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A male sharpt-tailed grouse displays and dances during its mating season in April. (Jaimie Johnson)

Prairie grouse are in the mood this month 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- April is like party time for prairie grouse, as Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson reminds us with this photo of a dancing male sharptail. Johnson shot the image above this week in Montana from a blind at the site -- known as...

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Wild turkeys are numerous in and out of towns around Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, and sometimes they're nuisances, too. (Troy Maben)

Emergency rule OKs crossbows for turkey hunts

HUNTING -- For the first time, crossbows became legal to use for hunting wild turkeys this morning as Washington's spring gobbler season opened. The change was allowed by an emergency rule vote of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission announced on Tuesday. The commission made...

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Jim Costello pauses during a summer hike at the main hiker campsite at Rock Lake in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness of Montana. (Rich Landers)

Hecla to focus on Rock Creek mine in Cabinets 

WILDERNESS -- The future owners of the Troy Mine confirmed its closure Monday, while committing to move forward on the nearby Rock Creek Mine plan to drill underneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwest Montana, the Missoulian reports. Hecla announced it was acquiring Revett Mining...

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Mandy Miles of Lewiston and his son, Spencer Miles, pose with the bighorn ram the elder Miles took in a Unit 11 hunt south of Lewiston in September 2011.  (Mandy Miles)

It's the season for special hunt permit applications

HUNTING -- Hunters hoping to fulfill their dreams in the fall hunts had better be thinking ahead. Special permit application deadlines are coming up. Special license drawing deadlines by state include: IDAHO April 30 for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat. Info: fishandgame.idaho.gov MONTANA May...

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MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015

Enviros haggle over Idaho wolf numbers 96 

PREDATORS -- There's no way and no reason to count every single wolf in Idaho. But some environmental groups that need to stay in the headlines to keep the outrage and money flowing are contesting Idaho's recently released 2014 year-end wolf population estimates. Despite the...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2015

Rainier's Wonderland Trail booked for season

HIKING -- Mount Rainier National Park has stopped taking reservations for the popular Wonderland Trail because of a overwhelming surge in demand this year. The park will still have some walk-up permits available this summer. The Wonderland Trail is nearly 95 miles long and circumnavigates...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

Mountain biking trick rider Danny MacAskill soars into a March 20, 2015, solar eclipse in Scotland. (Rutger Pauw / Red Bull Content Pool)

Behind the scenes of mountain biker's solar shot

MOUNTAIN BIKING -- Mountain biker Danny MacAskill continues to transform his two-wheel skills into art. When a March 20 solar eclipse plunged Europe into darkness, MacAskill was in his homeland, the Isle of Skye in Scotland, plunging his bike into the moment and rolling the...

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Arlo and Norah Schmidt helped clean Third Beach in the Olympic National Park during the 2013 International Coast Cleanup. (Jon Schmidt)

Coastal beach cleanup set for April 25

PUBLIC LANDS -- Organizers are hoping at least 1,000 volunteers will hit more than 50 beaches April 25 for the annual Washington Coast Cleanup. The effort will target beaches from Cape Disappointment State Park north to Neah Bay and east along the Strait of Juan...

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The base of the Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Resort chairlifts had little snow on Dec. 10, 2014. (Mt. Spokane Web cam)

Spokane region snowpack 22 percent of normal

RIVERS -- Washington’s winter snowpack set a record low for the month of April, making way for low water supplies and perhaps more devastating wildfires later this year, the Associated Press reports. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says the April 1 report found the statewide...

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Community events like Bloomsday and Hoopfest deserve high praise from area residents. (Dan Pelle)

Think of Bloomsday as a start, not a finish

FITNESS -- Spokane’s 39th annual Bloomsday run is set for May 3, but the deadline for registering without a late fee is Tuesday, April 14. If you’re a serious runner or wheelchair athlete, you probably know all about the age divisions and potential for awards....

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Spectacular snowy vistas command the horizon in this shot of Eldorado Peak at sunrise in Washington's North Cascades National Park.
 (David Jensen / Country magazine)

Federal land transfer proposals still alive in region 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Despite being largely opposed and proven wastes of taxpayer money, right-wing efforts to transfer Western federal lands to state control continue in some states, including Idaho and Washington. In Idaho, the Idaho Statesman reports: Idaho’s three-year campaign to force the government to...

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Raptor expert Kate Davis of Raptors of the Rockies in 1990 with her first red-tailed hawk. (Barry Gordon / Raptors of the Rockies)

Tonight! Raptor expert's program a real hoot

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- An award-winning raptor expert, artist and photographer will focus on birds of prey in a free fully feathered program TONIGHT, April 8, in Spokane. Kate Davis of Raptors of the Rockies will use her stunning images along with her Teaching Team --...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.





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