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  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Something doesn’t smell right with scent-hiding products

    One of the hunting industry’s most successful marketing strategies in the past decade has never passed my sniff test.


  • Website tests bear identification skills

    Black-bear hunters can now test their bear-species identification skills through a new interactive program on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website (wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/bear_cougar/bear/index.html). The site includes information on how …


  • Montana begins wolf hunt season

    BILLINGS – Gray wolf hunts are under way in Montana and Idaho as state officials seek to sharply reduce the predator’s numbers in hopes of curbing attacks on livestock and …


  • Hunting and fishing

    Fly fishing The south Fork of the Coeur d’Alene in Shoshone County has been good for cutthroat fishing. The Clark Fork is perfect, and all is good on the St. …


  • Landers: Idaho wolf tag sales lagging, so far

    Idaho wolf tag purchases are barely better than home sales. Maybe it’s the economy or the recent lawsuits that threatened to stall the hunting season again, but wolf permits are …


  • Washington hunting proposals out for public review

    Four initial proposals for rule changes affecting Eastern Washington hunters are being presented online and at meetings as the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department gears up to establish its regulations …


  • Bowhunter gets cool reception in campaign to legalize lighted arrow nocks

    A Spokane sportsman says the state should consider his bright idea for reducing the number of deer and elk wasted by archery hunters. “Allowing lighted nocks is a no-brainer to …


  • Hunting and fishing

    Fly fishing Clark Fork River anglers say conditions are excellent now and hopper action is fast. The St. Joe is very wadeable on the upper end and a hopper/ant tandem …


  • Hunting and fishing

    Fly fishing The Upper Spokane River has some good trout fishing, but anglers are also catching a lot of smallmouth bass, some of decent size. Large flies on a sink …


  • BLM explores land use proposals

    Grazing, energy development, motor vehicle access, shooting areas and wildlife protections are among the issues being confronted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a resource management planning effort. …

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