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Ammi Midstokke: An open letter to my beloved readers

Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

From time to time, you charming people, you perusers of periodicals, you informed intellectuals and havers of humor, will reach your own pen to paper and fingers to keyboard, sharing with me your personal thoughts and stories.

Farm Bill could help stem decline in pheasant numbers

Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

The male ring-necked pheasant, although not native to the United States, has become a favorite among American sportsmen since the species was introduced from Asia in the 1800s. (MONTANA FWP PHOTO / MONTANA FWP PHOTO)
The bad news for Minnesota pheasant hunters came down this month. The pheasant population index, based on August roadside surveys, was down 26 percent from last year. And last year was not a great year for Minnesota pheasant hunters.

Coho season set; steelhead harvest tabled

Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 5:25 a.m.

During the 2015 season, Orofino fishing guide Jim McCarthy relishes the moment after netting two Clearwater River steelhead for clients. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Idaho Fish and Game commissioners approved a coho fishing season but delayed a hot-topic decision on restoring steelhead harvest seasons during a telephone meeting Monday.

Hikers fall for autumn trails

Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Aspens provide a burst of color for hikers descending the Jungle Hill Trail in the Kettle River Range north of Sherman Pass. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Hikers longing for a life-brightening dose of fall colors need to look no farther than the aspen grove that caught their attention as the wind rattled leaves in July or the last huckleberry patch they grazed in August.

Analysis counters WSU profs’ opposition to wolf killing

Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 5:25 a.m.

A Washington State University professor erred in controversial research released in 2014 suggesting that killing wolves that attack cattle is counterproductive because it stimulates more attacks, according to a statistical analysis released on Tuesday.

Column misstated bass club’s stand

Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 2:08 p.m.

In last week’s column on Washington fishing regulations proposals, I made an error that resulted in skewing the stand of a local bass club on limits for bass fishing in the region’s waters.

Reader photo: Snake can’t rattle hiker

Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 2:05 p.m.

Be aware of your surroundings while backpacking in the rattlesnake country of Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, even during fall. Kurt Killgore said his hunting-hiking companion brushed his hand on this rock and continued ahead without notice the sluggish rattler warming itself a few feet away. (Kurt Killgore / KURT KILLGORE PHOTO)
Be aware of your surroundings while backpacking in the rattlesnake country of Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, even during fall.

Matt Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Oct. 5

Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 2:01 p.m.

Anglers tossing Chernobyls in a variety of colors have been doing well on the Spokane River. BWOs are beginning to hatch, too, with trout feeding in slower currents. The pros at Silverbow Fly Shop say upcoming changes in weather should ramp up the action considerably.

Gear Junkie: Outdoor retailer ‘Best in Show’ Summer 2017

Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Columbia Omni-Shade Sun Deflector (Courtesy)
From climbing gear to tents (to kayaks, boots, stoves, and packs) brands congregate each summer to launch new products at the Outdoor Retailer trade show. I spent a week at the annual show this summer evaluating products at the massive event to find the best to-be-released gear for 2018.

Outdoor tech: Detailed waterways info and GPS in single smartphone app

Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Stream Map USA, a GPS mapping app for mobile devices, puts locations, directions, flow and other information at the fingertips. of a boater or angler. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Michael Gogal realized that a giving anglers and paddlers mobile access to waterway maps, GPS features and USGS flow information could make venturing out on rivers and lakes safer and more productive. The trick was to create the app without drowning in a flood of data.

Tips for hunters to follow to avoid a ticket this fall

Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 5:25 a.m.

Game wardens say hunting on private land without permission is one of the most common and costly infractions for hunters. (ERIK PETERSEN / AP)
Common situations can lead to citations, according to Mark Carson of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Aside from blatant poaching incidents, conservation officers issue citations every fall to people who trip up and make simple but avoidable mistakes.

Out & About: Hearing protection as essential as ammo for hunters

Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 4:55 a.m.

Hearing protection should be standard equipment for hunters. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Shooting ranges require users to have hearing protection. But many of the shooters who are honing their shotgunning skills at the skeet range this weekend or zeroing in their deer rifles will head into the fields or forest on opening day with nothing in their ears.

Exum Ridge gives aging Alpinists a shot at topping the Grand Teton

Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

The Cathedral Group of the Teton Range, seen from the east. From left, the group consists of Nez Perce Peak, the Middle Teton, the Grand Teton, Mount Owen, and Mount Teewinot. (Bill Brock / For The Spokesman-Review)
The Tetons are among America’s most inspiring mountains and, over the years, they’ve exerted a powerful gravitational pull on my group of friends. One by one, we’ve scaled some of the range’s finest routes – but until recently, there was one line that had always eluded us: The entire Exum Ridge of the Grand Teton.

Biologist says chumming won’t affect fisheries

Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

The pale fillet on left is from a rainbow trout that was stuffed with canned corn apparently from illegal chumming along the shoreline at Lake Roosevelt. The normal-colored fillet, right, is from a similar trout caught the same morning at the same place, but it had no corn in its gut. It wasn’t clear whether the corn had anything to do with the discoloration. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Chumming –the practice of dumping bait of some sort in the water to attract fish so they can be caught, is generally prohibited in Washington. That could change if a proposal to make chumming legal statewide for sport fishing is approved by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Rich Landers: Anglers have gut reaction to proposed fishing rule changes

Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Simpler fishing rules proposed for Washington in 2017 could eliminate the 10-fish limit and 9-inch minimum size restriction for keeping crappie at Eloika Lake. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Only 18 anglers showed up on Tuesday night at Center Place in Spokane Valley for the meeting on proposals to simplify Washington’s fishing regulations. At first glance, the skimpy attendance suggested there wasn’t a lot of concern about 13 proposals that could change the nature of fishing and fisheries.

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