Outdoors blog archive for Dec. 2012

MONDAY, DEC. 31, 2012

Filipino revelers watch a fireworks display in suburban Manila, Philippines, during celebrations of New Years Day on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.  (Aaron Favila / Associated Press)

Get it on for endangered wildlife with free condoms

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The Center for Biological Diversity is distributing 50,000 free Endangered Species Condoms for holiday and New Year’s Eve celebrations around the country. More than 600 volunteer distributors are handing out the condoms at events in all 50 states. The condoms are part...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 28, 2012




THURSDAY, DEC. 27, 2012


Coeur d'Alene River cutthroats have the unusual tendency to spend winter and summer in the same stretch of stream.
 (File / The Spokesman-Review)

New Idaho fishing rules kick in Jan. 1

FISHING -- Idaho anglers have a list of new fishing rules that take effect Jan. 1. In the Panhandle Region, Lake Pend Oreille is in the spotlight for several notable changes: Kokanee fishing will be allowed for the first time since 1999, with a six-fish...

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There are plenty of trails available for fans of snowmobiling.  (Tia Troy / Glacier Country)

Snowmobile registrations down in Idaho

WINTER SPORTS – Idaho snowmobile registrations, which fund trail grooming and access plowing, were down by nearly 8,800 early this month, probably because of meager snowfall to start the season. That means Idaho Parks and Recreation collected $286,000 less for its snowmobiling programs, or about...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26, 2012


A bald eagle feasts on a kokanee at Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Carlene D. Hardt)

Bald eagle drops in on viewer at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Carlene Hardt heard about the huge numbers of bald eagles congregating at Lake Coeur d'Alene and finally made time on Sunday to go out and see for herself. "I was NOT disappointed," she said in an email. "I saw LOTS of bald...

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Mule deer buck roughs up dead foe 

HUNTING -- Although the story in the video doesn't totally add up, this footage illustrates the power and violence two rutting mule deer bucks devote to battle -- even if one of the bucks is dead. The hunters probably picked up a rifle sooner for...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 25, 2012


Bald eagles, such as this one snatching a spawning kokanee from Lake Coeur d'Alene, are popular winter birdwatching attractions. But eagles will be only one of dozens of species birders expect to identify during upcoming Christmas Bird Counts. 
 (Photo by Tom Munson / The Spokesman-Review)

Eagle Watch Week Dec. 26-30 at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A bounty of at least 260 bald eagles counted last week bodes well for the annual Eagle Watch Week, Dec. 26-30, along the eastern shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The eagles are congregating for their annual winter feast of spawning kokanee in...

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MONDAY, DEC. 24, 2012



SUNDAY, DEC. 23, 2012

FRIDAY, DEC. 21, 2012


The first groomed cross-country skiing tracks were groomed into the Ferry County Rail Trail on Dec. 21, 2012.  Local patrons pay for the grooming. Skiing is free. (Courtesy)

Groomed nordic tracks on Ferry County Rail Trail

WINTER SPORTS -- Beautiful cross-country skiing tracks have been groomed into the Ferry County Rail Trail along the Kettle River today. Retired Forest Service recreation specialist Keith Wakefield used a snowmobile to groom the trails today, supported by donations by members of the Ferry County...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012


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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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