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Outdoors blog archive for July 2012

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

Tue., July 31, 2012, 5:01 p.m.

Kettle River "tubing" deaths senseless

RIVERS -- A tragic season on the region's rivers seems to have no end. See this sobering video report about floats -- in their 70s no less -- who dropped their guard, misjudged the power of the Kettle River last week, and went over the...

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A deck hand shows off a king salmon, one of many his clients caught on a day of charter boat fishing in the Pacific Ocean out of Westport, Wash.  (File)

Tue., July 31, 2012, 1:42 p.m.

Latest news about Washington salmon fishing

UPDATED FISHING -- Here's what some of the region's media are saying this week about salmon fishing in Washington: Westport salmon fishing opens to 7 days a week Buoy 10 fishery expected to be a hit for salmon anglers Calling all anglers: August rich with...

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Moose have become fairly common sights roaming the fringes of North Idaho or Spokane-area communities. Local agencies say they regularly get complaints about moose munching and messing gardens and landscaping, but usually it’s best to leave the big creatures be.  (File)

Tue., July 31, 2012, 10:22 a.m.

Idaho Wildlife Summit addresses pressing trends

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Idaho Fish and Game officials have scheduled an Aug. 24-26 conference – with regional and online participation – to get sportsmen and other state citizens to help tackle major challenges facing wildlife management. The Idaho Wildlife Summit, set in Boise, also will...

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MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

Anglers fishing in Yellowstone National Park. (File)

Mon., July 30, 2012, 4:13 p.m.

Warm water closes Yellowstone rivers to fishing

FISHING -- A week after an unrelenting heat wave forced Montana to put restrictions on three rivers, Yellowstone Park officials have announced they're closing fishing on portions of three rivers because of unusually warm water temperatures. Starting Wednesday, park officials will prohibit fishing on the...

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In this Sunday, July 29, 2012, photo, Connor Baxter raises his paddle after finishing first in the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championship in Honolulu. The 17-year-old from Maui defended his title in a 32-mile paddleboard race across the Molokai channel. (Associated Press)

Mon., July 30, 2012, 3:32 p.m.

Stand up and cheer for this paddleboarder

PADDLEBOARDING -- Feeling like you pushed your limits last weekend during a weekend warrior outdoor pursuit? How about this? Connor Baxter, 17, raises his paddle in the photo above after finishing first in the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championship in Honolulu on Sunday. The 17-year-old from...

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Pikepalooza angler shows off a prize-winning northern pike. (Kalispell Tribe)

Mon., July 30, 2012, 6:17 a.m.

Anglers can cash in at Pend Oreille's Pikepalooza

FISHING CONTESTS -- Sign-up is underway for the season’s second Pikepalooza fishing derby on the Pend Oreille River, Friday through next Sunday, sponsored by the Kalispel Tribe. Prizes up to $1,000 are being offered in a variety of categories to make the contest interesting to...

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SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012


Smallmouth bass caught on Spokane Arm of Lake Roosevelt (Rich Landers)

Fri., July 27, 2012, 6:51 a.m.

Washington issues new fish advisories; toxics found

FISHING -- Specific types of fish from the Upper Columbia and Pend Oreille rivers contain toxic chemicals according to analysis of two recent studies that's prompted a new fish consumption advisory this week from the Washington Department of Health. Interestingly, the Washington Department of Fish...

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THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012


Thu., July 26, 2012, 6:12 a.m.

Rafter videos Clark Fork's Alberton Gorge rapids

WHITEWATER RAFTING -- Local rafter Tanner Grant has put together another in a series of videos that chronicles a rafter's view of a popular river, labeling all the rapids. This time it's the Alberton Gorge of Montana's Clark Fork River, a popular summer rafting destination...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012


A raft carring anglers is put in perspective in this shot from high above on top of a rock cliff overlooking the Smith River. (Rich Landers)

Wed., July 25, 2012, 3:26 p.m.

Heat curtails fishing on 3 Montana rivers

FISHING -- While rivers in the Spokane-to-Missoula region are still flowing somewhat higher that normal and reasonably cool, waters -- and fish -- farther east are feeling the heat of a drought. Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks today advised anglers on three central Montana rivers...

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This July 15, 2012, image provided by Coty Creighton shows the "goat man," in white at center, right, near Ogden, Utah. This man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah has wildlife officials worried he could be in danger as hunting season approaches. Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Friday July 20, 2012, the person is doing nothing illegal, but he worries the so-called "goat man" is unaware of the dangers.  (Coty Creighton / Associated Press)

Wed., July 25, 2012, 6:11 a.m.

Mountain goat man lives the high life

WILDLIFE -- A man spotted dressed in a white goat suit crawling around among a herd of mountain goats in the mountains of northern Utah has been identified as a hunter preparing for an archery hunt in Canada. Read the AP story here. They guy...

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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

Oregon Fish and Wildlife staffers dubbed this sow feral pig Judas after it was captured in 2010 and fitted with a GPS tracking device on a harness specially designed for pigs. Judas then led officers to its fellow swine so shooters could eliminate the invasive species.  (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Tue., July 24, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

Swine line lets you squeal on a feral pig

INVASIVE WILDLIFE -- S-R Boise reporter Betsy Russell smelled the bacon for today's front page story on the tri-state campaign to keep feral pigs from the wilds of Idaho, Washington and Oregon. The gist of the story is that feral pigs are tremendously destructive to...

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Tue., July 24, 2012, 9:23 a.m.

Idaho readies hunting, fishing proposals for legislature

HUNTING/FISHING -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently adopted a series of “nonbiological” rules that would take effect only if the upcoming Legislature approves them. Among the proposals: Allow commission to adjust resident and nonresident elk tag allocations in capped zones in which resident...

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The Gallo family of Puyallup display a nice catch of Brewster Pool sockeye salmon. (Anton Jones)

Tue., July 24, 2012, 7:03 a.m.

Sockeye are hot item in Upper Columbia

SALMON FISHING -- Sockeye salmon fishing is hot at the mouth of the Okanogan River near Brewster, and it's no secret. Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad's Family Guide Service said anglers have converged on the fishery, requiring some thought to how to cope with...

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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

Steelhead counts at Bonneville Dam. (Fish Passage Center)

Mon., July 23, 2012, 4:19 p.m.

Steelhead are on their way to the Snake

STEELHEAD FISHING -- Anglers have been catching a few steelhead in the Snake and Clearwater Riers, but as the charts reveal, the fish that have been moving over Bonneville Dam -- first they reach on the Columbia - are just beginning to show up in...

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