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If you have the means, go to Alaska

Skwala stoneflies have become active on the Bitterroot River during the recent spurt of warmer weather, according to Pat Saffel, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks regional fisheries manager in Missoula. …


BACK HOME

Considering what sage grouse have suffered in the past 200 years, the most recent ordeal was a joyride. The indignity lasted only about 26 hours.


Big-game harassment by antler gatherers increasing

Big-game hunting seasons are closed, but overzealous people scavenging for shed antlers may be harassing elk to death, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists say. Elk weakened by another tough …


Translocating sage grouse wild, sleepless trip for volunteers

Volunteering to translocate sage grouse is no vacation. “I’d forgotten what a hangover felt like, but now I remember,” said Richard Rivers, one of six Spokane chapter members of the …


Steelheading prime in Idaho’s upper Salmon

Steelhead fishing is winding down in most parts of Idaho, but around Stanley, it’s just getting started. The Upper Salmon River attracts some of the longest-running steelhead in the United …


Out & About

OUTCLIMB


Backcountry requires expert guide

The lifts stop turning this weekend. But a hearty, intelligent breed of skiers will keep on turning long after resorts shut down. Until last weekend, 99 percent of my fun …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing Dave Hughes and Rick Hafele are putting on a nymphing workshop in Cle Elum followed by a book signing and open house with food and drink from 6-9 …


Don’t be fooled by this new bill

April 1 has passed, but it’s still April Fools Day for Washington sportsmen who don’t think they’re affected by what’s going on in Olympia this week. Anglers should note that …


Spring in the air, and in your hair

Birds, bears, buttercups and ticks – our region’s perennial signs of spring are out and about, along with a lot of people recovering from cabin fever. While fly fishers are …


Washington wolves protected

The recently announced removal of the gray wolf from federal “endangered” status included wolves found in the eastern two-thirds of Washington. However, Washington still lists the wolf as endangered. Therefore, …


Out & About

OUTFISH


Bears dogged in King County

Three Karelian bear dogs are being employed by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department this year to help deal with bear problems, primarily in eastern King County. The medium-size, Finnish …


Ticks ready to feast

Ticks are becoming active in areas around Spokane. Check yourself and your pet after being out. Ticks usually probe around a potential host for a few hours before choosing a …


Cool Digs

Sometimes the rain is pelting down, a brisk wind is blowing, the surf is pounding, it’s so chilly your fingers hurt and your lantern barely casts a dim light on …


Officials look into gray wolf killing

SEATTLE – Washington state and federal wildlife officers are investigating the illegal killing of a protected gray wolf in Okanogan County in north-central Washington. The investigation began when a shipper …


Thaw reveals big options

Wind sucks. Or at least that was my perspective Monday as I fly-fished for trout on Sprague Lake. While Scott Haugen at Four Seasons Campground was clocking gusts up to …


Expansive lands bill establishes trails, wilderness in Northwest

Recreational trails through the Northwest and a wilderness area in Idaho are part of a massive public lands bill that passed the U.S. House on Wednesday and awaits President Barack …


Congress moves to boost protected public lands

Hiking trails through the Northwest and a wilderness area in Idaho are part of a massive public lands bill that passed the House Wednesday and will likely be signed soon …


N. Idaho elk season to be shorter

BOISE – Idaho’s Fish and Game Commission adopted shorter seasons for elk hunting in the Panhandle this fall, to allow herds to recover from recent harsh winters. Biologists are concerned …


Promoting cavities

House hunting is entering its seasonal boom in the Inland Northwest, and savvy birding enthusiasts are working to improve the market. As more of the region’s land is developed and …


Solo’s saga detailed

With thousands of tundra swans flooding through the region on their spring migration, a birdwatching spotlight still shines on a single endangered trumpeter swan that’s become an icon at Turnbull …


Cascades ski event is first class

Neither wind nor blowing snow last weekend could stay 55 skiing “mail carriers” from their appointed rounds – from snow line on the west slope of the Oregon Cascades to …


Out & About

Two Coeur d’Alene-based adventure travel companies received top international rankings in National Geographic Adventure magazine’s January feature on “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”


Rufus Woods gets tagged trout

While not on the magnitude of the net-pen escapes from last year, the Colville Tribe is keeping the trout spigot open at Lake Rufus Woods. About 2,000 triploid rainbows averaging …


Show becomes can’t-miss affair

The Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show has a way of hooking people – and we’re not just talking about the occasional snag in the seat of the pants at the …


Sportsman’s will honor old cards

Sportsman’s Warehouse stores in Spokane Valley and Coeur d’Alene will honor gift cards customers obtained prior to the recent sale of the stores through March 31. A total of 15 …


Fish Lake Trail work has deadline

Construction on a paved rail-trail bicycle route between Spokane and Cheney must begin by June under stipulations for recently appropriated federal stimulus funding. Plans for the second phase in developing …


Mastering the bumps can put veteran skiers on top

Scooting downhill, skis in a wedge, I revisited the awkward embryonic stages of skiing with a group of instructors at Lookout Pass. To make us better skiers, Jack Geortner was …


Hunting and fishing

Steelhead and salmon The lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam was good for chinook early last week in the Vancouver area. After a subsequent slowdown, it has picked up again this …