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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2014

THURSDAY, NOV. 13, 2014

Steelheading success picks up in Hanford Reach

FISHING -- Better news for steelheaders in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River in this report from Paul Hoffarth, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist in the Tri-Cities: Over the past six weeks an estimated 574 hatchery steelhead have been harvested in…

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ICEFORCE offers ice fishing products.

Ice fishermen tap mobile phone apps

FISHING -- The sudden rush of below-freezing temperatures reminds us that ice-fishing season isn't far off. Time to starting gearing up; make sure the ice auger blades are sharp. Cold weather is the bane of high-tech gadgets, but some companies are offering interesting stuff, especially…

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A whitetail buck is photographed by a remote trail cam put out by a hunter over a salt lick as he scouts for the lake buck deer hunting season. (Nate Krohn)

Last chance to comment on game management plan

HUNTING -- Trends in controversial issues such as big-game baiting, lead shot restrictions and wolf management are mapped out in Washington's draft 2015-21 Game Management Plan that was revised in October. The plan is online and available for public comment through Monday, Nov. 17. The…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2014

A male Gunnison sage grouse is pictured displaying his plummage to attract a female.  The sage grouse, whose habitat overlaps a swath across the West that holds the nation's biggest untapped natural gas fields. (Colorado Divison of Wildlife)

Feds list Gunnison sage grouse threatened 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The Gunnison sage grouse will be listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. The listing was a downgrade from an earlier agency recommendation — and an acknowledgement of work by Native American…

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A young bull moose in Minnesota is a survivor in a mysterious decline that’s closed or curtailed hunting from Idaho through the Midwest. (Associated Press)

Study: Wolf impact significant on Minnesota moose 28 

BIG GAME -- Wolves likely have played a bigger role in the serious decline of northeast Minnesota’s moose population than originally believed, and there’s no evidence yet that climate change has been a major factor, according to a new analysis by renowned Minnesota wolf researcher…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 11, 2014

This undated photo provided by the Intermountain Bird Observatory, Boise State University, shows a female Black-Chinned Hummingbird. The perfecting of placing tiny numbered bands on hummingbirds' legs in the last decade has led researchers to discover the birds can live longer than 10 years as opposed to the two or three once thought likely.  (Liz Urban / Intermountain Bird Observatory)

Hummingbirds giving up secrets to researchers 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- As researchers perfect the methods of placing tiny numbered bands on the legs of hummingbirds, the diminutive birds have been revealing new information about their lives. For instance: Hummingbirds can live longer than 10 years as opposed to the two or three…

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Blowdown tree kills angler on Bitterroot River

FISHING -- A 62-year-old western Montana man was struck and killed by a falling tree while fishing on the Bitterroot River on Sunday. Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman says high winds moved through the southern Bitterroot Valley and officers received reports of trees down across…

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Whitetail, the most common deer in our region, are adaptable and take advantage of every feeding opportunity.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Bowhunters get shot at Sandpoint deer

HUNTING -- A few Idaho archers will get a chance to improve public safety by filling their deer tags within the city limits of Sandpoint. City and county officials have approved a request from Sandpoint Airport staff to allow a deer hunt within city limits…

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Burton Keen holds a Grande Ronde hatchery steelhead -- the prize catch of his life-long fishing career. (Mark Potter)

Never too late to become a steelhead angler

FISHING -- Mark Potter is all smiles about his recent steelhead fishing trip with his father-in-law on the Grande Ronde River. The two were fishing with guide John Sullivan and they caught-and-released eight wild steelhead plus two hatchery keepers to extend the fun to the…

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MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2014

Richard Permin skies during the filming of Days Of Our Youth, in the Tordrillo mountains in Alaska, USA on 8 April, 2014. (Blake Jorgenson / Red Bull Content Pool)

Days of My Youth ski flick at GU

WINTERSPORTS -- A ski movie that examines skiing as a way of life, offering a glimpse into the journey of self-discovery that every skier takes -- is coming to Spokane Thursday, Nov. 13. Days of My Youth will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2014

Elk hunting the hard way in northeastern Washington. (Rich Landers)

Low-minded hunters brag about a kill 

HUNTING ETHICS -- The best hunters I know are an honor to the sport from the field to the street. They hunt with dedication and precision, get the job done, give honor to their quarry by treating it with respect. The members of SEAL Team…

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The Wilks brothers' N Bar Ranch is headquartered along Flatwillow Creek in Fergus County. The Big Snowy Mountains can be seen in the background of this shot that looks toward the ranch's large aircraft runway. (Brett French / Billings Gazettte)

Texas brothers building fences in Montana 

PUBLIC LANDS -- They've captured some spectacular hunting country near the Snowy Mountains. They arrive in their personal jets. They're used to getting what they want. They're not a great fit in Montana, but what the heck when you have that much money to spend.…

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