A mature rooster pheasant is big job for this English setter, Scout, to retrieve during a hunting trip in the Palouse region of Eastern Washington.
A chocolate Labrador retriever brings back a mallard to a duck-hunting blind on Paul Sullivan’s private-land pond near the McNary National Wildlife Refuge.
A great blue heron snatches a small perch discarded by an ice fisherman at Silver Lake on Wednesday.
Researchers hit the ground to avoid flying hooves of a deer being released after it was trapped and fitted with a radio transmitter.
A 35-pound, 10-ounce pending state record lake trout was caught Feb. 4, 2013, in Lake Chelan by Phil Colyar, 56, of Wenatchee. Colyar is a Spokane native who was graduated from Shadle Park High School.
Vicki Longhini, left, and Coral France get a workout on the skating lanes groomed by the Sandpoint Nordic Club on Jan. 27, 2013, at the University of Idaho tree farm in Sandpoint.
A Canada lynx is one of about 20 wildlife species photographed by motion-activated cameras as they came into bait stations in the Idaho Panhandle region mountains. The project is monitored by the Multi-Species Basline Initiative research organized by the Idaho Fish and Game Department.
A male sage grouse, sometimes called the “next spotted owl,” dances for the attention of a female sage grouse.
Travis Hendren, 5, of Athol, Idaho, hauls in a rainbow trout at the 2012 Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show.
Hikers overlook the Cattle Point lighthouse from the Mount Finlayson trail at American Camp in San Juan Island National Historic Park. The trail winds along forest and one of the few surviving native grasslands in the Strait of Juan de Fuca region.
Bob Zorb checks out the cover along a creek between two of his wheat fields. Planting the willows by hand worked: “It’s full of pheasants,” he said.
Robbi and Vic Castleberry pose by boulders that keep motor vehicles off Rimrock Drive overlooking Spokane. The couple has been instrumental in the conservation of Palisades Park. Robbi, 80, died in 2013.
Chase Heaton of Spokane Valley signals he's caught his limit as a boat mate nets his fifth bass on April 12, 2013, on the way to winning win the B.A.S.S Nation Western Divisional Junior Championship held at Clear Lake, Calif.
A hiker carefully poses by a bitterroot, a hearty wildflower growing in a rocky trail section of the Dishman Hills Natural Area.
A racer flies through the air on a stretch of the fifth annual Double Down Hoe Down downhill bicycle race course at Spokane City Parks’ Camp Sekani in March.
Vietnam Veteran Harold Watters gets a fly casting lesson from Trout TV host Hilary Hutcheson during a Project Healing Waters fishing trip on Crab Creek on March 13, 2013.
Dawes Eddy, 70, of Spokane, reached the North Col during his attempt to be the oldest U.S. climber on Mount Everest.
Backpackers David Kennedy of Pullman and Samantha Journot of Spokane hike above the Wenaha River, which runs into the heart of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness in the Blue Mountains of Oregon and Washington.
Whitewater washed: Michaela Williams takes a faceful of water in the Devil’s Toenail rapids while rafting the Spokane River on Saturday with Wiley E. Waters rafting company during the Washington State Parks Centennial Celebration. Chris Guidotti, Riverside State Park manager, wisely took a position behind Williams and stayed much drier.
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.
Lynn Smith of Coeur d'Alene has led Spokane Mountaineers Wednesday-evening hikes for years, often wearing a frame pack with an open top. He encourages others joining him on the treks to pick up litter and fill up his pack as they go.
Beargrass, common in high reaches of Mount Spokane, the Selkirk Mountains and throughout the Rockies, can sprout more than 5 feet tall.
Lubricant is applied the unblinking eyes of a gray wolf trapped on July 15, 2013, in Pend Oreille County. It was tranquilized so a GPS collar could be attached by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists. Then it was released.
Idaho’s largest legally caught rainbow trout was landed below Dworshak Dam in 2013, but the 28-pound, 9-ounce fish isn’t an official record. Nez Perce member Tui Moliga of Lapwai legally caught the lunker under tribal rules. But the North Fork Clearwater was closed to nontribal harvest of rainbows over 20 inches, so it didn’t qualify for state-record status.
Mountain bikers ride through Tunnel No. 26 – one of nine tunnels visitors enter on the Route of the Hiawatha rail trail.
Jack Dolan of Medical Lake, stages his bird dog pup, Chip, before an outdoor session with 40 hunter ed students.
The sun sets along Rialto Beach, part of Olympic National Park. This beach is about a 30-minute drive north of La Push.
A backpacker hikes near Buck Creek Pass in the Glacier Peak Wilderness with the namesake volcano, elevation 10,541 feet, in the background.
Outdoors editor Rich Landers makes the sun shades on his had flap in the wind as he enjoys a boot-skiing glissade down the snowfield on the east side of Spider Gap in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. Note that he wears a lightweight long-sleeve shirt and pants while hiking for effortless skin protection from biting insects and the sun.
Mountain goats approach hikers on the summit of Scotchman Peak, apparently looking for food or salty packs or skin to lick.
After a long day of hiking to Baldy Lake on spur Trail 69 off the Seven Devils Loop, Outdoors editor Rich Landers enjoys fishing and then a swim before sunset in the Hells Canyon Wilderness.
A shooter checks his hunting rifle at the Spokane Rifle Club with help from a club member during the annual fall Sight-in Days.
Al Goldner fords Sky Top Creek, which was swollen with runoff from rain, hail and snow storms that hit the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in mid-September 2013.
Guide Toby Wyatt, top, celebrates a good day of Chinook salmon fishing with clients, from left, John Dick and Gloria and Kim Bowman.
Solo, a 12-year-old springer spaniel, is far past his athletic peak but not short of enthusiasm for a chance to go pheasant hunting.
Yellowstone National Park visitors congregated along a road to witness the rare treat of seeing five grizzly bears – a boar plus a sow and her three cubs – feeding on the carcass of a bison in mid-September 2013. To make the spectacle more interesting, five gray wolves also were regularly darting in and out to rip away chunks of meat. Despite a lot of growling, swatting and some chasing, all of the predators, plus numerous scavenging birds, took part in the feast over three days.
Bull elk command a lot of interest, but antlerless elk – cows and calves of the year – outnumber bulls usually by about 4 to 1.
A bull moose fell through the fence of Dave and Marcia Hardy's home in the Indian Trail neighborhood after Washington Fish and Wildlife officers shot it with a tranquilizer dart so it could removed from the area for public safety.
Skipper Mark Coleman holds a 30-pound albacore aboard one of the two specialized tuna boats he moors on Westport's Float 14.
Forest Service officials have added Larkins Lake and the Mallard-Larkins Pioneer Area of the St. Joe National Forest to their recommended wilderness list.
April Vokey shows fly-tying techniques to Neal Beechinor of the Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club.
Before the shooting, Layne Spence posed for a photo with his malamutes, Rex, Frank and Little Dave. Little Dave, on the right, was shot and killed on Nov. 17 near the popular winter recreation area of Lookout Pass by a hunter who mistook the dog for a wolf.
Spokane attorney Dan DeRuyter says riding his balloon-tired “fat bike” on snow makes him feel like a kid.