Outdoors blog archive for Oct. 2013

THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2013

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30, 2013

Idaho gets habitat grants from elk group

WILDLIFE -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation says it is transferring $223,943 in grants and other funding to help boost elk habitat programs in Idaho, including $50,000 for the wolf management program. The funding is directed mostly to nine counties including Boundary, Clearwater, Latah and...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 29, 2013

MONDAY, OCT. 28, 2013



Mountain bikers cross Warm Springs meadow on the Warm Springs Trail in the proposed Boulder-White Clouds wilderness area in central Idaho near Sun Valley in 2004. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Wilderness advocates wary of bikes in study area

PUBLIC LANDS -- Are mountain bikers trying to rewrite the Wilderness Act? Bicycle routes in Wyoming wilderness study area questioned Bridger-Teton National Forest officials said the management plan for the Wyoming forest specifically allows mountain bike routes in the Palisades Wilderness Study Area, but conservationists...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 25, 2013

Randy Osborne, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist, holds a rainbow trout from Amber Lake in Spokane County. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)

Big reason to fish Amber Lake before it closes

FLY FISHING -- Washington Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries biologist Randy Osborne recently fished southwest Spokane County’s Amber Lake and reeled in this example of why anglers might want to wet a line there before the season closes at the end of November. The lake...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 24, 2013



WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23, 2013

A grizzly bear feeds on huckleberries in this photo by Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson. (Jaime Johnson)

Bear awareness needed during big-game hunts

HUNTING -- Bears are still out and active throughout the fall as hunters are out for deer and elk hunting -- a potentially hazardous mix. Being bear aware is particularly important for hunters because stalking and harvesting game increases a person’s chance of bumping into...

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In this June 4, 2010 photo, technician Chris Lewandowski holds a one-year-old hatchery-bred sturgeon at the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho's Fish hatchery in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Revered as spiritual messengers by the tribe, the sturgeon can live for a century and grow to 8 feet long. As recently as the 1970s, thousands of them lurked in the Kootenai River's cool, gray-green depths. Now, fewer than 500 adults remain, and they're federally protected under the Endangered Species Act. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Report: Kootenai River changes impact sturgeon 

FISHERIES -- The eggs of endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon in Idaho and Montana are less likely to hatch in the river because of flow changes caused by Libby Dam and other human actions, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey. Associated...

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Larch tree needles turn to yellow and gold colors in October before they drop like leaves to the ground.  (Rich Landers)

Autumn hunting doesn't preclude hiking

TRAILS -- Do you shy away from hiking trails in the beautiful season of autumn because the hunting seasons are underway? Here's a query I received from area hiker Randy Gosline: I'm looking for some advice from a hunter. I hike and backpack a lot...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

A bull moose fell through the fence of Dave and Marcia Hardy's home in the Indian Trail neighborhood after Washington Fish and Wildlife officers shot it with a tranquilizer dart so it could removed from the area for public safety. (Hubert Langenhorst)

Moose moved from Indian Trail neighborhood

WILDLIFE -- A rutting bull moose and the cow moose he was pursuing near Woodridge Elementary School was tranquilized and removed from the Indian Trail neighborhood Monday, but not before his 900-pounds made kindling out of a section of the wood fence around the Dave...

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Steelheaders find action among Hanford Reach salmon

FISHING -- Oh, yeah! Steelhead are returning to the Upper Columbia River through the Hanford Reach, too. Outnumbered by the record run of fall chinook, some anglers almost forgot... but not everyone. Here's the latest report from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: The...

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FILE - In this August 2012 file photo provided by Wolves of the Rockies, the Lamar Canyon wolf pack moves on a hillside in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. As the progeny of wolves reintroduced to Yellowstone and central Idaho in 1995 and 1996 spread across the West, an accidental experiment has developed. A temporary court order has made Oregon a wolf-safe zone, where wildlife agents are barred from killing wolves that attack livestock. Over the past year, the numbers of wolves has risen to 46 in Oregon, but livestock attacks have remained static. In neighboring Idaho, the number livestock attacks rose dramatically as the numbers of wolves killed by hunters and wildlife agents also increased. (Wolves Of The Rockies)

Deaths of 5 wolves worry Yellowstone wolf-watchers 

HUNTING -- Wolf-watchers say they’re concerned that hunters participating in Wyoming’s second annual wolf hunt may have killed five members of the Lamar Canyon Pack, a well-known wolf pack whose territory includes part of Yellowstone National Park. The story from the Jackson Hole News &...

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Bull elk command a lot of interest, but antlerless elk – cows and calves of the year – outnumber bulls usually by about 4 to 1. (Rich Landers)

Cow elk hunt has its moments for readers

HUNTING -- Numerous comments have come in regarding my Sunday Outdoors feature, "Milking the Cow Elk Tag," a story about what to do with the most coveted permit you never hear a hunter brag about. Following are phrases in the story that are triggering most...

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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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