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TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

1 year, 2 million vertical feet for skier

SKIING -- Starting Jan. 1 and hitting slopes on both sides of the equator, Greg Hill of Revelstoke, British Columbia is 80 percent through his goal to climb and ski 2 million vertical feet in one year -- all self-propelled.To put this in perspective, powering...

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LaFawn Sutton, 12, bagged this record-book whitetail buck in velvet during the September early bowhunting season near her Mount Spokane area home.  (Jim Sutton)

Teen skewers record-book buck

A whitetail buck bagged by an almost-teenage bowhunter from the Spokane area qualifies for the record books, according to official Pope & Young measurer Larry Carey.LaFawn Sutton, 12, arrowed the buck near her Mount Spokane home in September when it was still in velvet.The buck...

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Marlow Stevens releases Nevarre, a peregrine/gyr falcon hybrid, who will hover 800 feet in the air waiting for a pheasant or Hungarian partrige to flush from a ravine west of Churchill, Mont.

United Nations salutes falconry

HUNTING -- The ancient sport of falconry received a tip of the hat and a vote of confidence from the United Nations today.The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage -- pause here and inhale...

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Poachers rival hunters in total kill

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife believes poachers kill as many mule deer as legal hunters. That’s one reason the mule deer population in the state has dropped to 216,000 animals from historic peaks of more than 300,000. State biologists discovered...

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MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

This zebra mussels on this boat indicte why state officials are concerned about spread of the exotic species in northwest waterways. In this case, a Florida man trailered his boat across the country before being stopped at State Line by Washington State Patrol officers. The mussels can spread wildly when reintroduced to other waters.

Signs of exotic mussels found at Flathead Lake 

FISHING – Signs of exotic mussels have been found in a routine plankton sample taken in July from the northern end of Flathead Lake, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department officials announced this afternoon.Verification testing is still under way. Test results from independent labs in...

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Buck white-tailed deer are famous for remaining hidden during fall until the mating season lures them out of the brush.  (Associated Press)

It's prime time for deer hunters

HUNTING --This is the week many white-tailed deer hunters have been anticipating. It's the last week of the late season and we're nearing the peak of the rut, when even the biggest bucks lose some of their wariness to be around receptive does.If you're not...

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Jane Schelly, pictured here at a Bhutan monastery, wears modest clothing and connects with locals in her travels.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Travel to Turkey tonight with Jane Schelly

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- Outdoorswoman and world traveler Jane Schelly of Spokane will present a program tonight on her lengthy visits to Turkey. The free program starts at 7 p.m. at Mountain Gear Corporate Headquarters, 6021 E Mansfield.Expect to hear about hiking options as well as...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.