September 2, 2012 in Outdoors

Out & About: Clinics tap waterfowl experts

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Kent Contreras calls ducks from a boat blind on the Pend Oreille
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OUTHUNT – Duck- and goose-calling contests, seminars by waterfowl and retrieving-dog experts and hunting-equipment reps are on the schedule for two days of free events this weekend at Cabela’s in Post Falls.

Saturday’s schedule: 8 a.m.-9 a.m. – Registration for junior duck calling.

• 9 a.m. – Seminar on identifying waterfowl, hunting regulations by Idaho Fish and Game.

• 9:30 a.m. – Junior Duck Calling Contest (16 and under).

• 9:30 a.m.-10:30 – Registration for open duck calling.

• 10:30 a.m.  – Reading Birds, When to Call, by Bill Saunders.

• 11 a.m. – Open Duck Calling Contest.     

• 1 p.m. – Layout Blind Hunting, Judging Distance by Kent Contreras.

  • 2 p.m. – Workingman’s Retriever by Dan Hosford.

Sunday’s schedule: 9 a.m. – Regis- tration for junior and open goose calling.

• 9:15 a.m. – Duck Calling Strategies by Chris Redell.

• 9:45 a.m. – Junior Goose Calling Contest.

• 10:30 a.m. Reading Birds, When to Call by Bill Saunders.

• 11 a.m. – Open Goose Calling Contest.

• 1 p.m. – Hunting Gear, Hunting Situations by John Plughoff.

• 2 p.m. – Workingman’s Retriever by Dan Hosford.

Note: Dog-training seminars may change times if weather too hot.

Hunter, angler highlights issues

OUTSPOKEN – Matthew Scott, Washington coordinator for the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, will present a program about the group’s involvement in the Colville National Forest planning, wilderness recommendations, collaboration efforts and off-road vehicle issues Tuesday at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council, 6116 N. Market.

Travel + Leisure rates ROW tops

OUTSTANDING – ROW Adventures (, a Coeur d’Alene-based rafting and adventure travel company, was named No. 1 Tour Operator in the 2012 World’s Best Awards survey by Travel + Leisure magazine readers.

Tour operators were rated on criteria such as staff, itineraries, activities, accommodations, food and value. ROW received the highest ranking in any of the annual survey’s categories, which also included airlines, hotels and destinations.

“We are honored with this recognition and very grateful to all those who have trusted us with their precious vacation time,” said Peter Grubb, who said he had to buy a suit for the presentation ceremony in New York.

Grubb co-founded ROW as a whitewater rafting company in 1979 and has expanded to offering a variety of trips in 17 countries.

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