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Officials who want to restrict exploding targets on public lands say shooters can be too far away to detect and tend to problems. (Jesse Tinsley)

Exploding targets banned on national forests 

SHOOTING -- Exploding targets are officially a no-no on national forests throughout the West. Citing public safety concerns and the potential for igniting wildfires, Northern Region Forester Faye Krueger has signed a regional closure order prohibiting unpermitted explosives on national forest system lands, specifically to...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2013

FRIDAY, AUG. 16, 2013

Beaver Creek fire as seen from Hailey, Idaho on Aug. 15, 2013.  (Susan Giannettino )

Idaho wildfires take toll on wildlife

WILDLIFE -- An aerial survey of the Elk Fire Complex on Thursday showed a number of animals and birds were killed by the wildfire burning east of Boise, Idaho Fish and Game Department officials say. After a two-hour overflight, a U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 6, 2013

MONDAY, JULY 1, 2013

Jamie McMurtery, 6, hauls in a crappie from Lake Thomas during a summer camping trip with his dad, Jeff.

What to know before you go to forests for holiday

PUBLIC LANDS -- Fireworks are prohibited year-around on national forests, BLM lands, state wildlife lands and most other public lands. That's the first rule to know before heading out for the Fourth of July holiday. Here are more considerations from the Idaho Panhandle National Forests:...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013

Jeff Holmes nets a smallmouth bass reeled in by Reel Time Fishing guide Toby Wyatt of Clarkston during a drift-boat trip on the Grande Ronde River. (Rich Landers)

Recent Outdoors stories in The Spokesman-Review

Grande Ronde bass fishing is dream job for guide Reel Time Fishing guide migrates to tap peak runs Groups offer reward for info on missing grizzly Elk hoof rot confounds state officials Field Reports: Slobs force decision on Spokane County no-shooting zones Shooters trigger early...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013

Firefighters tend a controlled prescribed burn to benefit wildlife habitat on the Sinlanhekin Wildlife Area of northcentral Washington. (WDFW)

Wildlife benefits of prescribed burns easy to see

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Sinlahekin Wildlife Area manager Dale Swedberg doesn't just preach the gospel of rejuvenating wildlife habitat with controlled prescribed fires -- he'll let you see for yourself. A website with an eye-opening collection of photos compares historic photos of the Sinlanhekin Wildlife Area...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 5, 2013

FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012

A fire burns near Colchuck Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness on Sept. 15, 2012. (Courtesy photo)

Parched into October: When has it been this bad?

"We have not seen wildfire conditions this bad in October in a lifetime,” Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said Thursday. “I’m concerned that the shorter days and colder weather will lull some people into thinking it’s safe to build campfires or bonfires. We need...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 2, 2012

Campfire ban extended at Lake Roosevelt

PUBLIC LANDS -- No campfires will be allowed at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation area except at designated grated campfire sites at least through Sunday. See the park's announcement issued Monday: In accordance with the 2012 Superintendent’s Compendium, Acting Superintendent Natalie Gates has extended the ban...

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MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2012

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012

The sun and nearby clouds of smoke turn a brilliant red where a wildfire burns past the paved section of Number 1 Canyon Road Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, near Wenatchee, Wash. Crews in central Washington and Wyoming worked Monday to protect homes from two of the many wildfires burning throughout the West as a destructive fire season stretches into September with no relief expected from the weather anytime soon. The National Weather service issued red-flag warnings for wide swaths of eastern Washington and Oregon, Idaho, Montana and all of Wyoming, meaning conditions could exacerbate blazes. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Peak fire season tips for hunters

HUNTING -- It's not news that the fields are dry and fire danger is extreme. But don't let your guard down when you go out hunting or recreating. One thoughtless moment in these conditions can be costly. Hunters, who have an especially big responsibility to...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012

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MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 2012

A brush fire burns into Number 1 Canyon west of Wenatchee, Wash., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in a view looking west from East Wenatchee. Overnight lightning strikes sparked dozens of new fires in Washington state. (Associated Press)

Fires affecting front country and backcountry

WILD FIRES from recent lightning storms on tinder-dry landscapes are an issue for people heading outdoors in almost every direction. Here's a regional roundup from Mountain West News: Thousands of lightning strikes spark hundreds of fires in Washington state The 300-acre Cascade Creek Fire is...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2012

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29, 2012

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.