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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2014

TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014




Anglers who backpack into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness of Montana should be ready for good fishing, and the possibility of snow any month of the year. (Rich Landers)

Weather put chill on March 1 fishing opener

FISHING -- "Brrrrrrr...." That's how Washington Fish and Wildlife Department regional fisheries biologist Chad Jackson starts his report on the March 1 opening of fishing seasons for numerous lakes in the Columbia Basin. Although the number of anglers braving the cold weather was surprisingly high,…

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Video: how to release pet dog from trap

WILDLIFE -- A new instructional video – Releasing your Dog from a Trap - is available on Idaho Fish and Game’s website and YouTube. The video doesn't come a day too soon, as several dogs in North Idaho already have been caught in traps intended…

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Wildlife officials say it could take years for whitetail populations to recover in the Northern Plains. (Associated Press)

Idaho hunting proposals posted online

HUNTING -- The Idaho Department of Fish and Game's proposed changes for the 2014 big game hunting seasons are available online for public review and comment. The proposals are listed by region. Panhandle hunters will see proposals to increase opportunity for hunting antlerless whitetails as…

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MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014

In this 1987 photo released by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a wolf stands in the snow near Ishpeming, Mich. Once hunted to near extinction, gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and the northern Rocky Mountains have rebounded. (courtesy)

Idaho wolf control: 23 wolves for $30K 49 

PREDATORS -- Idaho Fish and Game estimates that last month’s wolf control action in the Lolo elk zone cost approximately $30,000 resulting in the taking of 23 wolves in an effort to bring back the struggling elk herd. The entire cost will be paid using…

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Ice bridges over open water slots at the South Fork of the Kuskokwim River near Hells Gate was one of the most treacherous sections of the Iditarod Trail negotiated in 2014 by snowmobilers Josh Rindal of Spokane, shown here waiting to help Bob Jones of Kettle Falls at dangerous spot. "We were never sure we could get to Rohn until we rode up the riverbank and onto a bare trail," Jones said.   (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 4

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th…

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Video: Idaho man leads expedition to Myanmar peak

Myanmar Bridges to Change from Fisher Creative on Vimeo. MOUNTAINEERING -- An Idaho man is at the forefront of this soon-to-be released video (see just-posted trailer above) about the American-Burmese mountaineering expedition to summit what the group is calling the highest peak in Southeast Asia…

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SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014

Two cyclists on fat bikes pause at Rainy Pass on the Iditarod Trail. They were traveling in February from Anchorage to Point Hope, a distance of about 1200 miles. The sign was installed by Josh Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls, who were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 3

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th…

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Spokane fat bike enthusiast Dan DeRuyter at the start of the 2014 Jay's Backyard Fat Pursuit in the Teton Valley of Idaho and Wyoming. (courtesy)

Frigid fat tire race extends to 10-hour epic

WINTER SPORTS -- Spokane wide-tire mountain biker Dan DeRuyter traveled to Island Park, Idaho, for the annual ultramarathon race called Jay's Backyard Fat Pursuit. Riders chose from 60K and 200K snow-covered routes. Hours after this starting photo was shot at minus-zero temperatures, DeRuyter logged another…

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Bob Jones of Kettle Falls, left, and Josh Rindal of Spokane finished their 1,000-mile Alaska snowmobile trek along the Iditarod Trail in time to get tickets for the Musher Banquet in Nome on March 18, 2012. They put in 15 days on the trail between the Anchorage area and Nome.

 (Bob Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 2 

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are "150 miles up the trail and all is well" as they repeat their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile. "We're hearing constant horror stories about things ahead," reports…

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SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2014

Josh Rindal of Spokane pauses on the Yentna with Mount McKinley in the background on Day 1 -- Feb. 28, 2014 -- of his 1,400-mile snowmobile trip along Alaska's Iditarod Trail. He's traveling with Bob Jones of Kettle Falls, a veteran of 20 trips along the famous sled dog route. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 1

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th time on the Iditarod. Click…

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