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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2012


Video: motorist captures 200 elk on the run

WILDLIFE -- This video might hurt your feelings if you couldn't find an elk during the hunting season. But it will at least give you hope. According to the Idaho Fish and Game Department, Josh Hoisington was heading home from a fishing trip this fall...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2012





Wade Sumner, Spokane Parks and Recreation Department trip leader, guides a group of snowshoers on a 5.5-mile trek around Sherman Peak near Sherman Pass East of Republic, Wash.   RICH LANDERS The Spokesman-Review (The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane Parks looking for outdoor trip assistants

OUTDOOR RECREATION -- The Spokane Parks & Recreation Department's Outdoors Program is looking for outdoors lovers who would make good outdoor trip assistants for the great outings featured in the Outdoor program guide. The main benefit: Cool group outdoor trips at no cost. Here's the...

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Idaho Fish and Game sets agenda for Jan. 25-26

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will hear an annual report from Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore and meet with state lawmakers when the commisson meets Jan. 25-26 in Boise. Routine items on the Fish and Game Commission's agenda include setting...

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Wildlife refuges play roles on silver screen

PUBLIC LANDS -- This year’s Academy Awards holds special interest for the Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. Some critics are listing “Meeks Cutoff,” with scenes from Malheur National Wildlife Refugein Oregon, as a possible Oscar contender. “Meeks Cutoff,” starring Michelle Williams, Bruce...

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MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2012

Scout, Rich Landers' English setter, crashes after a full day of chukar hunting. (Rich Landers)

Chukar season ends; only 8 months to recover

HUNTING -- The dog is fed and sleeping like a bear in winter. Wife is concerned about dog's scrapes and cactus spines in foot, but doesn't notice her husband's bloody elbow and slight limp. Browning Citori cleaned, oiled. Hunting clothes are in the laundry hamper....

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Birdwatcher/photographer Ron Dexter, who lives in th foothills of Mount Spokane, snapped this sweet image of the northern hawk owl that's been catching a lot of attention in the Spokane area in January 2012. (Ron Dexter)

A closer look at the rare northern hawk owl

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Birdwatcher/photographer Ron Dexter, who lives north of Spokane, snapped this sweet image of the northern hawk owl that's been catching a lot of attention in the Spokane area for the past two weeks. The bird has been hunting mice and voles along...

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Black bears are exposing themselves to hunters. (Associated Press)

Time to apply for Idaho spring hunts

HUNTING -- The application period for spring black bear controlled hunts opened Sunday and continues through Feb. 15. The spring turkey controlled hunt application period opens Feb. 1 and runs to March 1. Spring turkey and spring black bear seasons start April 15 – some...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2012

Eleven snowy owls are seen in this image made at Boundary Bay near Vancouver, British Columbia, by wildlife photographer Sandy Milliken of Post Falls, Idaho. The photo was shot in January 2012 during a season noted across northern tier of the United States for big numbers of snowy owls migrating south for the winter from their arctic territory. 
 (Sandy Milliken / Scarlet Images)

Count 'em yourself: 11 snowy owls in one photo frame 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Wildlife photographer Sandy Milliken of Post Falls isn't missing the opportunity to capture images from this season's snowy owl irruption. With her radar out for the best opportunities, she recently traveled to Boundary Bay just south of Vancouver, British Columbia, to capture...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2012






Scott Wolf of Duluth, Minn., found virtually no competition for soaking
in the sun and scenery on a mid May dayhike along the popular St. Mary
Lake shoreline trail in Glacier National Park. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Cool spring put chill on Glacier Park visitation

NATIONAL PARKS -- Glacier National Park's attendance declined 15.7 percent last year after a record number of visitors were logged during the park’s centennial celebration in 2010. The National Park Service says 1.85 million people entered the park in 2011, compared to 2.2 million the...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2012

Tjay Frampton swings on a target at the Spokane Gun Club skeet range last Sunday while his dad, Gary, operates the thrower. “The trapshooters are all busy down at the other end of the club,” said their shooting partner, Terry Britton. “We’re enjoying the peace and quiet at our end.” (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Lawmakers consider Wash. shooting range protection

SHOOTING -- A bill to protect shooting ranges from civil liability and noise pollution lawsuits, House Bill 1508, has been introduced in the Washington Legislature by state Representatives Dean Takko (D-19), Tim Probst (D-17), and Kevin Van De Wege (D-24). "Shooting ranges are critical to...

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Fly Fishing Film Tour in Spokane Feb. 8

"Reverb" Trailer from RT on Vimeo. FISHING -- The annual Fly Fishing Film Tour has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane. The show will be returning to the Inland Northwest on April 20 in Sandpoint. The tour...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012

Northern hawk owl grabs birding attention 

WILDLIFE -- Spokane wildlife photographer Tom Munson hunted the West Plains with his camera Monday and used a big lens and stacks of tele-converters to bag a very long distance image of a northern hawk owl. The critter from boreal forests has sent Spokane birders...

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