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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

Art Acuff of Spokane Valley, left, and Joey Nania of Liberty Lake pose before heading out for the 2011 professional bass fishing season. (Courtesy photo)

Local teen heads out on pro-bassing tour

PRO BASSING -- Joey Nania, 19, of Liberty Lake headed out of the region this week with fellow Inland Empire Bass Clubber Art Acuff of Spokane Valley to begin the 2011 professional bass fishing season at the Central Open in Texas. After that, Nania plans...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 15, 2011


Wolf de-listing bill on fast-track in DC

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Congressman Mike Simpson fast-tracked wolf delisting legislation Monday by tacking language onto a federal budget bill that would strip Endangered Species Act protection from wolves. An Associated Press story origining from Eric Barker of the Lewiston Tribune says Simpson’s measure would reinstate...

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Idaho Fish and Game chief Groen retiring

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The director of the Idaho Fish and Game Department has announced his retirment. Cal Groen will leave his post as the agency's top man at the end of March and return to Lewiston, where he plans to spend much of his time...

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Bill would restore hound hunting for cougars 

OLYMPIA -- Fifteen years after Washington voters banned using dogs to hunt cougars, lawmakers want to set permanent hunting seasons allowing licensed hunters to use hounds to track the cats, according to an Associated Press story. The proposed bill, sponsored by Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen,...

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Although tiny, the Northern Pygmy-Owl is a fierce hunter capable of killing birds larger than itself but more commonly hunts smaller birds such as this common redpoll.  (Tom Davenport)

Owls think winter nesting is a cool idea

WILDLIFE -- Several of the 11 owl species that inhabit most parts of Idaho are already well into their courtship, according to Jim Lukens of the Idaho Fish and Game Department. They get the early start so the hatching of owlets will coincide with peak...

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Hunter volunteers to help woman with coyote issue

HUNTING -- When the Washington Fish and Wildlfie Department enforcement officer in Pend Oreille County received a call from a woman distressed about coyotes frequenting her yard, he had a cost-effective solution: A hunter. Officer Severin Erickson responded to the coyote complaint in Usk last...

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MONDAY, FEB. 14, 2011

Another busy week for Spokane Region wildlife cops

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT – The usual suspects and activities kept Washington Fish and Wildlife officers plenty busy, according to the latest weekly report. But before getting to the criminal activity, its worth noting that the officers occasionally have to laugh at themselves. Several flocks of turkeys...

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Nuisance moose may get paint job from officers

WILDLIFE -- Washington Fish Wildlife officers have been armed witha new weapon to deal with nuisance moose. Six paint ball guns and accessories valued at more that $1,200 were given to the Spokane region thanks to a donation from the Northwest Sportsman’s Club in Spokane....

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Prolific poacher gets five months in jail

WILDLIFE ABUSE -- The sentence: Just five months in jail for the man investigators say call the most prolific wildlife spree killer in Washington state history. Cody Stearns of Western Washington was caught in an interview by KIRO TV as he left the courthouse last...

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Mike Mumford, Colville National Forest law enforcement officer, talks with a group of ATV riders during his Memorial Day weekend patrol in Pend Oreille County. The riders were on a road that is closed to ATV traffic.  (Rich Landers)

Colville National Forest OHV plan stalled

PUBLIC LANDS –A plan to open more roads at the south end of the Colville National Forest to off-road vehicles is months behind its original schedule as forest staff tries to comply with environmental regulations. The plan, expected to be released for public comment last...

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A strategically placed fake rubber rattlesnake with a striking resemblance to the real thing has been surprising fly fishers along Rocky Ford Creek.  (Jerry McBride)

Fly fishers getting their line yanked

FLY FISHING – Last week, while fly fishing on Rocky Ford Creek north of Moses Lake, Pat Kendall of Spokane was startled to walk up on a rattlesnake coiled on a large flat rock. “It’s mouth was open ready to strike and its tail was...

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Sky-high skiers to fly at Schweitzer

Outrageous Air Show from Bob Legasa on Vimeo. OUTDOOR SPECTATING -- Here are a few men with skills worth looking up to. What: Yoke’s Outrageous Air Show aerial ski-jumping exhibition, plus fireworks, music. FREE. Who: Olympic freestyle gold medalist Jean Marc Rozon; four-time world champion...

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Colville-area cattleman John Dawson is signing conservation easements for hundreds of acres of his ranch.

Conserving working ranches topic of fundraiser

CONSERVATION -- John Dawson, a Colville-area cattle rancher, will be featured at a Spokane event this week sponsored by several conservation groups to raise awareness of need to maintain working ranches for the benefit of wildlife. Read my December feature story about Dawson. The Dawson...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 11, 2011

Steelheader group funds trout program

SPOKANE -- About 20 lakes and ponds in southeastern Washington will be stocked this season wtih "jumbo" trout, thaks to funding from The Tri-State Steelheaders. The Walla Walla-based sport-fishing and habitat-enhancement group stepped up last year when the program to raise outsized trout was axed...

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