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With no elk in sight hunter catches epic North Idaho sunset instead

Bob Legasa, of Hayden, was bow hunting for elk in Idaho over the weekend. But things were going slowly. So, the avid outdoorsman (who is also a videographer and producer …

Elk hoof disease research in hands of Washington State University Veterinary School

Washington State University is poised to take over inconclusive research on elk hoof disease that’s been plaguing elk west of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon.

Old School: Elk hunter Jim Kujala gets the job done

Classically clad from head to toe in wool – shirt, pant, hat and gloves – the hunter is as quiet as a cougar slipping through the undergrowth in the timber. …

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

The hunt: Record bull elk kept low-key

Last hunting season, the words of his grandfather echoed in his mind as Garth Sessions shot what has become Montana’s

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 …

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017

Two hunters being investigated for using a plane to spot and hunt elk in the Chewelah Valley

COLVILLE – The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating two men suspected of using an airplane to spot and then hunt elk in November.

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.

Landers: Illusion of ‘easy elk’ makes some hunters silly

Elk, in some ways, have the same irresistible attraction as cleavage. They make hunters goofy. The new “shoulder season” underway for hunting elk in Montana is a case in point.

Landers: Helicopter survey conflicts with elk hunt in Whitman County

A helicopter big-game survey scheduled for last Saturday’s perfect flying conditions in Whitman County was bad timing for at least Levi Dennis. The hunter from Lamont was out trying to …

Hospice hunter stalks his first elk

Fulfilling a lifelong wish to bag his first elk was a powerful experience for an Eastern Washington man, especially since he knew it would be his last shot at hunting.

Increase in St. Joe elk good news for hunters

Surveys conducted this winter showed a substantial increase in elk calf-cow ratios for elk in portions of North Idaho as the region’s elk seem to be digging out of a …

Hunters, trappers play role in managing Idaho wolves

Idaho’s traditional elk-hunting breadbasket – those mountainous, backcountry units stretching from the Selway country down through the Salmon River country – continues to falter at producing elk. Wolves are part …

Wolf impact on elk keeps heat on wildlife managers

Idaho elk hunters have had to adapt to a “new normal” that looks a lot different from boom years of the 1990s, when the harvests topped 25,000 three times, in …

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, …

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: Shutdown closes doors on outdoors lovers

Because of politics, the gates are locked at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and a Washington hunter has lost what may be his last chance in a lifetime to hunt elk …

Bowhunter prevails in double jeopardy with cougars

After taking cover and blowing cow elk calls Monday morning, two bowhunters had a one-in-a-million hunting experience in Pend Oreille County when they lured in a pair of mountain lions. …

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.” …

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 …

When on the SPOT, device did its job

It seems wrong to say that Montana elk hunter John Chepulis was lucky. Last week he was lying in a Bozeman hospital intensive care room hooked up to a ventilator …

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: 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.

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 …