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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2014

THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2014


Wild turkeys in downtown Dayton, Wash., in November 2014. (Jerry Dedloff / Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Wild turkeys window shopping in Dayton

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Downtown Dayton, Wash., is a hot spot for wild turkeys, who apparently feel at home on Main Street even in the week before Thanksgiving. Reports the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: This was the scene in downtown Dayton (Columbia County) this…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2014



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

Idaho farm-raised elk get loose near Yellowstone

WILDLIFE -- State officials say 28 domestic elk escaped from a hunting ranch in eastern Idaho near Yellowstone National Park but only one is unaccounted for and it’s wounded, according to the Associated Press. Veterinarian Scott Leibsle of the Idaho Department of Agriculture says Broadmouth…

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Olympic Hot Springs.

Route to Olympic Hot Springs reopened

TRAILS -- Olympic National Park has reopened a road and trailhead leading to Olympic Hot Springs. The Kitsap Sun reports Olympic Hot Springs Road and the Boulder Creek Trailhead had been closed for three years while workers dismantled the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 18, 2014



MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014


The northern lights burn below stars circling the North Star in this long-term photo sequence over Sullivan Lake. (Craig Goodwin)

Northern lights photo has star power 

SKYWATCHING -- Craig Goodwin, pastor of Millwood Community Presbyterian Church and outdoor photographer, gave us the heads up on Saturday that the weekend was sizing up to be a good opportunity to see the Northern Lights. Indeed, the aurora borealis did put on a dance,…

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A whitetail buck runs in mid-November, the peak of the rut for white-tailed deer in northeastern Washington. (Jaime Johnson)

Lower turnout at area deer checkstations 

HUNTING -- Fewer hunters turned in to hunter check stations north of Spokane over the weekend compared with last year, but the ratio of deer taken during the late whitetail buck season appears to be about the same. Some hunters reported the cold snap that…

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Free snowmobiling film Tuesday at NIC

WINTERSPORTS -- An action flick on snowmobiling -- 509 Snowmobile Films Vol. 9 -- will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at McLain Hall Outdoor Center at North Idaho College. The movie is free but donations of two or more nonpersishable canned food…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 16, 2014

Northern lights as seen from Sullivan Lake on Nov. 15, 2014. (Craig Goodwin)

Watch for northern lights tonight

SKYWATCHING -- This is a good weekend for sky watching, with increased solar activity coinciding with clear skies. Craig Goodwin, pastor of Millwood Community Presbyterian Church and outdoor photographer, captured the photo above at Sullivan Lake and posted this comment Saturday: The Aurora is active.…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 14, 2014




The Mollies wolf pack during its heydays in Yellowstone National Park. (National Park Service)

Hunting stresses wolves, research indicates 17 

PREDATORS -- Wolf research in the news includes a report on a study revealing indications that wolves suffer stress when heavily hunted. OK.... I wonder if moose and elk are stressed when wolves are in the neighborhood? Some research indicates yes. My English setter is…

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