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Out & About: Photographer calls owl baiting unethical fakery

A Minnesota wildlife photographer is leading an effort to curb the practice of baiting wintering owls in order to get photos or video of birds as they “hunt.”


Winter fishing fix: Fly casters snowshoe into Henry’s Fork trout water

February can be a rough time for Inland Northwest fly fishers who don’t have tickets to sunny saltwater destinations.


Foundation dedicated to preservation of Henry’s Fork

Anglers with remarkable foresight recognized the virtues of the Henry’s Fork and established a foundation in 1984 to help preserve the fishery.


Field Reports: Mountain biking group backs Scotchman wilderness

A North Idaho mountain biking club has detoured from the generally position of cyclists to endorse a proposed wilderness.


Ammi Midstokke: The inheritance of wisdom

Sometime around 1984, my grandmother Beverly had her first heart attack. And as things went with Granny, she never did anything halfway. A team of surgeons rearranged her plumbing leaving …


Bill Jennings: Snow cat skiing can be experience of a skiing lifetime

It’s been a great season for fresh tracks. But every new snowfall is fleeting. First chair gets you clean lines for an hour, maybe two, as you compete with like-minded …


Healing through horses – a refuge for veterans

Mark Moran found himself in the


IDFG eyes $5 fee on top of license hike

Idaho hunters and anglers could be required to pay an additional $5 on top of a proposed 20 percent fee increase, according to legislation being crafted by the Idaho Fish …


New bouldering-only climbing gym adds options for growing sport

A new Bouldering only climbing gym is opening in Spokane. The facility will have 4,500 square feet of climbing surface. Once it’s up and running it will feature 180 to …


Festival features outdoors films for entertainment and advocacy

John Latta has two ways of looking at the winter-themed eye candy coming to Spokane this week in the


Traditional hunting camps losing ground in modern world

Between development of once-wild lands and the ever-expanding sprawl of the suburbs, and a general apathy toward the sport from an over-stimulated younger generation, traditional hunting camps across the country …


Priest Lake revved up for snowmobiling with groomed trails, services

Relentless snowfall has smothered Priest Lake this winter, and snowmobilers are loving it. “This is one of those years when snowmobiles can drive right up to the restaurant, have a …


Lookout Pass free ski school fulfills kids, instructors for 77 years

“Controlled chaos” is the term organizers fondly bestow on the Famous Free Ski School at


Ammi Midstokke: The outdoor playground of a grown up

By now, most of us know that growing up is totally overrated. I remember being fifteen and thinking that the freedoms of eighteen would never come. I could buy lottery …


Bill Jennings: Snowpack means different things to different people

Just past midpoint in the season, we’ve already had a winter’s worth of snow in Spokane. At our local mountain resorts, the skiing and riding has been as good as …


Priest Lake State Park cabins well located bargain for winter sports enthusiasts

On a whim last month, Dan DeRuyter loaded his fat-tired snow bike and drove from Spokane to Priest Lake, where he found a little piece of heaven off the East …


Snowmobiling star: Winter X Games champion just an average Joe in Yakima

One of the most decorated extreme sports athletes in history regularly rubs elbows with shoppers in Yakima grocery stores, yet few people recognize him.


SheJumps.org launches women into outdoor sports

While both genders are important components in most of the area’s outdoor clubs, several groups are geared specifically to linking women and girls to outdoor activities.


Trapshooters smoke targets to ward off winter blues

Asked why she’s devoting a portion of eight Saturdays from January into March to trapshooting at the Spokane Gun Club, Shel Giese noted that she’s a member of the American …


Snow caving practice hones winter survival skills

A group of Spokane Mountaineers shouldered packs last weekend and snowshoed out from Lookout Pass with shovels and the right attitude for their first time winter camping in snow caves.


Alaskan huskies bred for all-around sledding performance

The Alaskan husky used by most dog mushers in Alaska isn’t really a breed, at least not in the way kennel clubs think of pedigree.


Forest Service on hold for hiring seasons firefighters, trail crews

Federal workers scrambled last week to interpret how President Donald Trump’s hiring freeze of civilian employees might affect seasonal firefighters and other part-time employees such as trail crews.


Bill Jennings: Frost Fight pits bikes racing in the snow

An unusual event that has emerged recently at a few ski resorts around North America will make its Inland Northwest debut at Silver Mountain Sunday. The Frost Fight is a …


“All Out” effort connects people with outdoor pursuits

Taking that first step into an outdoor life-sport such as snowshoeing, mountain biking, paddling and fly fishing is less intimidating with the help of experienced “ambassadors” from clubs and agencies. …


Top gear from 2017 Outdoor Retailer winter show

From ski gear to winter jackets, companies congregate each winter in Utah to launch new products at the Outdoor Retailer trade show. I spent last week evaluating hundreds of products …


Washington considers strengthening measures to protect waters from aquatic invasive species

Bad news is knocking at the door and Washington is behind the curve on dealing with aquatic invasive species. State officials say there’s an urgency to get up to speed …


Hunting, fishing organizations fume over pending lead restrictions for ammo, tackle

Some hunting, shooting and fishing organizations are fuming over


Crust-covered snow spells deadly conditions for wildlife

The wind-packed or sun-crusted snow blanketing much of the region this week delivers one of the most difficult survival tests for wintering birds and a wildlife.


Mapping the brilliant career of ‘the Michelangelo of snow’

When skiers dismount the Swift Current chairlift at Montana’s Big Sky resort, they encounter – lodged deep into the snow – a placard bearing a panoramic view of Lone Peak …


Rich Landers: Critter tracks read like story in the snow

Early Sunday morning while reading the newspaper, Rich Landers contemplated several options for making the best of the day outdoors.