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Hunting and fishing

Salmon and steelhead Steelhead fishing remains good on the Clearwater and all its tributaries, with hours-per- fish ranging from seven to 10. The Snake River is a little slower, with …


Still tinkering with 2009 hunt proposals

After nearly two years of public comment and meetings, significant last-minute changes are being proposed for Washington’s fall hunting rules just two months before the state Fish and Wildlife Commission …


Hunting and fishing

The lower Snake is fishing well from Asotin on up. It’s best up around Pittsburg Landing. Guide Tim Johnson of FishHawk Charters said three clients hooked 17 steelhead in two …


Mexico, now that’s the ticket

I felt the sunshine on my bare shoulders, beach sand between my toes, a sea-kayak paddle in my hands and the spray of warm saltwater in my face when I …


Hunting and fishing

Salmon and steelhead Clearwater River steelhead anglers found the water stained and high but fishable, particularly below Orofino, where guide Toby Wyatt of Reeltime Fishing reported his boats caught 25 …


Snow hounds game

Deep snow isn’t the only curse dogging wildlife in the region this week. “Loose dogs are taking a toll on deer,” Wanda Clifford, Inland Northwest Wildlife Council executive director, said …


Weather may lead to wildlife recession

It’s been a long stretch of years since a Northwest state curtailed a hunting season in progress because of weather, but the winter of 2008-2009 is bringing Idaho’s partridge season …


Refuge puts hunt in sights

More than two hours of dirt-road driving through an off-limits portion of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday garnered a 30-second payoff for two dozen visitors on the annual refuge …


Hunting authorized on wildlife refuge

After eight years of discussion and study, officials at the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge have authorized hunting for the first time since the refuge was established in 1937.


Wolves targeted despite hunt ban

A court order that restored endangered status to the region’s gray wolves has put proposed wolf-hunting seasons on the back burner, but government guns are being called in to help …


Designating wilderness in Washington state

As a medic at an Army hospital in France, Dick Slagle kept a small snapshot close to him. It was a photo of White Mountain, the southernmost peak in northeast …


Cabela’s targets real estate market

For decades, outdoorsmen have turned to Cabela’s catalogs for hunting and fishing supplies in hopes of landing trophy game. Now they can set their sights on prize tracts of Inland …


Assault-style rifles get mixed reviews for hunting

Hunters and shooters filed more than two dozen responses indicating a spectrum of opinion to last Sunday’s Out & About request for comments on the promotion of assault-style rifles for …


Field Reports: Wolf management meeting in Spokane

Citizens can comment on gray wolf management in Washington during public meetings at seven towns across the state, including Spokane. The wolves are federally protected as endangered species, but their …


Rich Landers: ‘Bloodless’ wildlife activities harmful

Rack up another wildlife setback as the masses continue to reach out for politically correct nature experiences. An Associated Press story out of Eugene sets the issue clearly in the …


Aerial survey finds problem with elk numbers

LEWISTON – Elk numbers continue to dwindle in some of north-central Idaho’s legendary big-game country, and the state is considering reductions in elk permits. The survey conducted in the last …


‘The Bob’ is a hunter’s paradise

The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex in Montana is distinguished from the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness of Washington and Oregon by several factors important to elk hunters, including more elk, longer seasons and …


Game for the trail

Nothing takes modern big-game hunters to their roots more quickly and efficiently than a wilderness-bound pack string. Wall tents, wood stoves and saddle sores are part of a Western autumn …


Anti-Hunters Kill Season

Coyote control Federal wildlife managers have canceled a controversial coyote hunt on the Hart Mountain Antelope refuge in Eastern Oregon that was intended to increase the survival of pronghorn fawns. …


Game Seasons To Be Discussed

Bear, lion, deer and elk seasons for 1998 are the subject of five public meetings with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Agency biologists will present season results for …


Not Kidding Around

(photo of Victoria Falls)


Two Duck Hunters Drown In Lake Cold Water, Heavy Clothing A Deadly Combination For North Idaho Men

Two North Idaho duck hunters died early Sunday, apparent victims of cold water and heavy hunting clothing that weighed them down. John J. Hario of Coeur d’Alene and Earl Roger …


Hunter Alert: Ducks Hit With Avian Botulism

Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologists have the task of gathering up dead ducks after the discovery of a botulism outbreak on the American Falls Reservoir. And they are …


Pair Fined But Avoid Jail In Killing Of Caribou

Two men convicted of transporting an endangered caribou that had been illegally killed have been ordered to pay fines and restitution but received no jail time. U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia …


Guilty Pleas Entered In Poaching Of Caribou

Three Colville men pleaded guilty Thursday in the poaching of a rare mountain caribou in December. Narron Drury, 28, pleaded guilty to killing the animal, a violation of the Endangered …


Don’t Kill Trumpeter Swans, Hunters Told

Trumpeter swans that have been transplanted in eastern Idaho may show up anywhere in the lower tier of the state and hunters must be careful not to shoot them, Fish …


Cross-Country Skiers Should Glide With Care

There’s a dirty brown swath through some of the best early skiing in memory at the Mt. Spokane Sno-Park’s Nordic trail system. A contractor received permission from State Parks engineers …


Flagrant Poaching Prompts Call For Tougher Penalties

Flagrant elk-poaching incidents in Owyhee County and now the Salmon area have convinced legislators and sportsmen to call for heavy penalties for those who “steal our wildlife in the night.” …


Illegal Pheasants Run Up A Bill

Two Washington state hunters paid $2,875 in fines and restitution last week in Montana for having too many pheasant in their possession - 59 too many. But one of them …