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Tuesday, February 19, 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.

News >  Idaho

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 state since 2008, when the economy tanked at the same time nonresident license fees were increased by legislators or initiatives.
Sports >  Outdoors

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 prohibited from targeting a cow elk in the Panhandle Zone this year.
News >  Idaho

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 dog expert Jim Closson of Boise.

Sports >  Outdoors

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 land managers to issue numerous restrictions.
News >  Idaho

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 youth hunt and the general duck and goose seasons will open later than in the past based on Idaho surveys indicating hunters preferred late-season hunting.
News >  Idaho

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, up from 45.6 million last year – 43 percent above the 1955 to 2010 long-term average.
Sports >  Outdoors

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 stem from our research and partly to what we’re hearing from local hunters,” said Kevin Robinette, regional wildlife manager in Spokane. “They just didn’t think they were making a dent in the cougar population.”

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...