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Outdoors blog archive for Feb. 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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Steelhead fishing expands in Wenatchee area

FISHING -- Starting Thursday, fishing for hatchery steelhead will open in the Icicle River and expand to an additional section of the Wenatchee River above Leavenworth. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, areas that will open to fishing for steelhead one hour…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2016

Paul Brockbank looks down the barrel of a twenty-gauge shotgun in Cabela's Gun Library. The Gun Library features approximately 250 collectable and valuable new and used firearms for sale.   The store, in Lehi, Utah, is similar to the one proposed for Post Falls, near the Idaho-Washington border.   (Christopher Onstott / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho economy big on guns 

FIREARMS -- Guns and shooting are like bread and butter to Idaho's economy, according to a survey. Idaho, Montana ranked in Top 5 for being gun-industry dependent A study done by the financial website, examined states on a number of gun-related factors, including firearms…

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Steelhead: Fin structure good with distinct margins. Normal head, slender body.  (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Ringold steelheading should pick up this month

FISHING -- The stats are compiled: Indeed, Ringold-area steelhead fishing was slow in January, but the fishing on that stretchof the Columbia should pick up in February, biologists say. Paul Hoffarth, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries biologist in the Tri-Cities posted this report on…

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MONDAY, FEB. 1, 2016

House finch. (Terry Gray)

Gear up for Great Backyard Bird Count 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The 18th annual Great Backyard Bird Count will be conducted across the continent Feb. 12-15. Getting involved is almost as easy as looking out your window. GBBC participants count birds anywhere for as little or as long as they wish during the…

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