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UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 10:59 a.m.

Washington Legislature considers hunter pink

A bill that would allow hunters to wear pink, in addition to orange, had a hearing last week in Olympia.


Washington man sentenced for illegal hunting, wolf poisoning at remote Alaska lodge

Three men who worked at the lodge of legendary Fairbanks hunting guide and aviator Urban Rahoi were sentenced last week at a court hearing in Anchorage for their roles in …


Former Facebook engineer buys 100 acres in Coeur d’Alene, promises public access

Hiking the forested hills above his home, Jason Evans pauses to speak enthusiastically about Idaho’s state tree, western white pine.


Francovich: Tag soup and why I’m glad I failed my first year hunting

Three months of failure.


Meet and greet in Lewiston set with new Idaho Fish and Game director

Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Clearwater Region is hosting a sportsmen dinner on Jan. 31 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Clearwater regional office located at 3316 16th …


Ammi Midstokke: Some things are best left to the professionals

I have this neighbor kid who got himself a little plow. He’s one of seven children named after confederate generals, which is exactly how I do so well at Trivial …


UW researchers use scat-sniffing dogs to bolster wolf count in Washington

It’s quite possible that the statewide population of wolves is closer to 200 rather than 122, according to UW researchers using scat-sniffing dogs.


Women in wildlife: The veterinarian

KRISTIN MANSFIELD summarizes the bulk of her job as Washington’s statewide wildlife veterinarian to three words: “Death, drugs and disease.”


Women in wildlife: The field biologist

CARRIE LOWE gets to do a lot of the exciting field stuff — handling critters from badgers and eagles to bighorn sheep and moose — as a Washington Department of …


Women in wildlife: Managing critters from bugs to bears gains its own workforce diversity

Annemarie Prince’s family frequented the Florida woods, where the kids were unleashed to fish in the creek, explore and get dirty. “The coolest thing was catching something live with my …


RV shows jump-start outdoor sports exhibits season

’Tis the season – the boat, RV and sportsmen show season, that is.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

Three Washington bills deal with cougars, hounds

Two bills dealing with cougars are in state senate committee hearings Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Jan. 24

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Jan. 24


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 5:02 p.m.

Reader photo: Two swans a-swimming

Cortney Litwin took this photo of a pair of trumpeter swans at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in the late afternoon of Jan. 7. Web extra: Submit your own outdoors-related photographs …


Check out this time-lapse video of a sparkling Mount Spokane

Missing the freedom of a three-day weekend? Or, perhaps you’re feeling oppressed by the heavy cloud cover and impending snow storm.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 4:18 p.m.

Silver Mountain offering discounted lift tickets to furloughed federal employees

Furloughed federal employees can ski at Silver Mountain Resort for $29 for the next three days.


Idaho governor acknowledges that climate change is real

Last week Idaho Gov. Brad Little acknowledged that climate change is real, according to reporting


After beloved wolf’s shooting near Cooke City, baiting rumors rile mountain town

Questions about whether some Cooke City residents are baiting wolves has raised the hackles of a few of the remote town’s business owners.


Snowmobilers, backcountry skiers lobby U.S. Forest Service to adopt shared-use plan for the Lookout Pass backcountry area

In a jam-packed room lined with lockers and the musky smell of oft-wet clothing, a circle of 25 covered familiar ground.


Avoid trails during warm, sunny spells

Sunny, warm days are a nice respite for recreationists of all kinds. But in one way, they’ve caused problems. Trails have been damaged by users in recent days, according to …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 10:05 p.m.

Sole surviving member of the South Selkirk caribou herd captured, Gray Ghosts are no more in Lower 48

The sole surviving member of the South Selkirk Caribou herd was captured by Canadian officials, Monday.


Bill Jennings: For Lookout’s marketing director, the Silver Valley is now home

Most ski areas are rather remote. Around here, Lookout Pass is the farthest from modern civilization. What’s more, there’s something about Idaho’s Silver Valley that makes you feel 10,000 miles …


State-wide effort to replace aging climbing equipment had a banner year in 2018

A statewide effort to replace aging climbing equipment had a banner year in 2018.


Expert tracker offering class Saturday

Expert tracker and wildlife researcher Brian Baxter will teach an animal tracking class Saturday in Sandpoint.


Fifty years (and more than a few beers) later, Priest Lake Snowshoe Softball tournament still going strong

If you’re going to drink beer and chase an oversized softball through fields of snow wearing cheap plastic snowshoes at least cover the ball in pink jello.


During his 40 years at Fish and Game, Virgil Moore built connections to help Idaho’s ‘critters’

When Virgil Moore leaves the Idaho Department of Fish and Game office for the last time, it won’t be without tears.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 6:11 p.m.

Forest managers: Fire mitigation efforts could fall behind if federal shutdown continues

Washington’s forest managers are waiting anxiously for the federal government to reopen.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 5:24 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Jan. 17

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Jan. 17


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.

Reader photo: Holy flight plan, Robin

A robin snagged a mid-winter treat from photographer Joanie Christian’s home in late December.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 1:31 p.m.

Hundreds of elk stream across road in video taken near Ellensburg

Hundreds of elk streamed across a road near Ellensburg last week. The migration was caught on video near Puget Sound Energy’s Wild Horse Wind and Solar facility.