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  • New maps help hunters zero in

    Washington hunters can zero in on boundaries of Washington game management units with a new online map tool developed by Northwest Maps, 10525 E. Sprague Ave., in Spokane Valley. • …


  • Disabled hunters can apply to ride gated roads

    Handicapped hunters in the Inland Northwest are making inroads to decent hunting opportunities on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests as well the Colville National Forest and two timberland companies. Deadlines …


  • Bagging trophy wasn’t goal of man with coveted ram tag

    When Mandy Miles drew a coveted bighorn sheep tag for Idaho’s Unit 11, he decided he wanted three things. 1. Look for a nice “old” ram.


  • Landers: Hunters’ deodorizing products can’t fool wildlife

    One of the hunting industry’s most successful marketing strategies in the past decade has never passed my sniff test. But sportsmen have spent millions of dollars buying manufacturer claims that …


  • Idaho partridge, quail seasons open later

    The birds of the year will be larger and the hunting dogs will have less chance of heat stroke and rattlesnake encounters when Idaho’s partridge and quail seasons open this …


  • Minimizing lead exposure

    Studies have indicated people can be subject to lead exposure by eating certain game meats taken by hunters shooting lead bullets. Ground meats tend to offer the highest risks if …


  • Idaho targets wolves

    An archery hunter near Bozeman killed the first wolf to be harvested in the gray wolf hunting seasons that opened in Montana earlier this month. And at least 10 gray …


  • Don’t forget basic items

    Every hunter should carry basic survival items, even for short forays from camp or the vehicle. A classic case in point occurred a few years ago in North Idaho, when …


  • Safety on water

    Guns and cold temperatures, water and dogs, boats and darkness – they all contribute to making waterfowling rife with hazards. The biggest safety issue for waterfowl hunters is “way too …


  • Carnivore caution

    Hunting in country inhabited by bears, cougars and wolves poses a challenge to sportsmen to be wary, and to clean up their act. Hunters who kill a big game animal …


  • Website tests bear ID skills

    Black bear hunters can test their bear species identification skills through a new interactive program on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website, wdfw.wa.gov. The site includes information on …


  • Focus on kids

    A lot of “educating” can be done during the special youth upland bird and waterfowl seasons in Idaho and Washington. Since only youths under the age of 16 can shoot …


  • State scientists seek tissue samples for deer, elk

    Successful deer and elk hunters in Eastern Washington can help scientists monitor for chronic wasting disease by submitting tissue samples. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department’s ongoing monitoring effort is …


  • First Turnbull elk hunt a success

    By most measures, last year’s first-ever elk hunting season on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge was a success. Hunter success rates generally were high, not only for the 63 hunters who …


  • Populations hold the course

    Eastern Washington hunters heading into the field this fall shouldn’t expect dramatic changes from last year’s game populations. Here’s the general trend from state survey information, some of which is …


  • Discover Pass now required

    Washington’s new Discover Pass, required on vehicles accessing most state lands, might impact some sportsmen even though they get a parking permit when they buy their hunting and fishing licenses. …


  • Elk hunting on the rebound

    Idaho elk hunting may have bottomed out in 2009, followed by better times for hunters that ought to continue this season. Elk harvest had declined for four years but went …


  • Idaho chukar surveys over

    The last good barometer Snake River region hunters have had on the hatching success of upland birds has ended. Idaho Fish and Game biologists will no longer conduct aerial chukar …


  • New rule restricts points

    Deer hunters in one of Washington’s top white-tailed deer areas will be restricted to shooting whitetail bucks with four or more points on one side of their antlers. The antler …


  • Nontoxic shot areas expanded

    Starting this season, hunters are required to use nontoxic shot in their ammunition while hunting any type of birds at 29 pheasant release sites in Eastern Washington. The nontoxic shot …


  • Idaho whitetails resilient

    First, the good news: White-tailed deer hunting should be good in Idaho this fall. The herds have taken some hits in recent years from hard winters, but they’ve repeatedly proven …


  • Procrastinators likely to shell out more money for fall licence fees

    Washington state’s first general hunting-fishing license fee increase in a decade kicked in at the beginning of September. Procrastinators are spending more money if they purchase their licenses after that …


  • Inland Empire Paper enacts vehicle ban

    A small but steady parade of vandals has prompted the Inland Empire Paper Company to ban motorized vehicle use on about 3,600 acres of timberland around Mica Peak south of …


  • How to get ticketed

    Following are the top 10 ways sportsmen goof up and qualify for a costly ticket while hunting in Washington, according to Fish and Wildlife Department enforcement officers in Spokane (in …


  • Similar traits bring success

    Some hunters regularly do better than the statistics. Some bag their game year after year. Consistently successful hunters share similar traits.

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