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Long-range shooting all about the numbers

Thu., April 20, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

Doug Glorfield practices shooting on one of several shooting positions at the long-distance target range he built on his family’s Whitman County farm. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Gone are the days of serious target shooters putting a finger to the wind and relying on the trajectories printed on ammunition boxes before squeezing off rounds at distant targets.

Alan Liere: Whether of prey or song, birds are wondrous

Wed., April 19, 2017, 7 p.m.

One spring, my 13-year-old step-daughter and I watched from the deck as three mallard drakes tried to impress a hen mallard. “It’s called a courting flight,” I told her. “The male ducks want the female for a girlfriend. The one who goes the fastest and busts the most moves attracts the hen.”

Reader photo: Swarm of ladybugs

UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 3:46 p.m.

Before dispersing: Ladybird beetles, known as ladybugs, swarm from their winter congregation at Liberty Lake County Park before setting out on their own for the season. (Craig Goodwin / CRAIG GOODWIN PHOTO)
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Alan Liere’s fish and game report for April 20

Wed., April 19, 2017, 2:40 p.m.

WDFW fish hatchery crews have been stocking more than 16 million trout and kokanee in lakes statewide in preparation for Saturday’s opener. Fish stocking details, by county and lake, are available in the annual stocking plan on WDFW’s website.

Fishing curtailed at popular trout fishing spots McDowell Lake, Potter’s Pond

Sun., April 16, 2017, 8 a.m.

Trout rise to the occasion of an evening hatch at McDowell Lake, a fly-fishing only, catch-and-release fishery on the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge. (Rich Landers/The Spokesman-Review)
Even though there’s water everywhere this spring, two popular trout fishing lakes on the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge southeast of Colville will be empty or dramatically lowered when the lowland trout season opens Saturday. But a third refuge fishery is getting a boost from construction projects.

Badger, Williams likely to be top trout waters on opening day

Sun., April 16, 2017, 4 a.m.

Water levels at Coffeepot Lake and others in Eastern Washington have been abnormally high in the 2017 early season, sometimes above normal boat launching ramps. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Something really weird happened this year with the triploid hatchery trout stocked as a bonus in some Spokane area trout lakes. “The triploids (sterile) we get from Trout Lodge hatchery normally are nice fish running around 1.5 pounds,” said Randy Osborne, Washington Department of Fish and wildlife district biologist. “This year, for whatever reason, they’re running 4 pounds.”

Wild horses expensive as adoption interest wanes

Fri., April 14, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

Billijo Beck and her 10-year-old daughter Grace walked the dusty path between Challis Wild Horse Corral pens last week looking for an addition to their stables. There were 18 horses in the Bureau of Land Management corrals, which are few miles southeast of Challis.

Days-old coyote pups exposed in the sage

Thu., April 13, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

A litter of seven coyote pups, their eyes still not open, snuggle in a dirt hollow under sagebrush in Lincoln County on April 8, 2017. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Keep your eyes open this time of year for the wildly exciting chance to discover nature’s small fry. Spring is not lacking for reasons to lure hikers outside. Wildflowers and morels are like outdoor magnets. Opening seasons for trout and the hunting seasons for sheds and gobblers get people moving.

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