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Outdoors blog archive for April 2011

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011




Polar bear trophies still in limbo

BIG-GAME HUNTING -- The 41 hunters who successfully -- and legally -- killed polar bears in early 2008, just before the U.S. declared the species endangered, are in court fighting to get their trophies imported from Canada. The Idaho Statesman provides a good update in...

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A skier takes a small jump while others ride the lifts up the front side of Lookout Pass Ski Area on the Idaho-Montana border Thursday, the resort's first day of operation for the season. Despite minimal coverage, a few hundred skiers and snowboarders showed up to the resort. 
 (Photos by JESSE TINSLEY / The Spokesman-Review)

Voters rate Lookout Pass tops for families

SKIING -- Visitors to OnTheSnow.com rated Lookout Pass ski area on the Idaho-Montana border as their "Favorite Family-Friendly Resort" in the Pacific Northwest. The data period for voting was January 2011 when a Nielsen audit showed 3.4 million unique browsers logged in to the world's...

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Smoke Elser, wilderness outfitter from Western Montana, teaches courses in outfitting and packing livestock. (Associated Press)

Class teaches outfitting, stock packing skills

OUTFITTING -- Legendary Western Montana wilderness outfitter Smoke Elser is teaching a two-day outfitting and packing course at Glacier Outdoor Center in West Glacier on May 14-15. The two-day hands-on course is open to novice packers as well as experienced packers who want to learn...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011




One of two wolverines photographed by Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department researchers using a motion activated camera at a baited camera station on April 13, 2011 in the Wallowa Mountains. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

First tracks, now photos confirm wolverines in Wallowas 

RARE SPECIES -- Five days after discovering the first documented wolverine tracks in the Wallowa Mountains of Northeast Oregon, researcher Audrey Magoun has downloaded photos of two wolverines from a bait station camera. “They are clearly photos of two different individuals,” Magoun said. The photos...

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Kaufmann’s Streamborn fly shops shuttered

FLY FISHING -- Once a Northwest fly fishing industry icon, Kaufmann’s Streamborn fly shops in Tigard, Ore., and Seattle, have unceremoniously closed, according to reports in The Oregonian and Northwest Sportsman Magazine. Lance Kaufmann started the business 42 years ago with his brother, Randall. Neither...

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Raw Crunch bar is all natural trail food. (Courtesy photo)

Hiker hunger goes the way of the birds

OUTDOOR NUTRITION -- Ah, it's lunch time here in the office. On the trail, it's always snack time. The new on-the-trail nutrition bars shown above look and taste somewhat like compressed blocks of birdseed, says The Gear Junkie in a whiff of understatement. Ingredients such...

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Lochsa land exchange hits snags in Idaho

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Clearwater National Forests' attempt to block up public lands in the upper Lochsa drainage has a lot of supporters, including elk hunters. The hitch: finding land to trade to the timber company that owns the private land in the checkerboard ownership....

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Moscow kids fishing even set for Saturday

FISHING -- The 20th annual Kiwanis Kid’s Fishing Day will be held at Moscow’s Hordemann Pond, 8 a.m. to noon, on Saturday to help families with kids discover the joys of fishing, Volunteers will be on hand to help young anglers, and Idaho Fish and...

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Why we send our daughters to college

SHELLFISHING -- After four years at Western Washington University, my daughter, Hillary, finally got out with a group of West Siders and learned how to dig clams. These are outdoor life skills you can't learn at home in Spokane. Next, she needs to find her...

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Hikers plan scenic vacations around maintaining trails

TRAILS -- The Salmo-Priest Wilderness is on the Washington Trails Association's list of 10 signature projects for trail construction and maintenance in 2011. That means the little wilderness gem in northeastern Washington and a slice of North Idaho will be a destination for volunteers devoting...

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011



Ten-month-old Colbey Hughes seems distracted as his father, Scott Hughes, watches fish ladder activity under the Bonneville Dam, where chinook salmon are arriving in sustained numbers.
 (Torsten Kjellstrand  Oregonian / The Spokesman-Review)

Season's open, but where are the salmon?

FISHING -- Fishing seasons for spring chinook salmon opened on much of the Snake River recently, but few fish are yet to show up crossing the Snake River dams. Here's the just-released official Idaho Fish and Game Department answer to the question: Where are the...

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Idaho special species hunting applications due

BIG GAME HUNTING -- The deadline for 2011 moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunt controlled hunt applications is Saturday. Apply at Fish and Game offices or license vendors, or apply online using a credit card. Telephone applications may be made at (800) 554-8685.

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Hikers enjoy the CCC-era stone bridge over a creek on Rimrock Drive in Palisades Park, a Spokane city park established in 1938 and expanded in recent years. (Rich Landers)

Palisades City Park a treat for spring walkers

HIKING -- On the rimrock bluff overlooking Spokane Falls Community College, spring walkers can enjoy a year-round feast of views over Spokane as well as a splash of wildflowers and blooming serviceberry that will be approaching a peak in about two weeks. Since the Rimrock...

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