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  • Whitetails dominate north

    Idaho deer tend to be segregated, with the better mule deer hunting in the south two-thirds of the state while whitetails dominate the deer harvest in their core ranges in …


  • No blues in the Blues for elk hunters

    Blue Mountains elk numbers have increased over the past few years and are doing quite well in most areas, said Pat Fowler, state biologist in Walla Walla. “Calf survival has …


  • Don’t be too good at calling

    It’s the archery season and the elk rut is in full swing. You set up on a mountain ridgeline, dig out your elk call and blow a beautiful bugle worthy …


  • Another chapter is written

    Idaho native Ryan Hatfield recently published “Idaho’s Greatest Whitetails,” which chronicles the game, the hunters and the hunts involving the best whitetail bucks ever taken in the state. The book …


  • Good hatch boosts prospects in Washington

    Washington waterfowl hunters can look up to prospects for good hunting this fall. Don Kraege, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department waterfowl manager, said ducks appeared to have pulled off a …


  • Panhandle waterfowl wonderland for hunters

    While the Panhandle has stood out as Idaho’s hot spot for goose hunting, other waterfowl trends are similarly encouraging, said Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional wildlife manager. …


  • Landmark youth hunts approach

    Potential duck and goose hunters under the age of 16 have the chance of a lifetime in the Idaho Panhandle this month, while a few selected Washington youths will make …


  • OK to grouse about grouse

    Although they have virtually no money for formal surveys, Washington biologists speculate that forest grouse populations have been lower than average in the past few years. The harvest of ruffed, …


  • Washington provides only opportunity for grouse slam

    Washington is a rare bird for wingshooters looking to bag a “slam.” Forest grouse hunters recognize Washington as the only state that offers a four-bird slam, which was born in …


  • Idaho chukars provide bright spot amid mixed bird-hunting prospects

    Time to start training for the harshest bird hunting terrain in the region, since chukars may be one of the saving graces in a season of mixed news for upland …


  • Grim pheasant news

    An early June greeted by prolonged rain and cool weather appears to have dampened the hopes of pheasant hunters in Washington’s far-Eastern counties for the second consecutive year. But partridge …


  • Elk do better in north than remainder of Idaho

    Elk in Idaho’s Panhandle units tend to be doing better than most other regions of the state during the wolf reintroduction era, despite a tough winter in 2008-2009. The numbers …


  • Wolves among predators exacting a toll on elk in Idaho

    Since the return of wolves to Idaho 15 years ago, Idaho’s overall elk population has dropped by 20 percent from 125,000 to about 100,000. Idaho Fish and Game research in …


  • Cougar-hunting seasons go by hunter’s weapon choice

    Cougar hunting in Washington made a big transition starting last year that’s worth reviewing before heading afield this fall. Gone is the Aug. 1 cougar-hunting inaugural followed by a long …


  • Deer may not be behind every bush

    Deer tend to be struggling in many areas in the north and south of far-Eastern Washington from a variety of issues including a tough winter two years ago that hammered …


  • Wolf hunts on hold

    Wolf-hunting seasons scheduled for fall in Idaho and Montana were stopped this summer by a federal lawsuit that put wolves back under federal protection, at least for now. Gray wolves …


  • Council volunteers build platforms for disabled hunters

    Handicapped hunters are making inroads to decent hunting opportunities, thanks to an expanding program involving two timberland companies, national forests and the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council. Hunters with certified disabilities …


  • Fall turkey outlook good

    “I’m not sure what you could do to put a damper on wild turkeys,” said Dana Base, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologist in Colville. “The rain and cold weather …


  • Bad berry crop puts region’s black bears on the prowl

    What a difference a year makes for black bear hunters. Last year, Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional wildlife manager, said the huckleberry crop in the Idaho Panhandle …


  • Elk hunters get chance at Turnbull

    Eastern Washington elk hunters are exploring new terrain this year as Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is allowing special-permit hunting for the first time since the 17,000-acre refuge was established in …


  • 7 youth permitted for first waterfowl hunt at Turnbull refuge

    Seven young hunters have drawn permits to get the first shot at waterfowl in the 73-year history of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Their season is Sept. 25-26.


  • Landers: Before, during and after, hunt can be epic

    Big-game hunters, or at least the ones who seem to get the most out of the sport, are adept at building the suspense for weeks and digesting the related outdoors …

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