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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...

Bad guys shouldn’t trust a hunter

They’ve learned to trust no one and no one should trust what they say, either. “One year we had a skinned-out bear hanging on the pole,” Koller said, recounting a legendary Scoggin Hole story. “A guy driving by stopped and asked what it was, one...

Elk numbers spike in Blue Mountains

Elk hunters in southeastern Washington are getting good news. Blue Mountains surveys show the elk population has healthy levels of spikes and mature bulls.

Landers: Saving wildlife habitats critical

Washington sportsmen should stand their ground against opposition to preserving lands critical to fish and wildlife. A group in Asotin County is complaining that state efforts to expand wildlife areas are hurting local governments financially. A recent story in the Lewiston Tribune sets the tone:

Cow tag: best elk hunt you’ll never talk about

Attracted from across the old clearcut by my hunter-orange clothing, a magpie swoops in and lands a few feet from my leg. It seems to be checking whether this colorful, motionless form sitting on a log might be a gut pile buffet. My dignity erodes as the scavenger requires way too much time to make that determination.

Landers: Fewer bull tags but new elk opportunities in Blues

Statistically speaking, elk hunters will have fewer chances to put their sights on a bull in the Blue Mountains this fall. But in some areas, they have new opportunities to bag an elk. The surplus of branch-antlered bulls that gradually built up since Washington adopted spike-only general seasons in 1991 had hunters drooling over the big bulls roaming the Blues that sweep up from Asotin, Garfield, Columbia and Walla Walla counties.