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Outdoors blog archive for Aug. 2014

SUNDAY, AUG. 31, 2014

Dan Hoke moves in to flush a pen-raised pheasant for his German shorthair pointer. (RICH LANDERS PHOTOS)

Bird hunters soon will harvest the hatch

HUNTING -- Forest grouse and dove hunting seasons open Monday, giving hunters the first glimpse of how well birds pulled off their hatches in the wet weeks of June. Is your dog fit and trained? Probably not. The bigger question is, "How did the pheasants...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 29, 2014


Jim Kershner makes his way to a lake in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness of Montana. (Rich Landers)

Model perfect fit for Beartooth Wilderness photo 

BACKPACKING -- I'm very picky about models for my outdoors photos. For example, this ad for our newspaper Outdoors sections features writer Jim Kershner, who joined me on a multi-day backpacking trek over the high plateau of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Had I been with any...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 2014


A total of 13 wolf packs were confirmed in the state on March 8, 2013, by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)

Huckleberry Pack attacks more sheep in Stevens County 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Even though two more sheep were found injured from wolf attacks this week, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department is planning to suspend trapping and ground helicopter gunners through the Labor Day weekend to avoid conflicts with recreationists and hunters out for...

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Out for a night of relaxation at Priest Lake on Aug. 25, 2014, Craig Goodwin of Spokane found a natural late show worth staying up to watch. “I stopped by Hill’s Resort, stoked up the coals in a fire pit, sat back and watched one of the most incredible natural displays I’ve ever witnessed,” he said, noting that he's glad he lingered into the wee hours of Aug. 26. “At about 2 a.m., the Northern Lights exploded over the lake with more drama than any fireworks show could hope to muster.” (Craig Goodwin)

Photo: Northern Lights over Priest Lake 

OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY -- It pays to lose yourself watching the stars on a clear summer night. In the photo above, Craig Goodwin, pastor of Millwood Community Presbyterian Church, sits by the still-glowing embers of a fire some other Priest Lake visitors to Hill's Resort had...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2014



A great Pyrenees guard dog keeps a watchful eye over a large band of ewes at Lava Lake Land & Livestock, grazing near the North Fork of the Big Lost River northeast of Ketchum, Idaho, to help keep the sheep from falling prey to wolves. (Jason Kauffman / Associated Press)

Dogs protecting sheep from predators testy toward hikers 

HIKING -- The large guard dogs such as great Pyrenees and Akbash that pro-wolf groups recommend for guarding livestock from predators such as cougars, bears and wolves don't necessarily distinguish between 4-legged and 2-legged critters passing through public lands: Guard dogs for sheep herds continue...

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Nighthawk. (Jaime Johnson)

Photo: Nighthawk takes a break

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- As many times as I've seen common nighthawks swooping and scooping bugs out of the sky with their distinctive staccato chirps, I've never seen one resting on the ground. Check this instructive photo from Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson. "We often times...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2014




Idaho wolf packs documented at the end of 2012 by Idaho Fish and Game Department monitoring efforts. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game)

Idaho joins hunt for citizen wolf observations 

PREDATORS -- Idaho is asking the public to help in the task of monitoring the whereabouts of wolves. "Scouting for upcoming hunting seasons, huckleberry picking, and general late summer recreating are all good reasons for getting away to Idaho’s great outdoors," says the media release....

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Youth pheasant hunting clinic, Oct. 4, 2014.

Idaho offers youth pheasant hunting clinic

HUNTING -- This youth pheasant hunting clinic near Genesee, Idaho, isn't until Oct. 4, but sign up early. Space is limited. Requirements: Kids must be ages 10-16 with Idaho hunting license and an adult companion age 18 or older. Register with Idaho Fish and Game's...

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MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014


Lentil burger.

Lentil Festival runs out of gas

BICYCLING -- I'm getting this second hand, but some Spokane bicyclists who traveled to Pullman for the organized bike tour associated with the annual Lentil Festival came home, shall we say, deflated. They said they were all geared up for a lentil burger to restore...

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Fall chinook counts over Bonneville Dam. (Fish Passage Center)

Hanford Reach chinook not biting, yet

FISHING -- Patience. A record run of fall chinook is headed to the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River below Priest Rapids Dam. But they ain't there yet, according to this creek report from Paul Hoffarth, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist in...

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Tyler Zandhuisen, Dave Nelson and Mike Carey drag an old shopping cart from the banks of the Spokane River near Helena and South Riverton during the Seventh Annual Spokane River Clean-up. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Annual Spokane River Clean-up canceled 

CONSERVATION -- The Spokane River Clean-up, an annual volunteer event started in 2003, is canceled for this year. Tim Sanger of Friends of the Falls said in a media release the group did not have the resources to run the cleanup this year. The group...

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