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Outdoors blog archive for Feb. 2011

MONDAY, FEB. 28, 2011

Hanford Reach steelheading slow in February

FISHING -- Here’s the February steelhead fishing recap for the Hanford Reach of the Columbia just filed by Paul Hoffarth, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist in the Tri-Cities: Lower Reach (Hwy 395 to old Hanford town site): An estimated 174 steelhead were…

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Art Wolfe is a nature and wildlife photographer and host for the PBS series "Travels to the Edge." (Jay Goodrich / Courtesy photo)

Art Wolfe to present slideshow at Whitworth

NATURE/TRAVEL -- Wildlife photographer and Public TV “Travels to the Edge” host Art Wolfe will give a lecture and slide show Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Whitworth University’s Weyerhaeuser Hall Robinson Teaching Theatre. Wolfe, 59, is one of the best globetrotting nature imagers in the world.…

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Non-resident hunting fees increase in Montana

HUNTING -- Out-of-staters will pay more for Montana big-game combination licenses in 2011. State voters approved a November initiative that moved 7,800 outfitter-sponsored big-game and deer combination licenses to the general nonresident license category, they also increased the associated license fees. The fee increases include:…

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The frazzled Olive Willy fly pattern, right, earned this trophy for Bill Lundin after catching 15 trout in the Spokane Fly Fishers’ One-Fly fishing contest at Badger Lake on May 9.  (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Fly pattern raffle boosts conservation

FLY FISHING – The Spokane Fly Fishers annual fly pattern raffle to support fisheries conservation projects is March 9, 6:30 p.m., at St. Francis School Auditorium, 1104 W. Heroy. Members and public alike can by chances on locally tested and tied patterns as well as…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 27, 2011

BLM to rein in wild horse management

PUBLIC LANDS -- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to scale back costly roundups of wild horses. In a news release issued Thursday, BLM officials said they will reduce the number of wild horses removed from the range by about one-quarter — to 7,600…

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Free skier abandons snow, hits the surf

SKIING -- If the bitter cold is turning you off to hitting the slopes in the Inland Northwest this week, maybe you should consider the possibilities of skiing Hawaii -- in the surf! Check out big-time freeskier Chuck Patterson's switch from the steep and deep…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 26, 2011

The Spokesman-Review Prussick Peak looms behind Deb Hansen and Rick Diffley, who secured permits with other Spokane Mountaineers well in advance of their trip to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Enchantments reservations go online Monday

BACKPACKING -- Reservations for overnight permits to camp in the Enchantment Lakes Basin will be available only online beginning this year, starting Monday. A popular destination in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, camping in the Enchantments from June 15-Oct. 15 is limited, and permits are picked…

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Eagles terrorize Sprague Lake coots

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The winter ice cap was almost gone from Sprague Lake a few days ago, but this week's cold snap has reversed the trend -- and that's bad news for the coots that had taken up residence in the open waters. Here's the…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

Wolf poaching in Methow confirmed

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officials this week confirmed the killing of an adult male gray wolf, shot in Eastern Washington more than a year ago and dumped in eastern Skagit County. Investigators believe the wolf was shot somewhere east of Rainy…

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REI recalling 160 Novara Fusion bikes

BICYCLING -- REI is recalling about 160 bicycles because of a potential fall hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the alloy steerer tube on certain Nova Fusion bicycles could separate from the fork, causing the rider to lose control, posing a fall hazard…

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Option cites removal of Lake Roosevelt cabins

PUBLIC LANDS -- The National Park Service may require the removal of 25 private cabins that have been built and upgraded over many years within the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area northwest of Spokane. That’s one of three options in an environmental assessment released Thursday…

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A northern flicker stops for a bite of suet from a backyard feeder in North Spokane on Thursday. The flicker is a type of woodpecker. (Bill Morlin)

Robins looking forward to spring, too

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bird feeders are especially alive with activity in this cold weather as birds -- and other wildlife -- look for easy calories. To get a cross section of species, you need seed feeders filled separatel with black sunflower seeds and others with…

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Summit of Scotchman Peak northeast of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho. (Jake Ostman )

Avalanche advisory: now is safer than later

WINTER SPORTS -- The Inland Northwest avalanche advisory issued this morning notes that snow that accumulated in the cold temperatures of recent storm is light enough to warrant only "considerable" avalanche danger in many (not all) areas. But a change is expected around Sunday. The…

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Ice fisherman jigs up a whopper

FISHING -- The arctic weather chilling the Inland Northwest is firming the surface at some lakes and pushing the reset button for ice anglers. If you're looking for a wall-hanger fish to brag about this weekend, try to guess where the angler in this video…

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Silver Bow offers crash course in fly fishing

What: Beginner fly fishing class on basics to get started in a one-day crash course. Covers equipment, knots and gear, trout habits and the flies they like, reading water, presenting, fly casting and fishing local waters. Where: Silver Bow Fly Shop, 13210 E. Indiana Ave.…

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Jennings: Who's flying high at Schweitzer?

SKIING -- Fireworks will pierce the cold mountain air tonight and Saturday around a stunning display of aerial skiing stunts during the Yoke's Outrageous Air Show at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. S-R skiing columnist Bill Jennings has the down to earth story on the Olympian who…

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