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TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2017

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11, 2017

FRIDAY, SEPT. 1, 2017

SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 2016

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016

Antlerless deer and elk hunts are cut back this season. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Reductions in 2016 antlerless deer hunting approved

HUNTING – The number of hunting days for antlerless deer hunting this season in northeastern Washington has been reduced because of concerns that a 2015 blue tongue outbreak severely reduced whitetail numbers in certain areas. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted on the proposed...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2015

Special Okanogan deer hunt deadline Aug. 14

HUNTING -- Eighteen lucky hunters will have an opportunity to hunt for deer this fall on the 6,000-acre Charles and Mary Eder unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in northeastern Okanogan County. Applications for the “limited-entry” deer hunt must be made by Aug. 14...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015

A whitetail buck, shown as it was found after Dan Hoke of Spokane bagged it during the rut near Lake Pend Oreille toward the end of Idaho's rifle deer season. (Dan Hoke)

Idaho big-game hunting rule changes proposed 

HUNTING -- Idaho hunters have until Sunday March 8 to comment of proposed changes to state big-game hunting rules and seasons. Biologists from across the state will answer questions about the proposals during two live web chats set for Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m....

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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2015

MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014

A whitetail buck runs in mid-November, the peak of the rut for white-tailed deer in northeastern Washington. (Jaime Johnson)

Lower turnout at area deer checkstations 

HUNTING -- Fewer hunters turned in to hunter check stations north of Spokane over the weekend compared with last year, but the ratio of deer taken during the late whitetail buck season appears to be about the same. Some hunters reported the cold snap that...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2014

TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4, 2014

A four-point minimum antler requirement for whitetail bucks in two northeastern Washington game management units is being reevaluated for upcoming hunting seasons. (Colin Mulvany)

Washington hunting rules meeting in Colville Sept. 10

HUNTING -- An additional public meeting to discuss Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife proposals for 2015-17 hunting seasons is scheduled for7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Colville Ag Trade Center at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds, 317 West Astor Ave, Colville. Hunting issues that...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6, 2014

A buck, with its growing antlers still in velvet, was photographed in Western Montana on Aug. 3, 2014. (Jaime Johnson)

Photo: Buck shaping up to be a trophy 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Whether you're a hunter or a wildlife watcher, there's no doubt that this buck is shaping up to be a heart-stopper. The elegant brute was photographed in its late velvet stage of antler development on Monday by Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson....

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MONDAY, DEC. 16, 2013

THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2013

Colville-area bowhunter Jim Ebel bagged this trophy whitetail buck in Ferry County on Nov. 30, 2013. (courtesy)

Has modern bowhunting gone ethically off-target? 

HUNTING -- My Outdoors column today features a model bowhunter who recruited capable help and went the extra grueling mile to track and retrieve a whitetail buck (above) after his arrow missed the vitals. But what about other archers, especially during the bowhunting seasons that...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 2013

TUESDAY, NOV. 19, 2013

Washington Fish and Wildlife Department wildlife biologist Annemarie Prince removes a tooth and takes measurements on a whitetail deer buck brought in to the Deer Park hunter check station on Oct. 20, 2013.   (Rich Landers)

Late whitetail buck season closes today

HUNTING -- The late whitetail buck season for modern rifle hunters in select northeastern Washington units closes today at 4:45 p.m. The the snow that blanketed hunting areas last weekend for the closing days apparently have been good for hunters. “Weather conditions for 2013 created...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 24, 2013

TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

MONDAY, OCT. 21, 2013

WSU wildlife student Sarah Tompkins takes pointers from hunter education instructor Jim Kujala on measuring antler growth on a yearling whitetail at the Chattaroy hunter check station on Oct. 20, 2013, while WSU student Taylor Harrigan records the data.   (Rich Landers)

Deer success mixed bag, check stations report

HUNTING -- Although there's still plenty of deer hunting opportunity remaining in 2013, the general modern rifle seasons in Eastern Washington ended in many units on Sunday with mixed results. Bottom line: Mule deer success rates are up in the Okanogan region while hunters still...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 17, 2013

Idaho deer hunting might be tougher this year. A hard winter killed lots of mule deer fawns. (Rich Landers)

Research pegs decline of mule deer in West

WILDLIFE -- Tough times for mule deer. Western states search for reason mule deer populations declining A recent report from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies found mule deer populations in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Saskatchewan were in decline, and...

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