Stories tagged: outdoors
Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Analysis counters WSU profs’ opposition to wolf killing
A Washington State University professor erred in controversial research released in 2014 suggesting that killing wolves that attack cattle is counterproductive because it stimulates more attacks, according to a statistical …
Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 7 p.m.
Chance blown: Bowhunter can’t forget missing ‘easy’ shot at elk
One autumn day years ago I wanted to fall on my arrow out of shame, my Montana-modified form of elk hunter atonement.
Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 2:08 p.m.
Column misstated bass club’s stand
In last week’s column on Washington fishing regulations proposals, I made an error that resulted in skewing the stand of a local bass club on limits for bass fishing in …
Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 2:05 p.m.
Reader photo: Snake can’t rattle hiker
Be aware of your surroundings while backpacking in the rattlesnake country of Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, even during fall.
Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 2:01 p.m.
Matt Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Oct. 5
Anglers tossing Chernobyls in a variety of colors have been doing well on the Spokane River. BWOs are beginning to hatch, too, with trout feeding in slower currents. The pros …
Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Gear Junkie: Outdoor retailer ‘Best in Show’ Summer 2017
From climbing gear to tents (to kayaks, boots, stoves, and packs) brands congregate each summer to launch new products at the Outdoor Retailer trade show. I spent a week at …
Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Field reports: Grouse hunter, dog, encounter wolf pack
Minnesota hunter Justin Bailey was hunting ruffed grouse Tuesday when a wolf chased his hunting dog out of the woods.
Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Outdoor tech: Detailed waterways info and GPS in single smartphone app
Michael Gogal realized that a giving anglers and paddlers mobile access to waterway maps, GPS features and USGS flow information could make venturing out on rivers and lakes safer and …
Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Tips for hunters to follow to avoid a ticket this fall
Common situations can lead to citations, according to Mark Carson of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Aside from blatant poaching incidents, conservation officers issue citations every fall to …
Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 4:55 a.m.
Out & About: Hearing protection as essential as ammo for hunters
Shooting ranges require users to have hearing protection. But many of the shooters who are honing their shotgunning skills at the skeet range this weekend or zeroing in their deer …
Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Matt Liere: The anthem protest helps a sportsman rediscover Sundays
At first I was right there with the rest of the enraged throngs, furious my home team and several others elected to kneel or sit out during presentation of the …
Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Exum Ridge gives aging Alpinists a shot at topping the Grand Teton
The Tetons are among America’s most inspiring mountains and, over the years, they’ve exerted a powerful gravitational pull on my group of friends. One by one, we’ve scaled some of …
Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Direct Exum listed as ‘classic climb’ of North America
As the highest peak in the range, the Grand Teton commands attention. Because of this, it’s the mountain most climbers attempt when seeking their Teton merit badge.
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Rich Landers: Anglers have gut reaction to proposed fishing rule changes
Only 18 anglers showed up on Tuesday night at Center Place in Spokane Valley for the meeting on proposals to simplify Washington’s fishing regulations. At first glance, the skimpy attendance …
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Biologist says chumming won’t affect fisheries
Chumming –the practice of dumping bait of some sort in the water to attract fish so they can be caught, is generally prohibited in Washington. That could change if a …
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
In brief: ‘Good fires’ being set intentionally on forests
Only weeks after the region’s fire hazard dropped from extreme, national forests and other land mangers in the region are igniting controlled fires in some areas as a step toward …
Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 6:55 p.m.
Sperry Chalet stabilization begins, donations requested
A fund has been launched toward eventually restoring Sperry Chalet, which burned Aug. 31 in the Sprague Fire that raised havoc in a wide area of Glacier National Park.
Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 1:41 p.m.
Hanford Reach catch rate up slightly
The fishing wasn’t red hot, but anglers averaged 22 hours per chinook for 1.3 salmon per boat on the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River last week. Fishing pressure was …
Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 1:37 p.m.
Weekend weather: Dramatic shift for outdoor plans
Brilliant sunny skies and above-average temperatures on Thursday and Friday will give way to clouds, showers and more seasonal temperatures for the weekend across the region.
Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 12:55 p.m.
Reader photo: Jumping ship – at Kootenai Falls
Brian Jamieson of Spokane was among 35 accomplished kayakers gathered on the Kootenai River downstream from Libby, Montana, last weekend to revel in the thrill of hucking themselves off Kootenai …
Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 12:40 p.m.
Alan Liere’s Fishing-Hunting Report for Sept. 28
Fly fishing Fishermen throwing black or brown leeches are catching some nice rainbow and browns at the mouth of Harvey Creek in Sullivan Lake.
Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Interior Secretary Zinke calls his staff disloyal in speech to oil industry
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke walked into a big gathering of the National Petroleum Council on Monday already facing at least two government probes for his management of the department’s workforce …
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 8:28 a.m.
Seattle man dies from fall at Wallace Falls
A 33-year-old Seattle man has died after falling over an embankment at Wallace Falls State Park near Gold Bar.
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Idaho targets private lands big game
Big-game hunters should find the Idaho Panhandle a better than average place to bag meat for the freezer and have a shot at a trophy elk or whitetail this season, …
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Idaho’s Clearwater elk dodge bullet of tough winter
Idaho’s streak of mild winters was broken last year and deep snow combined with cold temperatures took a toll on some of the state’s deer and elk herds, but the …
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 4:55 a.m.
Ferry County rail trail hits rocky road with commissioners
A Ferry County Commission meeting set for Monday appears to be another step toward allowing motorized vehicles on 25 miles of rail trail corridor that county voters have supported for …
Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Fall fling: September ideal month to cast for trout
This is a busy month with families centered around kids and schools. Fall sports are fully revved up. Fans can easily devote an entire weekend to a Cougar football game. …
Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Out & About: Brothers win 13th time in federal Duck Stamp art contest
Bob Hautman, an artist from Delano, Minnesota, has won the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest with an acrylic painting of mallards that will become the face of wetlands conservation …
Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 4:55 a.m.
Field Reports: Washington proposes simpler fishing regulations
Simplifying Washington’s fishing regulations is the goal of 13 proposals that will be presented at public meetings across the state by Fish and Wildlife Department fish managers.
Sun., Sept. 24, 2017
Spokane parks: More to explore outside of downtown
Spokane newcomers could be forgiven for thinking that Riverfront Park in downtown is all the city has to offer in green spaces. But Spokane has a rich history of preserving …