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Hunting 2011

The Inland Northwest guide to hunting deer, elk, waterfowl, grouse, chukars, with special reports and updates on the new four-point whitetail antler restrictions, vehicle restrictions at Mica Peak, non-toxic shot requirements at pheasant release sites and the latest on wolves.

New maps help hunters zero in

Washington hunters can zero in on boundaries of Washington game management units with a new online map tool developed by Northwest Maps, 10525 E. Sprague Ave., in Spokane Valley. • The Washington State GMU Boundaries Map is free to use at www.nwmaps.com/.

Disabled hunters can apply to ride gated roads

Handicapped hunters in the Inland Northwest are making inroads to decent hunting opportunities on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests as well the Colville National Forest and two timberland companies. Deadlines are approaching to sign up for several of the opportunities to drive motorized vehicles behind otherwise locked gates.

Landers: Hunters’ deodorizing products can’t fool wildlife

One of the hunting industry’s most successful marketing strategies in the past decade has never passed my sniff test. But sportsmen have spent millions of dollars buying manufacturer claims that deodorizing soaps and clothing fibers impregnated with carbon can mask a human’s scent from the discriminating noses of deer and elk.

State scientists seek tissue samples for deer, elk

Successful deer and elk hunters in Eastern Washington can help scientists monitor for chronic wasting disease by submitting tissue samples. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department’s ongoing monitoring effort is looking for as many samples as possible from deer and elk harvested east of the Columbia River.

How to get ticketed

Following are the top 10 ways sportsmen goof up and qualify for a costly ticket while hunting in Washington, according to Fish and Wildlife Department enforcement officers in Spokane (in no particular order): 1. License not on person while hunting.

Similar traits bring success

Some hunters regularly do better than the statistics. Some bag their game year after year. Consistently successful hunters share similar traits.

Minimizing lead exposure

Studies have indicated people can be subject to lead exposure by eating certain game meats taken by hunters shooting lead bullets. Ground meats tend to offer the highest risks if the meat is not carefully taken from the carcass.

Idaho targets wolves

An archery hunter near Bozeman killed the first wolf to be harvested in the gray wolf hunting seasons that opened in Montana earlier this month. And at least 10 gray wolves had been tagged in Idaho – including one in the Panhandle – through the first two weeks of the season that opened Aug. 30.

Don’t forget basic items

Every hunter should carry basic survival items, even for short forays from camp or the vehicle. A classic case in point occurred a few years ago in North Idaho, when a muzzleloader hunter crossed very fresh tracks in new snow on his drive in to camp.