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Wednesday, January 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing The Yakima is prime for fly fishing. Brown caddis hatches are beginning to show along with blue wing olives and crane flies.


Chukar numbers rebounding

Idaho Fish and Game Department aerial surveys reveal the canyonland partridge have nearly doubled their numbers from last year’s dismal lows.


Fire closes Pacific Crest Trail section

Hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail are being detoured by a forest fire that’s forced closure of a section of the trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness of Washington.


Trust the real experts in wolf debate

Wolves are running a spectrum of emotions in the thoughts of people across the nation this week. Certainly it’s news to ask a hunter why he wants to kill a …


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 …


Cycling September

September is becoming the month of the bicycle in the Inland Northwest. A cycling event of some sort for a wide range of abilities is scheduled every week through the …


Cycling events in September, beyond

A list of coming cycling events around the Northwest.


Salmon pour into region

It is game on right now for an estimated 5.1 million pink salmon that are flooding into Puget Sound. “The pinks are as thick as fleas, and there are clearly …


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 …


Hunting + fishing

Trout and kokanee Lenice Lake has been very good for big trout, especially if you can fish around the frequent wind storms. An olive Wooly Bugger works as well as …


‘Minor tsunami’ closes Lake Roosevelt campground

The Porcupine Bay campground on Lake Roosevelt will be closed for at least a few days while docks and other equipment are repaired. The docks, swim platform and swim barriers …


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 …


Bonneville Dam steelhead count surges

VANCOUVER, Wash. – When Joe Hymer first saw the figure, he thought it must have been a typo. The veteran fishery biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife …


Path to prosperity

A successful Montana fly-fishing shop owner is proving that building environmental stewardship for fish and rivers into his business model is more than just the right thing to do. For …


Tying skills have him flying high

Fly-tying standout John Newbury of Chewelah had some dark days on his way to the national spotlight. In the early 1980s he’d become a bona fide fish-aholic who packed his …


Sockeye reach Stanley Basin

The first two sockeye salmon of the season completed the marathon journey from the Pacific Ocean, up the Columbia and Snake rivers to Little Redfish Lake in Idaho’s Stanley Basin …


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 …


Fat tire flings

Droves of tourists head to Taos, N.M., every summer, ready to take in the area’s art galleries, pioneer history and American Indian influence. This is the place that inspired artists …


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 …


Economy had snag for area fishing icon

How bad has the economy been? Northwest fishing icon Buzz Ramsey has been out of work since January, but he leverages his fishing allowance by using “poor man’s ramps,” as …


Out & About

Experts make case for getting out


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 …


Sockeye season opening at Lake Wenatchee

Special fishing season authorized so anglers can harvest some of more than 23,000 sockeye salmon headed into this central Washington lake.


Cure for cabin fever

A surefire fun way to introduce a youngster to the outdoors is spending a night under the stars at an Idaho state park. Or how about spending the night under …