SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2014

Rain, wind, mud… time to let the bird dogs loose!

HUNTING -- Soaking wet, heading into a brisk wind with two pounds of Palouse mud on each boot -- today could have been a miserable hunting experience until this "double your pleasure" moment with Zuni and Scout.

TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014

SATURDAY, OCT. 18, 2014

TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014

Pen-raised pheasants expensive luxury for hunters

HUNTING -- As Washington has been scaling down its pheasant release program the past few years, other states are looking at giving pen-raised birds the boot. Wyoming mulls future of pheasant farms Since 1937, Wyoming has been raising pheasants on two farms to be released...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2014

Father thankful for youth pheasant hunt at release site

HUNTING -- Washington's youth-only upland bird season was a success for Robert Estuar and his son, and the family Lab. "Took 14 year old Diego and dog Bella out Sunday to Fishtrap Lake for the youth pheasant hunt," the happy father reported. "Didn't take long...

SUNDAY, AUG. 31, 2014

Bird hunters soon will harvest the hatch

HUNTING -- Forest grouse and dove hunting seasons open Monday, giving hunters the first glimpse of how well birds pulled off their hatches in the wet weeks of June. Is your dog fit and trained? Probably not. The bigger question is, "How did the pheasants...

TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2014

Idaho offers youth pheasant hunting clinic

HUNTING -- This youth pheasant hunting clinic near Genesee, Idaho, isn't until Oct. 4, but sign up early. Space is limited. Requirements: Kids must be ages 10-16 with Idaho hunting license and an adult companion age 18 or older. Register with Idaho Fish and Game's...


Bird dog club invites public to training day

HUNTING -- The Spokane Bird Dog Association is inviting hunters to bring their dogs to a training day, which includes expert help for all breeds, starting Saturday at 8 a.m., at the Espanola training grounds managed by the club west of Medical Lake. This session...

MONDAY, JAN. 13, 2014

Tough hunting for Snake Canyon chukars

HUNTING -- Eastern Washington's pheasant season ended Sunday in a weekend of winds gusting to 70 mph at the top of the 49 Degrees North ski area where they toppled a cell phone tower. I figured I had a better shot at chukars in the...

FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 2014

Weather may give pheasants edge for season’s end

HUNTING -- The Eastern Washington pheasant hunting season closes Sunday. With the weekend forecast calling for winds gusting to 48 mph, I'm guessing the birds will be running like lighting and flying the speed of sound. Good luck.

SATURDAY, DEC. 28, 2013

Cutting the fog for a day of pheasant hunting

HUNTING -- Luckily, I could pass the time this morning listening to the last of the NPR Sunday morning news program as I waited for the fog to lift, but my dog was more than anxious to get out. When I finally had couple hundred...


Last shot at Eastern Washington pheasant release sites

HUNTING -- A few birds may still be hanging on at hunting sites for the Eastern Washington Pheasant Enhancement and Release Program. The final release of farm-raised rooster pheasants was made a last week, just before Thanksgiving at sites near Fishtrap Lake, Sherman Creek Wildlife...

MONDAY, NOV. 25, 2013

TUESDAY, NOV. 12, 2013

Bird dog surveys the harvest

HUNTING -- My English setter, Scout, had six consecutive points on hens, then one solid find on a solo rooster. Stir-fry dinner coming up.

MONDAY, OCT. 21, 2013

Father, son, yellow Lab score pheasants at Fishtrap

HUNTING -- Robert Estuar and his 11 year-old son, Tomas, took a gamble on whether roosters would be stocked at the Fishtrap release site for Saturday's opening of the Eastern Washington pheasant season. But they found birds and made the best of the day with...

THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 2013

Give bird dog attention before the hunt

HUNTING -- My Outdoors column today bags some tips from pro trainer Dan Hoke of Dunfur Kennel for easing bird dogs into the seasons safely and efficiently. Many hunters get all excited about opening days -- forest grouse and mourning doves open Sunday. But the...


Upland birds getting weather break for nesting

HUNTING -- I don't want to jinx the odds, but a lot of upland bird hunters are noticing this is the driest weather we've had in several years for the peak period of the wild quail, chukar and pheasant hatching season. Upland bird chicks are...

FRIDAY, DEC. 28, 2012

Pheasant season closes before other upland birds

BIRD HUNTING -- Upland bird hunters should be aware that the Eastern Washington pheasant season closes Jan. 13 while the season for other upland birds -- quail, chukars, Huns -- runs through the Martin Luther King holiday and closes on Jan. 21. Most waterfowl seasons...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012

Foggy memories of a pheasant hunt

HUNTING -- If you were running away from your troubles, the Palouse was a good place to be pheasant hunting on Tuesday. Visibilty was minimal. A good place to hide. Hunting partner Torsten Kjellstrand caught a photo of me (photo above) through the fog cruising...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012

Being a geezer isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

HUNTING -- Although I wasn't old enough to be allowed to carry a gun, I took my English Setter, Scout, out for some training at the Fishtrap Lake pheasant release site this morning, the second day of the new Geezer Pheasant Hunting Season. Scout found...

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