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Elk country constantly changing; can you adapt?

HUNTING -- Pre-season scouting has left me with some serious doubts about the prospects for a successful elk hunt. The area I've been hunting in the Blue Mountains has been hit hard by logging in recent years. That was OK for awhile, but in the...

Washington posts hunting prospects for 2017 seasons

HUNTING -- With hunting seasons for deer, elk, upland game birds, waterfowl and other migratory birds getting underway this month, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has posted its annual online guide to hunting opportunities throughout the state. WDFW's Hunting Prospects report, available at...

Idaho posts 2017 big-game hunting season outlook

Idaho big game hunters have been on a roll in recent years with a top-10, all-time deer harvest in 2016, an all-time record whitetail harvest in 2015, and a top-five, all-time elk harvest in 2015. Generally, good hunting will continue in 2017...

Rich Landers: Hunting rule proposals have a backstory

More than 50 proposals are being considered for Washington’s hunting seasons and regulations in upcoming years, including a requirement that bear hunters be tested on knowing the difference between black bears and grizzlies.

Record $480K bid for bighorn sheep tag — the rest of the story

HUNTING -- The secrecy protecting deep-pocket bidders at trophy big-game hunting tag auctions mysteriously stepped up around 2013 after the record bid was made for a bighorn sheep tag. A February New York Times story -- well worth reading -- on bighorn sheep hunting and...

Washington’s 2017 Hunting Regulations Pamphlet posted online

HUNTING -- New! "Washington's 2017 Big Game Hunting Seasons & Regulations" pamphlet has been posted on the state Fish and Wildlife Department website. This makes it easier for hunters to begin planning hunts and applications for special permits. Hunters have until May 24 to apply...

North Idaho land deals approved for hunting, fishing access

HUNTING -- Two Idaho Panhandle land deals totaling 11,000 for the benefit of fish, wildlife and public access have been approved by by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. The purchase of 1,012 acres of private land near Black Lake, if completed, would add to...

Auction tags hot topic for Idahoans

Perhaps no issue has been as controversial among Idaho hunters as the idea of “auction tags,” which would give the highest bidder access to some of the most sought-after hunts in the state.

Hunters boost science at check stations

Big-game hunters heading out this week can help wildlife managers in Idaho and Washington collect valuable information about deer and elk populations by taking a few minutes to stop at a hunter check station if they pass one on their way home.

Idaho increases big-game permits in wake of devastating wildfires

HUNTING -- Faced with the possibility of big-game dying from winterkill in the wake of devastating wildfires through winter range, a slug of doe and cow tags are being offered for southeastern Idaho starting Thursday. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is offering a...