April 19, 2009 in Outdoors

Out & About

 
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OUTCRY

Details, details: Tiger musky record revoked

Steven Salazar, 19, of Harlowton, recently caught a 32.4-pound tiger musky that exceeded the Montana state record by 3.5 pounds.

Unfortunately, he didn’t purchase the required $5 warmwater fish stamp until after he caught the fish in Deadman’s Basin Reservoir, so the record won’t be officially recognized.

Dang those computerized license systems that date-stamp license purchases.

The local game warden’s interest was piqued when he heard the fish had been dispatched on shore with a handgun because it was too big to land in a net.

Shooting a fish is illegal if it’s in the water; it’s also usually senseless and always dangerous.

OUTBACK

Founding fathers had pecking order

“He is a bird of bad moral character; he does not get his living honestly. You may have seen him perched in some dead tree where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labor of the fishing hawk and, when that diligent bird has at length taken a fish and is bearing it to his nest for his young ones, the bald eagle pursues him and takes the fish. With all this injustice, he is never in good case.”

Benjamin Franklin in 1782, explaining why he wished “the (bald) eagle had not been chosen as the representative of this country.” Franklin had proposed the wild turkey for the national symbol.

OUTSTANDING

Teen angler lands big donations

Joey Nania, 18, of Liberty Lake, two-time Junior Bassmaster World Champion, is also a winner at raising donations for the (Mark) Rypien Foundation’s efforts to battle childhood cancer.

By donating his talents in guided bass fishing packages for the annual auction, the Central Valley high school senior has raised more than $10,000 for the foundation, including $350 bids for each of two trips this year.

OUTPEDAL

Join the crowd, bike to work

Consume food, burn calories and earn prizes while saving barrels of oil by signing up for Spokane’s Bike to Work Week activities, May 10-15.

Info:www.biketoworkspokane.org..

OUTLOOK

Best fishing times

Lunar tables from the U.S. Naval Observatory. Be fishing at least one hour before and one hour after peak times. Applies to all time zones.

(* indicates best days.)

Through April 26

Today: 8:50 a.m., 9:10 p.m.

Monday: 9:35 a.m., 9:55 p.m.

Tuesday: 10:15 a.m., 10:35 p.m.

Wednesday: 11 a.m., 11:20 p.m.

* Thursday: 11:45 a.m., 12:10 p.m.

Friday: 12:35 p.m., 1 a.m.

Saturday: 1:30 p.m., 2 a.m.

Next Sunday: 2:30 p.m., 3 a.m.

See the Hunting-Fishing Report

every Friday in Sports


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