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Birds poised for comeback

Upland bird hunters have reason for hope this year. Coming off one of the worst pheasant, quail and partridge years in memory, production appears to be up from Southern Idaho …


Early youth seasons quality time for family

The absolute best time of the year to take a kid bird hunting – especially for waterfowl – is coming up before the general hunting seasons open. “There’s always lots …


Odds high despite shorter seasons

Deer and elk hunters can’t procrastinate this year in the Idaho Panhandle. Chances of filling a tag are still high, but they have a lot less time to do it.


Waterfowl staging

Duck numbers appear to be up for the Pacific Flyway region and while Canada goose numbers appear to be down slightly, the big birds should provide plenty of good hunting …


Care for meat a field priority

Keep it cool; keep it clean. These two basic rules for bringing premium game meat to the table are a challenge when hunters face hot weather, dirt and insects in …


Cougar seasons vary by weapon

Cougar hunting seasons have become considerably more restrictive this year in Washington. Instead of simple statewide rules, a zone management approach has been incorporated with rules that vary depending on …


Where elk winter well

Deer and elk in Idaho’s Clearwater region have not suffered the winter losses that have plagued the Idaho Panhandle the past two years. While Panhandle seasons have been cut back …


New fall turkey season

Northeastern Washington has a new late-fall general season for wild turkeys. Hunters who harvested two Eastern Washington birds in the spring season can still participate in the fall season. Read …


Hunting swift targets

Hunting seasons for some of the smallest and most difficult targets in the Inland Northwest opened on Sept. 1. Mourning doves and forest grouse already are fair game in Idaho …


When wolves claim your kill

What if wolves were stalking the same elk you just found in your cross-hairs? Although extremely unlikely, wolves have sometimes tried to claim a big-game animal a hunter has just …


Watch for rule tweeks

New state hunting regulations pamphlets are required reading for hunters, and this year is no exception. Unsuspecting deer hunters in northeastern Washington could be tripped up by the elimination of …


Travelers restricted on return

Washington sportsmen who venture out-of-state to hunt big game cannot legally return with certain parts of ungulate species taken in states or provinces where chronic wasting disease has been detected. …


Disabled get roads to success

Disabled hunters can get special privileges to drive through locked gates onto some forest roads that are otherwise closed to public vehicle travel. The first step is to get the …


Expanding elk still elusive in NE Washington

“Elk are the bright spot in northeastern Washington big-game herds – but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to hunt,” said Dana Base, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist in …


Preserve your hunt options

Hunters who don’t have a lock on a prime farm teeming with pheasants still have numerous options for hunting upland birds. •State and federal lands provide good bird hunting opportunity, …


How to de-skunk dog

In the early 1990s, a group of unheralded chemists gave the world one of the greatest gifts since penicillin: A cheap, effective treatment for a skunk-sprayed dog. Be prepared. Stock …


In brief: Blue Mountain hunters should expect road delays

Blue Mountains hunters may experience delays on main roads into prime bear and elk hunting areas this fall. Salvage logging will be underway until the snow piles up to reduce …


Check stations critical to game management

Check stations will be open for northeastern Washington deer hunters during two weekends at Chattaroy and four weekends at the Deer Park truck scale. Hunters should stop “so we can …


Wolf advocates won’t appeal ruling allowing hunts

Wolf advocates have decided not to appeal a federal judge’s decision that let wolf hunting seasons go forward in Idaho and Montana.


Man cited for wolf poaching

An Eagle, Idaho, man was cited by the Idaho Fish and Game department this week for poaching after he shot a wolf outside an approved hunting zone.


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing The Yakima is prime for fly fishing. Brown caddis hatches are beginning to show along with blue wing olives and crane flies.


Chukar numbers rebounding

Idaho Fish and Game Department aerial surveys reveal the canyonland partridge have nearly doubled their numbers from last year’s dismal lows.


Trust the real experts in wolf debate

Wolves are running a spectrum of emotions in the thoughts of people across the nation this week. Certainly it’s news to ask a hunter why he wants to kill a …


Idaho’s wolf hunt is still on, for now

BOISE – Gray wolves were back in the crosshairs of hunters Tuesday, just months after they were removed from the federal endangered species list and eight decades since being hunted …


Start of wolf hunt nears with no ruling yet from judge

While a federal judge ponders whether to issue an injunction stopping wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana, Idaho Fish and Game officials are hurriedly preparing signs to warn away hunters …


Idaho wildlife manager talks about elk herds and wolf packs

Fewer North Idaho families will have elk steaks in their freezers this fall. Two severe winters, plus a growing wolf population, have dramatically reduced elk calf survival rates. To allow …


Wolf hunting just one facet of management, experts say

Some tough love – including regulated hunting – is needed to carve a permanent niche for wolves reintroduced to the Northern Rocky Mountains, say leading wolf authorities in this region …


Three charged after illegal bighorn hunt

GREAT FALLS – A Whitehall, Mont., man who authorities say illegally guided a state undercover agent on a hunting trip that resulted in the killing of a huge Rocky Mountain …


Pro-wolf group plans to boycott Idaho spuds

BOISE – A Connecticut-based animal rights group angry over Idaho’s planned wolf hunt aims to punch the state in its tuber. Friends of Animals is urging foes of the hunt, …


Seasons open for small game in two states

Hunting seasons for some of the smallest and most difficult targets will open Tuesday in the Inland Northwest. Mourning doves and forest grouse will become fair game in Idaho and …