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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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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 Washington units Saturday and the season runs through Nov. 19

Nate Krohn photographed this bruiser with his trail cam at a baited plot on Nov. 6. He also had remote photos of sparring bucks.  He was planning to be out this week rattling to help his wife put a tag a nice 6x4 pointer he's been following.

"I have his sheds and mounted them on a skull and he scored out in the low 170's," Krohn said.


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 closes on Nov. 19.

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 taken to a butcher for processing and the other half remains at my home?

The meat cutter will require that your tag stay at the butcher shop, so make sure you get it back when you pick up your processed meat so you can attach it to the side of your freezer.

It is recommended that you make a photocopy of your tag to keep with the other half of your carcass (meat) until your tag is retrieved from the butcher shop.

Do not leave your tag with a taxidermist. It is not required. But it is a good idea to photocopy your tag and give the photocopy to the taxidermist, to prove that the mount is legal.

Information: wdfw.wa.gov/help.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/10/21/2339402/news-brief-21askdfws.html#storylink=cpy

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 be open five days this season: Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, and Nov. 17 and 18.

Biologists will determine the age and health of the deer as well as gathering information for a major whitetail study under way in northeastern Washington.

However, the state won’t be sampling for chronic wasting disease at the stations, so the lymph nodes won’t have to be removed from the carcasses.

The agency will be testing only animals that show CWD symptoms, such as emaciation or abnormal behavior.

A federal grant that funded the more extensive CWD testing of the past expired last month, said Kevin Robinette, WDFW regional wildlife manager.

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 parents can learn the basics of hunting waterfowl in mentored hunting situation during the states’s special hunting season just for youths.

Following a morning hunt with experienced waterfowlers, participants will be treated to a free barbeque and skills clinic. 

The clinics are limited to 25 participants at three different clinics:

Northern Panhandle Clinic: Boundary Creek Wildlife Management Area, northwest of Bonners Ferry.

Central Panhandle Clinic: Pend Oreille Wildlife Management Area, east of Sandpoint at the Clark Fork Delta drift yard boat ramp.

Southern Panhandle Clinic: Heyburn State Park, northwest of St. Maries at the south end of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Pre-register with J.J. Teare at the Panhandle Region Office, (208) 769-1414.