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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2015

Ilah Hickman, 14, poses for a photo with a young Idaho giant salamander at the state Capitol in Boise on Monday. Idaho lawmakers worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections, have rejected the eighth-grader’s request that it be named the state amphibian. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Salamander spotlights ignorance of Idaho lawmakers 

WILDLIFE -- Usually it's not earth-shaking stuff when school kids approach a legislative body with a campaign to name an official state something-or-other. But Monday's House State Affairs Committee hearing in Boise on a 14-year-old girl's request to name the Idaho giant salamander as the...

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Gary Keller and his dog, Sherman, wear fluorescent orange while day hiking. (Rich Landers)

Video: how to keep your dog out of a trap

TRAPS -- A new educational video – Avoiding Wildlife Traps While Walking your Dog -- is available on Idaho Fish and Game’s website. The 9-minute video shows the variety of traps and snares dog owners may encounter while hiking or walking their pets and how...

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Ski-skaters fly in the Methow Pursuit 30K cross-country race. (Methow Trails)

Methow Nordic Fest for skis, bikes, snowshoes

Friday, January 23 - Sunday, January 25, is the annual Methow Valley Nordic Festival in Winthrop, Washington: a three-day weekend dedicated to celebrating Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking and winter trail running. The ski and snow conditions have been incredible this year in the Methow...

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A Bell helicopter transports Canadian Mountain Holidays skier to fresh mountain powder in British Columbia. (Brad  White / CMH Heli-Skiing)

Ultimate heli-skiing holiday is rich experience

WINTERSPORTS -- Most doctors and lawyers can save their time and skip this notice, which is aimed at the truly rich people who love jet-set traveling, heli-skiing, gear, first-class food, accommodations and pampering. Canadian Mountain Holidays, the world’s largest heli-ski operator, is celebrating its 50th anniversary...

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MONDAY, JAN. 19, 2015


Canada lynx. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Canada lynx reviewed for endangered status 

ENDANGERED SPECIES — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is starting a review of federally protected Canada lynx at a time when the largest population of the cats in the Lower 48 appears to be poised for a decline, according to the Associated Press. The...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015

SATURDAY, JAN. 17, 2015


FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2015



Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Police assisted Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks investigators in 2014 in a trophy elk poaching case that crossed state lines. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Washington Wildlife Police showcased on TV

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT -- Rugged Justice, a new six-episode Animal Planet network series on the work of Washington Fish and Wildlife police officers, will debut on TV on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. Filmed last fall, the show follows wildlife officers as they patrol “unforgiving mountain...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015

Washington Fish and Wildlife officials propose buying a 94-acre parcel in Whitman County to help assure connections to existing protected habitats for mule deer, pheasants and other wildlife.

State proposes Whitman County land acquisition 

WILDLIFE -- The state may acquire a 94-acre parcel in the Palouse grasslands to help assure mule deer, pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse and other wildlife have a corridor connecting with other protected habitats in Whitman County. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking public...

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A nordic skier comes out of the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch lodge near Sandpoint. (Rich Landers)

Ski, snowshoe events set near Sandpoint

WINTERSPORTS -- The Western Nordic Round, featuring races on cross-country skis plus snowshoeing events, is set for Jan. 24 at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, sponsored by the Sandpoint Nordic Club. Events will start at 9 a.m. The snowshoeing events of 5k and 10k are for...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2015


TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2015



Jeffery Knudtson, 14, caught this 10.25-pound walleye in the Columbia River near Hawk Creek on April 2, while fishing with his father, Mike Knudtson. The 29-inch fish was Jeffery's first walleye. 
 (Photo by Mike Knudtson / The Spokesman-Review)

Washington sportfishing rules adopted

FISHING -- New sportfishing rules have been adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for the mainstem Columbia River, its tributaries and lakes within the basin. Meeting last weekend in Tumwater the commission approved 31 rules that cover fishing seasons, daily catch limits and...

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When everyone else hit the Missouri to "catch fish", Ben Hahn decided to float upper Rock Creek east of Missoula and dredge a streamer.  It paid off with the brown trout of a lifetime. (courtesy)

Fly fisher to tackle trout streamer tactics

FLY FISHING – Montana fly fishing expert Kelly Galloup will present a free program on fishing streamer patterns, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy, sponsored by the Spokane Fly Fishers. Galloup, owner of the Slide Inn and fly shop on...

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A Montana study that monitored elk fitted with radio collars has found that mountain lions have had a major impact on Bitterroot Valley elk herds.  (Associated Press)

Helicopters booked for Panhandle elk study 

WILDLIFE -- Helicopters soon will be flying over the Coeur d'Alene and St. Joe river drainages to help wildlife biologists get started on a major multi-year elk research project. Idaho Fish and Game Department researchers will be working with a private helicopter contractor starting around...

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This undated photo released by the Hells Canyon Bighorn Sheep Initiative shows a Bighorn ram and other sheep in Hells Canyon, Idaho.  (File Associated Press)

Hunter bids 100K for Idaho bighorn tag

HUNTING -- Idaho’s bighorn sheep auction tag sold for $100,000 to an online bidder at the national Wild Sheep Foundation Sheep Show in Reno Saturday night -- the fifth-highest winning bid since the program started in 1988. This permit is valid for use in all...

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