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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 2011

TUESDAY, JAN. 11, 2011

Wildlife officials discuss agency cuts tonight

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Washington Fish and Wildlfie Department Director Phil Anderson is scheduled to discuss legislative proposals for budget cuts and agency mergers during a public meeting tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council, 6116 N. Market in Spokane. Deputy Director...

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A bird attacks a kite designed like it during the International Kite Festival in Ahmadabad, India, Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Kite-flyers from 36 countries are participating in the festival which runs from Jan. 9. to Jan. 14. (Ajit Solanki / Associated Press)

Hawks higher than a kite

WILDLIFE -- Hawks aren't fond of competition in their territory, as we see in this photo of a bird attacking a hawk-shaped during the International Kite Festival in Ahmadabad, India, on Monday. Kite-flyers from 36 countries are participating in the festival. No word on how...

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MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2011

An angler reels in a rainbow trout at Lake Roosevelt. (Rich Landers)

Roosevelt: Better than fishing a hatchery 

FISHING -- If you haven't heard about how good the fishing has been the past two months at Lake Roosevelt, you're probably not an angler. Here's today's report from Spokane Valley angler Jim Kujala, who has a boat but decided to cut costs and hassle...

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Skijoring debuts at Sandpoint Winter Carnival

WINTER SPORTS -- The 37th annual Sandpoint Winter Carnival is adding some horsepower to its 37th annual event, which runs Wednesday through Sunday between venues from Sandpoint to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Skijoring -- horses towing skeirs on a loop track and over jumps will debut...

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Learn basics of fly tying in two days

FLY FISHING -- Winter is prime time to learn fundamentals of fly fishing before the spring waters warm and the bite is on. Here are two local opportunities: Jan. 24-25, Begining Fly Tying Course at Silver Bow Fly Shop: Learn to tie six reliable fly...

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Two ways to tune in to area's nordic skiing

NORDIC SKIING -- Two great ways to meet up with the area's cross-country skiing community are coming up: Snow Ball Potluck and Moonlight Ski Tour, Jan. 15, starting at 5 p.m. at Selkirk Lodge on Mount Spokane. Bring potluck item and headlamp for the skiing,...

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Avalanche workshop for snowmobilers

WINTER SPORTS -- Free avalanche workshops for snowmobilers are being offered in North Idaho in the next few weeks by the state Parks and Recreation Department and the Idaho Panhandle National Forests avalanche experts. The schedule: Jan. 14-15, based in Coeur d’ Alene. Jan 28-29,...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 9, 2011

On Jan. 8, 2011, the matched pair of whitetail buck antlers above were photographed just as Rich Landers found them in the Snake River breaks.  This buck appears to have snapped his head down and shed both antlers at once.  Ah, relief.

 (Rich Landers)

New-year deer feel light-headed

WILDLIFE -- It's the shedding season for the area's deer, elk and moose. Even the biggest bucks and bulls are getting rid of their head-gear and looking a lot like the girls. In early December, Hal Meenach, a landowner south of Spokane, reported seeing the...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 8, 2011

A rough-legged hawk. (Terry Gray)

Search for rough-legged hawks

BIRDWATCHING -- The big rough-legged hawks Inland Northwest birders are used to seeing perched on power poles along roadways during winter seem to be in short supply this season. In some years it's been common to see a the eagle-like hawks on almost every other...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 7, 2011

Still plenty of eagles at CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- BLM wildlife biologist Carrie Hugo just returned from her weekly winter survey of bald eagles at Coeur d'Alene's Wolf Lodge Bay. The count: 128 total, including 95 adult and 33 immature eagles. The number is down from the whopping record count of...

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BLM approves CdA citizen advisors

PUBLIC LANDS -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced new appointments or re-appointments of four members to the Bureau of Land Management Coeur d’Alene District’s citizen-based Resource Advisory Council. The 15-member panel, composed of members with diverse interests and backgrounds, advises the Bureau...

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Avalanche forecast a soggy mixed bag

WINTER SPORTS -- The weekend avalanche advisory is out for the Idaho Panhandle region and the word for the wise: Caution. While it rained in the valleys overnight, the precip was in the form of snow at higher elevations above 4,000 to 5,000 feet. But...

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Wind farms such as the one shown above at Altamont Pass in California are killing hundreds of thousands of birds each year, according to the American Bird Conservancy. Wind turbines -- depending on their size, location and speed of the blades -- have been identified as a lethal threat to birds and bats. (Photo: Mike Parr / American Bird Conservancy)

Recent bird kills tip of the iceberg

WILDLIFE -- While recent reports of 3,000 blackbirds falling to their deaths from the sky in Arkansas generated international publicity, that number is but a tiny fraction of the birds killed each year from human causes, according to American Bird Conservancy. Estimates from various studies...

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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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Jackass Day a deal at Silver Mountain

WINTER SPORTS -- Friday is Jackass Day at Silver Mountain as they pay homage to the resort's humble beginnings and its less-than-delicate original name. The lift tickets are less, too: Only $9.45 plus tax, if there are any taxes left in Idaho. On Saturday, the...

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Food lures WA bears from hibernation

WILDLIFE -- Eastern Washington's arctic cold snap has had one advantage you might not have considered: It's kept the bears in their dens. In the milder climate of Western Washington, an unusually high number of bears are staying active into the winter and causing problems...

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