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Outdoors blog archive for April 2016

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016

A fly fisher unhooks a cutthroat trout with a releaser than doesn't require touching the fish.  (Rich Landers)

A killer day of fly fishing

FLY FISHING -- Indeed, the fishing was excellent today at Cutthroat Creek, at least for a few hours. The March Brown hatch was booming at noon. Elk were along the river along with Canada geese and freshly hatched goslings. I'd call it a killer day,...

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A Canada goose itches its yearnings to be an eagle. (Scott Wolff)

Goose takes a gander from lofty perch

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A friend of mine is in Yellowstone National Park mainly to observe wolves, which he's been doing from daylight to dusk daily. He's shunned the temptation to chase bear jams and reports of cougars killing deer within sight of the road. But...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016

Blowdowns can slow hikers down if they hike the Seven Devils loop before trail crews clear trails in the high mountains of the Hells Canyon Wilderness.

Forest Service trail budgets ridiculously low 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Trail maintenance budgets for work on national forests continue to shrink. Here's an excerpt from an interview I did recently with Mike Ball, the Forest Service river ranger for the Idaho side of the Hells Canyon National Recreation area and wilderness. “I...

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A flying flock of teal – bluewing or cinnamon – photographed by Steve Jamsa of Bonners Ferry is the grand prize runner-up in the 2014 Ducks Unlimited photo contest.

Idaho sets migratory bird hunting seasons

HUNTING -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved seasons and limits for all ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, doves, and crows for 2016. A new process and schedule, established in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was used this year. It allows...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016

Jackson Sifford was fishing in the K&K Spring Derby with his Grandpa, Dan Lenz, when a visitor dropped in for a snack.  (Courtesy)

When the fishing action isn't ducky...

FISHING -- The action isn't always red hot when trolling for trophy trout. This opens the doors for good conversation and making new friends. Jackson Sifford was fishing the Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club's K&K Spring Derby with his Grandpa, Dan Lenz, when a mallard...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016





MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016


A spawning-bound Gerrard rainbow trout leaps into Grouse Creek Falls on April 16, 2016. (Landon Otis / Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club)

Lake Pend Oreille trout running big

FISHING -- A few trout are still looking ahead to the future while anglers are trying to catch big trout during the Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club's K&K Spring Derby. "This is an awesome sight to behold," says the club's Facebook post about the Gerrard...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2016

A bison calf, perhaps just a day old, wobbles to its feet in Yellowstone National Park. (Rich Landers)

Delivery time for bison in Yellowstone

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bison were dropping calves in abundance the past few days in Yellowstone National Park. Nature times the bulk of the calves to hit the ground in a short period to reduce the chances that bears, wolves and other predators will be able...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016


Lisa Webster ascends Mount Hood on April 19.
 (Clint Webster)

Mount Hood climbers find what they're looking for

CLIMBING -- Photos that arrived in the S-R Outdoors in-basket this week seem to explain without any words the attraction of Cascades mountaineering. The photos show Lisa Webster summiting Mt. Hood April 19 with her brother, Clint Webster. Both Websters are emergency room RNs who...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016

Cyclists from the Mazama area enjoy riding the North Cascades Highway vehicle-free while Washington Department of Transportation crews work to clear snow.

North Cascades Highway reopening for season

PARKS – The North Cascades Highway will reopen at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 22, a week earlier than predicted when the snow clearing work began last month. Washington state Department of Transportation crews began clearing snow off State Route 20 west of Winthrop on...

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