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In brief: Controlled fires cease in Upper Coeur d’Alene River area

Controlled burning that started earlier this week should be finishing today, relieving any impacts to hikers and anglers in the Upper Coeur d’Alene River area. Firefighters from the Idaho Panhandle National forest are conducting a series of prescribed fires totaling 500 to 1,000 acres, with activities timed to weather.

Big Horn Show showcases taxidermy skills

Bragging rights, family memories, the hunt of a lifetime, the fish of your dreams – these are the types of incentives that trigger visits to a taxidermist. The humble profession of immortalizing wildlife is at the root of the Big Horn Outdoor Recreation Show, which started 55 years ago as a gathering of hunters comparing big-game trophies.

Big Horn Show reels in wide range of outdoor interests

The Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show is like taking a giant step toward opening day. Plan a fishing trip and check out the new fishing gear. Enroll in hunter education or book a hunt. Buy a boat or reserve a guided whitewater raft trip.

Landers: Hunter training changes draw ire

At least 44 of Washington’s 860 certified hunter education instructors have dropped out of the program this year, some of them protesting new restrictions on their personal freedom in the classroom. Sgt. Carl Klein, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hunter ed coordinator, said 760 instructors have re-registered for 2013 so far. Turnover among instructors normally ranges from 5 to 14 percent, he said, but this year some of the instructors have specified they’re leaving the program because of changes in the program’s policy manual.

Technology, volunteers boost northeastern Washington whitetail study

An ambitious research project is under way to shed light on the mysterious movements of white-tailed deer through the thick cover of northeastern Washington. The study area in Stevens, Pend Oreille and northern Spokane counties covers the state’s most productive region for whitetails and the hunters who pursue them during fall big-game seasons.

Deer trapping for research

A deer springs and kicks in an athletic burst captured in the photo above by Dave Ross as volunteers from the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council release the animal. The deer had been live-trapped and fixed with a GPS tracking collar for a northeastern Washington white-tailed deer study. The research is scheduled from 2012 into 2015 by the Department of Fish and Wildlife to better manage the state's most productive region for whitetails. Stevens, Pend Oreille and northern Spokane counties also are the most popular whitetail deer hunting areas in the state. S-R Outdoors editor Rich Landers was on the scene to shoot this photo sequence documenting how volunteers and researchers trap, process and release one of the 70 or more deer involved in the study.

Asotin Wildlife Area addition acquired

ASOTIN CREEK, Wash. – Betty Koch didn’t want to move from rainy southeast Alaska to the hot and arid climate of southeastern Washington. But it was her late husband Frank Koch’s dream to ranch after retiring from a career as a commercial fisherman.

Out & About: Chapman Lake may not reopen

OUTCRY – Chapman Lake, a popular trout, kokanee and spiny ray fishing lake south of Cheney, may not reopen for public access this season. The family-operated Chapman Lake Resort did not open gates last year for the first time in decades.

Out & About: Irondogging the Iditarod Trail

OUTMUSHINE – Snowmobiler Bob Jones of Kettle Falls started following the Iditarod Sled Dog Race near Anchorage on March 3 in mild 25 degree temperatures, but he soon got a real-time briefing on local snow conditions. “I got terminally stuck a couple of miles short of Yenta Station, and when I stepped off the machine I went in above my waist,” he said, recalling that he’d just seen moose browsing in snow above their knees.