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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 …


Field Reports: Drivers can boost parks

STATE PARKS – Washington drivers who renew their license tabs starting in September will be donating $5 to the operation of state parks unless they chose to “opt out.” The …


Wolf hunt friends, foes to rally at agency office

Idaho’s proposed wolf hunt will draw both opponents and supporters to Friday demonstrations at the Idaho Fish and Game office in Coeur d’Alene. Members of the Sandpoint-based North Idaho Wolf …


Wolf hunting sparks plans for demonstrations

Idaho’s proposed wolf hunt will draw both opponents and supporters to Friday demonstrations at the Idaho Fish and Game office.


Out & About

Even ‘play dams’ are bad for fish OUTLAW – Rock dams built by kids and campers to create swimming areas in streams can be a death trap to migrating fish.


Landers: ‘What if’ only hurts inside

Surviving an outdoor incident doesn’t spare you from suffering through the “what if” stage. I know this firsthand even though my outdoor pursuits around the world, in and out of …


Out & About

Beginner’s luck: clinics teach skills OUTDO – Experts in three popular Inland Northwest outdoor activities have scheduled special clinics to introduce newcomers to life-long sports. Check them out:


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing At Silver Bow Fly Shop, Jon Allen said he fished McDowell Lake recently, catching numerous 16- to 20-inch rainbow on a Bad-Ass Dragonfly Nymph. He also noted that …


Hikers, hunters come together

Here’s a bright idea for hikers, bikers, berry pickers and other people heading into the woods for outdoor recreation now that the first of the hunting seasons has opened in …


Record rainbow caught in Idaho

FISHING – Michelle Larsen-Williams of Pingree, Idaho, broke a 61-year-old state record on July 29 when she landed a 20-pound rainbow trout on the Snake River just above American Falls …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing The hopper action is still decent on rivers like the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe. Try the upper reaches to avoid some of the crowds. Fly anglers are …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing Clark Fork flows are good, but fishing over the last week has been spotty. There is good early-morning stuff with hopper/dropper rigs until 11 a.m. or so and …


Selected roads open only to disabled hunters’ vehicles

CHEWELAH – Disabled hunters made more than 200 trips last year to hunt wildlife on Colville National Forest access roads specifically designed to accommodate them. The roads were so popular, …


Hunting + fishing

Fly Fishing The Yakima River flows have increased slightly this past week for irrigation purposes. The water clarity is great, water temperatures are in the lower to middle 60’s and …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing WDFW Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area Manager Juli Anderson reports fly fishers have recently caught trout measuring up to 17 inches long in Z Lake. Getting there requires some …


Montana OKs hunt for 75 wolves; Idaho quota next

BILLINGS – Montana and Idaho are moving to host the first open gray wolf hunts in the lower 48 states after the animal’s removal from the endangered list across much …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing The Yakima River is unseasonably low at a little more than 2,000 cfs through Cle Elum. Large hopper-type patterns fished with movement are taking fish. Nymphing remains consistent …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing The best bet for fly anglers is the Coeur d’Alene River. It is already down to around 1,300 cfs and gin clear. At 4,290 cfs, the St. Joe …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing The upper stretches of the Coeur d’Alene River are pretty hot, but the lower end of the river still has a lot of runoff. Green drakes and golden …


Hunting and fishing

Mayflies are hatching at Williams Lake. A Stayner ducktail has been an effective pattern along the southeast bank, or try a Six Pack along the weeds. Rainbow are running to …


Hunting and fishing

The region’s rivers went ballistic after last weekend’s heat wave and the subsequent rainstorms. Here’s some fodder for thought: Crab Creek’s Irby gauge shows the river was only marginally affected, …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing Lenice and Nunnally are both producing the best fishing in years, with many large ’bows showing. Lenore is getting better each day.


Fees may not be taxes, but they’ll still cost you

Idaho’s Legislature is down on new taxes, but this year the lawmakers are fond of new or higher fees. Boaters, including rafters and paddlers, have new licensing requirements, and nonresidents …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing The chironomid hatch under way at Sprague is unreal, and fly fishing has recently been better than bait fishing or trolling, said WDFW fish biologist Chris Donley.


Get set to digest new laws, regs

Washington sportsmen will have to apply earlier for permits, pay a little more for licenses and read the 2009 regulations carefully for many changes and new opportunities that will take …