Outdoors

MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2014

Idaho trophy species rule proposals revealed

HUNTING -- An increase in Idaho Panhandle moose hunting opportunity and other proposals for next year's trophy big-game seasons will be presented at an open house meeting, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Panhandle Region Office,...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2014


Study: Wolf impact significant on Minnesota moose

BIG GAME -- Wolves likely have played a bigger role in the serious decline of northeast Minnesota’s moose population than originally believed, and there’s no evidence yet that climate change has been a major factor, according to a new analysis by renowned Minnesota wolf researcher...

FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014

Trail cam captures shot of Selkirk mountain caribou

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Although the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services fudges on the issue, the mountain caribou is the rarest big game species in the United States and therefore the most endangered. So capturing a photo of a Selkirk mountain caribou isn't just a big...

MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

Ponderosa moose family livin’ the life

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Moose in wild and not-so-wild areas are popular subjects for in Inland Northwest shutterbugs, as one can see in a glance on our Readers' Outdoor Photo Gallery. But some neighborhoods are more oriented to family living than others. "This moose family visits...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8, 2014

Hells Canyon bighorns removed for disease study

WILDLIFE -- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife workers used helicopter net gunners Wednesday to capture eight infected bighorn ewes along the Grande Ronde River. The wild sheep are to be transported to a South Dakota State University facility for research on pneumonia outbreaks that...

MONDAY, OCT. 6, 2014

Infected bighorn sheep to be removed from southeast Washington

WILDLIFE – State wildlife officials plan to capture and remove eight bighorn ewes in southeast Washington this week to curb the spread of a bacteria deadly to other wild sheep in the area. A contractor for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014

New Mexico pronghorn buck is world record

HUNTING -- A pronghorn killed by New Mexico trophy hunter Mike Gallo’s has been certified this month by the Boone and Crockett Club as the new world record. Gallo shot the animal, often called an antelope, in Socorro County, New Mexico, in September 2013. It's...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 2014

Bull moose a picture of autumn

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Montana outdoor photographer Jaimie Johnson caught this bull moose last week feeding among autumn colors. The moose, the largest member of the deer family in North America, is in the final stages of rubbing velvet off the huge antlers its grown since...

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

Hiker finds Blue Mountains elk herded up with young in tow

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The Blue Mountains delivered a Yellowstone-like wildlife watching experience for hiker Ken Vanden Heuvel of Newman Lake last weekend. He was solo hiking one of the ridge trails that lead into the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness when he came across a herd of elk...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014

Washington game plan focus of meeting for hunters

WILDLIFE -- A proposed plan for managing game animals in Washington will be presented in a public meeting starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, at the Double Tree by Hilton Spokane City Center, 322 N. Spokane Falls Court. The plan will help Washington...

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

Washington developing game management plan; meetings set

HUNTING -- The public is getting a chance to help shape the Washington's game management plan at a series of public “open house” meetings scheduled by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) this month. The public can also comment on key aspects of the...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014

Lone fawns rarely deserted by Mother Deerest

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A wildlife population explosion takes place around this time every year and anyone can stumble onto a baby critter virtually anywhere outside. "Wild bird and mammal species typically produce young in the spring and early summer," says Phil Cooper of the Idaho...

MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014

Video: Moose gives birth to twins in backyard

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- "Only in Alaska," says Levi Perry in posting a YouTube video of a cow moose giving birth to twins -- in the backyard of his girlfriend's home on the east-side of Anchorage. The video captured Sunday by Victoria Hickey and Sarah Lochner...

TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014

Film: fascinating insight on obstacles to migration

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Last week, Wyoming researchers released their report on the longest mule deer migration in the world, which was happening virtually unrealized for who knows how long. This amazing short video, using remote camera photography, illustrates the man-made obstacles these mule deer must...

TUESDAY, DEC. 17, 2013

Migrations Part 1: Roadkill pegs critter movements

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Migrations are the topic of this week's wildlife story series Idaho Fish and Game is presenting online during the department's 75th anniversary observance. In Part 1 of the three-part post of "reminders" on migrations, the department notes that mammal movements can be...

FRIDAY, DEC. 13, 2013

Montana youth elk hunt an embarrassment to the sport

HUNTING -- A mess of elk were slaughtered or wounded in a youth elk hunt that was marred by greedy adults last week in the Bitterroot Valley south of Missoula The story by the Ravali Republic is among the saddest reports on sport hunting I've...

THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2013

Wildlife officers note gray area in elk hunting clientele

HUNTING -- There's sad news in this comment by Capt. Dan Rahn in the weekly Washington Fish and Wildlife police report for far-eastern Washington following the opening weekend of elk hunting season: Every officer commented on the overall decline in hunter numbers combined with an...

TUESDAY, NOV. 5, 2013

5 reasons for hunters to score their big-game trophy

HUNTING -- Congratulations! You finally killed that trophy specimen that eluded you for many seasons and countless hunts. You made celebratory stops at your buddy’s house and then the local meat processor. The taxidermist is next. But, unlike your previous hunts, this time there’s another...

MONDAY, NOV. 4, 2013

Elk hunter returns to work; faces high expectations

HUNTING -- "Did you get your elk?" a colleague asked this morning as I returned to the office after eight days away in the Blue Mountains. "Yes," I nodded enthusiastically. "How many?" my co-worker continued. I grimaced slightly. "I'm not a hunter," he noted.

MONDAY, OCT. 28, 2013

Antlers or horns, big ones rack up a hunter’s desire

WILDLIFE -- Most hunters know the difference, but in casual conversation it's not uncommon to hear reference to something like a bull elk with "horns" that raked the sky. An elk has antlers, but the colloquial term "horns" rolls easier off the tongue. Nevertheless, even...

Rich Landers

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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. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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