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Backcountry hunter, angler highlights issues

HUNTING/FISHING – Matthew Scott, Washington coordinator for the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, will present a program about the group’s involvement in the Colville National Forest planning, wilderness recommendations, collaboration efforts and off-road vehicle issues Tuesday (Sept. 4), 7 p.m., at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council, 6116 N. Market.

Pheasant chicks handed out by thousands

WILDLIFE — More than 6,400 pheasant chicks have been distributed in the past few weeks to people in the  Spokane region who vow to raise and release the birds into the wild.

The annual chick giveaway program is facilitated by the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council.

The chicks are mostly hens, the byproduct of captive rearing programs that raise pheasants for hunter release sites.

Conservation funders meet with local groups tonight

CONSERVATION — Local trail-user groups and conservationists are celebrating the major funding efforts of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program with a reception 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., TONIGHT (June 6) at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council Auditorium, 6116 N Market.

The state-funded organization works to leverage public funds for parks, wildlife and working farms, performing a major role in funding outdoor recreation across the state.

In the Spokane area alone, WWRP has provided more than $16 million for conservation and recreation projects. Ranging from the Little Spokane River, Quartz Mountain, Antoine Peak, Mount Spokane and the Centennial Trail, WWRP grants have helped maintain a high quality of life in this area. 

Click here for a complete list of WWRP projects in Spokane County

RSVP for tonight's reception.

Catch of the day: Fishing 101 class for adults

FISHING – Sign-up is underway for limited openings in a two-session fishing clinic for adults who haven’t been introduced to the sport.

The clinic seeks to fill the gap to help people learn how to catch fish even if they don't come from a fishing family.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and volunteers from the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council are teaming to teach non-fishing adults age 16 or older. 

The clinic involves an evening session on June 7— a suggest born from last year's clinic — followed by a weekend daytime session at Williams Lake.

The on-the-lake clinic is set for June 9, which is free fishing weekend in Washington – no fishing license required!

Sign up: 892-1001 or email teamspokane@dfw.wa.gov.

Read on for more details.

Do News Quiz and win tickets to Big Horn Show

Timely prizes are being offered to people who complete The Spokesman-Review weekly News Quiz dated March 11.

1) Two tickets to the first two rounds of the NCAA women's basketball tournament in Spokane, and

2) Two tickets to the Bighorn Outdoor Adventure Show which starts today Thursday and runs through Sunday at Spokane County's Fair and Expo Center.

Simply take the quiz, and you're eligible to win drawings that will be held Friday.

The overall champ wins a $50 gift card to the Davenport hotel. Good luck to everyone!

Trophy mounts measured at Big Horn Show

HUNTING — The Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show doesn't open until Thursday at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, but “Trophy Territory” big-game mounts already are being scored and judged and eventually will be awarded ribbons in numerous categories.

Several species and racks, in all shapes, sizes and counts are considered. More than 300 mounts were on display at last year’s show.

To enter a trophy for scoring, drive to the south entrance of the Fair and Expo Center and continue through the Yellow Gate to Bay 3 at the following times: Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.

Info: Larry Carey, (509) 328-6429.

Bright side: lack of snow reduces roadkill

WILDLIFE — It's not something that strikes everyone, but the relatively shallow lowland snow accumulation this winter has made an impact on the sportsman's club that volunteers to pick up road-killed big game.

"It seems we are picking up more animals hung up in fences than off the road," said Wanda Clifford, Inland Northwest Wildlife Council executive director.

The council has a special permit from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to deal with freshly dead or mortally injured big game around the area.  "Wildlife Recovery Team" members are trained in how to handle and sometime dispatch game. If the meat is salvagable, they have the permits to take it to local charities for distribution to the poor.

But this winter, the crew isn't working nearly as hard as it did last year.

"Right now it seems we are picking up one or two animals a week compared to that number in a day when the winter is heavy with snow," Clifford said.

Everybody likes to see wildlife getting a break, but the side effect is that fewer people get to eat salvaged meat.

Read on for the report on the more than SIX TONS of nutritious meat the Recovery Team was able to provide the needly last year.

WA sportsmen have two program choices on Tuesday: Fish conservation or whitetail research

OUTDOOR EDUCATION — Local sportsmens groups are sponsoring two programs of interest this week in Spokane.

Unfortunately for the universal sportsman, both programs are set for Tuesday starting at 7 p.m..

  • Steelhead fisheries in Washington, and update on Olympic Peninsula’s Elwha River Dam removal, by Rob Masoni, Trout Unlimited Western vice president, Tuesday at Northern Lights Brewery, 1003 E. Trent Ave. Sponsored by TU Spokane Falls Chapter.
  • Whitetail deer research project in northeastern Washington, by Woody Myers, Fish and Wildlife Department wildlife biologist, Tuesday at Inland Northwest Wildlife Council auditorium, 6116 N. Market St. Sponsored by Inland NW Wildlife Council.

Local sportsmen begin selling moose raffle tag

HUNTING — Tickets for Washington’s 2012 raffle tag go on sale Tuesday (Nov. 1). The $10 tickets are a good deal, and they make a good gift for a big-game hunter.

The Inland Northwest Wildlife Council is selling the tickets on behalf of the Washington Department of Wildlife.  For its efforts, the council gets 10 perecent of the sales to apply to the group’s wildlife conservation efforts.

The state agency earmarks the rest of the money for moose management.

Here are the other details:

  • The tag is good next year for Eastern Washington’s Region 1, the state’s hotbed for moose.
  • Bag limit: one moose of either sex.
  • Any open moose unit.
  • Season: Sept. 1 – Dec. 31.
  • Any legal weapon.
  • Open to residents or nonresidents.

Tickets may be purchased by phone, (509) 487-8552, or at the INWC office, 6116 N. Market. A maximum of 3,000 tickets will be sold.

The drawing will be held July 1.

Tonight: Biologist to explain value of bats

WILDLIFE —  Learn the global importance of bats and the differences of the 15 species found in Washington during a free presentation by Washingotn Fish and Wildlfie Department wildlife biologist Ella Rowan, Tuesday (Aug. 2), 7 p.m., at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council auditorium, 6116 N. Market St.

Unusual adaptations such as echolocation, flight, torpor, hibernation and delayed pregnancy are a few strategies that have allowed bats to master their niches across the world and especially in the more temperate regions. 

Each of the species found in the Inland Northwest has distinctions, including the their preference for habitat and diet as well as in their appearance and behaviors. 

These creatures are important to humans in ways most of us don't know.  Check out this program.

Sign up: Free ‘Fishing 101’ class for adults

FISHING – Recognizing that entering the sport of fishing is difficult without the mentoring of friends or family, a five-hour Fishing 101 class for adults is being organized by the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council and the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department.

The free class starts at 10 a.m. on June 11 at Bunker's Resort on Williams Lake southwest of Cheney.

The event, with classroom and on-the-water instruction, coincides with Washington’s Free Fishing Weekend, so no fishing license will be required.

Volunteer anglers will teach students age 16 and older basic gear rigging, fishing methods, where to go – and even how to clean and cook the catch.

Pre-register for limited space to be filled first come, first served. Email teamspokane@dfw.wa.gov or call the WDFW Spokane Region Office, 892-1001.

Registration requires name, address, phone number and e-mail address if available.

Local Angling RESOURCES

See The Spokesman-Review's special Go Fishing 2011 reports and regional fishing waters map.

For basic fishing information from the WDFW, click here.

For a county-by-county guide to fishing in Washington, click here.