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Outdoors blog archive for Sept. 2014

TUESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2014

Garry Schalla, hired in 2014, is the Inland Northwest Land Trust's executive director. (Inland Northwest Land Trust)

Land Trust names new director; sets fall outing 

CONSERVATION -- The Spokane-based Inland Northwest Land Trust has named a new executive director to oversee its private-land conservation efforts in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Garry Schalla has assumed the post held by Christopher DeForest, who has moved to a field-related position. Schalla previously…

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Salmon fishing guide Dave Grove of Spokane fillets fall chinook salmon. (Rich Landers)

Fall chinook fishing picks up on Yakima River

FISHING -- Fall chinook have finally livened up the Yakima River, according to this report posted today by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist Paul Hoffarth: This past week WDFW staff interviewed 136 anglers fishing for salmon in the lower Yakima River with…

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 Meredith Heick of Spokane parks her bike after pedaling from Friday Harbor to Lime Kiln Point, a 36-acre Washington State Park on the west side of San Juan Island.  (Rich Landers)

Washington eyes taxes to support state parks 

PUBLIC LANDS -- A task force appointed by the governor has recommended bringing back two unpopular taxes to help fund Washington state parks and boost the outdoor recreation industry. The report from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation recommends a sales…

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Alberta goes big with conservation easement

ENVIRONMENT -- Helping assure critters have some room to roam ... Conservation easement in Alberta largest in Canada's history The $37.5-million deal between the Nature Conservancy of Canada and a ranching cooperative in Alberta will ensure the 30,000-acre Waldron Ranch along the East Range of…

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Reel Time Fishing deck hand Jim Havener nets a Chinook salmon for Kim Bowman of La Grande during a Sept. 26 fishing trip on the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River. (Rich Landers)

Anglers flocking to catch Hanford kings

SALMON FISHING -- Harvest and effort continues to increase in the Hanford Reach fall Chinook fishery on the Columbia River below Priest Rapids Dam. Washington Fish and Wildlife Columbia River fisheries biologists report an estimated 3,407 boats fished for salmon in the Hanford Reach this…

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Remote camera photo from July 21, 2013, documenting three pups in the newly formed Mt. Emily pack of Oregon. (Oregon Fish and Wildlife)

Wolf attacks kill sheep, dogs in NE Oregon 10 

ENDANGERED SPECIES — Two recent wolf attacks have killed eight sheep and two livestock-protection dogs in Umatilla County, Oregon officials have confirmed. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says the attacks took place Sept. 15 and 16 on public grazing land near Ruckle Junction…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2014

Huckleberry Pack alpha male gray wolf was captured and fitted with a GPS tracking collar.

Tab for Huckleberry wolf pack operation $53K 47 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Washington wildlife officials estimate they spent about $53,000 this summer to deal with the Huckleberry Pack attacks on a flock of 1,800 sheep on a grazing allotment in Stevens County. The costs were almost equally split between the effort to prevent attacks…

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Officials who want to restrict exploding targets on public lands say shooters can be too far away to detect and tend to problems. (Jesse Tinsley)

Exploding targets blamed for another wildfire

SHOOTING -- There's a reason it's illegal. Exploding target ignited August wildfire in Montana A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks official said the August wildfire in the Sapphire Mountains was ignited by a target shooter illegally using an explosive target at a state wildlife management…

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Shooters take their places on the line at the Farragut Shooting Range after it reopened on June 1, 2013.  Lawsuits had forced the closure and rebuilding of the facility (Idaho Fish and Game Department)

Farragut shooting range hours shortened

SHOOTING -- Starting Friday, Oct. 3, the Farragut Shooting Range will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:3 0 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The reduction in hours are necessary because of the reduction in daylight hours. The range will close for the season…

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 28, 2014

Rich Kaudy, right, landed this 19-inch cutthroat trout in the Clark Fork River with the help of Missoula fly fishing guide Jason Brininstool.  (Rich Landers)

Area trout rivers prime for fly fishing

FISHING -- Waters are cooling and aquatic insects are hatching -- mahoganies, blue-wing olives, baetis, and the occasional October caddis. You know what that means? Hit a cloudy day and you can have big results with autumn-hungry trout, like I did Saturday on the Clark…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, 2014

THURSDAY, SEPT. 25, 2014


The American Long-Distance Hiking Association honors backpackers who've completed the Triple Crown of America's long trails -- the Appalachian, Continental Divide and Pacific Crest trails. (Phillip J. Carcia)

Long-distance hikers gathering at Stampede Pass

HIKING -- Backpackers who've walked the walk are giving programs of enduring value this weekend during the 21st annual gathering of the American Long-Distance Hiking Association-West at Stampede Pass, Wash. Openings are still available for the Saturday programs by hikers who've accomplished incredible "feets" and…

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Remote camera photo of a black wolf that appears to be a female. Photo captured 5/4/2014 in the same area as OR7. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

My bad: Alpha wolf term outmoded 32 

WILDLIFE -- A few weeks ago I posted news that the Huckleberry Pack wolf shot by a federal Wildlife Services agent was the pack's alpha female. I supplied the term. In revealing the necropsy results, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department reported the wolf as…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2014

Although wolf hunting is legal in Wyoming, these hunters go further to make a statement about their attitude toward wolves and their impact on big-game populations in October 2013. (Wind River Outdoor World)

Court reinstates endangered status for Wyoming wolves 77 

UPDATE: Wyoming governor responds to ruling. ENDANGERED SPECIES — Federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming were reinstated today after a judge invalidated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 statewide Endangered Species Act delisting of the species, according to Earthjustice. The ruling from the…

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A pile of 15 coho and one chinook is a limit of 16 salmon for the eight anglers aboard the Coho King fishing out of Ilwaco, Wash., earlier this month.

Coho angling record set on lower Columbia

FISHING -- Coho are the latest of the Pacific salmon species prompting records on the Columbia River this year. From August 1 through September 21, there have been an estimated 119,885 angler trips and 22,483 Chinook, 6,842 steelhead, and 4,919 coho kept, according to Joe…

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