Outdoors blog archive for Nov. 2012

FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012





Cost of boots could take a hike under tax proposals 

Outdoor enthusiasts may see footwear prices jump 30 percent Unless Congress can negotiate with the Obama administration's opposition to outdoor industry duty suspension bills, the cost of footgear for hiking, biking and other outdoor activities that are manufactured overseas will increase prices nearly 38 percent,...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012

Fat bikes, also known as snow bikes, take advantage of huge low-pressure tires that offer buoyancy for pedaling over snow-covered trails.  The bikes will be allowed on some trails in the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association system starting in 2012.    (MVSTA)

Snow bikers get pass to ride Methow ski trails

WINTER SPORTS -- The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association is opening portions of its 120-mile groomed nordic trail system to bicycles this year. Skiers headed out on a few of the nationally celebrated nordic trails that had enough snow for grooming this week. When more...

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Snowy owl, an arctic migrant that visits Washington during winter. (WSU)

Another snowy owl models for birdwatchers 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Here's the latest snowy owl sighting from Lincoln County: At 3:09 p.m. Wednesday for about 30 minutes we had very close-up eye level views of a Snowy Owl sitting on a wooden fence post approximately 1.1 miles west of Hwy. 231 on...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012


Rich Landers cruises the edge of a wheat field as he hunts pheasants on a foggy November day in the Palouse. (Torsten Kjellstrand)

Foggy memories of a pheasant hunt

HUNTING -- If you were running away from your troubles, the Palouse was a good place to be pheasant hunting on Tuesday. Visibilty was minimal. A good place to hide. Hunting partner Torsten Kjellstrand caught a photo of me (photo above) through the fog cruising...

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Sportsmen's Act failure pegged to overspending 

HUNTING -- More details on the U.S. Senate vote this week turning down the Sportsmen's Act: Alabama senator: Sportsmen's bill exceeded spending limits The failure of the U.S. Senate to pass the Sportsmen's Act of 2012, sponsored by Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, came as...

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Snowy owls showing up high and low

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Reports of snowy owl sightings have been coming in from all over. Snowshoers reported two of the arctic migrants making a brief pit stop on the towers on top of Mount Spokane. Another observer found one hanging out at Reardan Ponds at...

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Feds back off big time on caribou habitat protections 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has downsized its recommendation by more than 10 times for woodland caribou critical habitat in the Sellkirk Mountains. In a country accustomed to supersizing everything, this is a notable example of supershrink. See story. The map...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2012

A bald eagle scans Lake Coeur d’Alene for kokanee salmon on Dec. 12, 2009. (File)

Bald eagle numbers increasing at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The big start the annual bald eagle gathering got at Lake Coeur d'Alene last week -- reported in this detailed blog post -- took a big leap in the past seven days, according to the weekly count conducted today by Carrie Hugo,...

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MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012

Outdoor story headlines from the Spokesman-Review

In case you missed them, here are some of the top outdoors stories published in The Spokesman-Review Sunday and today: New groomer gears up to tackle Mount Spokane's expanded nordic trail system Field Reports: Methow Valley requires ski passes for pooches Out & About: Sportsmen...

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Boy Scouts get high adventure base at Montana ranch

OUTDOOR SPORTS -- A new partnership between the Boy Scouts of America and the Missoula-based Boone and Crockett Club could make Montana a premier destination for scouts from across the nation. The Montana Council of Boy Scouts is assuming operation of a “high adventure base”...

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Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., won re-election to the U.S. Senate in November 2012. (Courtesy photo)

Sportsmen's Act likely to pass; some groups unhappy 

Some components of 'Sportsmen's Act' concern environmental groups Today, the U.S. Senate will vote on, and likely pass, Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's "Sportsmen's Act of 2012," a grab bag of bills dealing with hunting, fishing, conservation and public access measures, but environmental groups said...

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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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