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TUESDAY, DEC. 7, 2010

Deer season's over; it's time to feast!

HUNTING -- Nothing celebrates a successful hunting season more than putting the meat on the table. Hunters work hard for their game, and they pay respect to their effort and their animal when they take care to serve it with a flair."Venison is the crowning...

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Hunters must file season-end reports

HUNTING -- Washington Fish and Wildlife officials adding incentive to get hunters to file their manadatory post-hunt report forms by phone or online.Hunters who file reports will avoid hassles when they try to buy a license next year -- and they'll have a chance to...

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MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2010

Poachers keep wildlife officers busy

HUNTING/FISHING -- Spokane-area wildlife enforcement officers are still in high gear even though most big-game hunting seasons area winding down.Here are a few highlights from the past week's officer reports:An anonymous tip led officers to a man who had five deer hanging in his south...

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This is one of the photos bowhunter Dave Bradt snapped of the fossilized neck vertebrae of what paleontologists think is a plesiosauer --  la ong-necked, four-finned aquatic reptile that once roamed the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge when it was part of a vast inland sea -- the Cretaceous Seaway of North America -- roughly 75 million years ago. (Dave Bradt)

Elk elude hunter, but not dino fossil

PALEONTOLOGY -- Montana hunter Dave Bradt, 43, wasn’t able to tag the bull elk he wanted to shoot while bowhunting for elk in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in September. Instead, he found the fossilized remains of an ancient sea creature, according to...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 5, 2010

THURSDAY, DEC. 2, 2010

West Side poachers find fertile fields

WILDLIFE – Washington Fish and Wildlife officials say they’re struggling to keep up with reports of poaching and fishing violations in Cowlitz County because the department has no game wardens stationed there.Four game wardens are allocated to Cowlitz County, but two of the officers are...

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Gabe Bancroft, 14, with a whitetail buck he bagged with a .50-caliber muzzleloader at 22 yards with the help of his dad,  Chris Bancroft. (Shawn O'Kert)

Young hunter pulls his weight

DEER HUNTING -- Gabe Bancroft, 14, enjoyed the complete package of being a successful deer hunter last weekend. Taking advantage of the late muzzleloader season that opens as the whitetail rut begins to ebb, he joined his uncle Shawn O'Kert to get in position where...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

Rammell caught dragging illegal elk 

Rex Rammell, Idaho Falls, is under investigation in the illegal killing of an elk following a confrontation with an Idaho Fish and Game conservation officer. The officer was patrolling the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area east of Idaho Falls late this morning where a late...

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MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

A whitetail buck fell dead in the background after battling a concrete lawn ornament in Wisconsin. (La Crosse Tribune)

Buck loses head-butt battle with lawn ornament

WILDLIFE -- Wisconsin whitetails apparently are willing to challenge any bull elk that come wandering into their turf during the rut.In an early November battle, a whitetail buck fought to the death with a 640-pound concrete elk lawn ornament. Both critters suffered serious damage.The La...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2010

This anonymously received e-mail photo features three white-tailed deer during breeding season. (Anonymous)

Rutting deer not for prudish blog viewers 

WILDLIFE -- I'm posting this anonymously received photo showing a ménage à trois of white-tailed deer purely in the interest of natural science.Perhaps it demonstrates the natural intensity of the rut, or it's just two bucks with an unnatural tendency to make love rather than...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

Cheney High School freshman Andrew Graham used a lot of practice to win four junior titles in duck- and goose-calling competitions. (Rich Landers)

Cheney teen excels in goose call contest

HUNTING -- Andrew Graham, 15, a freshman at Cheney High School, recently returned from Easton, Md., where he attracted plenty of attention in the venerable World Goose Calling Championship. Surrounded by and judged by such goose-calling notables as Tim Grounds and Fred Zink, Graham took...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010

Judge rules for Wyoming in wolf case 

WILDLIFE -- A federal judge says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was wrong to refuse to turn management of gray wolves over to the state of Wyoming.Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne today ordered the federal agency to consider again whether Wyoming's wolf management...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010

Choose your hunting dog wisely

HUNTING -- The cold snap forecast for the weekend has waterfowl hunters packing their gear for the duck blinds and goose pits to intercept northern flights soon to be on their way.Meantime, if you're in the market for a good hunting dog, be selective when...

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A big whitetail buck peeks out of the cover, where he's hidden successfully from hunters for several years.  (Rich Landers)

Buck rattling technique refined

HUNTING -- It's down to the wire for Eastern Washington rifle hunters trying to put their crosshairs on a whitetail buck. The late season ends Friday. Idaho hunters have through Dec. 1 in some areas. But while time's waning, you have one thing on your...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

LaFawn Sutton, 12, bagged this record-book whitetail buck in velvet during the September early bowhunting season near her Mount Spokane area home.  (Jim Sutton)

Teen skewers record-book buck

A whitetail buck bagged by an almost-teenage bowhunter from the Spokane area qualifies for the record books, according to official Pope & Young measurer Larry Carey.LaFawn Sutton, 12, arrowed the buck near her Mount Spokane home in September when it was still in velvet.The buck...

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Poachers rival hunters in total kill

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife believes poachers kill as many mule deer as legal hunters. That’s one reason the mule deer population in the state has dropped to 216,000 animals from historic peaks of more than 300,000. State biologists discovered...

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MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

Buck white-tailed deer are famous for remaining hidden during fall until the mating season lures them out of the brush.  (Associated Press)

It's prime time for deer hunters

HUNTING --This is the week many white-tailed deer hunters have been anticipating. It's the last week of the late season and we're nearing the peak of the rut, when even the biggest bucks lose some of their wariness to be around receptive does.If you're not...

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