Outdoors blog archive for Aug. 2013

FRIDAY, AUG. 30, 2013




THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 2013

State Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, began his quest to hike the length of the state on the 950-mile Idaho Centennial Trail on Aug. 19 here at Upper Priest River Falls.
 (Mat Erpelding)

State legislator hiking length of Idaho

TRAILS -- State Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, who was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in November, is attempting to hike a 950-mile route the length of Idaho in about 40 days. “Why did you run?” we asked the mountain climbing guide and outdoor...

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Preseason bird dog training is essential for the dog and the hunter. (Dan Hoke)

Give bird dog attention before the hunt

HUNTING -- My Outdoors column today bags some tips from pro trainer Dan Hoke of Dunfur Kennel for easing bird dogs into the seasons safely and efficiently. Many hunters get all excited about opening days -- forest grouse and mourning doves open Sunday. But the...

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Wildhorse Lake, near the summit of Steens Mountain, shimmers in an alpine basin. (Zach Urness / Statesman Journal)

Steens Mountain among Oregon's top road trips

OUTDOORS TRAVEL -- If you're looking for an outdoors-related road trip, complete with opportunities for hiking, fishing and wildlife watching, consider the drive to Oregon's Steens Mountain. Zach Urness, outdoor writer for the Statesman Journal, notes that it's been called the most spectacular drive in...

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This Sept. 1, 2009 file photo provided by Robert Millage shows his rifle with a wolf he shot on the first day of wolf hunting season along the Lochsa River in Northern Idaho. A temporary court order in Oregon has barred wildlife authorities from killing wolves that attack livestock for the past year. While Oregon has seen wolf attacks on livestock remain static while wolf numbers has risen to 46, Idaho last year saw the numbers of livestock attacks rise dramatically as hunters and wildlife agents killed 422 wolves. Wolf advocates hope tha ccidental experiment will lead other states to reconsider lethal controls as wolves spread through the West. (Robert Millage)

Idaho wolf hunts open statewide on Friday 

HUNTING -- Although there's a year-round season for wolves on private lands in the Idaho Panhandle, the 2013-2014 wolf hunting season for the rest of the state opens on Friday (Aug. 30). The season runs through March 31, except in the Lolo, Selway and Middle...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28, 2013

Sparse numbers of big brown trout lurk in the upper Clark Fork River. (The Spokesman-Review)

Montana lifts fishing restrictions on Clark Fork River

FISHING -- Fishing restrictions have been rescinded for the Clark Fork River as water temperatures have cooled, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials announced this afternoon. Water temperatures are holding below 70 degrees, and weather conditions have moderated enough that further restrictions are not likely,...

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More than 1,100 cyclists started the first annual SpokeFest in 2008, heading out on a 21-mile loop. Four ride options are offered in 2012. (J. Bart Rayniak)

SpokeFest early registration ends Saturday

BICYCLING -- Time's running out to register for Spokane's premier bicycling event. SpokeFest isn't until Sept. 8, but early registration ends Saturday, Aug. 31, so sign up today to get your name in a drawing for gear. Choose from four rides ranging from a fun-filled...

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Hunters will not be allowed to drive ATVs or other vehicles off established roads even on private land in 26 of Idaho's 78 hunting units this fall, an increase of 10 units from last year. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho restricts motorized vehicle use for hunting

HUNTING -- While public land managers have restrictions on where motor vehicles can be driven, Idaho also restricts some hunters from using vehicles such as ATVs in some areas to curb conflicts between motorized hunting and other sportsmen and landowners. The restrictions are south of...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 27, 2013


This trail camera photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows two wolves from the Imnaha pack on June 22 in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest. The wolf on the left is a 2-year-old male, and the wolf in the center is the alpha female. (Associated Press)

Wolves attacking livestock in Oregon 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Oregon officials have confirmed that wolves were involved in three livestock depredation attacks in the past week. The cases involve the Imnaha and Umatilla River packs. Authorities are still investigation and discussion their response. Wolves are still protected in Oregon.

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An osprey feeds on a large sucker near the Pend Oreille River. (Mark Powers)

Osprey lands prize catch

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Ospreys will be leaving this fall on their lengthy migrations to other parts of the world for winter. But their athleticism shouldn't escape us while they're here in their nesting territory. Look at the size of the lunker -- apparently a sucker...

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Bull elk pass by a trail cam in mid-August. (courtesy)

Bowhunters getting the itch for elk

HUNTING -- My buddy, Andy, sent me this photo of bull elk passing by his trail cam, which is mounted just 20 yards from his bowhunting blind. Trust me: you can't really imagine how anxious Andy is for the first week of September, unless you're...

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MONDAY, AUG. 26, 2013


A mountain goat with a healing wound in its right front shoulder approaches hikers on the summit of Scotchman Peak in August 2013.  (Rich Landers)

Mountain goat shoulder wound likely from fight

WILDLIFE -- My Sunday Outdoors story about the consequences of food-conditioning wildlife mentions the 2010 incident in which a hiker in Olympic National Park bled to death after being gored in the thigh by an aggressive mountain goat. The horns on a mountain goat are...

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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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