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THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015

Z Lake, on the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area in Lincoln County, is accessible by a 1.5 mile hike or mountain bike ride. A draft management plan proposes access changes. (Rich Landers)

Landers driven to defend walk-in status for lake

A zigzagging sliver of water in the scablands southwest of Davenport is a model of rare opportunity for the muscle-powered sportsman. Z Lake isn’t named on government maps. It isn’t listed in Washington’s fishing regulations pamphlet because it’s open year-round with no special regulations.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015

Fishermen heading to Rock Lake should know its history with wind.

Landers: Readers are the gauge for success 

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.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015

Ducks take in a Saturday afternoon power walk at Falls Park in Post Falls.

Your photos tell our collective outdoors story 

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.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2015

Mackenzie Ryan boats a kokanee from Lake Pend Oreille. IDFG surveys indicated a population of 1.4 million adult kokanee, one of the highest estimates since the 1970s.

Landers: Pend Oreille kokanee top ‘State of Lake’ review 

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. 

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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015

A federal court directed Forest Service managers to bring snow machine use in line with the 2005 Travel Rule that was applied to wheeled motorized travel. (Jesse Tinsley)

Landers: Over-snow vehicle rule seeks backcountry balance

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.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2015

THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015

Kate Painter of Colfax warms up Van, her Bernese mountain dog, for their first skijoring lesson. “He’s just a pup,” all 120 pounds of him, Kate said. (RICH LANDERS photos)

Skijoring: enjoy winter with man’s best friend

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.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2015

Joey Nania and Miles Burghoff, both 20-something pro anglers based in Alabama, work from their boat during filming.

Former Liberty Lake resident Joey Nania hosts national Sweetwater Fishing TV series

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.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 4, 2014

Volunteers built or improved nearly a mile of trail in the Glenrose Conservation Area.

Landers: Volunteers serve as unheralded heroes of our trails 

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.

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