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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 6, 2011

THURSDAY, JAN. 6, 2011

Oprah gives hunting positive ink

HUNTING MEDIA -- Stories about hunting are routine here in The Spokesman-Review's Outdoors coverage, but a hunting story in Oprah's O magazine is significant news. The December issue of O includes an article by Kimberly Hiss, who detailed her challenges and emotions in deciding to...

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Schweitzer offers free nordic lessons

WINTER SPORTS -- North Idaho cross-country skiers don't have to head to the annual Winterfest at 49 Degrees North this weekend to find free nordic skiing lessons. Schweitzer Mountain and the Sandpoint Nordic Club are offering free classic and skate-skiing lessons plus equipment demos on...

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Hunter makes grim impression on teen

HUNTING -- A Darby, Mont., man is going to court for illlegal hunting, but his worst offense might be leaving a teenage volunteer with a negative hunting memory she'll never forget. According to The Ravalli Republic, prosecutors say James E. Robinson, 58, told a high...

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Time to apply for master hunter program

HUNTING -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's Master Hunter Program is accepting applications through Feb. 15. Applicants who complete the requirements and skill testing and demonstrate a commitment to ethical hunting practices qualify for special hunting privileges. The agency offers Master Hunters special big-game...

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A  grizzly bear sow and her cubs scratch around on a sandbar in Yellowstone National Park in April 2008. A federal judge ruled Monday, Sept. 22, 2009, that Yellowstone grizzlies should be returned to endangered status after being delisted in 2007. (Jean Arthur photo)

2010 a lethal year for grizzlies

WILDLIFE -- Grizzly bear deaths neared record levels for the region around Yellowstone National Park in 2010, but government biologists said the population remains robust enough to withstand the heavy losses. The Associated Press reports that an estimated 75 of the protected animals were killed...

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Winterfest has new events at 49 Degrees

WINTER SPORTS -- Paintball biathlon at the nordic ski trails joins the traditional telemark ski race, gear demos and other activities on the downhill slopes for the annual Winterfest events Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 49 Degrees North. Also new is the family snow-sculting contest....

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

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