Outdoors blog archive for Oct. 2012

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2012


 The odds for drawing a permit to hunt elk in special seasons would gradually improve if Idaho adopts bonus-point proposals.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Wildlife Summit report posted online 

IDAHO WILDLIFE -- A report summarizing comments from some 500 participants in the three-day 2012 Idaho Wildlife Summit is available on the Idaho Fish and Game website. The Summit convened in late August to facilitate conversation among Idaho hunters, anglers, trappers and other wildlife conservationists....

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TUESDAY, OCT. 30, 2012

MONDAY, OCT. 29, 2012


In this Feb. 3, 2005 file photo, Jon Crandall of Coram, Mont., paddles his canoe across Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Mont. Scientists said Wednesday, April 7, 2010 that Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt  (Associated Press)

National Parks offer free three-day weekend

PUBLIC LANDS -- National parks will be waiving entrance fees to celebrate Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-12. The Park Service is waiving fees for a total of 17 days in 2012. The Veterans Day weekend fee waiver is the last scheduled for the year. Offering...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2012

THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2012

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2012


TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012

In this image captured by Drew Shearer's Stealth Cam on Aug. 20, four mountain lions can bee seen lounging by a small creek in the Eight Mile Creek drainage east of Florence. Bitterroot National Forest biologist Dave Lockman surmised that it is an adult female and three older juveniles. The photo was provided to the Missoulian. (Drew Shearer)

Trail cam scores mountain lions' family portrait

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Trail cams are opening our eyes to rarely seen intimate lives of reclusive animals. There's no better example than the photo above of four cougars in Montana -- likely a mother an her three adult-size offspring. Drew Shearer, a Bitterroot Valley bowhunter,...

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MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012


Deer hunter success rates up slightly

HUNTING – Eastern Washington deer check station results indicate that hunters have been filling their tags at a higher rate than last year. And the last buck of the general season checked Sunday afternoon in the Methow area (left) sported the largest set of antlers...

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New rule: any hatchery steelhead OK on Hanford Reach 

FISHING --Starting immediately, anglers can keep any hatchery steelhead on the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has just announced. This action removes the requirement for both an adipose fin clip and ventral fin clip for hatchery steelhead retained...

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Pronghorns race through a wheat stubble field in Central Montana. (Rich Landers)

Pronghorns give North America distinction

WILDLIFE -- I go home to my hunting roots in Montana every year at this time, and the photo below (click continue reading) by Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson illustrates one of the reasons why. A photo I made from my annual Montana hunting trip,...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 19, 2012

The Spokesman-Review Don McBride nets Jim Klos’  salmon while fishing on the Hanford Reach. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Hanford salmon on the bite in October

FISHING -- The first half of October has produced good fishing for chinook salmon on the the Hanford Reach of the Columbia. Here's the Oct. 1-14 creel report just posted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. WDFW staff interviewed 659 anglers from 276...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2012

Gunner, a yellow Lab, does his job and lets his owner, Steve Croston, know he's ready for more retrieves during filming of the Working Man's Retriever TV series, featuring Dan Hosford, professional dog trainer from Medical Lake, Wash. (Kathy Plonka)

Idaho Fish and Game chats online with hunters

SPORTSMEN ONLINE -- Idaho Fish and Game officials sat down Friday with 158 waterfowl hunters from all over the state, answering their quesstions about waterfowl hunting and management -- and nobody had to leave their officer or home. The agency's first online chat. For example:...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2012


TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012

Conservationists sue over Salmon River dredge permit 

RIVERS -- An environmental group has filed a lawsuit against Idaho after officials including Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter approved a plan to dredge the Salmon River for gold, the Associated Press reports. The Idaho Conservation League on Tuesday asked a 4th District Court judge to...

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Sisters Brandie Hill, left, and Naomi Kassner, 18, a student at Cheney Alternative High, dig a hole for an elderberry tree at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge on Saturday. 
 (Holly Pickett / The Spokesman-Review)

Chip in for field day at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge

REFUGES – Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and Spokane Audubon Society are organizing an annual work party and potluck for Saturday, (Oct. 20) in the ongoing community effort to restore native riparian habitat to benefit birds and other wildlife species. Volunteers will plant hundreds of native...

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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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