Outdoors stories and blogs published by The Spokesman- Review often strike a chord that prompts readers to reflect or react. When I get wind of that, I wave my internal “mission accomplished” banner. I’m not thinking so much about the gasbag who scorned me in front of the crowd at a sportsman’s club meeting Tuesday night for not meeting his narrow-minded expectations in hating wolves.
Newspaper editors knew the great outdoors would provide inspiration when they put out the call for your images, but the photographic talent readers are sharing has surpassed all expectations. The Spokesman-Review Readers Outdoor Photos web page hasn’t just been popular – it’s become a regular pit stop for a breath of fresh air.
Anglers responded with hooks, lines and the best success rates in decades to the recovery of kokanee in Lake Pend Oreille last year. The Idaho Fish and Game Department says anglers harvested nearly 150,000 kokanee from the lake in 2014, buoyed by the state raising the kokanee daily bag limit last spring from six to 15 fish.
Snowmobiles and other over-snow vehicles eventually will be allowed to ride only on roads, trails and areas specifically designated for their use, according to a rule being adopted by the U.S. Forest Service. The policy for managing over-snow vehicles on national forests and grasslands was posted in the Federal Register on Wednesday.
It takes a village to maintain wildlife in a developing world – especially the far-flung migrants that span the continent each year. Reardan Audubon Lake Wildlife Area is a model of what a group effort can accomplish.
Cross-country skiers are harnessing their dogs’ pent-up winter enthusiasm in a fast-growing sport that’s finding a niche in the Inland Northwest. Skijoring – derived from a Norwegian word that means ski driving – involves being pulled on skis by various means including horses or motor vehicles.
A youth angling phenomenon formerly from Liberty Lake is weighing in with another major-league milestone in his fishing career – a nationally televised TV series. When Joey Nania graduated from Central Valley High School in 2009 and launched his adult tournament fishing career, he’d already won five Washington junior state titles. He’s the only two-time Junior Bassmasters World Champion, winning titles in 2005 and 2008.
No feelings are hurt when I offer kisses, hugs or, at the least, heartfelt gratitude before gathering the Christmas morning loot in a bag and heading back to the stores to get stuff I really need. For convenience, my family sometimes includes the return receipts in my packages.
In November, my friend Walt called asking for advice on getting a bird dog. “I’m in the market for a hunting dog and I’m wondering,” he asked: “Has getting older changed your preference for big-running dogs?”
The latest rumor about gray wolves in Washington surfaced at a Spokane County Commissioners meeting Tuesday. According to a county cattleman, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been collecting roadkill and dumping the carcasses in Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge to feed wolves.
With little fanfare this season, volunteers packing saws, brush cutters and Pulaskis made our piece of heaven a better place. The trails they built or maintained in county conservation areas, state parks and national forests are the ticket thousands of people will take to adventure, fitness, camping, berry picking, fishing, mushrooming, hunting and wildlife watching.
The risk in cutting-edge outdoor pursuits is in the spotlight this month because of a bold decision by an energy food company. Clif Bar dropped sponsorship of rock-climbing sensation Alex Honnold and four other athletes because the California organic energy food maker says it’s no longer comfortable with the death-defying extremes of certain sports.
“I’ve been considering getting back into cross-country skiing, and I have questions,” wrote The Spokesman-Review’s Paul Turner as he focused his column this week on The Slice of life that teeters on skinny skis. Doubtless he’ll get the usual pile of insightful answers from his readers.
The question pinned my brain as decisively as a two-ton boulder crashing down on my arm. “What is your favorite trail moment?” asked Cassandra Overby, who was interviewing me for the Lessons from Legends feature in the current issue of Washington Trails magazine.
I had a rafter of wild turkeys scoped out late Tuesday afternoon just 12 hours before the opening of the spring gobbler hunting season. The situation was right out of the Successful Sportsman’s Textbook: