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Field reports: Palouse lady finalist for Extreme Huntress

Thia Anderson of Palouse is a finalist in the national Extreme Huntress contest.
Thia Anderson of Palouse is a finalist in the national Extreme Huntress contest.

HUNTING – Thia Anderson, a mother of three boys and nurse practitioner who works in Pullman, is among 10 finalists from across the country in the Extreme Huntress 2013 contest presented by Tahoe Films.

She needs online votes from supporters by Jan. 1 to help her win the title and an Alaska brown bear hunting trip that will be filmed for TV.

Anderson, a volunteer hunter safety instructor, wrote an essay that attracted the attention of judges’ looking for the world’s most hardcore female hunter.

“I am lucky to have many opportunities to hunt the way I love to hunt: unguided, spot-and-stalk on public land,” she said. Stalking a bear ranks as her most rewarding hunt.

“I spotted a bear on a ridge a half-mile away, with one hour of shooting light left. While my husband watched with binoculars from the opposite ridge, I hurried down the steep canyon and up the other side and was able to stalk to within 75 yards and drop the tremendous 300-plus-pound bear with one shot.”

Check out the 10 finalists, vote online,

Clubs registering for S-R Trapshoot

SHOOTING – Shotgunners from around the region are entering The Spokesman- Review Trapshoot, celebrating the 95th year of the annual winter event.

Participants shoot each Sunday for eight weeks at their own clubs and email results, which are compiled into standings on the Web at

Competition starts Jan. 6.

Kids telemark clinics at 49 Degrees North

SKIING – A rare chance for kids ages 6-14 to learn telemark skiing will debut at the annual Winterfest events Jan. 12-13 at 49 Degrees North.

The Kids Telemark Ski Clinic will feature a van loaded with youth-size cross-country downhill boots, skis and bindings available for half-day and full-day lessons.

Colorado kid-skiing educator Ned Ryerson ( will conduct the clinics. Cost: $49 half-day or $69 full day, includes rentals and lessons.

Preregister, 49 Degrees North, (509) 935-6649, ext. 610.

Idaho snowmobiling registrations down

WINTER SPORTS – Idaho snowmobile registrations, which fund trail grooming and access plowing, were down by nearly 8,800 early this month.

That means Idaho Parks and Recreation collected $286,000 less for its snowmobiling programs, about 20 percent less than last winter.

It’s the first time since 2009 that statewide snowmobile registrations dipped below 30,000, said Todd Wernex, Idaho of Parks and Recreation trails specialist.