Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 2012

TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

Muddy water in Hangman Creek generally is a signal to kayakers, canoests and rafters that the stream is in rare good form for paddling. (Rich Landers)

Hangman Creek's high, rafters ready to roll 

RIVERS -- The river running season is officially underway on Hangman (Latah) Creek, and it could be over in another day or two. Unlike most rivers that require spring runoff to get the juices flowing, Hangman is notorious for brief spurts of high flows generated...

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Idaho's latest toll on wolves

PREDATORS -- As January ends, Idaho’s first wolf trapping season has harvested 60 wolves statewide in the TRAPPING season that opened Nov. 15. That compares with 204 wolves taken by sportsmen in the HUNTING season that opened Aug. 30. Idaho's total wolf kill by hunters...

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012

Myles Heistad, left, and Scott Wolff hike the trail along the North Fork of Asotin Creek before buds have opened on trees and plants in the foothills of the Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington. (Rich Landers)

Tussock moth infestation found in Blue Mountains

FORESTS -- The Washington Department of Natural Resources has discovered a new infestation of Douglas-fir tussock moths that occurred last summer in the Blue Mountains of Washington and Oregon. Light defoliation caused by the moths was mapped across 9,000 acres of the Umatilla National Forest,...

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Snowy owl in western Montana during the big winter of 2011-2012 irruptions. (Jaime Johnson)

Snowy owl vote: The eyes have it

WILDLIFE -- Hypnotizing. Could you ever get tired of looking into a snowy owl's eyes? The nifty image above was captured over the weekend by wildlife photographer Jaime Johnson of Lincoln, Mont. See a video with some details of this season's snowy owl irruption.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2012

EWU angling team places 4th in college bass tournament

COMPETITIVE FISHING -- The Oregon State University team of Zach MacDonald, of Willits, Calif. and William Sparks, of Corvallis, Ore. won the National Guard FLW College Fishing West Conference event on Lake Shasta near Redding, Calif., Saturday. An Eastern Washington University team of local anglers...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

Trals on the South Hill Bluffs were solid ice on Jan. 27, 2012. (Jim Kershner)

Studs required for city hiking

TRAILS -- South Hill trailmaster Jim Kershner said he didn't see anyone while hiking the South Hill Bluff trails this morning. His photo explains why. He managed to get home without any broken bones. Anyone for luge?

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Idaho expands wolf trapping near Dworshak

PREDATORS -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday expanded the wolf trapping season to include Unit 10A in the Dworshak-Elk City wolf management zone starting Feb. 1. The season in Unit 10A opens Wednesday and runs through March 31. Commissioner Fred Trevey, of...

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Avalanche advisory: where to go, what to avoid

WINTER SPORTS -- Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center technicians found great riding and sliding conditions in the mountains during their Thursday survey, but they also found areas to avoid, according to the report posted this morning. The snow was lighter on top and firmer down toward...

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New fishing rules on commission agenda

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Allowing bait fishing on the Kettle River and other proposals debated in 2011 will be considered by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission next week in a package of sportfishing rules for 2012-13. The meeting is set for Feb. 3-4 in Olympia....

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THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 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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