Outdoors blog archive for April 2013

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013

Pit tag chart for spring chinook salmon, April 30, 2013. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game)

Biologist explains Idaho's limited spring chinook season

FISHING -- Following up with today's setting of limited Idaho spring chinook salmon fishing seasons on the Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers, the Idaho Fish and Game Department regional fisheries manager in Lewiston is offering more details to help anglers understand the situation. Click "continue...

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Wash. bio updates spring chinook run in Snake River

FISHING -- Moments after Idaho announced a limited spring chinook salmon fishing season that will start on May 4, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Snake River fisheries biologist Glen Mendel has just issued this update on spring chinook from his perspective. As many of you...

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On Mount Everest, a fistfight allegedly broke out near Camp Three, between climbers and Sherpas. This file photo shows the view from Camp Three at 24,000 feet on the mountain's Lhotse Face. (Associated Press)

Climbers abandon Everest after attack by Sherpas 

MOUNTAINEERING -- An American female climber who's climbed Mount Everest four times is getting a big share of the credit for saving three British climbers confronted on Everest by an angry mob. British climber-photographer Jon Griffith told The Guardian he had to flee with two...

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A rare Baikal teal was spotted and photographed in April 2013 near Blue Mountain by Western Montana birder Radd Icenoggle.  (Radd Icenoggle)

Birder spots rare Baikal teal near Missoula

BIRDING -- “As soon as I looked at it closer, I knew right away it was a Baikal teal,” said Western Montana birder Radd Icenoggle. “There have only been 11 or 12 of them spotted in the continental U.S. south of Alaska.” He immediately going...

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Spring chinook salmon caught in the Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho. (Exodus Wilderness Adventures)

Idaho chinook salmon fishing opens May 4

FISHING -- Idaho will open a spring Chinook salmon fishing season on Saturday, May 4, on parts of the Clearwater, Salmon and Snake rivers, according to rules adopted today by the state Fish and Game Commission. Fish counts from Bonneville Dam suggest that the 2013...

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Idaho elk plan meeting Thursday in CdA

HUNTING -- Idaho Fish and Game is beginning it's process to revise elk management plans with an open house at the Panhandle Region headquarters office from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday (May 2) in Coeur d'Alene. Not to be confused with annual hunting regulations, species management...

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A dusky grouse stands tall to the advances of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police officer Curt Wood in Lincoln County. Wood was pecked hard several times as he snapped a few shots of the male grouse that had been displaying and defending its breeding territory. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)

Grouse puts wildlife police officer in pecking order 

WILDLIFE -- Washington Fish and Wildlife police officers are accustomed to dealing with testosterone-charged males strutting their stuff. But officer Curt Wood stood up to a bird-brained attacker to get these photos. Here are the details from an edited version of the agency's Enforcement Division's...

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MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013



Sign up for Ice Age Floods scablands field trip

GEOLOGY -- “Anatomy of Cheney-Palouse Scabland Tract,” a free lecture by geologist Gene Kiver, will be presented by the Ice Age Floods Institute, 7 p.m., on May 3 at the JFK Library Auditorium, Eastern Washington University, Cheney campus. Sign-up for the May 4 Ice Age...

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Video: Fishing with kids is a hoot!

FISHING -- It's no fish story that Spokane angler Tanner Grant, his fishing buddy Branden Carter and their boys had a great time Saturday for the fishing season opener at West Medical Lake. They have this short broadcast-quality video to prove it. Grant shot the...

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Eastern Washington's top trout lakes surveyed

FISHING -- Despite strong winds that picked up by late morning, Saturday's opener of Washington's lowland trout fishing season produced some excellent fishing throughout much of Eastern Washington. Click on the documents below to see the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's opening day survey results...

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After considerable effort and a few near misses at Williams Lake, Quinn Connacher, 6, of Spokane caught his first fish on April 28, 2013, the opening day of Washington's lowland lake trout fishing season. (Rich Landers)

A boy's first fish: hooked on the moment 

FISHING -- I feel sorry for parents who don't take their kids fishing. They don't know what they're missing. See a few hints about what they're missing in my Sunday story about Saturday's opening day of Washington's lowland trout season Please enjoy this short photo...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013

First fish caught at 12:02 a.m. at Fishtrap 

FISHING -- Eleven-year-old Cameron Earnshaw of Kennewick caught the first fish of the season off the docks at Fishtrap Lake Resort on Saturday -- two minutes after the season opened at midnight. Much more fun followed for the large family groups gathered for the annual...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013



Paul Frame, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife trapper, handles a 94-pound male gray wolf on July 16, 2012. The wolve had been trapped and trandquilized so a radio collar could be attached for monitoring its movements. The effort pegged the presense of the Wedge Pack, Washington's eighth confirmed wolf pack. (KING 5 News)

Delisting wolves will shift cost from feds to states 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- As reports surfaced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove the gray wolf from endangered species protections, the costs of the recovery are being totaled: Between 1991 and 2011, the federal government spent $102 million on gray...

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Woman injured in ATV crash sues Forest Service 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Here's a possible precedent setter that could be costly in the long run... An eastern Idaho woman is suing the federal government for an injury she sustained in 2011 when her all-terrain vehicle rolled down a hill located in the Caribou-Targhee National...

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This image provided by the National Park Service shows a gray wolf mother and pups from the Druid Peak pack, in July 2005, in the Lamar Valley inside Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. These pups later died, suspected of falling victim to the parvo virus, according to the Yellowstone National Park’s wolf project leader, Doug Smith.  (File Associated Press)

Feds ready to delist wolves from ESA protections

ENDANGERED SPECIES - The Los Angeles Times reports today that the feds are getting ready to announce their proposal to remove gray wolves from Endangered species protections. Mike Jimenez, who manages wolves in the northern Rockies for the Fish and Wildlife Service, said delisting in...

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