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Hunting 2012

See reports on the record waterfowl season forecast for this season, plus the big changes in elk seasons in Idaho and Washington among other stories in our annual guide to hunting deer, elk, waterfowl, grouse, chukars and more in the Inland Northwest.


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  • Sun., Oct. 7, 2012, 6:28 a.m.

    Washington’s oldest shooting preserve flush with pheasants

    Farms along the Palouse River are well-known for producing bumper crops of wild game birds, but for nearly half a century, Pheasant Valley Preserve has taken bird hunting to a …


  • Sun., Oct. 7, 2012, 6:26 a.m.

    Early-season tips for dogs

    Hot, dry weather is hard on dogs, which is why hunters must give special attention to their dogs during early bird-hunting seasons. Based on years of experience, Dan Hoke, veteran …


  • Thu., Sept. 27, 2012

    Ups and downs for Eastern Washington elk hunters

    Northeastern Washington has gained stature among elk hunters in recent years, with the 2011 elk harvest exceeding the general season take in the fabled Blue Mountains. But that’s likely to …


  • Thu., Sept. 27, 2012

    North Idaho’s cow elk season eliminated

    The 2012 season will go down in history as the first year the Idaho Panhandle has not offered a general antlerless elk hunt somewhere in the region. Even bowhunters are …


  • Thu., Sept. 27, 2012

    Eastern Washington cougar hunts liberalized

    Cougar hunting seasons have been liberalized in Eastern Washington for the 2012 season as the Department of Fish and Wildlife reacts to an apparent increase in cougar populations. “The changes …


  • Thu., Sept. 27, 2012

    Idaho sees gain in yearling bucks

    Deer hunters should find improved hunting for mule deer in their Idaho strongholds this year, but the pendulum is swing- ing in favor of whitetails. The 2011 harvest of white-tailed …


  • Thu., Sept. 27, 2012

    Details dictate hunts for East Side deer

    Eastern Washington hunters should find decent numbers of deer in the fields and forests this fall, according to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports. However, pay attention to the …


  • Thu., Sept. 27, 2012

    Fires char BLM areas, Joseph Creek

    Wild fires have blackened the prospects for hunting this season in specific areas of Washington and Idaho. Weeks of rainless hot weather in August and September forced state and federal …


  • Thu., Sept. 27, 2012

    Idaho delays opening of duck season

    While duck and goose populations are in good shape for Inland Northwest hunters this season, Idaho Panhandle waterfowlers will have to wait an extra week for opening day. Both the …


  • Thu., Sept. 27, 2012

    Region’s waterfowl hunters gearing up for record year

    Prospects are ducky for waterfowlers across North America this season. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service preliminary report on North American breeding ducks estimates a record population of 48.6 million, …


  • Thu., Sept. 27, 2012

    In brief: Disabled hunters sign up for access

    ACCESS – Qualified applicants have until Sunday to sign up in a drawing for special access to hunting areas through the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District’s Hunters with Disabilities Program. …


  • Thu., Sept. 27, 2012

    Bird dog savvy

    Here’s a wake-up call for upland bird hunters, not a day too soon: “It takes six to eight weeks to get your dog into shape for hunting season,” said gun …


  • Thu., Sept. 27, 2012

    Wolves alter field for hunts

    While Idaho sportsmen will be hunting for wolves again this season, hunters in both Idaho and Washington will be hunting with wolves in the area. Either way, wolves have changed …


  • Thu., Sept. 27, 2012

    Rules of the off-road for hunters on OHVs

    ATVs can drive public land managers crazy during hunting season. “We are most concerned with instances where a hunter drives off trail to scout for game or retrieve game,” said …


  • Thu., Sept. 27, 2012

    Idaho, Montana have surplus of tags for nonresidents

    Idaho and Montana still have an unusually good supply of nonresident big-game tags available for the 2012 seasons. Sales of nonresident deer and elk tags have steadily declined in each …


  • Thu., Sept. 27, 2012

    Cast and blast: Hunters shouldn’t spare the fishing rod

    Diversified sportsmen can be conflicted during fall hunting season, since it’s also one of the best times for fishing. Tuna are migrating past the Washington Coast. Salmon are streaming into …


  • Thu., Sept. 27, 2012

    Some hunters barred from new wildlife area

    An Asotin County ranch purchased by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife last winter is open to public walk-in access this year with the exception of some big-game hunters. …

Blogposts


  • Mon., Nov. 12, 2012, 7:51 a.m.

    Whitetail bucks active in rut, winter conditions

    HUNTING — Reports have been coming in for two weeks that whitetail bucks are actively scraping, sparring and now they’re pursuing does. Rattling is a good hunting tactic in the …


  • Fri., Nov. 9, 2012, 7:48 a.m.

    Late whitetail buck season opens Saturday

    HUNTING — The whitetail deer mating season — better known as “the rut” — is the best few weeks of the year to tag a big buck. The rut in …


  • Fri., Oct. 26, 2012, 6:04 a.m.

    Keep track of your deer tag from field to freezer

    HUNTING — As sportsmen are bringing deer, elk and moose in from the field for processing, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department offers this clarification on how do deal with …


  • Fri., Oct. 12, 2012, 9:55 a.m.

    Hunters boost deer research by stopping at check stations

    HUNTING — Spokane-region hunter check stations will be staffed this weekend, with biologists sampling the harvest for data important to managing deer herds. Look for the stations at truck scales …


  • Mon., Sept. 24, 2012, 7:40 a.m.

    Idaho sets clinics for youth waterfowlers

    HUNTING– Registration is underway for the limited number of spots in the annual Youth Waterfowl Hunting Clinics sponsored by the Idaho Fish and Game Department’s Panhandle Region. This year’s clinics …