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MONDAY, AUG. 10, 2015



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.

Waterfowl seasons set; record duck hatch reported

HUNTING -- With a record number of ducks counted on the northern breeding grounds, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved migratory waterfowl hunting seasons last weekend. Under the waterfowl hunting package, most hunting opportunities approved by the commission will be similar to last year....

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Troy Black with an upriver bright fall chinook caught in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River. (Courtesy)

Fall chinook fishing seminar Aug. 22

FISHING -- A free two-hour salmon fishing seminar focused on fall chinook in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia is set for Aug. 22, starting at noon, at Sportsman’s Warehouse, 6720 N. Division St. in Spokane. Troy Black of Blacky’s Guide Service based in Hayden,...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 9, 2015

SATURDAY, AUG. 8, 2015

FRIDAY, AUG. 7, 2015



White Cloud Mountains. (Bob Drzymkowski)

Obama signs Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness bill 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Less than three days after the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill approving the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains area for wilderness designation, President Barack Obama has signed the bill into law, ending a 40-year effort. Obama signed the Senates approval of H.R. 1138,...

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A bull moose lounges in the kiddie pool at the Johnson family residence in the Painted Hills of Spokane Valley hear Dishman-Mica Road. (Kathy Johnson)

Word spreads that moose look cool in kiddie pool 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Kathy Johnson's 2-year-old Grandson was bullied out of his kiddie pool this week in the wildlife-rich Painted Hills neighborhood of Spokane Valley. A bull moose took refuge from temperatures in the 80s Tuesday afternoon by sneaking into the Johnsons' backyard and cooling...

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A white-tailed deer feeds in a hay field along a forest on private land. (Rich Landers)

Forest Field Day geared to private landowners

FORESTS -- Forest Field Day Highlights Salvage Operations, Thinning, Riparian Issues The Northeast Chapter of the Washington Farm Forestry Association is organizing a free all-day private lands forestry event on Saturday, Aug. 15, at a Colville-area property that was hit hard by a recent wind...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 6, 2015





Swap hunting, fishing, camping gear Aug. 15

OUTDOORS -- A public gear swap for hunting, fishing and camping equipment is being organized for Aug. 15 by the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council. The swap will be held 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the council headquarters, 6116 N. Market St. in Spokane. Space is being...

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A 12-year-old grizzly bear with its yearling cub walks by the motion-activated camera and bait station put up by researchers to snag hair for bear DNA testing north of Upper Priest Lake in 2012. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Single hair spills beans on bear's diet

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- U.S. and Canadian researchers have found they can get a good idea of a grizzly bear’s diet over several months by looking at a single hair. The technique, which measures residues of trace metals, can be a major tool in determining if...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 5, 2015


Sabrina Corgatelli posted this photo on her Facebook page July 25, with the comment: "Day #2 I got a amazing old Giraffe. Such a amazing animal!! I couldn't be any happier!! My emotion after getting him was a feeling I will never forget!!!" (Sabrina Corgatelli / Facebook)

The hunt is on to defame all trophy hunters 10 

HUNTING -- It's a lot like a witch hunt. Fueled by social media and anger over the boneheaded bowhunter killing of Cecil the tourist-attraction lion in Zimbabwe, the heat is being applied to every hunter who's posed with a critter, big or small, legal or...

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Debbie Claire, left, and Ron Spiewak ride their three-wheel recumbent bikes down the Centennial Trail near the state line and the Spokane River on June 6. (Jesse Tinsley)

Spokane Geo Tour to debut for geocachers

GEOCACHING -- Spokane Geo Tour, a new GPS activity for visitors and locals, will debut with an event on Saturday, Aug. 8 starting at 9 a.m. at the Northbank Shelter in Riverfront Park. The tour involves an organized route of geocaches for participants to find...

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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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