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Rich Landers: Hunting rule proposals have a backstory

Washington could follow the lead of Montana in requiring bear hunters to prove they can distinguish a black bear from a grizzly. (MIKE BRODWATER / MIKE BRODWATER)
More than 50 proposals are being considered for Washington’s hunting seasons and regulations in upcoming years, including a requirement that bear hunters be tested on knowing the difference between black bears and grizzlies.

Steelhead fishing will be catch-and-release in Idaho

A beefy wild steelhead is released in the Salmon River by fishing guide Norm Klobetanz of Exodus Wilderness Adventures based in Riggins, Idaho, in 2010. A weak Snake Rivery system steelhead run in 2017 will hurt fishing communities, town officials say. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
In the face of a dismal steelhead run, Idaho on Monday canceled its harvest season this fall and will allow only catch-and-release steelhead fishing. Washington is expected to announce similarly restrictive measures in the coming days, likely marking the first time in decades that catch-and-keep steelhead fishing will not be allowed on the Snake River and its tributaries.

Steelhead run bottoms out at Lower Granite

Steelhead are setting a record at Lower Granite Dam and it’s not a good one. The run’s performance is so poor that fisheries managers are considering restrictions to upcoming seasons.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 17

Most Spokane River rainbow taken recently have either been on the dropper below a hopper/Chernobyl or on the nymph rig. There doesn’t appear to be rhyme or reason to which nymph will work on a given day.

Hiker kills aggressive mountain goat; efforts increase to educate public to coexist

Mountain goats approach hikers on the summit of a Cabinet Mountains Peak apparently looking for food or maybe salty packs or skin to lick. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
An aggressive mountain goat was shot and killed by a hiker in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness last month bringing new concerns about the threats that outdoor recreation poses to the normally docile white ghosts of rocky peaks. A woman from Lincoln County, Montana, shot the nanny with a .357-caliber handgun on July 19 at the top of a switchback on a narrow, cliffy section of the trail to Leigh Lake.

Field reports: Women in wilderness explored by panel

OUTDOORS – Four local women with wide-ranging experience in the great outdoors will join for a panel presentation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bowl and Pitcher amphitheater at Riverside State Park. The “Women in the Wilderness” panel is the latest in the summer-long Wednesdays in the Woods presentations organized by REI.

Tour de Lentil provides challenging ride through the Palouse

A building along State Route 194 shows its Cougar pride. (John  Nelson / The Spokesman-Review)
Cycling on the Palouse can feel a little like an epic adventure at sea. Giant, wheat-covered hillsides meet the skyline, looking like golden oceanic swells. You chug upward, cresting that massive wave, then plunge down the other side. Repeat, again and again.

Reader Photo: On top of the world

Lexi Greenwood and Kelly Kopczynsky celebrate on the summit of Harrison Peak after backpacking three days along the Selkirk Crest in North Idaho. (Chris Kopczynski / CHRIS KOPCZYNSKI PHOTO)
Lexi Greenwood and Kelly Kopczynsky celebrate on the summit of Harrison Peak after backpacking three days along the Selkirk Crest in North Idaho.

Weekend weather: Possible relief from heat and smoke in sight

The entire region remains blanketed under high temperatures and an air quality alert from the National Weather Service, but some relief may be in store from both the heat and smoke perhaps as early as Sunday from a front carrying showers and thunderstorms through the area.

Hiker with dog has close wolf encounter in North Idaho

A gray wolf that has just swam across a North Idaho stream stands to assess a hiker and his dog that have entered its territory four miles from the nearest road. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
I’d planned a July day hike with my dog along a North Idaho stream for a good dose of outdoor exercise and a cool respite from the summer heat. The bear spray I keep handy on my day pack saved me a lot of grief that day.

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