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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...

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.

TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

Cow elk hunt has its moments for readers

HUNTING -- Numerous comments have come in regarding my Sunday Outdoors feature, "Milking the Cow Elk Tag," a story about what to do with the most coveted permit you never hear a hunter brag about. Following are phrases in the story that are triggering most...

THURSDAY, AUG. 22, 2013

Food plots lure Blue Mountains elk from farm fields

WILDLIFE -- As mentioned in today's outdoors column about elk management in the Blue Mountains, Washington wildlife managers report good results from a program that signs contracts with farmers and ranchers to improve elk habitat and reduce big-game depredation issues on their lands. One of...

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013

So you drew an elk tag: now what?

HUNTING -- I'm feeling pretty smug this week after checking out the special hunting permit lottery results and seeing that I drew a coveted Blue Mountains antlerless elk tag. Most years I wish calamities on camo-clad brethren who draw tags while I sulk in the...

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

Summer fire restrictions starting to kick in on area forests

NATIONAL FORESTS -- State and national forests are beginning to enact fire restrictions as the heat wave dries out the woods. Washington's Department of Natural Resouces already has issued restrictions for state lands. Beginning today, restrictions are being enacted on the Umatilla National Forest of...

MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

Trophy elk hunter tagged for lying, hiring helicopter

HUNTING -- Outback Outfitters guide Jon C. Wick, 46, of Summerville, Ore., and Tod L. Reichert, 72, of Salkum, Wash., have pleaded guilty to criminal violations in a 2007 Blue Mountains elk hunt involving Washington’s coveted “Governor’s tag.” Reichert purchased the Eastern Washington Any Bull...

MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012

Tussock moth infestation found in Blue Mountains

FORESTS -- The Washington Department of Natural Resources has discovered a new infestation of Douglas-fir tussock moths that occurred last summer in the Blue Mountains of Washington and Oregon. Light defoliation caused by the moths was mapped across 9,000 acres of the Umatilla National Forest,...

TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011

THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011

Elk poachers bagged after slaying Wenaha Unit trophy bulls

POACHING -- An Island City, Oregon father and son were arrested last week by Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division troopers following an investigation into the unlawful taking of two bull elk in the Wenaha Wildlife Management Unit in northeast Oregon. The Wenaha Unit...

TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011

Hunters warned about stumbling into marijuana plots

HUNTING– Elk hunters heading to the Blue Mountains are being warned to stay off the grass. Enforcement agents last week busted a 25,000-plant growing operation in the Eckler Unit of the Blues Mountains southeast of Dayton, according to the Tri-Cities Herald. Hikers who use trails...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10, 2011

Forest crews hacking through Blue Mountains blowdowns

TRAILS – A November storm left a nasty surprise for Forest Service trail crews heading out in the Blue Mountains this summer. “There’s more timber down this year than I’ve seen in the 30 years I’ve been on trails,” said Rich Martin, trails coordinator for...

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011

Trails: Blue Mountains snow gone; blowdowns not cleared

HIKING -- A Tuesday report from the Blue Mountains indicates that the snow is gone in "most" of the critical areas, but Umatilla National Forest crews are just completing their work to clear roads and now they're starting to getting out to clear trails. Here's...

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011

Tipster helps bag Blue Mountains bull elk poacher

POACHING -- Jason Locke, 37, of Kennewick has pleaded guilty to poaching a bull elk and using his wife's special hunting license illegally, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department reports. Locke was fined a total of $11,345, including a $6,000 criminal wildlife assessment penalty for...

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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