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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2011

FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011

Shelley Richards and Luna enjoy skijoring at Mount Spokane nordic trails, were dogs are allowed on a certain trail Sunday and Wednesday afternoons after 2 p.m. (Diana Roberts)

Skiers, dogs to give skijoring a try

SKIING -- If your dog has any pull around the house, its probably game for trying the skijoring demo at Mount Spokane on Sunday. Meet at 2:15 p.m. on the nordic ski trails where Linder Road passes ski trail Junction 1 (skiers an tell you…

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Idaho hunting season meeting tonight in Sandpoint

HUNTING -- Proposed changes to Idaho's 2011 big-game hunting seasons are being presented in meetings throughout North Idaho this week, starting in Kellogg and Coeur d'Alene. Still to go are: Tonight: Sandpoint, Bonner County Fairgrounds, 7 p.m. Saturday: St. Maries, Eagles, 8 a.m. Details of…

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Professional landscape photographer Tim Cooper will present a free program on capturing outdoor scenes on camera Monday, March 14, 2011, 7 p.m., at the Spokane REI store.
 (Tim Cooper)

Pro offers free outdoor photography clinic 

OUTDOOR IMAGING -- Professional landscape photographer Tim Cooper will present a free program on capturing outdoor scenes on camera Monday, March 14, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Spokane REI store. Cooper, a Rocky Mountain School of Photography instructor, will explain how he captures dramatic photographs…

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Cougar hunting plan advances in Olympia

PREDATORS -- The Washington Senate approved another extension of a long-standing pilot program that allows the hunting of cougars with dogs in northeastern Washington and Klickitat County. The Senate approved the measure Tuesday 37-1. It would expand for another five years a pilot program created…

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'This Could Be True' item of the week

HUNTING -- The inscription on the metal bands used by the U.S. Department of the Interior to tag migratory birds has been changed, according to totally believable sources on the Internet. The bands used to bear the address of the Washington Biological Survey, which was…

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A wild steelhead salmon is brought to the boat before being released by fishermen on the Okanogan River. (Rich Landers)

Steelhead size overstated, so what's new?

STEELHEADING -- A few sharp-eyed readers noticed that fish in the photo of the "27.5-pound" steelhead (see two blog posts below this one) I hooked Tuesday in the Okanogan River either didn't look that big or the guy holding the fish, Jerrod Gibbons, must have…

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Jerrod Gibbons of Okanogan Valley Guide Service holds a 27.5-inch hatchery hen steelhead caught on the Okanogan River on March 8, 2011. At left is Jason Verbeck. (Rich Landers)

Steelhead in the bag; I'm calling it a day

FISHING -- Steelhead don't care if it's snowing, and neither does a serious steelhead fisherman. Jerrod Gibbons of Okanogan Valley Guide Service holds a 27.5-inch long hatchery hen I hooked at 10 a.m. this morning on an orange 1/4-ounce jig under a bobber. We were…

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Beware of fishing license expiration dates

FISHING -- Anglers soon will need new fishing licenses in Washington where the 2010-2011 licenses will expire on March 31. Note that: Idaho's new license requirement kicked in Jan. 1. Montana new fishing licenses have been required since March 1. In Washington, be careful not…

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Julia Mathison, an Interpretive Assistant, talks about Gardner Cave at Crawford State Park near Metaline Falls. (Rajah Bose / The Spokesman-Review)

Two East Side parks won't open this season

STATE PARKS -- Rock climbers and people fascinated by caves will be among the first to feel the impact of the budget crisis facing Washington's State Parks. Two state parks in Eastern Washington – Crawford and Peshastin Pinnacles – will not open this season because…

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Washington Fish, Wildlife Commission hears issues

HUNTING -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission heard public input on proposed 2011-12 hunting season rules during its meeting Friday and Saturday in Spokane. No action will be taken until the panel's April 8-9 meeting in Olympia. Proposals include: Restricting hunters to shooting only…

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