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THURSDAY, OCT. 17, 2013

Idaho deer hunting might be tougher this year. A hard winter killed lots of mule deer fawns. (Rich Landers)

Research pegs decline of mule deer in West

WILDLIFE -- Tough times for mule deer. Western states search for reason mule deer populations declining A recent report from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies found mule deer populations in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Saskatchewan were in decline, and...

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MONDAY, OCT. 14, 2013

Adam Lynn of Tacoma greets the Oct. 13, 2013, sunrise from his deer hunting position in the scablands of Lincoln County. (Rich Landers)

Opening weekend's history; got your buck?

HUNTING -- More than 100,000 hunters were expected to be in the field last weekend for the opening of Washington's modern firearms deer hunting season, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Adam Lynn of Tacoma was among those out and in position for...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013

TUESDAY, OCT. 8, 2013

ish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Jay Kolbe drags a deer carcass from a backwater of the Clark Fork River in September to confirm signs of internal hemorrhaging caused by a virus spread among deer by biting gnats. Dozens of deer have died west of Missoula in recent days in what appears to be the first documented case of epizootic hemorrhage disease west of the Continental Divide in Montana. (Kurt Wilson / Missoulian)

Disease hammers Western Montana whitetails

WILDLIFE -- Testing has confirmed what wildlife biologists had feared: Western Montana has suffered its first dieoff of white-tailed deer from a disease known as EHD. The Missoulian reports: Lab results received Monday show that recent whitetail deer deaths in the Missoula Valley are the...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013

Hunters let biologists examine their mule deer bucks at the Methow check station on opening weekend of the 2012 deer season. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

WDFW details hunting prospects

HUNTING -- Get the skinny on hunting prospects for deer and elk as well as upland birds and other species in the 2013 hunting forecasts posted by The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department. Area wildlife biologists have posted notes on their observatins of eveything from...

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Velvet is peeling off the antlers of this whitetail buck photographed in Montana on Sept. 1, 2013. (Jaime Johnson)

Bucks are polishing up their act

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- It's time for this whitetail buck to peel off the velvet and get ready for action. Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson documented this late-summer stage of antler development last weekend with this photo.

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14, 2013

A whitetail buck shows antlers freshly shed of velvet in late August. (Jaime Johnson)

Diseases suspected in Montana deer deaths

HUNTING -- Drought may be delivering another blow to deer herds in a portion of Montana, where disease and tough winters already have lowered deer numbers in recent years. Dead white-tailed deer, possibly killed by epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, have been reported in north-central...

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FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2013

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013

White-tailed deer fawn in mid-June. (Jaimie Johnson)

Region's new crop of fawns growing fast 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson caught this image of a whitetail fawn over the weekend. Check out the eyelashes.... and the whiskers! They grow up fast. When a fawn is born it is odorless so that predators are not attracted to its...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013

A mule deer buck with antlers in velvet photographed in Montana on June 6, 2013. (Jaime Johnson)

Mule deer buck already showing promise

WILDLIFE -- Deer antlers are among the fastest types of tissue growth in mammals. Each year, a buck's antlers typically begin growing in April in response to increasing day length. They develop fully in four months. When the antlers are growing, they are full of...

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In this 2012 photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, a fawn is shown with hair-loss syndrome in Stanislaus National Forest, Calif. California wildlife officials say an invasion of aggressive lice is causing deer across the state to go bald and is linked to numerous deer deaths.  (Associated Press)

Deer lice new concern for big-game herds

WILDLIFE -- Scientists across the West are raising concerns about a growing infestation of exotic deer lice that appears to be killing Columbian black-tailed and mule deer and recently turned up in Nevada. The infestation has been on the rise, especially in Oregon, Washington, California...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013


Jim Sutton of Spokane displays arrows with lighted nocks, which he believes should be allowed for hunting in Washington. (Rich Landers)

Wash. commission to set 2013 hunt rules

HUNTING –The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adopting 17 new hunting rules for the upcoming season when it convenes Friday and Saturday April 12-13 in Olympia. Among other proposals on the agenda, the panel will consider allowing bowhunters to use illuminated arrow nocks,...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013



Firefighters tend a controlled prescribed burn to benefit wildlife habitat on the Sinlanhekin Wildlife Area of northcentral Washington. (WDFW)

Wildlife benefits of prescribed burns easy to see

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Sinlahekin Wildlife Area manager Dale Swedberg doesn't just preach the gospel of rejuvenating wildlife habitat with controlled prescribed fires -- he'll let you see for yourself. A website with an eye-opening collection of photos compares historic photos of the Sinlanhekin Wildlife Area...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 15, 2013

THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2013

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