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Outdoors blog archive for Nov. 2015

MONDAY, NOV. 30, 2015

Anglers fish for chinook and sockeye below Wanapum Dam on the July 1 opening of the upper Columbia salmon fishing season. (Rich Landers)

New Wanapum Dam visitor center opens Tuesday

RIVERS -- A new visitor center at Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River near Vantage will be open starting Tuesday. The Grant Public Utilities District says it has prepared new displays to highlight how the dam balances hydropower, fish passage, recreation and natural resource management....

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A whitetail buck zeroes in on a doe in November. (Jaime Johnson)

Some whitetail bucks still in the rut

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Most of the deer hunting seasons are over, but the whitetail breeding season is still underway. This buck photographed by Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson seems to have his priorities in order. Good luck out there.

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SUNDAY, NOV. 29, 2015


FRIDAY, NOV. 27, 2015


Mackenzie Ryan boats a kokanee from Lake Pend Oreille. IDFG surveys indicated a population of 1.4 million adult kokanee, one of the highest estimates since the 1970s.

New fishing rules adopted for North Idaho

FISHING -- Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently approved fishing rules changes for the 2016-18 seasons. New rules will take effect on Jan. 1. Statewide changes include a new possession limit, which will be three times the daily bag limit after the second day of...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 26, 2015

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25, 2015

Bald eagles are attracted to spawning kokanee, which provide a feast when the fish congregate into bays and small streams suring fall and winter. About 130 bald eagles were counted near Granite Creek as Lake Pend Oreille's revived kokanee population was spawning in early December 2012. (Jesse Tinsley)

Bald eagle count grows at Lake Coeur d'Alene

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Kokanee are spawning and dying in North Idaho's two largest lakes and bald eagles are loving it. Dozens of eagles are congregating at Granite Creek and in the Bayview shoreline area to take advantage of revived kokanee fisheries in Lake Pend Oreille....

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Male sage grouses fight for the attention of a female. (Associated Press)

Idaho moves ahead with sage grouse plan

THREATENED SPECIES -- Idaho officials on Tuesday approved implementing the state’s plan to protect habitat for greater sage grouse on endowment lands, despite frustration with federal land managers. The Montana Land Board approved restrictions meant to protect sage grouse habitat earlier this month. According to...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 24, 2015



A bald eagle plucks a kokanee out of Lake Pend Oreille near Bayview. (Norma Jean Knowles)

Kokanee-eating bald eagles liven up Bayview area 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Reviving the kokanee fishery at Lake Pend Oreille is attracting more than fishermen. A good number of bald eagles are congregating in the Bayview area to hunt spawning kokanee, and those eagles are attracting bird watchers. Norma Jean Knowles caught the photo...

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MONDAY, NOV. 23, 2015



SATURDAY, NOV. 21, 2015

The winter gathering of migrating bald eagles peaks in mid-December at Lake Coeur d’Alene. (File)

Bald eagles returning to Lake Coeur d'Alene 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The annual congregation of bald eagles at Lake Coeur d'Alene has begun. The eagles also are showing up to feed on spawning kokanee at Priest Lake and Lake Pend Oreille, but the birds that return to Coeur d'Alene's Wolf Lodge Bay are...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 20, 2015



The male ring-necked pheasant is a favorite pursuit of American sportsmen.

Pheasant release planned; last of season

HUNTING -- Pheasants are scheduled to be released this week at up to 44 Eastern Washington sites that are detailed in the Fish and Wildlife Department’s Pheasant Enhancement Program website. The first releases will occurred in September in advance of the youth upland bird season....

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.




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