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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 2013


Montana cougar hunter loses three dogs to wolves 

PREDATORS -- A 20-year-old Stevensville hunter thought he'd done everything right before he let his three mountain lion dogs go on a set of fresh tracks Sunday afternoon. He'd been hunting with others in the Ninemile drainage north of Missoula since Sept. 3. In all...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 2013

Idaho Fish and Game commissioners have approved giving hunters in Idaho the opportunity at up to 220 of its wolves. (Associated Press)

Idaho may pay trappers to target wolves 

PREDATORS -- Idaho wildlife officials are considering paying private trappers to kill wolves roaming in specific hunting zones, such as the St. Joe River drainage, where wolves have had a significant impact on elk populations. “There are certain individuals who have built up some pretty...

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A cutthroat trout from Kelly Creek in the Clearwater National Forest of Idaho. (Rich Landers)

North Fork Clearwater River mining challenged 

FISHING -- Idaho fly fishers and conservation groups are stepping up to back the Clearwater National Forest in challenging the rash of placer mining claims being filed for the North Fork of the Clearwater River. A stream known for its native bull trout and westslope...

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Upper Columbia salmon hatchery previewed

FISHING -- The BPA-funded upper Columbia River salmon hatchery being built near Bridgeport and managed under the direction of the Colville Confederated Tribes is scheduled to go online in May. The Seattle Times posted this update on the project, which should greatly enhance salmon fishing...

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MONDAY, JAN. 14, 2013


George Dunn leads climbers en route to Camp Muir and the summit of Mount Rainier. (Associated Press)

Upgrades approved for Rainier's Camp Muir

The National Parks Service has approved long-awaited upgrades to Mount Rainier’s Camp Muir – one of the main stops for the thousands of people who climb the mountain. Pacific West Region director Chris Lehnertz determined that upgrading the high camp would have no impact on...

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A Burmese python is displayed at the kick-off in Davie, Fla., Saturday. (Associated Press)

Week's top outdoors stories listed

Hunting, waterfowl, wetlands conservation, wolves, sportsman shows and other stories of interest were in the news last week in The Spokesman-Review's outdoors coverage: Waterfowling: Guide your duck-hunting future with lessons from Paul's Pond Waterfowling: DU isn't a hunting club; it's all about wetlands, waterfowl Gillnet...

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Gillnetting to end in Columbia by 2017

FISHING -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has voted to phase out gillnet fishing on the main stem of the Columbia River, relegating the primary commercial fishing tool to tributaries and bays. Under the new policy adopted Saturday, the use of gillnets will be...

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Hunters are particularly vulnerable to cougar attacks because they often use calls or scents that mimic game.Associated Press
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Some cougar hunting seasons closing

HUNTING -- Cougar hunts in several areas of the state will close at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 15 after harvest guidelines for the animals were reached in those areas, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday. Game Management Units that will close include 105,...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 11, 2013

Colville Fish Hatchery sale to county approved

FISHING -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today approved the sale of the state’s Colville Fish Hatchery to Stevens County, which plans to use it as an educational and vocational learning center. I looked into the potenial benefits of this sale in my Outdoors...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2013



Since 1988, Idaho sportsmen have opposed proposals to allow guides to book hunters for waterfowling and wild turkey hunts. (Jesse Tinsley)

Idaho allows first-timers to bypass hunter ed 

HUNTING -- To encourage potential new hunters to take to the field, Idaho Fish and Game’s new Hunting Passport offers novice hunters the opportunity to hunt for one year before completing a hunter education course. A Hunting Passport is a special authorization that allows anyone...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9, 2013

The wolverine, largest member of the weasel family, lives at high elevations, where it relies on deep spring snowpacks to protect its young in reproductive dens. This mother wolverine has been key to research in Glacier National Park. (Photo by Bill Garwood)

Montana debates trapping of threatened wolverines

THREATENED SPECIES -- Montana is taking a controversial stand on trapping of wolverines. Montana FWP says it will oppose federal protection of wolverines The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to propose listing the wolverine as a threatened species next week, a decision that...

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While winter sports like skiing and snowboarding can be intimidating for beginners, package deals and multi-day lift tickets provide extra incentives for many to give these snow sports a try.
 (Photospin / The Spokesman-Review)

Ski resorts host newcomers with sweet deals

WINTER SPORTS -- January is national “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month,” and most of Idaho's 18 winter resorts are offering incentives for newcomers to try out their snow sports. In addition, the Bring a Friend program offers incentives to skiers and boarders who introduce...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 2013


These Diamond Pack wolf pups triggered a remote camera stationed in northeastern Washington by the Washington Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the state Fish and Wildlife Department. The motion-triggered cameras help monitor wolf movements and numbers.  (Washington Department of Natural Resources)

Washington to hold wolf management public meetings 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Washington wildlife managers are putting together a road show of experts to help the public understand the options for dealing with the expanding number of gray wolves spreading into the state. The recovery and management of gray wolves in Washington and other...

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