Outdoors blog archive for Feb. 2013

THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

Over-snow vehicles allow visitors to experience the interior of Yellowstone including Old Faithful Geyser, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Snow Lodge during the winter. Guided snowmobiles are another seasonal option.

Yellowstone's roads closing so plowing can begin

NATIONAL PARKS -- The transition has begun at Yellowstone National Park. Pavement will soon be exposed. Seasonal road closures in Yellowstone NP begin Friday Over-snow travel season is drawing to a close in Yellowstone National Park, and on Friday, the East Entrance will close at...

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Rene Anderson, 55, of Headquarters, Idaho, was bowhunting for elk on Sept. 25, 2011, when this gray wolf responded to her elk bugle and came within about 10 feet. She pulled her .44 mag handgun and killed the wolf with four shots. (Courtesy photo)

Montana wolf seasons closing with higher harvest 

PREDATORS -- With Montana's wolf season coming to a close this evening, hunters and trappers have reported killing 223 wolves during the state’s third season and the first that allowed trapping. That's an increase of 53 over last season's total. The general rifle wolf season...

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Avalanche danger ranging to high in area mountains

WINTER SPORTS -- Be careful out there winter snow goers. The warm front with heavy wet snow is creating high avalanche danger in the region's mountains, as you'll see in this National Weather Service warning for the North Cascades issued Wednesday evening. The Idaho Panhandle...

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This photo provided by Morgan Erickson-Davis shows Mose, a pet raven, in the Stony Creek Campground west of Philipsburg, Mont. Mose disappeared Oct. 28. (Associated Press)

Whooo are the first love birds of the season?

WILDLIFE -- At least one bird species in the Inland Northwest was way ahead of the crowd on the procreation front, as I mentioned in today's Outdoors column. But birdwatcher reporting from Pend Oreille County Wednesday said they a raucus bunch of hungry nestlings proved...

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Anglers pose with their spring chinook salmon at The Guide Shop in Orofino, Idaho, after returning from a Clearwater River fishing trip. (Rich Landers)

Idaho meeting focuses managing chinook rules

FISHING -- Idaho Fish and Game fishery personnel has set up meetings to present the latest information on this year’s chinook salmon runs and discuss stratgies for managing the runs in the Snake, Salmon and Clearwater rivers. The meetings begin at 6 a.m. as follows:...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27, 2013

A fly fisherman gets into casting position on the Lower St. Joe River. (Rich Landers)

Red Ives cabin reservation deadline Thursday

FISHING -- Procrastinators lose in the quest to bunk in a Forest Service cabin along the St. Joe River, float a prized Idaho wilderness river or backpack through certain prized wilderness areas. This is the season for thinking ahead to summer adventures that require a...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 26, 2013

Greg Knab of Winthrop with a steelhead form the Methow River caught Sept. 28, 2011.
 (Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service)

It's official: Methow steelheading opens Friday

FISHING -- The Methow River in northcentral Washington will open to fishing for steelhead and whitefish on Friday (March 1), the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department announced moments ago. The agency also noted that two sections of the Okanogan River will CLOSE for steelhead fishing...

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Bulls use so much energy during the fall rut that some of the older male elk struggle to survive through the harsh winter.

Idaho seeks comments on big-game hunting seasons 

HUNTING -- As wildlife biologists try to wrap up winter surveys, the Idaho Fish and Game has scheduled public meetings around the state to discuss proposals for 2013 big game seasons and rules. Some of the proposals likely to emerge include: Increased black bear season...

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MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2013

A huge flock of American robins in February 2013 near Walla Walla. (Carl Kjellstrand)

Robins flock in profusion near Walla Walla

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- I've seen flocks of American robins off and on around Spokane this winter, but nothing close to the locust-like congregations found earlier this month near Walla Walla. Carl Kjellstrand sent these two photos from the Walla Walla area and noted that the...

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Pheasant hunting in South Dakota has become a huge economic boost thanks to habitat generated by CRP, officials say. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SOUTH DAKOTA TOURISM / The Spokesman-Review)

CRP offerings could be in high demand in May

PRIVATE LANDS -- Hunters have a stake in the Conservation Reserve Program signup scheduled for May 20-June 14. The federal government expects the contracts to be highly competitive. The corresponding boost to wildlife habitat depends on the quality of the bids made by landowners. Nationwide,...

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Quinn Kopczynski, 7, of Spokane needed help from his father, Chris Kopczynski, last summer (2005)to lift this huge 38 1/2 inch long mackinaw. Quinn caught the mack at Priest Lake while trolling using a spining rod and six-pound test line. 
 (Photo courtesy of Chris Kopczynski / The Spokesman-Review)

Anglers divided on macks or kokes at Priest Lake 

FISHING – As a divisive debate on managing nonnative lake trout with native cutthroats and popular kokanee at Priest Lake continues, Idaho Fish and Game officials will hold a public meeting Thursday (Feb. 28) in Priest River. Biologists will present their evaluation of the fisheries...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 24, 2013

FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2013

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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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