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Outdoors blog archive for Oct. 2014

FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014

Program focuses on virtues of bats.

Biologist promotes bats in free CdA program

WILDLIFE WATCHING – A wildlife biologists will present a free program, “Bats: Wonders of the Night, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. Jenny Taylor plans to explain why bats are important to everyone, debunk...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 2014

A blue jay is attracted by peanuts at a feeder in northwest Spokane. Up through the 1990s, blue jays were considered very rare east of the Rocky Mountains. But the birds have been expanding their range and settling into the Inland Northwest. Coeur d'Alene Auduboners have documented nesting jays in their area and even hybrids from interbreeding between blue jays and native Steller's jays. (Tom Munson)

Video: Eastern blue jays have taste for West 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Eastern blue jays have been trickling across the Rockies to the West for years. Birders are resigned to the invasion, saving them driving miles for an addition to their life list. Montana outdoor photographer Jaimie Johnson captured the feeding ways of this...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2014


Coach Jon Beresford, explains to a couple of the Silver Mountain SMART students, that by bending your knees over your ankles you can turn more smoothly, during their training session Jan. 12.
 (Barbara Minton / The Spokesman-Review)

Resorts offer ski passes to fifth graders

WINTERSPORTS – Once again, fifth-grade students are being treated like royalty at most Inland Northwest ski resorts, with free skiing and other discounts. The Fifth Grade Ski or Ride Free Passport, costs $20, entitles students to three free lift tickets at each of the participating...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 2014

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)

How to de-bone deer meat in 8 minutes

HUNTING -- Most hunters eventually have to bone-out a big-game animal in the field or while butchering their meat back home. Here's a video that sets the bar for how it's done: A butcher bones out a deer carcass in less than 8 minutes. Whew!...

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MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2014


New sno-park gives sno-mobilers trail access

WINTERSPORTS -- A new Washington Sno-Park will give snowmobilers access to more than 100 miels of groomed trails in Kittitas County this season. An open house and chili feed to present information about the first phase of the development is set for Nov. 1, 11:30...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 24, 2014


LaFawn Sutton poses with the whitetail buck in velvet she killed during the archery season on her family’s property north of Spokane in September. (Rich Landers)

Photo contest focused on women hunters

OUTPHOTO – Washington’s modern rifle elk season opens Saturday, giving sportsmen another chance to put aside the rifle, pick up the camera and snap a good photo of the girl or woman out for the hunt. For the fourth year, the Washington Department of Fish...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014

Coyotes are very visible and active in winter. They also have thick, luxurious fur coats to keep them warm.

Sheep rancher: coyote control counterproductive 

PREDATORS - One Idaho livestock grower is joining the growing ranks of going against the grain on traditional predator control: Federal agency killed 2,773 coyotes in Idaho in 2013 Most of the coyotes killed by Idaho Wildlife Services in Blaine County were killed at the...

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Andrus favors Boulder-White Clouds monument

PUBLIC LANDS -- While a Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, requests a little more time to persuade his party's naysayers to let him usher in a new Idaho wilderness, former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus says it's time for action: Andrus urges Idaho Boulder-White Clouds be named...

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Fly fishers release a brown trout caught in the Big Hole River of Montana. (Rich Landers)

Fungus responsible for Big Hole trout dieoff

FISHING -- Bummer for a great trout stream: Montana biologists say endemic fungus killing fish in Big Hole River The Saprolegnia fungus is found in nearly every waterway in Montana, and state wildlife biologists said that fungus is what's killing brown trout in the Big...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2014



The Ruby Creek wolf was trapped, radio collared and released by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists in 2013 (Rich Landers)

Ruby Creek wolf continues to elude state trappers 25 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A gray wolf that was deemed too comfortable with being around rural homes and pet dogs near Ione, Wash., has eluded state trappers intending to put the female wolf into captivity at wildlife facility near Tenio, Wash. State Fish and Wildlife officials...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014


Yakima River stretch opening for coho

FISHING -- A coho fishing season will open on the “middle” Yakima River on Wednesday, Oct. 22, -- for both hatchery and wild fish, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has just announced. Location: From the Interstate 82 bridge at Union Gap to the “closed...

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This 50-pound fall chinook salmon was caught in September using downriggers and plug-cut herring on the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River.
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Hanford Reach fall chinook still on the bite

FISHING -- "The number of anglers fishing for salmon in the Hanford Reach continues to slowly decline but the fishing remains excellent with 2.7 fall chinook landed per boat," says Paul Hoffarth, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Columbia River biologist in the Tri-Cities. An estimated...

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Brad McQuarrie of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park is seeking an expansion to put runs on the mountain’s Northwest face.

Mt. Spokane ski area expansion meeting Nov. 19 10 

STATE PARKS -- The controversial proposal to expand the downhill ski area at Mount Spokane State Park will get another public hearing in Spokane Valley next month. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced a special evening public meeting to take testimony about...

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