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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2012

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2012




TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012


Washington freezes Master Hunter Program enrollment

HUNTER EDUCATION – With current enrollment nearing 2,000 hunters, the Master Hunter Permit Program administered by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has stopped accepting new applications for membership until further notice. The enrollment freeze is designed to give the department time to absorb...

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Two anglers in a small boat had Hog Canyon Lake all to themselves in late March. The winter fishing lake's fishing season closes on March 31. Access to the lake and shore is on land managed by the U .S. Bureau of Land Management west of Spokane south of Interstate 90 near Fishtrap Lake. (Rich Landers)

Hog Canyon, 4th of July Lakes heavy with fish

WINTER FISHING -- Hog Canyon had an average turnout, but the pressure was down somewhat at Fourth of July lake when the fisheries opened for their winter trout season on Saturday. Fishing was good, but anglers had trouble getting their limits after catching two fast...

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MONDAY, DEC. 3, 2012

Most Dworshak facilities closing for season

BOATING -- Most of the recreation facilities at Dworshak Dam and Reservoir are buttoning up for the winter. Dam View, Grandad and Canyon Creek campgrounds, and Merrys Bay day-use area are closed for the season and will reopen in the spring 2013 as weather conditions...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 2012

FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012






Lois Huber, right, shows customer Barbara Baker her own Sorel hiking boots which she wears to work in Coeur d'Alene. Huber has has worked in retail for more than 50 years. But these days she's known as the "boot guru" at the Army Navy Store, where she counsels workmen, hunters, hikers and others about the right boot and the right sock (always high-quality wool). 
 (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Cost of boots could take a hike under tax proposals 

Outdoor enthusiasts may see footwear prices jump 30 percent Unless Congress can negotiate with the Obama administration's opposition to outdoor industry duty suspension bills, the cost of footgear for hiking, biking and other outdoor activities that are manufactured overseas will increase prices nearly 38 percent,...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012

Fat bikes, also known as snow bikes, take advantage of huge low-pressure tires that offer buoyancy for pedaling over snow-covered trails.  The bikes will be allowed on some trails in the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association system starting in 2012.    (MVSTA)

Snow bikers get pass to ride Methow ski trails

WINTER SPORTS -- The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association is opening portions of its 120-mile groomed nordic trail system to bicycles this year. Skiers headed out on a few of the nationally celebrated nordic trails that had enough snow for grooming this week. When more...

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Snowy owl, an arctic migrant that visits Washington during winter. (WSU)

Another snowy owl models for birdwatchers 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Here's the latest snowy owl sighting from Lincoln County: At 3:09 p.m. Wednesday for about 30 minutes we had very close-up eye level views of a Snowy Owl sitting on a wooden fence post approximately 1.1 miles west of Hwy. 231 on...

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