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Whitetails dominate north

Idaho deer tend to be segregated, with the better mule deer hunting in the south two-thirds of the state while whitetails dominate the deer harvest in their core ranges in the Clearwater Region and North Idaho. Virtually the entire state had a mild winter and wet spring, which should bode well for next year, but the overall season is likely to be only modestly better than last year.

Luck of draw not always good fortune

The costs could be high for new options in Washington and Montana that allow hunters to submit multiple applications for big-game hunting permits. Savings accounts could take a beating. Ditto for a hunter’s work, marriage and ego.

The number’s up for some hunters

Big-game hunters who enter Washington’s lottery drawings for 2010 special-hunt permits will have new twists to figure into their application strategies. The Fish and Wildlife Commission last week approved a new drawing structure that allows hunters to apply for separate drawings in up to seven categories for a single species.

Asterisk needed when hunt guides do the work

Perhaps the day has arrived for the hunting record books to catch up with Major League Baseball. The way trophies are listed needs to be revised. To be fair, the day of the asterisk has arrived. Let’s face it, the likes of Boone, Crockett, Pope, Young and Teddy Roosevelt appear to be gone. Trophy hunting today isn’t what it used to be. Proper recognition for hunters taking trophies isn’t what it used to be either.

Itchy trigger fingers need to take pause

Hunters have a responsibility to positively identify their target before they pull the trigger. That doesn’t just mean knowing the target is an animal and not a human, or that it’s a game animal and not livestock.

Odds high despite shorter seasons

Deer and elk hunters can’t procrastinate this year in the Idaho Panhandle. Chances of filling a tag are still high, but they have a lot less time to do it.

Travelers restricted on return

Washington sportsmen who venture out-of-state to hunt big game cannot legally return with certain parts of ungulate species taken in states or provinces where chronic wasting disease has been detected. CWD, a form of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, is a degenerative brain disease that afflicts North American deer, elk and moose. While fatal to the infected animals, wildlife and health authorities have found no indication that CWD can be transmitted to humans.

Big-game harassment by antler gatherers increasing

Big-game hunting seasons are closed, but overzealous people scavenging for shed antlers may be harassing elk to death, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists say. Elk weakened by another tough winter are still on their winter ranges trying to gain strength. They need to be left alone, they say.

Big Horn Show starts Thursday

The live bears, hungry trout and leaping retrievers moving into the Spokane Fair and Expo Center this week will be just a fraction of the attractions at the Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show. The 49th annual event, geared to sportsmen as well as families – with plenty of hands-on activities – will run Thursday through next Sunday. The show is sponsored by the Spokane-based Inland Northwest Wildlife Council.