Outdoors blog archive for April 2012

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012


Idaho steelheading closes; anglers await chinook

FISHING -- Idaho's spring steelhead fishing season closes today in most waters. The Little Salmon, from its mouth upstream to the U.S. 95 Bridge at Smokey Boulder Road, remains open until May 15. Meanwhile, the spring chinook fishing season opened April 22, but only about...

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Chorus frogs are nature's windbags

WILDLIFE -- The ponds at the Dishman Hills Natural Area are easy to find this time of year, since hikers can often hear them long before they see them. Chorus frogs are in full song. Outdoor photographers Jaime and Lisa Johnson had a similar experience...

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Angler dies after jumping into Waitts Lake

FISHING -- An angler died on the opening day of the lowland lakes trout season in Washington when he jumped into a lake in northeast Washington to save his fishing rod. The Stevens County sheriff’s office says the rod slipped out of the boat Saturday...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012

Dogs not welcome near South Hill bluff coyote den 

WILDLIFE -- Coyotes defending a den of pups are not tolerating dogs coming through their territory between High Drive and Hangman Creek. After my story about a Thursday attack on a dog was published today, The Spokesman-Review has learned of at least three coyote attacks...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012



THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012

Suspects named in Beacon Hill moose poaching case

SPOKANE-- Two brothers suspected of illegally killing a cow moose with archery gear on the north side of Beacon Hill in Spokane Valley around April 10 have been identified from the search warrant served in the case by Washington Fish and Wildlife Police. Donald Gilbrech...

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U.S. District Judge James Redden, shown in February 2006, has asked for a different judge to be assigned the case considering the operation of the Columbia Basin hydroelectric dams and their impact on salmon. (Associated Press)

Redden says Snake River dams should go

RIVERS -- In an interview for a television broadcast, U.S. District Judge James A. Redden, who presided over the Northwest's biggest salmon lawsuit for nearly a decade, said the Snake River's four hydropower dams should be breached to help wild salmon. Redden made the comments...

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This photo taken July 29 shows an aerial view of the Elwha Dam west of Port Angeles, Wash. Dignitaries will gather at the site today to mark the beginning of the process to dismantle the dam. (Associated Press)

Elwha Dam is history

RIVERS -- Ding Dong the Dam is Gone.... That's the report from Olympic National Park. The decades-old project to remove Elwha Dam and return the Elwha River to the once flourishing run of jumbo chinook salmon has hit a milestone. The dam is gone. We...

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Sunset over Lake Coeur d'Alene's Wolf Lodge Bay from the Mineral Ridge hiking trail. (Linda Lantzy / Idaho Scenic Images)

Reduced rate offered at Idaho BLM sites to May 15

PUBLIC LANDS – Discounts on fees for popular North Idaho Bureau of Land Management recreation sites are available through May 15. The first fee increase since 2005 will start May 16 at areas around Lake Coeur d’Alene to help maintain the facilities. Daily rates will...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012



9 X 8 bull elk is Pennsylvania state record 

HUNTING -- A bull elk killed by a hunter in Pennsylvania in 2011 has been confirmed as the state record by the Boone and Crockett Club. An official measurer determined a final score of 442-6/8 B&C non-typical points, which ranks 9th among all non-typical elk...

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Skiers start the first leg of the Leadman Triathlon on Silver Mountain. (Courtesy photo)

Leadman Triathlon to descend on Silver Mountain 

OUTDOOR COMPETITION -- The 8th annual Leadman Triathlon will launch high on Silver Mountain on Saturday for a 13.4 mile triathlon down \and dirty race to Kellogg. Athletes will start in five different heats, beginning on top of Kellogg peak at 11 a.m., descending 4,000...

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Steve Solberg of Spokane bagged this wild turkey gobbler, which weighed more than 22 pounds with  spurs measuring 1 1/4 inches long. (Courtesy photo)

Spur of the moment: Turkey hunter scores big

HUNTING -- Steve Solberg of Spokane was grousing in good humor on April 15 that he'd passed given his brother, Jeff, first shot at an opening day gobber then ended up coming home empty-handed himself. "Seeing your brother finally bag a nice gobbler on opening...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012

Waging war: one weed at a time

TRAILS -- I'm working late today, after taking the morning off to give a little TLC to a local hiking-biking route. Portions of the route were overwhelmed by spotted knapweed a few years ago before I started spot-spraying the weeds as they emerge in spring....

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Tom Shellenberger, Mike Barnett and Mike Shellenberger display their catch of nice rainbow trout caught trolling plugs on Sunday, April 22, at Sprague Lake.  (Scott Haugen / Four Seasons Campground)

Sprague Lake booting out fat rainbows

FISHING -- Some anglers know they don't have to wait for the "opening day" at many of the region's lowland trout lakes. Sprague Lake is one of many lakes open for fishing year round. You'll travel a long way to find fish that are any...

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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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