the boat displays, anglers can justify going to the Spokane National Boat Show just to sit in on the varied list of fishing seminars. The show is on today and running through Feb. 5 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. Bass,...

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Dine for birds with CdA Audubon

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- If you have a love for birds, make time in your Valentines Day for the Coeur d'Alene Audubon Society's Midwinter Banquet, Feb. 14, at the Greenbriar Inn, 315 Wallace Ave., in Coeur d’Alene. Cost: $35. Reservations due by Feb. 7 to Coeur...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2011

Last call to apply for Idaho's "Big 4" rivers

RIVER RUNNING -- Applications to get coveted permits for floating the Selway, Snake, Middle Fork of the Salmon, or wild main Salmon rivers for this coming season must be submitted online by Monday. The shift by the Forest Service to online applications includes a few...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

An angler reels in a rainbow trout at Lake Roosevelt. (Rich Landers)

Shore still hot for Roosevelt rainbows

FISHING -- Friends who trolled from a boat for trout at Lake Roosevelt Wednesday worked 8 hours and bagged only nine trout total for three of them. Nice fish to be sure, but that's an unusually lean day at the lake's top trout fishery this...

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WA mandatory hunter reports due Monday

HUNTING -- Washington hunters must file their season's hunting activity report by Monday for each black bear, deer, elk, or turkey tag they purchased in 2010. Whether successful or not, hunters are are required to file the reports by phone or online or face a...

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Fly-tying class geared to beginners

FLY FISHING -- Silver Bow Fly Shop is offering the last chance before spring to take a beginner fly-tying class. Learn to tie 6 reliable fly patterns with techniques that can be applied to many more. When: Feb. 7-8 Where: Silver Bow Fly Shop Instructor:...

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First salmon of season shows in Columbia

FISHING – It’s a harbinger of spring, or perhaps a harbinger of spring chinook salmon fishing. An 18-pound lower river stock spring chinook was picked up in the lower Columbia commercial sturgeon fishery on Wednesday. The fish, checked by Oregon fisheries officials, is the first...

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Idaho river rafting permit deadline Jan. 31

IDAHO RIVERS -- Applications to get coveted permits for floating the Selway, Snake, Middle Fork of the Salmon, or wild main Salmon rivers for this coming season must be submitted online by Jan. 31. The new shift by the Forest Service to online applications includes...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

Forest Service names new Palouse District Ranger

NATIONAL FORESTS -- Susan Shaw, a Forest Service manager of planning, lands and minerals in Tennessee, has been named the new district ranger for the Clearwater National Forest's Palouse Ranger District headquartered in Potlatch, Idaho. Shaw has worked for the agency in several locations as...

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A herd of more than 60 elk, mostly mature bulls, was photographed in January 2011 in Utah by a Uinta County Sheriff as he waited for the herd to cross the road ahead of him about 12 miles out of Evanston. 
 (Courtesy photo)

Hunting season's over, bull elk know it  

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A herd of more than 60 elk, mostly mature bulls, was photographed recently in Utah by a Uinta County Sheriff as he waited for the herd to cross the road ahead of him about 12 miles out of Evanston. Hunting season is...

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Helicopter pronghorn roundup caught on video

WILDLIFE -- A helicopter's speedy pursuit and net capture of pronghorns in Nevada is captured on amateur video and posted on YouTube. If you think helicopter net gunning is child's play, you need to watch this. Click here for one video showing the intensity of...

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Winter is Hurricane season at Olympic National Park

NATIONAL PARKS -- Winter at Olyimpic National Park conjures up images of pounding surf on wilderness beaches. But many people don't realize the Western Washington park also offers stunning winter alpine beauty served by the plowed road to Hurricane Ridge. Bring your skis or snowshoes...

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See documentary on Skeena River woes

RIVERS -- Whether you're a paddler or a steelhead angler, you've probably heard of British Columbia's Skeena River. It's an iconic natural resource that's threatened, according to a documentary that will be playing in Spokane on Friday. "Awakening at the Skeena," a film by Andrew...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 2011




Hunt accident story makes Landers see orange

HUNTING SAFETY -- A 35-year-old eastern Idaho man who lost his right lung and most of the use of his right arm after being mistakenly shot during hunting season last fall is in the news for stating publically that he’s frustrated the shooter is facing...

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Frank Whitney caught this 23-inch kokanee -- weighing 4 pounds, 3 ounces -- while fishing Lake Roosevelt the weekend of Jan. 22-23, 2011, out of Keller. (Courtesy photo)

Why fish for kokanee at Roosevelt?

FISHING -- Frank Whitney holds up one of the reasons anglers might want to pursue kokanee at Lake Roosevelt Whitney caught this beefy 23-incher -- weighing 4 pounds, 3 ounces -- while fishing over the weekend out of Keller. His friend, Eldon Wagner, wasn't quite...

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MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011

Spokane Boat Show has (safety) class

BOATING -- Get more bang for your buck by multitasking at the Spokane National Boat Show, which opens Friday and runs through Feb. 6 at Spokane Interstate Fair and Expo Center. The eight-hour America’s Boating Course, which satisfies Washington’s mandatory boater education requirements, will be...

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A pair of common loons produced one chick in their first nesting effort at Long Lake in 2009. The female loon was back on a nest in May 2010 before Fish and Wildlife Department officials reported that she had been shot around May 9. Photo by Daniel Poleschook Jr. (Photo by Daniel Poleschook Jr.)

Bill would give loons status against poachers

OLYMPIA -- A bill has been introduced in the Washington Legislature that would, among other things, give loons and trumpeter swans some clout against a poacher's bank acount. When a Newport-area man senselessly killed a common loon at Yocum Lake a few years ago, Washington...

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