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Outdoors blog archive for April 2011

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

A wild turkey gobbler bagged on opening day of the spring hunting season. (Rich Landers)

Gobble, Gobble: One down, one to go

HUNTING -- One could hear shots fired within minutes of after Washington's wild turkey hunting season opened this morning at 5:31 a.m. One down, one to go for spring gobbler hunting on the East Side of the state. It was beautiful out there.

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Bighorn sheep are suffering from pathogens rendering them susceptible to pneumonia while having no effect on domestic sheep. Montana has killed 200 bighorns to thwart an outbreak.  (File Associated Press)

WSU study tests new vaccine for bighorn sheep

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- Reseachers may finally be on track of a tool to deal with the diseases wreaking havoc with bighorn sheep herds in the West. A Washington State University wildlife disease researcher has produced an experimental vaccine that appears to have protected four bighorn...

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Eagle cam: Eaglets are beefing up 

Webcam chat at Ustream WILDLIFE -- Less than two weeks old, three eaglets are starting to get big enough in their nest that the parents have a hard time settling down for a restful night. Stay tuned along with about 4 million viewers EACH DAY...

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A deck hand shows off a king salmon, one of many his clients caught on a day of charter boat fishing in the Pacific Ocean out of Westport, Wash.  (File)

Washington coastal salmon fishing seasons set

SALTWATER FISHING -- Coastal salmon fishing season have just been negotiated and released by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and treaty Indian co-managers at the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s meeting in San Mateo, Calif. Read on for details of the fishing package, which...

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speak to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 7, 2011, after their meeting with President Obama regarding the budget and possible government shutdown.  (Associated Press)

Budget deal blocks Obama wilderness policy

WILDERNESS -- A fledgling plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West eligible for federal wilderness protection was one of the casualties of Friday's last-minute budget deal reached by Congressional leaders to keep the government afloat. Republican lawmakers had complained that...

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Wyoming keeping a not-so-open mind about grizzlies

QUOTABLE: "We're not interested in grizzly bears occupying new habitat except in areas where they already are. Socially acceptable habitat would be areas where grizzlies already occupy. We're not interested in expansion. We're maxed out on grizzly bears already.”" Brian Nesvik of the Wyoming Game...

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McArthur Lake is a state-protected wildlife area along Highway 95 north of Sandpoint. Forest Capital Partners has agreed to an easement that allows logging on its adjacent lands but precludes future development.  (Photo Conservanc / The Spokesman-Review)

Forest land swap brewing on Idaho Panhandle

CONSERVATION -- The U.S. Forest Service is working on a land exchange with Stimson Lumber Co. to protect wildlife habitat near Hope, Idaho. The deal is expected to close this summer. The Idaho Panhandle National Forests will trade 995 acres for 922 acres of Stimson...

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Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel. (Courtesy photo)

Deadliest Catch crew coming to Spokane

COMMERCIAL FISHING -- Take a break after trying to catch rainbows and Sprague Lake this summer and spend "A night with Captian Sig and the Hillstrand Brother," -- a live traveling show from the Deadliest Catch TV series -- July 24, at the INB Performing...

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Lawmakers unite against spree poachers

POACHING -- While Washington legislators continue to butt heads on many issues in Olympia, they joined in refreshing unanimity last week to drop the hammer on people who go wild slaughtering big game. Both the House and Senate voted unanimously for HB 1340, which expands...

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