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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2016

MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2016

At an elevation of about 10,900 feet, the Beartooth Pass offers early- and late-season backcountry skiing opportunities.  (Casey Riffe / Billings Gazettte)

Backcountry skiers detail choice destinations

WINTERSPORTS -- Get a taste for backcountry skiing in a free program sponsored by the Spokane Mountaineers at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Mountain Gear Headquarters, 6021 E Mansfield in Spokane Valley. Club members will present "Backcountry skiing in and beyond the Inland…

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Montana has introduced “shoulder” seasons for elk hunting, designed to take advantage of elk being driven from higher elevations due to snow accumulations.

Montana approves shoulder season elk hunts 

HUNTING -- Despite reservations about disturbing big game on winter ranges, Montana is taking a bold step from protocol in an effort to balance elk numbers with landowner tolerance. Montana wildlife board OKs shoulder season elk hunts After a popular pilot project that killed more…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 14, 2016

FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2016

THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2016

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2016

Hunting Film Tour Feb. 19 in CdA

HUNTING -- The 2016 Hunting Film Tour is coming to the region this month with 7 p.m. showings: Feb. 19 in Coeur d'Alene at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. Feb. 20 in Sandpoint at the Panida Theatre. Feb. 22 in Spokane at the Magic Lantern.…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 9, 2016

MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2016

A sharp-shinned hawk is ready to release after volunteers trapped and banded the bird near Chelan Ridge during the prolific annual fall migration of raptors through the area.  (Photo by Teri Pieper / The Spokesman-Review)

Birding, fishing programs to note this week

CLUBS – Outdoors-related free programs of note this week include: Birding the Pribilofs – program by Kris Buchler on exploring a remote nesting seabird and Asian vagrant birding hot spot in the Bering Sea, for Coeur d’Alene Audubon Society, 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Lutheran…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 7, 2016

FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2016

THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2016

Measured mountain snowpack in the Northwest was near average or above average on Feb. 1, 2016. (U.S. Geological Survey)

Snowpack looks good in region, so far 

WATER SOURCES -- Snow is piling up in the mountains, and last year's big early thaw that ravaged the snowpack for water needed by fish, boaters and other uses isn't in the forecast -- so far. See the second photo to remember how grimly low…

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.

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