Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Sunday, October 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Cloudy 46° Cloudy

Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2011

THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

Rafting the Selway River in Idaho requires considerable skill, wilderness self-sufficiency and advance planning to get one of the limited number of permits offered in a lottery drawing. RICH LANDERS  (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho river rafting permit deadline Jan. 31

IDAHO RIVERS -- Applications to get coveted permits for floating the Selway, Snake, Middle Fork of the Salmon, or wild main Salmon rivers for this coming season must be submitted online by Jan. 31. The new shift by the Forest Service to online applications includes...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

Forest Service names new Palouse District Ranger

NATIONAL FORESTS -- Susan Shaw, a Forest Service manager of planning, lands and minerals in Tennessee, has been named the new district ranger for the Clearwater National Forest's Palouse Ranger District headquartered in Potlatch, Idaho. Shaw has worked for the agency in several locations as...

Continue reading this post »



Helicopter pronghorn roundup caught on video

WILDLIFE -- A helicopter's speedy pursuit and net capture of pronghorns in Nevada is captured on amateur video and posted on YouTube. If you think helicopter net gunning is child's play, you need to watch this. Click here for one video showing the intensity of...

Continue reading this post »



See documentary on Skeena River woes

RIVERS -- Whether you're a paddler or a steelhead angler, you've probably heard of British Columbia's Skeena River. It's an iconic natural resource that's threatened, according to a documentary that will be playing in Spokane on Friday. "Awakening at the Skeena," a film by Andrew...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 2011




Hunt accident story makes Landers see orange

HUNTING SAFETY -- A 35-year-old eastern Idaho man who lost his right lung and most of the use of his right arm after being mistakenly shot during hunting season last fall is in the news for stating publically that he’s frustrated the shooter is facing...

Continue reading this post »



Frank Whitney caught this 23-inch kokanee -- weighing 4 pounds, 3 ounces -- while fishing Lake Roosevelt the weekend of Jan. 22-23, 2011, out of Keller. (Courtesy photo)

Why fish for kokanee at Roosevelt?

FISHING -- Frank Whitney holds up one of the reasons anglers might want to pursue kokanee at Lake Roosevelt Whitney caught this beefy 23-incher -- weighing 4 pounds, 3 ounces -- while fishing over the weekend out of Keller. His friend, Eldon Wagner, wasn't quite...

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011

Spokane Boat Show has (safety) class

BOATING -- Get more bang for your buck by multitasking at the Spokane National Boat Show, which opens Friday and runs through Feb. 6 at Spokane Interstate Fair and Expo Center. The eight-hour America’s Boating Course, which satisfies Washington’s mandatory boater education requirements, will be...

Continue reading this post »


A pair of common loons produced one chick in their first nesting effort at Long Lake in 2009. The female loon was back on a nest in May 2010 before Fish and Wildlife Department officials reported that she had been shot around May 9. Photo by Daniel Poleschook Jr. (Photo by Daniel Poleschook Jr.)

Bill would give loons status against poachers

OLYMPIA -- A bill has been introduced in the Washington Legislature that would, among other things, give loons and trumpeter swans some clout against a poacher's bank acount. When a Newport-area man senselessly killed a common loon at Yocum Lake a few years ago, Washington...

Continue reading this post »


Sportsmen-related bills entered in Olympia

OLYMPIA -- Here' s a sampling of legislation of interest to sportsmen that's been introduced in the Washington Legislature and is up for major public hearings. It's a version reduced from a list being watched by the Fishing and Hunting Natural Resources Forum. SB 5201...

Continue reading this post »



Van Bennett drives the groomer at Fourth of July Pass for the Panhandle Nordic club while Geoff Harvey is helping to plan new trails. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Fourth of July Pass ski trail holding snow

WINTER SPORTS -- The Panhandle Nordic Club's annual Rock Soup event is set for Saturday at Fourth of July Pass nordic trails Panhandle Hut. Although the snow is thin on the trails, there's plenty for skiing. "The ski up Skywalker from Skateway to Twisted Klister...

Continue reading this post »


A sub-zero air temperature produces fog around waterfowl huddled on a pond at sunrise.  (Associated Press)

Let winter get you down

WATERFOWL -- These ducks are offering their free services as models to promote the effective qualities of down insulation as they hang out comfortably on the ice in below-zero conditions. Down is the lightest most compressible and efficient natural insulator for cold weather clothing. But...

Continue reading this post »


Flying trapper shows his business class

OUTDOOR CHUCKLE -- As a trapper boarded the airplane, the flight attendant asked what he had in the bag over his shoulder. "It's a dead raccoon." "You can't bring a dead raccoon on the plane," the attendant said. "Sure I can. It's carrion."

Continue reading this post »

SUNDAY, JAN. 23, 2011

Ice shrouded everything on top of Star Peak northeast of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho, when a Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness arrived on a snowshoeing day trip Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011. (Andrew Kraus)

Snowshoers making tracks this weekend 

WINTER SPORTS -- This has been a glorious and brilliant weekend for exploring the winter outdoors in the Inland Northwest, especially for snowshoers who absorb it all at a quiet pace that seems in step with the season. Ice shrouded everything on top of Star...

Continue reading this post »


At least one bird dieoff mystery solved

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy WILDLIFE -- Maybe it doesn't solve the case of 3,000 blackbirds that fell from the sky and died in Arkansas on New Years Day, but at least the people in South Dakota got...

Continue reading this post »


David Thompson detailed in Nisbet talk

ADVENTURE -- Historian and author Jack Nisbet of Spokane will give a slide presentation on "David Thompson among the Kalispel" this month in the cultural heart of the tribe's reservation. Although the Lewis and Clark Expedition had garnered much of the publicity a few years...

Continue reading this post »

SATURDAY, JAN. 22, 2011

Spokane River Water Trail discussed

RIVERS -- Andy Dunau, Executive Director of the Spokane River Forum, will discuss the effort to develop the recreation potential of the Spokane River Water Trail in a meeting with the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club Monday, 7 p.m., at the Corbin Community Center, 827...

Continue reading this post »


FRIDAY, JAN. 21, 2011

WA wolf bills panned or 'awfulness'

WILDLIFE LEGISLATION -- A spokeswoman for an organization working on wolf, wildlife and wildland issues in Washington is panning a trio of Canis lupus-related bills introduced in Olympia last week, according to a report by Northwest Sportsman magazine. “They are spectacular in their awfulness and...

Continue reading this post »


Ladies took advantage of free snowshoe rentals -- and sunshine -- today during the Women's Souper Bowl fundraiser at Mount Spokane State Park. (Rich Landers)

Women's Souper Bowl at Mount Spokane

WINTER SPORTS -- Women and girls can earn an advantage in winning prizes by signing up early for the 6th Annual Women's Souper’ Bowl snowshoe and cross-country Ski event at Mount Spokane. Use the handy new online registration option. The event runs 10 a.m.-1 p.m....

Continue reading this post »

Outdoors blog

Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.




Go to the full Outdoors page

Blog Archives

Dec. 2011 Nov. 2011 Oct. 2011 Sept. 2011
Aug. 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011
April 2011 March 2011 Feb. 2011 Jan. 2011