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Monday, January 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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.

Sports >  Outdoors

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 different level. The farm is Washington’s oldest licensed game-bird shooting preserve. While most of the 1,300 acres are devoted to farming or grazing, 400 acres of irrigated river bottomland is seeded with some of the 6,500 pheasants being raised this year in huge netted pens.
Sports >  Outdoors

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 dog trainer from Dunfur Kennel near Cheney, offered these tips: • Trim toenails. Don’t let them get long and break off.
News >  Idaho

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 deer eclipsed the mule deer harvest for the first time since 1995.

News >  Idaho

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 the playing field for hunters in the Inland Northwest.
Sports >  Outdoors

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 details. For the second year, northeastern Washington whitetail hunters will be restricted to shooting only bucks with four or more points on one antler in units 117 and 121.
News >  Idaho

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 Andy Brunelle, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. “One set of tracks through the brush or in a meadow can invite others to do the same, and the impacts add up, damaging vegetation and causing soil erosion into streams.”
News >  Idaho

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. Disabled hunters must sign up in person at either the Forest Service’s Silver Valley Office, (208) 783-2363, in Smelterville or Fernan Office, (208) 664-2318, in Coeur d’Alene. 
News >  Idaho

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 Columbia and Snake River tributaries. Steelhead are high-tailing over dams to wintering areas. Crowds have left the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe rivers even though the cutthroat fishing is as supreme.
Sports >  Outdoors

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. Deer and elk hunters are allowed on the newly-acquired addition to the Chief Joseph Wildlife Area only if they drew a “4-O Ranch” special hunting permit.

Blog Posts

Sports >  Outdoors

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 early portion of the rut. The late season for whitetail bucks opened in select northeastern...
Sports >  Outdoors

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 Eastern Washington will be reaching it's peak just about the time the late buck season...
Sports >  Outdoors

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 your big-game transport tag. Where does my deer/elk tag stay if half my meat is...

Sports >  Outdoors

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 along Highway 395 at Deer Park and Highway 2 south of Chattaroy. The stations will...
Sports >  Outdoors

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 are set for Sept. 29, when girls and boys ages 15 and under and their...