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Outdoors blog archive for Feb. 15, 2016

MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2016

A family of trumpeter swans hangs out at Cheever Lake on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge as late as early December in 2015. (Carlene Hardt)

Trumpeter swans back at Turnbull Refuge 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- In what's become an expected annual event, trumpeter swans beckoned by ice-free waters have returned to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Here's a Valentine's Day (Sunday) report from reader Barbara Morrissey: Six trumpeter swans arrived 2/14/16 afternoon at about 4 p.m., with their...

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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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