Outdoors blog archive for March 2011

THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011



Virgil Moore to head Idaho Fish and Game

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission stayed within the agency and selected veteran wildlife manager Virgil Moore as the new director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Department. The agency made the announcement today. Moore, 59, is the deputy director...

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Grizzly bears in early spring often head to green areas along streams. 
 (Chris Servheen)

Early-bird grizzlies working up an appetite

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- As tracks of the first gizzly bears emerging from hibernation were reported recently at Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, Bruce Auchly of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks was penning the following insights about bears as they emerge from their dens. Read on...you're...

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A wood duck graces the 2009 federal junior duck stamp, with artwork by Lily Spang, 16, of Toledo, Ohio. (The Spokesman-Review)

Birds flock to family's ponds, nest boxes

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Birds have giving a thumbs up, so to speak, for Ron Dexter and the seven wildlife ponds he's built on the family property near Mount Spokane over the years. "Besides great blue herons, belted kingfishers, etc., our main attractions are the wood...

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A cougar investigates and feedlot area near Chewelah in March 2011 as photographed by this motion-activated camera. (Courtesy photo)

Winter hay lures deer -- cougar, too

WILDLIFE -- Mountain lions don't eat hay, but this veggie bar spready out near Chewelah this winter likely attracted plenty of deer. Cougars like an all-you-can eat buffet deal as much as anyone. This photo is amon several snapped of cougars in February and March...

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The skiing movie Signatures is featured in the World Tour from the Telluride Mountain Film Festival. (Michael Produc / Telluride Mountain Film Festival)

Telluride Mountain Film Fest coming to Moscow

WILDERNESS -- The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation is bringing the Telluride Mountain Film Festival back to North Idaho on April 8, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 South Main St. in Moscow. The Telluride Mountainfilm Festival is a...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011

Quick: how many antler points are on this whitetail buck's rack? (FILE)

Proposed deer hunting rule would teach a lesson

HUNTING -- Here's an obsevation for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, which will vote April 8 on a controversial antler point restriction proposed for Game Management Units 117 and 121 in Stevens County. A four-point minimum rule is a wasteful way to educate hunters...

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Only kids can shoot during the special youth hunting weekend a choice opportunity for quality time with young hunters. (FILE The Spokesman-Review)

Youth turkey hunt should be keyed to safety

HUNTING -- Washington's youth turkey season runs Saturday-Sunday, giving kids mentored by adults a two-week headstart on the general season. It's prime time for a hunting trip to be all about the kid, and all about safety. Read on for 10 important safety tips from...

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In this 2004 photo, a dead bark beetle, barely bigger than the knife point, is seen  burrowed into a ponderosa pine  at Farragut State Park in Idaho.  (File)

Good news: Bark beetles have little left to eat

NATIONAL FORESTS -- Finally, some good news on the pine beetle infestation that's left much of the West with a glut of firewood. Wyoming’s bark beetle epidemic is showing signs of slowing, forestry officials say, for the rather depressing reason that the insects are running...

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From left, Mike Madel, grizzly bear management specialist for Fish, Wildlife & Parks on the Rocky Mountain Front, and Russ Talmo, FWP bear management technician, weigh and conduct a body condition index on an adult male grizzly bear.  (MIKE MADEL)

Northern Montana grizzly bears show some growth

WILDLIFE -- The grizzly population in northwestern Montana is growing at 3 percent a year -- not bad for grizzlies, experts say. The grizzly is still being scrutinized for removal from threatened species status. Last year, 941 grizzlies were roaming the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem,...

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Stop government waste: rat on a vandal 

PUBLIC LANDS -- When I hear the term government waste, I can't help but think about the taxpayer money needed to clean up after the low life that finds recreation in destroying public property, such as mudding meadows and shooting up outhouses. Bitterroot National Forest...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011


Idaho sets fall big-game hunting seasons

HUNTING -- In response to changes in elk populations, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted today to approve big game hunting seasons that reduce or eliminate antlerless elk tags in some areas, according to a new release just issued by the state Fish and...

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Idaho sets spring chinook fishing seasons

FISHING -- Idaho anglers will be able to start fishing for chinook salmon on April 23, according to seasons set today by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. Chinook will open in the Clearwater River, Snake River, Little Salmon and part of the lower Salmon...

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Upper Palouse Falls, just a short way above the main falls in Palouse Falls State Park. These falls virtually dry up by summer. (Karen Heaps)

Upper Palouse Falls worth a hike 

HIKING -- This is prime time to visit Palouse Falls State Park, where the water is rushing and the landscape is starting to get green. But don't be content to view the falls just from the parking lot overlook. Steve and Karen Heaps of Spokane...

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A gray wolf, photographed by an automatic field camera, came to feed on an Angus bull carcass above the South Hills recently.  (Courtesy photo)

Cougar, wolf briefly share windfall feast

PREDATORS -- An Angus bull that died last month from injuries after fighting with another bull near Missoula attracted the who's who of non-hibernating predators into the unblinking lens of a motion-activated camera. A lone gray wolf spent just 18 minutes feeding on the carcass...

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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.





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