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  • Rules of the off-road for hunters on OHVs

    ATVs can drive public land managers crazy during hunting season. “We are most concerned with instances where a hunter drives off trail to scout for game or retrieve game,” said …


  • Fires char BLM areas, Joseph Creek

    Wild fires have blackened the prospects for hunting this season in specific areas of Washington and Idaho. Weeks of rainless hot weather in August and September forced state and federal …


  • Cast and blast: Hunters shouldn’t spare the fishing rod

    Diversified sportsmen can be conflicted during fall hunting season, since it’s also one of the best times for fishing. Tuna are migrating past the Washington Coast. Salmon are streaming into …


  • North Idaho’s cow elk season eliminated

    The 2012 season will go down in history as the first year the Idaho Panhandle has not offered a general antlerless elk hunt somewhere in the region. Even bowhunters are …


  • Idaho, Montana have surplus of tags for nonresidents

    Idaho and Montana still have an unusually good supply of nonresident big-game tags available for the 2012 seasons. Sales of nonresident deer and elk tags have steadily declined in each …


  • In brief: Disabled hunters sign up for access

    ACCESS – Qualified applicants have until Sunday to sign up in a drawing for special access to hunting areas through the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District’s Hunters with Disabilities Program. …


  • Idaho sees gain in yearling bucks

    Deer hunters should find improved hunting for mule deer in their Idaho strongholds this year, but the pendulum is swing- ing in favor of whitetails. The 2011 harvest of white-tailed …


  • Region’s waterfowl hunters gearing up for record year

    Prospects are ducky for waterfowlers across North America this season. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service preliminary report on North American breeding ducks estimates a record population of 48.6 million, …


  • Idaho delays opening of duck season

    While duck and goose populations are in good shape for Inland Northwest hunters this season, Idaho Panhandle waterfowlers will have to wait an extra week for opening day. Both the …


  • Ups and downs for Eastern Washington elk hunters

    Northeastern Washington has gained stature among elk hunters in recent years, with the 2011 elk harvest exceeding the general season take in the fabled Blue Mountains. But that’s likely to …


  • Some hunters barred from new wildlife area

    An Asotin County ranch purchased by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife last winter is open to public walk-in access this year with the exception of some big-game hunters. …


  • Lake trout gives fisherman the finger

    When Haans Galassi of Spokane got a call from the Bonner County sheriff Tuesday morning, he had a feeling he knew what it was about.


  • Some families went extra mile on summer vacations

    They couldn’t be with him every step of the way, but Robin Johnson’s family was along for the journey as he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail this season. The emotional …


  • High School outdoor writing contest deadline Nov. 15

    It’s time for high schoolers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review once again is joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring a …


  • Hunting and fishing

    Fly fishing September brings some spectacular fly fishing to the Clearwater region of Idaho. Anglers on Kelly Creek, the Lochsa, Selway and North Fork Clearwater rivers do well as the …


  • Landers: Wolf issue as fiery as woods

    Wildfires have smoked out the Inland Northwest hunters and recreationists in many significant areas this month. But before we assess some of the impacts, let’s visit the gray wolf front, …


  • Hunting and fishing

    Fly fishing Amber Lake usually starts to get good this time of year, but reports indicate the fish are deep and not particularly aggressive. Those catching cutthroat say a green …


  • Feeding the river

    Two major Bonneville Power Administration projects are tending to the welfare of Kootenai River fisheries, which have been starved for more than attention since Libby Dam went online in 1972. …


  • Kootenai River’s fishery ailing in Montana

    Trout in Montana’s stretch of the Kootenai River have fared much better than fish farther downstream in Idaho since Libby Dam went online in 1972. Trout populations in the river …


  • Out & About: Tiger muskies rule at Curlew

    OUTSIZED – The data aren’t analyzed yet, but the fish observed by a team of warmwater fisheries biologists at Curlew Lake last week left a big impression. “It appears there …


  • Hunting and fishing

    Fly fishing The Spokane River got a pick-me-up with increased flows starting Tuesday as Avista began the annual drawdown of Lake Coeur d’Alene.


  • Field reports: Fish weir installed on Okanogan River

    FISH – A temporary picket-style salmon weir recently has been installed on the Okanogan River about 15 miles upstream from its confluence with the Columbia River near Brewster, the Colville …


  • Free-flowing Elwha rallies fish

    PORT ANGELES – Scientists knew oceangoing fish would eventually return to the Elwha River on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, once two massive concrete dams were torn down. They just didn’t …


  • Hunting and fishing

    Fly fishing The Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe rivers are fishing better each day. Cooler water, less pressure and good hatches are contributing to more quality trout. The Clark Fork …


  • Fishing book author John E. Moore writes from experience

    John E. Moore isn’t content to catch a mess of fish out of a few honey holes. The Mount Vernon angler prefers the thrill of discovery, catching a few fish …


  • Field reports: Area trail projects need more helpers

    TRAILS – Trails at Liberty Lake, Mount Spokane and the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge are scheduled for rerouting or maintenance by the Washington Trails Association in the next …


  • Hunting and fishing

    Fly fishing Pat Way at Northwest Outfitters in Coeur d’Alene said the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe rivers are fishing so well that he has a hard time making himself …


  • Landers: Now’s the time to put off procrastination

    If you’re too busy to be fully prepared for a hunting, fishing or camping trip, join the crowd. Modern lifestyles aren’t necessarily conducive to being a complete outdoorsman.


  • Out & About: Downtown events lack RV sites

    OUTCAMP – There’s a notable lack of RV camping areas with easy access to downtown events at the Convention Center and elsewhere, said Len Zickler, chairman of the host committee …


  • Hunting and fishing

    Fly fishing Although local rivers are seeing a lot of recreational tubers, fly fishing has been good. Hoppers are hot and a longer leader can make a difference. The St. …

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