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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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …