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Restrictions aim to reduce toxic impacts of hunting, fishing

Anglers have a sinking feeling about rising concerns over lead poisoning. Hunters are recoiling, too.


Washington lags in loon protection

Loons are particularly vulnerable to death from ingesting even a single lead sinker. Several states, including New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Virginia, plus 13 national wildlife refuges …


Out & About

OUTBOUND


One-Fly generates buzz in trout circles

It’s a contest of confidence, durability, technique and presentation. We’re not talking about “Dancing with the Stars,” but rather the Spokane Fly Fishers’ annual One-Fly fishing contest, which attracted 25 …


Chinook forecast scaled down

Salmon managers in the Columbia River Basin say only about half the number of spring chinook originally predicted will return past Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River this year. Managers …


Fast Break

For 05-16-2009


Rich Landers: A tale of how to protect your gear

Hard-knock situations suffered by others are instructive to outdoor fanatics. We pore over avalanche incident reports, climbing journals and paddler chat rooms to help set our next course based on …


Ski free on Sunday

Silver Mountain plans to reopen its chairlifts Sunday for skiing and snowboarding at no charge.


Venerable vessel

After years of floating loans as a banker, Jim Wheeler launched a business 15 years ago to float anglers. Simple, light and elegant, his Spring Creek Prams have gained a …


Hikers don’t need to travel far for trails dazzling with wildflowers

Hikers are in the same boat with gardeners this spring. We’ve all had to be patient a little longer than normal for the bloom to begin, but the wait is …


Antler auction raises feed funds

A May 2 auction to sell antlers elk shed this winter on the Oak Creek Wildlife Area in Yakima County raised $15,032, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reported. …


Wildlife agents not idle

A week in the lives of area wildlife enforcement officers isn’t totally consumed by poachers and game hogs. The modern game warden is a jack of trades, including public speaking, …


Roskelley duo chills out on icy waterfall climb

Spokane climbers John and Jess Roskelley shared some quality time in a room with an incredible view last weekend during their visit to Alberta’s Columbia Icefields. The only price the …


Lessons from Isaak’s Ranch

Set back by a cool start to spring, the best trout fishing of the season has finally begun to hatch in the region’s desert lakes. To see how good it …


Out & About

OUTCLIMB


Outback snowmobiling curbs sought

A heli-ski operator is calling on British Columbia to enact controls over backcountry snowmobilers, saying the large number of deaths this season has hurt the province’s reputation as a safe …


Kayaker describes plunge over waterfall

April 21 marked the first visit to Palouse Falls for Vickie Schloss of Spokane, and only the fourth for Tyler Bradt of Stevensville, Mont. Both were in for a memorable …


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 …


Kayaker plunges over Palouse Falls

A 22-year-old Missoula-area kayaker reportedly paddled over Palouse Falls on April 21 to set a world record for surviving the highest waterfall plunge.


Along for the ride

Parenting 3-year-old twin boys hasn’t tamed Teri Tucker’s endurance-sports lifestyle. A versatile baby buggy has given the Spokane mom freedom to keep her fitness edge with her kids in tow. …


Learning to live with wildlife provides food for thought

Learning to live with wildlife starts with two basic lessons: •Give them space.


Anglers’ opening day a whopping success

Mike Clark, a veteran angler from Post Falls, is old enough to be a grandfather, but he learned to leave his ego at home after traveling across the border for …


Hanging on in the Selkirks

Despite setbacks caused by vehicle collisions, the endangered Selkirk Mountains caribou herd is at least holding an even population. Aerial surveys completed this month as the animals begin heading north …


Anglers’ opener a whopping success

Mike Clark, a veteran angler from Post Falls, is old enough to be a grandfather, but he learned to leave his ego at home after traveling across the border for …


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 …


Tour de jour

The pedaling season is shifting into high as organizers gear up for mass bicycle tours throughout the Northwest. Most of these tours are fundraisers that feature great food, with cyclists …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing Angling continues to be good on Dry Falls Lake for 14-inch yearling rainbow trout and carryover fish 16- to 20-plus inches. Brown and tiger trout have also been …


In the end, animals sometimes will meet theirs because of us

Animals would die even if this were a perfect world. Maybe it’s different on some other planet, but not on this one. Wild creatures die by design, if not by …