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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018

Check station reports low success for Washington’s late deer season

Washington’s late deer season closed Monday.


Deer hunting opens well, but hot, dry weather puts damper on follow-up weekend

The opening weekend for the general deer hunting season was good, according to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists. Hot and dry weather the following weekend, however, kept many …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017

Deer hunting limited in Western U.S. states after tough winter

Unusually cold weather and heavy snowfall that blanketed much of the Western U.S. last winter killed off many young deer. And that prompted wildlife officials throughout the Rocky Mountain states …


The hunt: First-time hunter, 45, bags trophy buck with first shot

While most deer hunters devote years to bagging the buck of their dreams, Michael Zavala dropped a trophy with his first shot – that is, his first shot ever at …


The hunt: Reardan teen bags fifth consecutive buck

Jessie Williams is five for five, bagging a nice whitetail buck every season since the teenager started hunting five years ago.


Idaho targets private lands big game

Big-game hunters should find the Idaho Panhandle a better than average place to bag meat for the freezer and have a shot at a trophy elk or whitetail this season, …


Idaho’s Clearwater elk dodge bullet of tough winter

Idaho’s streak of mild winters was broken last year and deep snow combined with cold temperatures took a toll on some of the state’s deer and elk herds, but the …


Landers: Sit tight, be flexible to bag whitetail buck

The surest way to fill your deer tag is by sitting on your butt.


Hunting family has occupied Blue Mountains camp site for 80 seasons

Scoggin family hunters have camped at this Umatilla National Forest site every year since 1937.


Late to the game: Man discovers deer hunting in his 30s using father’s vintage .30-30

A hunter steeps in the tradition of hunting by bagging his first deer with the .30-30 rifle his father used to bag his first deer nearly 60 years ago.


Late to the game: Woman takes to hunting in her 40s; does it her way

Celene Olgeirsson was in her mid-40s before taking leave from being a non-hunter. She bagged her first deer with a partner who preferred road hunting. She felt unfulfilled, and pursued …


Rule changes boost deer hunting success on opening weekend in Washington

Deer hunters out for last weekend’s opening of the general modern rifle deer season in northeastern Washington seemed to have more success compared with the 2014 opening weekend, partly because …


Trophy deer poacher convicted, fined

A Chewelah, Washington, man and host of the former cable TV hunting show “Trophy State of Mind” has been convicted and fined $12,215 for trespassing and illegally hunting deer and …


Ammi Midstokke: Hunting lessons for the whimsical

Every once in a while, without precept or plan, I’ll have a really good idea. They are few and far between. Often I think I have a really good idea, …


Area hunter Troy Pottenger uses trail cameras and wind data to search for trophy whitetails

Wind charts. Thermals. Bedding areas. Travel lanes. Finding the edge of the wind. These are the tools that Troy Pottenger uses every day during the summer to locate what he …


Hunters get final shot at Washington rule proposals

The public has until Tuesday to comment on 2015-2017 Washington hunting rule proposals such as increasing moose permits and restricting the use of bait in deer and elk hunting. The …


Cooking your game: Cabin fever venison roast stew

What happens when you put three professional cooks and one successful deer hunter in a cabin for three days? No one goes hungry, and we may use ‘F’ and ‘D’ …


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;


Washington considers options for hunting rules

Hunting big game with bait statewide and a four-point minimum antler restriction in northeastern Washington are among the issues sportsmen are bringing up for discussion as the Washington Department of …


Fires char 256,000 acres, leave little winter food for deer

Washington’s largest deer herd will have to be reduced by hunting and winter feeding is planned for the survivors in the aftermath of wildfires torching the Methow Valley. Wildlife managers …


Valuable info gathered at hunter check stations

It wasn’t clear last month why some hunters were driving past the highway check station marked by big fluorescent orange signs while others willingly stopped and shared the information of …


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 …


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.” …


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 …


Out & About: Getting out game with muscle power

OUTHUNT – Even in 2012, muscle power remains a workable alternative to horsepower when it’s time to pack big game out of the backcountry. A few Inland Northwest hunters stood …


Landers: Private land hunting can be special

More people would hunt if they knew they had a place. I understand this limitation, having lost access to fabulous hunting over the years as farms changed hands.


Landers: Buyers beware when booking for big-game hunt

A Spokane-area man is providing a classic example of why sportsmen should do their homework before paying an outfitter big bucks for a big-game hunt. Sean Siegel said he’s been …


Landers: Check outfitters before trying one on

A Spokane-area man is providing a classic example of why sportsmen should do their homework before paying an outfitter big bucks for a big-game hunt.


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 …