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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2012

THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012

Business booming at Spokane gun stores

GUNS -- The Valley White Elephant Store sold out its inventory of semi-automatic rifles and clips today, according to a clerk who called in the news this afternoon. Personally, I have enough firearms. I'd rather spend more money on fishing tackle, and give teachers a...

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Shirley Sturts of Coeur d’Alene Audubon is a long-time organizer of North Idaho Christmas Bird Count groups. (FILE)

CdA Audubon logs record Christmas Bird Count

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Shirley Sturts has just posting this detailed wrap-up of the Coeur d'Alene Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count. It's one of thousands of Christmas Bird Counts underway this month in the region and throughout North America. Here are the details from CdA,...

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A tourist photographs “Herman the Sturgeon” in the sturgeon viewing tank at Bonneville Fish Hatchery near Cascade Locks, Ore. The fish is longer than 10 feet, weighs more than 450 pounds and is more than 70 years old. (Associated Press)

Columbia River sturgeon seasons open Jan. 1

FISHING -- The winter portion of sturgeon season in Bonneville pool of the mid-Columbia River will open Jan. 1 and continue through Feb. 10 or until 1,150 fish are retained by anglers, reports Allen Thomas of the Vancouver Columbian. A summer portion of the retention...

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 A mountain lion often slept by the Angus bull carcass above Missoula’s South Hills. When the cougar wasn't there, a gray wolf also fed on the carcass in February 2011. (Courtesy photo)

Cougars may have bigger impact on elk than wolves 

PREDATORS -- While the war on wolves continues, mountain lions haven't been fasting. Montana turns its focus to mountain lions in Bitterroot study At midpoint of a three-year study of elk in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists were surprised to learn...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012

This 2005 photo  shows part of the southern Selkirk caribou herd moving north through the Selkirk Mountains about three miles north of the Washington border.  (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Feds agree to review endangered status of caribou

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- "Maybe you got a point there," the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seemed to say today as it annouced its response to a petition questioning whether the Southern Selkirk Mountains Population of Woodland Caribou deserves status as an endangered species. The petition...

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MONDAY, DEC. 17, 2012


Brian and Ann Grow leave the groomed trails behind to enjoy some old-style skiing on skier-made tracks around Shadow Mountain on a brilliant Saturday at Mount Spokane State Park. (Rich Landers)

Recent outdoors stories tackle fishing, nordic skiing

Here's a recap of recent Spokesman-Review Outdoors stories: Cross-country getaway for nordic skiers Nordic scene shines at Mount Spokane State Park Northwest nordic skiing destinations Inland Northwest 2012-2013 nordic skiing events listed Outdoor field reports from around the region Spawning education at Spokane Fish Hatchery...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 16, 2012

SATURDAY, DEC. 15, 2012

FRIDAY, DEC. 14, 2012

Wild turkeys search for food in the deep winter snow along the foothills of Mount Spokane.  (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Saturday is hunters' last shot at wild turkeys

HUNTING -- Late wild turkey hunting sesaons will close Saturday (Dec. 15) evening in designagted areas of Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Washington late fall turkey season has been open since Nov. 20 in Game Management Units 105-142, 149-154 and 162-186. The limit is one...

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In a blur of motion, hundreds of Mallard ducks jockey for position and bread crumbs at Manito Park Pond. 
 (File/The Spokesman-review / The Spokesman-Review)

DU restates zero tollerance for hunting violators

HUNTING -- Ducks Unlimited officials in Idaho restated their zero-tollerance policy for illegal hunting tactics last week after a former volunteer chapter chairman from Hagerman was convicted of baiting ducks with corn. Ducks Unlimited leaders condemned Steele’s hunting tactics, not only as a violation of...

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Avalanche at Schweitzer points out ice layer

WINTER SPORTS -- I'm just picking up on in-bounds snow slides that buried at least two skiers last Friday on the Headwall at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Both were rescued by other skiers and no injuries were reported, but apparently the situations could have easily gone...

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Ortovox 3-plus avalanche transceiver. (Courtesy)

Ortovox 3+ avalanche transceivers recalled for defect

WINTER SPORTS -- Ortovox has issued a recall notice for Ortovox 3+ avalanche beacons within certain serial number ranges. During search training, avalanche transceivers of the ORTOVOX 3+ model switched to transmission mode unintentionally after 120 seconds in search mode. Internal tests showed that a...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012

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