Charles Sheldon campaigned with the Boone and Crockett Club to designate Mount McKinley National Park.

Trophy hunters prized Denali; led national park campaign 37 

The Alaska mountain formerly known as McKinley has a less-than-thoughtful naming history that President Barack Obama cleared up this week. What didn’t come up in the trailing deluge of Alaska news was the role trophy hunters played in securing millions of acres around the highest peak in North America for the preservation of the wildlife, not to mention the view.

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THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2015

THURSDAY, AUG. 6, 2015


Landers: When you find it, Cutthroat Creek worth the journey 

Despite alarmingly low flows and high water temperatures reported in many Western trout streams last week, the Royal Wulff and Renegade Benevolent Society found plenty of room for optimism at Cutthroat Creek, as usual. Bylaws prohibit pinpointing GPS coordinates or even vague references to the location of Cutthroat Creek, but most fly fishers could find it – even in low water – if they would only try.

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Flyfishermen will notice higher irrigation-related flows already showing up in Rocky Ford Creek, a prized trout fishery north of Moses Lake. (Rich Landers)

Rich Landers: Rocky Ford Creek’s higher water level contrast to norm

Consider yourself an old timer if you’ve seen the St. Joe River this low in late June. The flows this week were 28 percent below the low-flow record set in 1926, according to 96 years of records kept by the U.S. Geological Survey. Virtually all Northwest rivers popular with anglers are recording record low flows this spring and summer. The ramifications for fish and fishing seasons are still unfolding. Anglers should brace themselves for restrictions on some streams.

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The Landers enjoy a family moment while canoe camping in the Labyrinth Canyon of the Green River in Utah. (Rich Landers)

Rich Landers says camping is an educational event worth the misery 

Veteran KXLY TV meteorologist Kris Crocker came out of the tent this week with a confession: “This is the summer I stop pretending to love camping,” she posted on her Facebook page in a moment of impressive courage and honesty. As I gasped for breath, I thought this must be a cry for help. It’s as though an Inland Northwest icon woke up realizing she needs treatment for an aversion to huckleberries.

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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015

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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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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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

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





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