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...

MONDAY, NOV. 25, 2013

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...

MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2013

CRP offerings could be in high demand in May

PRIVATE LANDS -- Hunters have a stake in the Conservation Reserve Program signup scheduled for May 20-June 14. The federal government expects the contracts to be highly competitive. The corresponding boost to wildlife habitat depends on the quality of the bids made by landowners. Nationwide,...

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...

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012

Pheasant chicks handed out by thousands

WILDLIFE -- More than 6,400 pheasant chicks have been distributed in the past few weeks to people in the Spokane region who vow to raise and release the birds into the wild. The annual chick giveaway program is facilitated by the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council....


Weather rough on game-bird chicks

HUNTING -- Ouch. The first week of June is prime time for the first hatch of pheasant chicks in southeastern Washington. Once again, it's being greeted by rain and cold weather, which is a sentence to death by hypothermia for the young birds. Quail and...


Cool, rainy spring dampened pheasant hatch, but birds rallied

UPLAND BIRD HUNTING -- Hunters chilled at the thought of what the cool, rainy spring was doing to nesting pheasants and quail in June. Indeed, the hatch isn't anything to crow about, but it's not as bad as hunters may have feared, at least in...


Idaho seasons about to open for turkeys and other birds

HUNTING -- Fall wild turkey hunting seasons open Thursday (Sept. 15) in Idaho and Sept. 24 in select Eastern Washington units. Other hunts will follow soon. Read on for the long list of details for Idaho hunts, including the youth waterfowl season (Sept. 24-25) and...

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011

Biologist investigates how to improve CRP for pheasants

UPLAND BIRDS -- The Conservation Reserve Program has been a boost for wildlife in many areas, but everyone agrees that the type of vegetation planted in the retired farmlands is critical to its subsequent value to wildlife. Some plantings have left cover, but little food...

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