Outdoors blog archive for June 2013

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013


Oregon Senate approves wolf settlement 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The Oregon Senate passed a bill on Thursday that puts into law provisions of a settlement allowing the state to resume killing wolves that make a habit of attacking livestock. The vote was 30-0. The House has passed it, and Gov. John...

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Lake Roosevelt water levels, June 28, 2013. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Lake Roosevelt levels declining slightly

RESERVOIRS -- The level of Lake Roosevelt had peaked and was at elevation 1287.50 feet this morning. The lake levels are expected to continue slowly decreasing over the next week into the 1285-1286 feet range by July 3. Over the holiday weekend, lake levels are...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013

The fourth sockeye of the season over Lower Granite Dam passes the viewing window on June 29, 2012, as it continues its 700-mile journey from the ocean back to its origin in the upper Snake River drainage.  (Don Butts)

Sockeye season to open July 1 on upper Columbia

FISHING -- Sockeye will be fair game in the upper Columbia River and some a portion of the Okanogan starting Monday, according to this anouncement posted today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Action:Allow retention of sockeye salmon from Priest Rapids Dam upstream...

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Spring chinook fishing closes on Snake

FISHING -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife commission has closed spring chinook salmon fishing on the Snake River. Here's the announcement posted this afternoon: Action: Closes spring chinook fishing on the Snake River. Effective date: Immediately Species affected: Spring chinook Location: Near Ice Harbor Dam:...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013


TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013




A U.S. Forest Service pack string heads up the trail to Star Peak in the Kootenai National Forest loaded with materials to restore a fire lookout. In the lead is packer Cindy Betlach based in Troy, Mont., followed by mules from the Northern region mule string based at the Historic Ninemile Ranger Station northwest of Missoula. In the background is Billiard Table Peak and some of the area northeast of Lake Pend Oreille and along the Idaho-Montana border proposed as the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. (Rich Landers)

Wilderness groups rally volunteers for projects

TRAILS – Two friends groups are making it easy for volunteers to help improve access or restore habitat in three of the Inland Northwest's choice backcountry areas. Friends of the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness have a full schedule ranging from guided hikes to trail building...

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MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013

Snowy owl, an arctic migrant that visits Washington during winter. (WSU)

Snowy owl still clinging to Eastern Washington 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Spring reports of snowy owls postponing migration back to their arctic breeding areas to hang out in Eastern Washington have continued into summer. Here's a notice from the Palouse just posted by Inland Northwest birder Bill Siems: A Snowy Owl with a...

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White-tailed deer fawn in mid-June. (Jaimie Johnson)

Region's new crop of fawns growing fast 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson caught this image of a whitetail fawn over the weekend. Check out the eyelashes.... and the whiskers! They grow up fast. When a fawn is born it is odorless so that predators are not attracted to its...

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Whitewater washed: Michaela Williams takes a faceful of water in the Devil’s Toenail rapids while rafting the Spokane River on Saturday with Wiley E. Waters rafting company during the Washington State Parks Centennial Celebration. Chris Guidotti, Riverside State Park manager, wisely took a position behind Williams and stayed much drier. (Rich Landers)

Recent outdoors stories in The Spokesman-Review

Summers filled to the rafters for local whitewater adventure companies Creating safe highway crossings for wildlife Field Reports: North Idaho's 'year of the kokanee' includes Hayden Lake ... Meeting targets Lake Roosevelt cabins ... Wilderness projects attracting volunteers ... Rainier's highest privies being upgraded Gear...

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After boning out a spike elk with his hunting partner in the Blue Mountains, Jim Kujala gets ready to haul out the meat in four bags along with the skin and the spike antlers on a game cart.  After going a short way cross-country, Kujala and his partner, Rich Landers, were able to pull the cart on old logging roads closed to motor vehicle traffic about 2 miles to a main road near their camp. (Rich Landers)

So you drew an elk tag: now what? 

HUNTING -- I'm feeling pretty smug this week after checking out the special hunting permit lottery results and seeing that I drew a coveted Blue Mountains antlerless elk tag. Most years I wish calamities on camo-clad brethren who draw tags while I sulk in the...

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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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