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TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2016



A fishing spoon.

Fishing spoon has dual purpose

FISHING -- Don't laugh. This spoon may not put a Dardevle to shame, but I'll bet it will catch a fish. Also doubles as a utensil for eating the resulting fish chowder. (Removal of hooks suggested, or at least pinch down the barbs.) Thanks to...

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MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2016



Deadly January: Avalanches kill 10 in 10 days 

WINTERSPORTS -- The five avalanche fatalities recorded from Mount Baker to Wyoming over the weekend contributed to January being the deadliest month in 20 years for on-snow travelers. Even my earlier report on the weekend accidents involving skiers and snowmobilers at Mount Baker, Montana and...

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Benjamin Read works with a group of splitboarders to break trail up the Pack River drainage for powder rides on Selkirk Mountains slopes. (Jason Hershey)

Backcountry crowd works for unblemished powder 

WINTERSPORTS -- Backcountry skiers and snowboarders have been reaping big rewards for their muscle-powered efforts in Idaho's Selkirk Mountains. A group of five splitboarders, for example, have been taking advantage of the Pack River Road being plowed up into the drainage farther than normal because...

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Bull moose in Montana. (Jaimie Johnson)

Antler shedding underway for big game 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Deer, elk and moose males have been shedding their antlers in preparation for growing new sets starting later this winter. But they're not all on the same schedule. Come bucks and bulls will carry their racks for another month or more. Montana...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 23, 2016

Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum holds a rifle as he guards the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday near Burns, Ore.

News from the federal lands takeover front 27 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Here are a few end of the week news stories dealing with the drumbeat to transfer federal lands to state, local or private jurisdictions. Donald Trump talks guns, hunting, conservation with Field & Stream The Republican presidential candidate talks to a sportsman's...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 2016


Avalanche advisory: Big transition expected

Avalanche danger high in Cascades

WINTERSPORTS -- Be aware of changing conditions in the deep depths of snow that have fallen the past week. If you're headed into the mountains away from controlled slopes at ski areas, the conditions could be dangerous.. Here's a story about an avalanche warning for...

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In this image made from video taken on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, a wolf walks through the snow at a wolf enclosure in Ranua Wildlife Park in Ranua, Finland. Finnish authorities say a second, government-sanctioned trial wolf hunt is set to begin in 2016 in an attempt to manage numbers and curb poaching.  (Associated Press)

Finland to cull Lapland wolves to curb SSS 29 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Finland officials say the best way to stop poachers from the shoot-shovel-shutup method of managing protected wolves is to give hunters permits to cull the predators legally. The action is getting mixed reviews in Europe. According to reports, Finland is authorizing the...

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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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