Outdoors blog archive for July 2013

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013

Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishing opens Aug. 3

FISHING -- A sockeye fishery for Lake Wenatchee has just been announced, and it will open Saturday (Aug. 3). Washington Fish and Wildlife officials say enough fish are moving into the Chelan County lake to allow a season with a limit of two sockeye, 12...

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A family coops over a campfire at a campground in Riverside State Park. (File)

Washington State Parks join ban on fires 

CAMPING -- Fires and charcoal barbecue grills -- even in designated campsites -- have been temporarily banned in Washington State Parks starting today to coincide with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources ban on outdoor fires announced on Tuesday. The statewide ban is in...

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Cheatgrass has seed spears that get in hikers' socks and can cause medical problems for dogs when they get into the animal's nose, ears or between toes.

Bacteria recruited for war on cheatgrass

HABITAT -- Keep your fingers crossed, ranchers, farmers and hunters. Maybe this will work -- and yellow starthistle will be next! WSU researcher puts cheatgrass enemy to test in Idaho Ann Kennedy believes ACK55, a bacteria that naturally occurs in soils, is a natural enemy...

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Spokane anglerr Tyler Brinks holds a lunker largemouth bass he caught in Badger Lake on July 28, 2013.  The trout-management lake is proposed for a rotenone treatment that would remove the bass and sunfish in the lake. (courtesy)

Badger Lake trout rehab proposal isn't a slam dunk 

FISHING – Opposition appears to be brewing against the proposal to keep Badger Lake in the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's trout management program. The Spokane County lake, one of th state's top trout producers for many decades, is among three lakes in Eastern Washington...

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Waterfowl retrievers can expect a busy season in North Dakota, where Canada goose numbers have mushroomed to about 415,000. (Rich Landers)

Waterfowl seasons on commission agenda

HUNTING -- Setting fall waterfowl hunting seasons is on the agenda for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting Friday and Saturday (Aug. 2-3) in Olympia. Wolf issues will be discussed, including several proposals to amend state wildlife interaction rules to incorporate measures from Washington’s...

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TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013

Remote camera photo from July 21, 2013, documenting three pups in the newly formed Mount Emily pack in the Oregon portion of the Blue Mountains.
 (Oregon Fish and Wildlife)

New wolf pack has pups in Oregon 

ENDANGERED SPECIEDS -- A new wolf pack with pups has been confirmed in the Oregon portion of the Blue Mountains, according to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department. The two wolves discovered earlier this year in the Mount Emily Unit have reproduced, department officials confirmed...

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Cody Hoseth, 16, of Mead, demonstrates to his stepbrother, Joey Zemke, 13, and Zack Sawchuk, 12,  behind Zemke, how difficult a shot it would be if waterfowl landed to the right of their hunting blind at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.  (Dan Pelle)

Turnbull Refuge to host youth for waterfowl hunting

HUNTING – Young hunters can apply for a limited-entry youth waterfowl hunt at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge during Washington’s youth waterfowl hunting weekend at the end of September. Applications will be accepted Aug.1-15 from licensed hunters under age 16. Hunters will be allowed to use...

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MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013



Washington Fish and Wildlife Officers Will Smith and Chris Busching pose in 2013 with 242 Lahontan cutthroat trout, a gillnet and a 2005 Toyota pickup they seized from four men later convicted of illegal fish netting at Lake Lenore.  (Courtesy And / The Spokesman-Review)

Public put spotlight on Lake Lenore fish poachers 

FISHING -- Media attention and angler outrage may have factored into last week's successful prosecution of four Western Washington men who were caught on April 6 gillnetting 242 prized Lahontan cutthroat trout from Lake Lenore, a prized "quality fishery" south of Coulee City. Grant County...

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THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013

Moths are cool, with a week in their honor

NATURE -- Moths come in a stunning spectrum of colors and varieties, and there's no better time to set your radar for them than now, during National Moth Week. The authors of “Moths of Western North America” estimate that 7,000 to 8,000 named species of...

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Sydney Sainsbury suffered a broken bone and torn ligaments and tendons in her right hand, along with many bites and scratches from an otter attack July 9 while floating the Madison River. (Courtesy of Sydney Sainsbury)

Woman recovering from otter attack wounds 

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- A relaxing evening floating the river with friends two weeks ago took a turn for the worse for Sydney Sainsbury, who was attacked by an otter about 200 yards east of the Madison River Bridge. The otter, she said, was relentless as...

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TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013


Founder of Martin Archery dead at 89

BOWHUNTING -- Gail Martin, the Walla Walla innovator who built Martin Archery from a small operation making strings and fletching arrows with his bride at their dining room table in the early 1950s into a full-blown three-generation bow manufacturer known across the globe, died Sunday...

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Cyclists check out the waterfall at the end of the 1.7-mile St. Paul Pass Tunnel on the Route of the Hiawatha rail trail.  (Rich Landers)

Recent outdoors stories in The Spokesman-Review

Route of the Hiawatha rail trail a treat for visitors List of other wild options for treating summer guests Field reports: Badger slated for rotenone... warm weather prompts angling restrictions... Avery pub-grill destroy by fire... Junior Rifle Team open house... Kettle Crest trail reconstruction underway...Fire...

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Bald eagles in a nest in Seattle as viewed through the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's EagleCam. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Birder witnesses eaglette's first flight

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Spokane birder Kim Thorburn treats us to her July 10 observation of Spokane River bald eagles of the year taking their first flight from their nest in Riverside State Park. This morning I watched the maiden flight of the second Riverside State...

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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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