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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 8:53 a.m.

Idaho Fish and Game commission requests nonresident hunter cap, fee increase

In an effort to address complaints of overcrowding, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission hopes to cap the number of nonresident hunter tags sold. They are also looking at increasing …


Elk hunter beats long odds to tag six-point bull

Bagging a 6-by-6 point bull elk is a struggle against high odds for anyone in Washington. In the case of Stan Mrzygod, it was essentially a miracle.


Points system bittersweet boost to big-game permit drawing odds

Since 1996, Washington has employed a


Washington big-game outlook leaves some hunters with the blues

Washington wildlife managers say game populations are in decent shape in most areas for the hunting seasons getting underway this month, but there are some notable exceptions for deer in …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Cooling game meat crucial to safe, delicious dining

Hunters, by law, are required to salvage the meat from game they kill in Idaho and Washington. Most sportsmen willingly go a step further and make sure the meat isn’t …


Hunting group works for access near Cheney

“I never wanted it to be a hunting club,” said John Bruce, who founded the Columbia Plateau Wildlife Management Association 12 years ago. “Some wanted that, but I held firm.” …


Landers: Record bids help all bighorn hunters

A Utah hunter has raised the value of big-game hunting with a record bid of $480,000 for a special Montana bighorn sheep permit. Selling coveted bighorn tags to the rich …


Landers: Record bids help all bighorn hunters

A Utah hunter has raised the value of big-game hunting with a record bid of $480,000 for a special Montana bighorn sheep permit.


Idaho sees drop-off in out-of-state hunters

A drop-off in revenue from out-of-state residents coming to Idaho to hunt and fish is crimping funding at Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game.


Field reports: Incentive offered for hunting reports

HUNTING – Hunters have a chance to win one of nine 2013 special hunting permits if they report 2012 hunting activities for black bear, deer, elk or turkey to the …


Wolves alter field for hunts

While Idaho sportsmen will be hunting for wolves again this season, hunters in both Idaho and Washington will be hunting with wolves in the area. Either way, wolves have changed …


Landers: Idaho, Montana hurt from fewer nonresident hunters

Weather, wolves, politics and the economy are slamming a quadruple whammy on the budgets of fish and game agencies in Idaho and Montana. Nonresidents are no longer clamoring for the …


Some hunters excluded at 4-O Ranch wildlfie area

An Asotin County ranch purchased by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife last winter is open to public walk-in access this year with the exception of some big-game hunters. …


Out & About: Newport instructor tops in hunter education

OUTSTANDING – Greg Koehn of Newport has been awarded Washington’s top honor for service in 2011 among the state’s 950 certified hunter education instructors.


Out & About: Big evening funds SCI’s wildlife-related effort

OUTFUND – The Inland Empire Chapter of Safari Club will raise money for wildlife conservation at its annual fundraising banquet and auction on Feb. 11 at the Mirabeau Park Hotel, …


Landers: Hunters see signs that rut is on the way

The signals have been showing up in the woods. Hunters are taking note: White-tailed deer have been gearing up for the annual breeding frenzy known as the rut. Northeastern Washington’s …


Elk season hollow without hunting partner

I hunted with Dick Rivers almost as many years as I’ve lived with my wife and hunted with my late father. Readers have learned, cringed and laughed as they followed …


Treasured stories capture hunting partnership

Soaked, bloody and five hours overdue, Dick Rivers slogged through the mud to the trailhead. His flashlight batteries were nearly spent, and the beam could no longer punch through the …


Bagging trophy wasn’t goal of man with coveted ram tag

When Mandy Miles drew a coveted bighorn sheep tag for Idaho’s Unit 11, he decided he wanted three things. 1. Look for a nice “old” ram.


Similar traits bring success

Some hunters regularly do better than the statistics. Some bag their game year after year. Consistently successful hunters share similar traits.


Idaho whitetails resilient

First, the good news: White-tailed deer hunting should be good in Idaho this fall. The herds have taken some hits in recent years from hard winters, but they’ve repeatedly proven …


Elk hunting on the rebound

Idaho elk hunting may have bottomed out in 2009, followed by better times for hunters that ought to continue this season. Elk harvest had declined for four years but went …


Carnivore caution

Hunting in country inhabited by bears, cougars and wolves poses a challenge to sportsmen to be wary, and to clean up their act. Hunters who kill a big game animal …


Washington hunting proposals out for public review

Four initial proposals for rule changes affecting Eastern Washington hunters are being presented online and at meetings as the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department gears up to establish its regulations …


Landers: Nugent’s beliefs don’t connect with most hunters

Don’t dismiss Ted Nugent for being a windbag. The rock-star hunter is enviable to some degree because he’s so good at it. Like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, …


Big-game hunters weigh odds for permit applications

It’s the gambling season for Washington big-game hunters. They’re sizing up dream hunt areas, analyzing the odds and figuring how many applications they can afford at $6.50 a pop – …


Trophies a Big Horn Show tradition

Long after the sweat has been showered off, the gear’s stowed and the meat has been butchered, wrapped and stored in the freezer, the trophy on the wall recalls the …