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.


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  • 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. • …


  • 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 …


  • Bagging trophy wasn’t goal of man with coveted ram tag

    When Mandy Miles drew a coveted bighorn sheep tag for Idaho’s Unit 11, he decided he wanted three things. 1. Look for a nice “old” ram.


  • 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 …


  • Focus on kids

    A lot of “educating” can be done during the special youth upland bird and waterfowl seasons in Idaho and Washington. Since only youths under the age of 16 can shoot …


  • Populations hold the course

    Eastern Washington hunters heading into the field this fall shouldn’t expect dramatic changes from last year’s game populations. Here’s the general trend from state survey information, some of which is …


  • New rule restricts points

    Deer hunters in one of Washington’s top white-tailed deer areas will be restricted to shooting whitetail bucks with four or more points on one side of their antlers. The antler …


  • Idaho whitetails resilient

    First, the good news: White-tailed deer hunting should be good in Idaho this fall. The herds have taken some hits in recent years from hard winters, but they’ve repeatedly proven …


  • Procrastinators likely to shell out more money for fall licence fees

    Washington state’s first general hunting-fishing license fee increase in a decade kicked in at the beginning of September. Procrastinators are spending more money if they purchase their licenses after that …


  • Discover Pass now required

    Washington’s new Discover Pass, required on vehicles accessing most state lands, might impact some sportsmen even though they get a parking permit when they buy their hunting and fishing licenses. …


  • First Turnbull elk hunt a success

    By most measures, last year’s first-ever elk hunting season on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge was a success. Hunter success rates generally were high, not only for the 63 hunters who …


  • Elk hunting on the rebound

    Idaho elk hunting may have bottomed out in 2009, followed by better times for hunters that ought to continue this season. Elk harvest had declined for four years but went …


  • Carnivore caution

    Hunting in country inhabited by bears, cougars and wolves poses a challenge to sportsmen to be wary, and to clean up their act. Hunters who kill a big game animal …


  • Website tests bear ID skills

    Black bear hunters can test their bear species identification skills through a new interactive program on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website, wdfw.wa.gov. The site includes information on …


  • Safety on water

    Guns and cold temperatures, water and dogs, boats and darkness – they all contribute to making waterfowling rife with hazards. The biggest safety issue for waterfowl hunters is “way too …


  • Idaho chukar surveys over

    The last good barometer Snake River region hunters have had on the hatching success of upland birds has ended. Idaho Fish and Game biologists will no longer conduct aerial chukar …


  • Nontoxic shot areas expanded

    Starting this season, hunters are required to use nontoxic shot in their ammunition while hunting any type of birds at 29 pheasant release sites in Eastern Washington. The nontoxic shot …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Biologists post Washington hunting prospects on web

    HUNTING — Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists and staffers have posted on the agency’s webesite their observations on prospects for hunting this fall. There’s information for districts across the …


  • Special 2011 hunting section coming Thursday

    HUNTING — See 12 pages of updates and tips for hunters heading into the field for the 2011 hunting seasons in our annual hunting section, coming in the Thursday paper …

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