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Summer wildfires will have effect on hunters

Wildfires burned more than 250,000 acres this summer in north-central Washington – the largest fire area recorded in the state – changing the landscape for hunters. Big-game animals displaced by fires are likely to move into unburned areas of Okanogan County, district wildlife biologist Scott …

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Spots available for youth waterfowl hunts

A few slots are available in youth waterfowl hunting opportunities for 10- to 15-year old licensed hunters, including a preseason shooting clinic set for Saturday. The hunts are planned for Sept. 27, the opening day of the annual youth-only waterfowl season. They’re sponsored by the …

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Wounded bull eludes bow hunter

A morning of what appeared to be a promising bow hunt Wednesday for a Coeur d’Alene man turned into a day-long ordeal that ended with a hunt he will never forget and will always regret. Wes Sifford, 24, had earlier in the week scouted an …

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Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly fishing The Fish Washington website ( wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington) has expanded to provide the “whens, wheres and how-tos” for fishing Washington’s high-elevation lakes. It now has fishing information for hundreds of high lakes, including 60 “getting started” lakes. Features include fish stocking data, access details and …

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Idaho duck hunters devote day to kids

Mentored waterfowl hunting opportunities for 10- to 15-year old licensed hunters have been scheduled this month by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Silver Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. The hunts and associated activities are planned for Sept. 27, the opening day …

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Landers: Record run should give all anglers shot at a king

The curtain has opened on the last act in the Columbia River system’s “Year of the Salmon.” The performance began with good returns of spring chinook followed by this summer’s post-dams record returns of sockeye and a great showing of coho. Now the big stars …

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Yakima river section closed to float fishing

FISHING Starting Saturday, Sept. 20, a 1.25-mile section of the lower Yakima River in Prosser will be closed to fishing from any floating device, the Washington Department of Fish and ...

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