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West puts teeth into invasives prevention plans

Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 6 a.m.

The crew at the Idaho boat inspection station on Interstate 90 east of Fourth of July Pass inspects a boat from Alberta for invasive species such as zebra mussels as its owners bring it into the state. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Roads leading to Fernie, British Columbia, a skiing and fishing hot spot, are smooth and well-traveled. But if you’re trailering a boat, or have a paddleboard or kayak on your rooftop, plan on a few delays. The reason? Canada’s western provinces, along with states in the northwest U.S., are serious about keeping aquatic invasive species (AIS) out of their waters.

Hiking Beartooth Wilderness high on list of Montana adventures

Sun., Oct. 15, 2017, 6 a.m.

Impasse Falls is one of the most dramatic waterfalls along the Beaten Path, a 26-mile hiking trail that crosses through Montana's Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. (Mike Eckel / AP)
Crawl from your warm sleeping bag out the tent door, into the darkness and predawn wind whipping across the plateau. Look up at the cathedral of the sky. Watch the whirlpool of constellations spin overhead. Hold your breath.

Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol banks on Ski Swap

Sun., Oct. 15, 2017, 5:45 a.m.

Randy Foiles, Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol director (courtesy / Courtesy)
The promise of new downhill skiing terrain at Mount Spokane means more area to patrol, which means more patrollers will be needed, which means more money must be raised. “We’re hoping to have another great Ski Swap,” said Randy Foiles, the new director of the Mount Spokane Ski Patrol. “We’ll have even more to do next season.”

Field reports: Bike laws weak in protecting walkers

Sun., Oct. 15, 2017, 5:30 a.m.

TRAILS – Readers had lingering questions, and so the The Spokesman-Review, about last Sunday’s story about a woman who was struck from behind by a bicyclist as she walked on the Spokane River Centennial Trail. The Spokane Police Department told Virginia Pearsall, 67, that no charges would be filed against the cyclist who knocked her to the ground in the Sept. 22 incident in which she suffered bruising and a fractured elbow.

Some steelhead anglers are playing for keeps

Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Mike “Papi” Cummins, left, owner of the Red Shed Fly Shop at Peck, talks about the state of the steelhead run with his son-in-law Dale, center, and fishing guide Tracy Allen on Wednesday morning. (Courtesy)
Steelhead numbers were so low in mid-August that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game pre-emptively closed catch-and-keep seasons, but allowed anglers to fish for steelhead as long as they released them unharmed.

Quetico answers canoe paddler’s quest for wild time

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 1:30 p.m.

Bill Hall adds another Quetico fish to a stringer that includes smallmouth bass, walleye and northern pike. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
If you love to camp, fish and paddle a canoe, Quetico fulfills your wildest dream. Some 6,000 lakes, 32 waterfalls and 4,467 islands are waiting to be explored only by wind or muscle power. And that’s only half of the picture.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Oct. 12

Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 1:04 p.m.

If you are hunting ducks but haven’t set up on the “honey hole” where most of them want to be, at least make your spread highly visible by adding a few pintail or diver decoys to the outside edge. The black and white colors will attract more attention than a set of just mallards.

Reader photo: Hiking into hint of winter

Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 12:52 p.m.

Spokane Mountaineer Tyler Nyman gained this frosty view of Stevens Lake and Upper Stevens Lake last weekend near Mullan, Idaho, during an 8.3-mile traverse across Stevens Peak, the highest mountain in the area (Courtesy of Tyler Nyman)
Spokane Mountaineer Tyler Nyman gained this frosty view of Stevens Lake and Upper Stevens Lake last weekend near Mullan, Idaho, during an 8.3-mile traverse across Stevens Peak, the highest mountain in the area

De-skunking your dog: be prepared with a kit

Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 6 a.m.

Hunters and hikers should be prepared for the day their dog gets on the bad side of a skunk. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Any hunting dog with gift for finding birds also has a nose for trouble. It’s in the contract you accept when pup joins your world. That’s why I’m always prepared for the day my bird dog sniffs the business end of a skunk.

Tips on safe traveling with man’s best friend

Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 5 a.m.

After a safe drive while riding in his crate in the pickup, Ranger is ready go hunting. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Field dogs do their part on a road trip by being good listeners, taking the blame for occasional foul odors in the cab and being eager for any hiking, hunting, fishing or camping situation we drive them to regardless of the weather or time of day. Our job as owners of active dogs is to take care of them.

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.

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