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  • With careful prep, elk steaks and ground bison produce juicy goodness

    The hunters I asked all said the same thing: Whatever you do, they stressed repeatedly, don’t overcook it. With this advice in mind, I recently made my first attempts at …


  • Activist pleads guilty to poaching elk

    POCATELLO – An outspoken critic of Idaho’s phosphate industry and its deadly impact on some animals has pleaded guilty to poaching two elk. Marv Hoyt, Idaho director of the Greater …


  • Hunt for elk proves more challenging

    NEAR ST. MARIES – Calob Wilson sat on the tailgate of his dad’s pickup, dandling a rack of antlers on his knees. It was the opening weekend of rifle season, …


  • Police: Suspect in slaying threatened man who helped bury body

    A knock at the door turned into a harrowing chore for a man from Elk, who says he helped bury the body of Ramona Childress, whose remains were thought to …


  • Cow tag: best elk hunt you’ll never talk about

    Attracted from across the old clearcut by my hunter-orange clothing, a magpie swoops in and lands a few feet from my leg. It seems to be checking whether this colorful, …


  • Hunting and fishing report

    Anglers throughout the region are enjoying more elbow room this week as a high percentage of competing sportsmen becomes distracted by hunting. Fly fishing


  • Landers: Shutdown closes doors on outdoors lovers

    Because of politics, the gates are locked at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and a Washington hunter has lost what may be his last chance in a lifetime to hunt elk …


  • Bowhunter prevails in double jeopardy with cougars

    After taking cover and blowing cow elk calls Monday morning, two bowhunters had a one-in-a-million hunting experience in Pend Oreille County when they lured in a pair of mountain lions. …


  • One man dead after motorcycle crash in Elk

    A man died Wednesday night after crashing his motorcycle on E. Blanchard Road and N. Jackson Road in Elk.


  • Landers: Wolf presentation focuses on gray areas

    State agencies charged with managing wolves that are naturally repopulating their range in Washington are poked like dead meat in every direction by sportsmen, ranchers, wolf-loving zealots and rural district …


  • Experts study wolf skeletons for clues into behavior

    The wolf’s skull told a painful story. Teeth were broken and missing; the jawbone infected. An injury – probably caused by a kick to the wolf’s face – had also …


  • Elk hoof rot confounds state officials

    As the Department of Fish and Wildlife receives more reports of elk with painful limping near Mount St. Helens, the agency is asking for help from researchers as far away …


  • Lake trout impact elk calves

    Fewer cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake could be part of the reason that elk herds migrating out of the park are declining. Two recently published studies conducted in Yellowstone National …


  • Landers: Wolf repatriation continues to confound

    Washington’s moose, elk and deer herds do not yet appear to be suffering heavy losses from the revival of gray wolves, so far, to the best of the Fish and …


  • Former Idaho pol’s poaching conviction upheld

    Colorful former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell has lost his second appeal over a 2010 elk poaching charge, with the Idaho Court of Appeals ruling unanimously that two lower courts …


  • Field Reports: Cool support needed for Idaho cutthroats

    FISHING – Warmer water temperatures recorded in North Idaho streams and rivers are creating unhealthy conditions for trout, especially the region’s westslope cutthroats, Idaho environmental officials say. A recent analysis …


  • Landers: Prescribed burns becoming hot topic

    A growing number of land managers have a burning desire to improve forest health and wildlife habitat. The topic of prescribed fires is hotter than ever following last summer’s major …


  • Landers: Prescribed burns becoming hot topic

    A growing number of land managers have a burning desire to improve forest health and wildlife habitat. The topic of prescribed fires is hotter than ever following last summer’s major …


  • Landers: Spring has already sprung for wildlife

    The early hint of spring weathering into the region this week is a game-changer for outdoorsmen, but merely a confirmation of what’s already under way for wildlife. Skiers coming off …


  • Landers: Spring has already sprung for wildlife

    The early hint of spring weathering into the region this week is a game-changer for outdoorsmen, but merely a confirmation of what’s already under way for wildlife.


  • Yakima elk have love-hate history

    NACHES, Wash. – One hundred years. That’s how long the Yakima elk herd has been here – at least in its current incarnation, the one that grew from fewer than …


  • Outdoorsmen see rise in elk hoof rot

    Bill Sullivan’s hunting party has taken about 10 elk in the past decade in Western Washington. Nine of them suffered from hoof rot, he told Department of Fish and Wildlife …


  • Spokane-area man runs storm shelter operations in New York City

    Red Cross relief efforts in New York are being organized by an Eastern Washington retiree pressed into service because of his nearly four decades of disaster management experience. Glenn Lockwood, …


  • Landers: Idaho, Montana hurt from fewer nonresident hunters

    Weather, wolves, politics and the economy are slamming a quadruple whammy on the budgets of fish and game agencies in Idaho and Montana. Nonresidents are no longer clamoring for the …


  • Scientist’s family slams elk group for wolf stance

    MISSOULA – The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has removed all references to its Olaus Murie conservation award after the researcher’s family objected to the group’s policy on wolves. In a …


  • Asotin Wildlife Area addition acquired

    ASOTIN CREEK, Wash. – Betty Koch didn’t want to move from rainy southeast Alaska to the hot and arid climate of southeastern Washington. But it was her late husband Frank …


  • Field reports: Hundreds of bald eagles wintered in Oregon

    WILDLIFE – The Oregon Wildlife Commission took bald eagles off the state endangered species list recently, five years after the big birds were removed from the federal list. In 1963, …


  • Idaho hunters: Wolves taking too many elk

    KELLOGG – Steve Blahunka used to bow hunt in Idaho’s St. Joe region, but he switched his hunting grounds after he and his buddies saw fewer and fewer elk. Wolves …


  • Landers: Some hunters drawing bead on Wash. proposals

    Two hunting- related rule proposals being considered by Washington Fish and Wildlife managers have sportsmen squawking like a flock of ravens swarming a carcass. As The Spokesman-Review reported last week, …


  • Idaho forest land exchange boosts big game

    Hunters, hikers and wildlife should benefit from the Idaho Panhandle National Forests’ recent acquisition of Cabinet Mountains land just northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. And people who prefer a forest …

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