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Pheasant Forever plans youth bird hunt

The Spokane-chapter of Pheasants Forever has scheduled a youth bird hunt for Sept. 22.


De-skunking your dog: be prepared with a kit

Any hunting dog with gift for finding birds also has a nose for trouble. It’s in the contract you accept when pup joins your world. That’s why I’m always prepared …


Youth bird hunting seasons, clinics give novices first shot

Getting off on the right foot in the sport of hunting is a little easier for youths and novices who take advantage of events, classes and mentored hunts starting this …


Rich Landers: Grouse hunter ponders break in opening week tradition

This is a good year to ease into the grouse hunting season. Friday is opening day for black bear hunting and archery deer hunts in some Washington areas as well …


Dennis Anderson: Severe, prolonged drought threatens pheasant chicks in Dakotas

Curt Korzan didn’t think he would spend his summer hauling water. But that’s what Korzan, owner with his wife, Lorie, and adult sons of a pheasant hunting lodge near Kimball, …


Garfield County dump eyed for pheasant farm to seed fields

A wind-swept spot not far from here that once served as Garfield County’s dump could soon teem with pheasants and other upland game birds.


Dog trainer, breeder left legacy with “Mahoney setters”

It’s not uncommon when I’m hunting, working or walking my dog to have an onlooker say, “Is that a Mahoney setter?”


CRP benefits to wildlife backed by agency

State wildlife managers are working to help farmers sign up for a federal Farm Bill program that’s been dramatically successful in providing wildlife habitat since signed into law by President …


Landers: Allure of big-running bird dogs never disappears

In November, my friend Walt called asking for advice on getting a bird dog. “I’m in the market for a hunting dog and I’m wondering,” he asked: “Has getting older …


Landers: Pen-raised pheasant numbers moot without habitat funding

Some upland bird hunters like their pheasants wild. Others don’t care where the rock-star game birds originate as long as they’re in the field and ready to fly when the …


Tough times for upland birds

Two decades of change have been at work on the landscape of Eastern Washington and upland bird populations – especially pheasants – are the losers. Big farms grow crops to …


Private lands available to hunt under Washington’s Hunter Access Program

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has paved way for hunter access to private lands with several programs: • Register to Hunt, with about 7 properties in 6 counties;


Rich Landers: Verdict still out on non-native Eurasian collared-dove

Exotic species usually spell trouble for natives. Lake trout illegally released in Yellowstone Lake crippled native cutthroat trout populations and raised havoc with the entire ecosystem, including the grizzly bears …


Landers: National parks reopen; pheasant season coming

Here’s the scoop on two momentous events capturing a lot of attention today: • A deal that ended the federal government shutdown Wednesday night is reopening national wildlife refuges and …


Hunting and fishing report

Anglers throughout the region are enjoying more elbow room this week as a high percentage of competing sportsmen becomes distracted by hunting. Fly fishing


Landers: Hunters will have to RSVP for privately owned spots

Some sportsmen will have reservations about a new online hunting access program in Eastern Washington this season. Others will log-in to the possibilities. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife …


Landers: Even bird dogs need preseason training, too

Bird dogs are no different than neglected kids. Some turn out OK, but most grow up with troubles that could have been avoided with regular doses of attention. While Eastern …


Veteran instructor keeps live-fire in hunter education

Jack Dolan, 72, is a veteran hunter education instructor who’s proud to be old-fashioned. “You must get behind the wheel and prove you can drive a vehicle in traffic before …


Out & About: Spring training for bird dogs

OUTHUNT – A clinic for owners of pointing dogs of all ages and abilities is set for 8 a.m.-noon on June 8 at the Spokane Bird Dog Association’s Espanola training …


Landers: ‘Hunting by Reservation’ program hits cyber barrier

A new method of gaining public hunting access to private land in Washington is staggering onto the scene this fall. About 30,000 East Side acres have been enrolled in the …


Landers: Geezer hunting seasons get real old in a hurry

I’ve always looked up to senior hunters, even before I began aging precariously close to their ranks. But tell me: At what age does a sportsman deserve a special Geezer …


Landers: Turkeys can’t take full blame for grouse decline

Grouse hunters peg the blame on non-native wild turkeys. While turkeys have boomed in recent decades, native forest grouse have declined. That’s proof enough for some hunters.


Landers: Pheasant hunters must adjust to steel shot

This year’s ban on using lead shot at Eastern Washington pheasant-release sites has snapped a few upland-bird hunters to attention. Waterfowl hunters have been required to use nontoxic shot for …


Idaho chukar surveys over

The last good barometer Snake River region hunters have had on the hatching success of upland birds has ended. Idaho Fish and Game biologists will no longer conduct aerial chukar …


Nontoxic shot areas expanded

Starting this season, hunters are required to use nontoxic shot in their ammunition while hunting any type of birds at 29 pheasant release sites in Eastern Washington. The nontoxic shot …


Idaho partridge, quail seasons open later

The birds of the year will be larger and the hunting dogs will have less chance of heat stroke and rattlesnake encounters when Idaho’s partridge and quail seasons open this …


Landers: Last blast favors chukars

The wind was blowing hard enough up the Snake River canyon on Monday morning to rock the pickup after I shut down the engine. The light drizzle splattered the windshield …


Landers: Last blast favors chukars

The wind was blowing hard enough up the Snake River canyon on Monday morning to rock the pickup after I shut down the engine. The light drizzle splattered the windshield …


Washington provides only opportunity for grouse slam

Washington is a rare bird for wingshooters looking to bag a “slam.” Forest grouse hunters recognize Washington as the only state that offers a four-bird slam, which was born in …


OK to grouse about grouse

Although they have virtually no money for formal surveys, Washington biologists speculate that forest grouse populations have been lower than average in the past few years. The harvest of ruffed, …