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Gear Junkie: Airstream goes fiberglass with latest model

Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Airstream’s latest, The Nest. (Airstream / Courtesy)
Coming in 2018, Airstream touts its latest model as aerodynamic, lightweight, and strong. But this isn’t your dad’s aluminum tow-behind. The company shifts to fiberglass for the Nest, a camper designed for a new demographic of road-trippers. Its price and most details are still under wraps.

Hikers getting too friendly with Scotchman Peak mountain goats

Mon., July 31, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

A hiker allows a mountain goat to lick sweat off her leg on the summit of Scotchman Peak northeast of Clark Fork, Idaho. Allowing wildlife to become comfortable approaching humans could result in aggressive behavior that forces the lethal removal of an animal, Idaho Fish and Game Department officials say. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Mountain goats are icons on Scotchman Peak, luring hikers up the 3.5-mile trail northeast of Clark Fork, Idaho, to be in the realm of the usually docile white-coated animals overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. But some hikers continue to act thoughtlessly around the goats, ignoring the signs posted at the trailhead and the educational effort to prevent the elimination of the goats.

Roadkill on the menu: 1,600 dead deer, elk salvaged from Washington roads

Sun., July 30, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

White-tailed deer are the most common big game to collide with vehicles on Eastern Washington roads. A new law allows the meat to be salvaged. (File / The Spokesman-Review)
Steve Clark has learned that roadkill can be as delicious as the “fresh” deer and elk he hunts. The Spokane man accounts for two of some 1,600 salvage permits issued in the first 12 months of Washington’s program for picking up deer and elk killed in vehicle collisions.

Sportsmen recover roadkill for charity kitchens

Sun., July 30, 2017, 5:50 a.m.

Certified volunteers from the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council of Spokane have permits to dispatch injured game and collect the edible meat for the Union Gospel Mission or other charities.

Dennis Anderson: Severe, prolonged drought threatens pheasant chicks in Dakotas

Thu., July 27, 2017, 5:30 a.m.

With drought conditions across the midwest, but especially in the Dakotas, pheasant guides are forced to haul water to protect fragile broods. (Lindell Haggin / Courtesy)
Curt Korzan didn’t think he would spend his summer hauling water. But that’s what Korzan, owner with his wife, Lorie, and adult sons of a pheasant hunting lodge near Kimball, S.D., is doing this week – drawing water from three 1,000-foot-deep wells and transporting it to the vast pheasant-habitat plots that blanket his 3,500-acre spread.

In brief: Fishing lake along Tucannon River gets makeover

Thu., July 27, 2017, 4:55 a.m.

Rainbow Lake, a popular fishing destination in the Wooten Wildlife Area of Columbia-Garfield counties, is closed for a makeover designed to improve both angler experience and salmon and steelhead habitat in the nearby Tucannon River.

Rocky Ford Creek foot bridges replaced for anglers

Wed., July 26, 2017, 7 p.m.

Two Durable metal footbridges have been installed over Rocky Ford Creek. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife / Courtesy)
No longer are anglers getting the run around at Rocky Ford Creek, a fly-fishing holy water north of Moses Lake. A $185,000 project to install two new foot bridges has restored safe access to the trails on both sides of the trout stream at both the upper and lower ends near Trout Lodge fish hatchery.

Reader photo: Berries by the bagful

UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 4:23 p.m.

Taryn Thompson and her family picked 7 gallons of huckleberries in a marathon effort. (Taryn Thompson / TARYN THOMPSON PHOTO)
As every picker who hasn’t been in a coma knows, the region is enjoying a bumper crop of huckleberries.

Alan Liere’s fish and game report for July 27

Wed., July 26, 2017, 2:23 p.m.

The Yakima River has finally settled down into a smooth sustained flow and the trout are beginning to bite. Close by, the Naches River fish are smaller but plentiful, and wade fishing is a pleasant way to pass a hot summer day.

Gear Junkie: Packscooter just as it says; part pack, part scooter

Tue., July 25, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

The Packscooter has helped two explorers navigate more than 1,000 miles of desert, mountain, and jungle around the world. (Courtesy)
The Packscooter looks like something you’d see a kid riding around the block. But the design belies a transformable conveyance that’s helped two explorers navigate more than 1,000 miles of desert, mountain, and jungle around the world.

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