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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2015





TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2015



Washington elk tag bags $50,000 at RMEF auction

HUNTING -- Sportsmen recently bid $50,000 to $200,000 for elk hunting packages offered by seven states to raise money for wildlife habitat conservation. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation raised a total of $655,000 for fish and wildlife agencies in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada,...

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Wolf Advisory Group expands from 9 to 18 members 27 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Nine members have been added to the committee that advises the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on wolf recovery and management. Their appointments, for two-year terms that run through 2016, bring the Wolf Advisory Group’s membership to 18. Jim Unsworth, who...

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B-run steelhead are bound for the Clearwater and Salmon rivers.

Clearwater steelheaders report good winter fishing

FISHING -- Save for the periods of high, off-color water, the winter steelheading in Idaho's Clearwater River has been outstanding, says state Fish and Game Department regional fisheries manager Joe DuPont. Catch rates have been as low as five hours per fish, which is considered...

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Surveys: St. Joe elk show signs of increase 10 

HUNTING -- Surveys conducted this winter showed a substantial increase in elk calf-cow ratios for elk in portions of North Idaho as the region's elk seem to be digging out of six-year slump. Up to just a few years ago, the Panhandle Region was among...

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Trash litters the Spokane River downstream from downtown Spokane in February 2015. (Bart Rayniak)

Mid-winter thaw exposes eye-sores on river, trails

STEWARDSHIP -- Picking up after ourselves and our dogs is an ethic that needs some reinforcement, according to outdoor enthusiasts hitting the region's rivers and trails last week during the big thaw. As snow recedes we're reminded that some people are litterbugs, and other people...

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MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2015

 (National Weather Service)

Chart: Region's snowpack washing away

WINTERSPORTS -- If you like snow, Go East! The snow pack situation around the region is generally below average and continued to deteriorate with the unusually warm and wet pattern of late, says the National Weather Service in today's report. The only location that made...

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Chuck Buck, the chairman of Buck Knives, was pictured in 2004 when the company announced it would be relocating its business to Post Falls in 2005.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Head of Buck Knives dead at 78

OUTDOOR INDUSTRY — Chuck Buck, the chairman of Buck Knives Inc., has died. He was 78. His son, CJ Buck, tells the Coeur d’Alene Press that his father died Friday of congestive heart failure while surrounded by family. The company that has a history going...

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Yellowstone to charge backcountry permit fee

NATIONAL PARKS -- Yellowstone National Park will require an overnight backcountry permit fee starting May 1. The National Park Service says the money raised from the new fee will help pay the costs of running the park’s backcountry program. Under the new fee, anyone obtaining...

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A Tennessee warbler was seen along the Little Spokane River. (Associated Press)

Audubon clubs present birding programs

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Audubon Society chapters in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene have interesting programs open to the public this week: Tuesday, Feb 10 -- African Safari photos and stories will be shared by Janet Callen and Darlene Carlton, who recently completed a 12-day wildlife-rich safari...

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Lauren Potyk and other teen skiers showed the old timers how to go with the flow of unseasonably warm weather on Mount Spokane during the 37th annual Spokane Langlauf cross-country citizens race on Feb. 8, 2015. (Rich Landers)

Don't give up on the Nordic skiing season

WINTERSPORTS -- Washington still offers decent opportunities for cross-country skiing, despite last week's record high temperatures and rain. Nordic skiers glide over Langlauf course Nordic skiers travel to Washington to get their Ks One benefit of the unseasonably warm weather: the roads to the ski...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 8, 2015


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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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