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TUESDAY, JAN. 4, 2011

State agencies swap East Side land

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife swapped thousands of acres in a deal signed today. Generally, the trade helps each agency consolidate lands. It gives DNR more land to put to work for the benefit of state schools...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 1, 2011

Washington lead restrictions advance today

ENVIRONMENT - Washington is taking another step today in giving lead the boot in the state's hunting and fishing circles. Although pheasant releases won't resume until next fall in Eastern Washington, hunters technically will be required to use nontoxic shot at the specified pheasant release...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 28, 2010

Panhandle otter trapping quota reached

TRAPPING -- The Panhandle Region's River otter harvest quota of 15 was reached at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said. The otter season for the entire region closes at 10 a.m. on Friday, according to the rules requiring the closure...

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Species like mountain goats that live at high elevations will lose their habitat and are likely to go extinct.Associated Press
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New Panhandle goat hunts planned

HUNTING -- A slight decrease in Panhandle Region moose permits is proposed for 2011, but hunters will could get the spice of two new mountain goat hunts. These and other 2011 Idaho trophy big-game hunting proposals have been released for public comment through Jan. 14....

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MONDAY, DEC. 27, 2010

Week's wildlife enforcement highlights

WILDLIFE COPS -- Patrolling for illegal snowmobilers in caribou country, tracking down the source of sick farm-raised Idaho elk dumped in Washington, dealing with moose in yards and haystacks -- all in a week's work for Washington Fish and Wildlife Department enforcement officers on the...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 23, 2010

 A humorous attempt to categorize the various types of Labrador retrievers.  You may have chased birds with one of these four types of hunting dogs. (Anonymous)

Which hunting dog do you have?

HUNTING -- I went out chasing pheasants through the countryside this week with a buddy who has a Labrador retriever -- about 100 pounds of brute force. Pheasants, Angus bulls and taut barbed-wire fences all fear this dog. Maybe you can pick him out of...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 21, 2010

Outdoors making most of shortest day

HUNTING -- I've endured some long days in the field this season with little to show for hours of follownig Scout, my English Setter, through the Palouse. But today, the shortest day of the year, was the best of the season: Scout tallied 18 points...

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MONDAY, DEC. 20, 2010

Some poachers can't be overlooked

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT – While patrolling the Horseshoe Lake area, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Officer Paul Mosman had one of those rare “game warden moments.”“It started when he pulled in behind a likely looking truck parked at an access gate and just happened to notice...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 19, 2010

FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010

THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 2010

When quail don't fly

HUNTING -- I was pretty confident going into today's hunt. I had a shotgun and an English setter that covers real estate like the wind.But the valley quail didn't fly.Instead, they challenged us to a footrace through the Lincoln County sagebrush.The birds won, by a...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15, 2010

Early reaction to Wildlife merger plan

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The buzz is growing over Gov. Chris Gregoire's budget-cutting proposals that would, among other things, merge the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department to into a new mega agency and reduce the Fish and Wildlife Commission to an advisory role or eliminate it...

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A white wild turkey feeds with a flock of normal wild turkeys in north Spokane County. (Evan Johnson)

Wild turkeys toughest bird around

WILD FOWL -- In a testament to the species' hardiness, reports of white wild turkeys among the region's big wintering flocks are fairly common.First, one must marvel that there are big wintering flocks after two bad winters in the past three years followed by this...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 14, 2010

Fish, Wildlife panel could be axed

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is on the chopping block in Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Tuesday proposal announced to consolidate state agencies and eliminate boards and commissions to save nearly $30 million.Among other mergers, a new Department of Conservation and Recreation would...

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F&G diretor fined $500 for trespassing

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT -- Idaho’s top fish and game official has pleaded guilty to one count of trespass to hunt and ordered to pay a $500 fine, the Associated Press reported this afternoon. Idaho Fish and Game Director Cal Groen told a judge Tuesday he wasn’t...

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Bear barks up wrong tree 

WILDLIFE -- Hunting from a tree stand puts a hunter's scent above the ground, where critters often come and go without a clue that a human is present.Sometimes the critters don't come and go, through. Sometimes they just keep coming.Check out this video of a...

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MT student won’t be expelled over gun

GUNS -- A Columbia Falls High School student who inadvertently brought an unloaded rifle to school in the trunk of her car will not be expelled, the Associated Press reports.The school board made its unanimous decision Monday night, and the 16-year-old honor student and varsity...

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MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2010

FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2010

Wild turkeys are particularly conspicuous in winter, when they congregate in lowland flocks. Biologists say turkeys have been introduced to virtually every habitat niche in the state. 
 (File/ / The Spokesman-Review)

Turkeys gone, no shots fired

NUISANCE WILDLIFE -- I have a gift to offer the region's rural residents who are being besieged by wintering turkeys that are congregated in flocks and fouling barnyards.Just invite me to come out with my one remaining 2010 turkey tag and I can virtually elminate...

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The noses of these hounds or many other breeds of dog could help big-game hunters find wounded game if it weren't illegal in Washington.  (Associated Press)

Why not let dogs track wounded game?

HUNTING – While we don’t have good statistics on the number of big-game animals wounded and lost by hunters, no one would doubt that it’s significant. The number might even be staggering.So why do Washington and a few other states prohibit hunters from using trained...

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