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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At first I was right there with the rest of the enraged throngs, furious my home team and several others elected to kneel or sit out during presentation of the National Anthem. Who did they think they were?
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.
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.
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.