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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 14, 2011

FRIDAY, JAN. 14, 2011

We survived another week

SURVIVAL -- It's been a rough week on the Outdoors beat, but I'm still holding my head high. How about you? Remember, the snow slopes are unstable as we head into the weekend. The ice is weakening on the lakes and the rivers are surging...

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Hunter haunted by local shooting comment 

OUTDOOR ETHICS -- During a public meeting Tuesday in Spokane attended mostly by hunters and anglers, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Director Phil Anderson was asked why the state isn't more aggressive about killing wolves. Anderson explained the recent federal court ruling that returned the...

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Dining out in the duck blind

WATERFOWLING -- A friend told me today that his fingers were cramping shut after plucking waterfowl from a productive hunt. Been there, done that. Nowadays I tend to breast-out most of my waterfowl. A fun way to use duck legs is in the blind itself....

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Oregon to charge for wildlife area access

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved an expanded permit program for state wildlife areas starting January 2012. The program will require either a $7 daily parking permit or a $22 annual permit, and will be phased in over three years...

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 Elk cross the Gardner River near Mammoth in Montana in Yellowstone National Park last April.  (Associated Press)

Yellowstone elk numbers drop suddenly

WILDLIFE -- The Yellowstone National Park elk herd, the most observed and photographed elk in the country, declined by an astonishing 24 percent in December. The annual aerial survey counted 4,635 elk last month, compared to 6,070 elk counted at the same time last year....

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Joe Hagengruber, 10, of Helena poses with shovelnose sturgeon. Joe loves fishing and has set a goal of catching all 86 fish species found in Montana. (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

Kid inspires with his zest for fishing

FISHING -- Out of Montana comes a rare story of a youngster whose life revolves around something as age-old as fishing. Joe Hagengruber, a 10-year-old from Helena -- an angler who lets his fishing rod do most of the talking --means every word when he...

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Conservation a priority on some BLM lands

PUBLIC LANDS --Conservation got an edge in management considerations on a portion of western Bureau of Land Management areas under an order signed late last year by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Salazar's order clarifies that the Bureau of Land Management should treat conservation as a...

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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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