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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 …


Tips on safe traveling with man’s best friend

Field dogs do their part on a road trip by being good listeners, taking the blame for occasional foul odors in the cab and being eager for any hiking, hunting, …


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 …


Matt Liere: Manning up for the dog

Sounds like you’re having a fairly rough go, and I wish I had better advice to give. Life is funny that way – placing challenges and opportunities right in front …


Rich Landers: Washington State vet helps bird dog owners get over hump on neutering

To neuter or not to neuter? Our family has pondered this decision six times and it still sinks my wife into a bog of anxiety, at least in the case …


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?”


Out & About: Hunting dog clubs organize for more clout

Sporting dog clubs in Washington are joining under a new umbrella group to have a stronger statewide voice, especially in maintaining public areas to train and trial their dogs.


Rich Landers: Puppy training challenges hunter in pursuit of perfect bird dog

Our biological clocks spare most 60-something couples from the life-changing accident of producing another offspring. This is nature’s way of protecting mature adults from torturous sleepless nights, potty training and …


Rainbow of gun dog breeds turns out for Chukar Challenge

This time a Lab won the grand prize.


Out & about: Fun Hunt… Top lady on Everest

An unusual hunting dog event that pits flushers against pointers is being revived by the Spokane Bird Dog Association, all in the name of good times, good-natured competition and another …


Landers: Bird dog training for next season starts now

Bird dogs don’t make time during winter, spring and summer for analyzing films and contemplating improvements to their game before the next hunting season.


Bird dogs need preseason conditioning as much as the hunters

Bird dogs are tough and have a passion to go, but they’re not invincible. Dogs need a handler’s attention before, during and after a hunt to get the most out …


Cheat grass a foe to man and dog alike

I was sitting on my front porch the other afternoon engaged in a tedious and time consuming seasonal activity – removing cheat grass pods from my socks. As always, the …


Out & About: Snake-aversion clinic for dogs June 26

OUTBACK-OFF – A rattlesnake- aversion clinic for dogs is being offered June 26 in Lewiston by California- based Natural Solutions. The clinic is promoted by Lewiston-area resident Shelly DeAtley, who …


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 …


Ladies earn national top dog field trial title

This weekend they’re out for fun, hunting quail and chukars near Ellensburg. Last month they were all business in the Midwest, hunting for a top-dog title among the country’s best …


Senior springer spaniel inspires desire for the hunt

I had the privilege to hunt with Solo a decade ago when he was young, athletic and fast enough to snatch a flushing pheasant out of the air before I …


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: Free fishing offered in Idaho, Washington

OUTDO – Washington and Idaho are among the many states offering free fishing – no fishing license required – next weekend.


Landers: Readers react to skunk-smell solution

Skunks and dogs, gobblers and deer – both are on the outdoors column agenda today. Buckle up. De-skunking recipe: Last week’s column on the simple, time-proven recipe for removing the …


Landers: Readers react to skunk-smell solution

Skunks and dogs, gobblers and deer – both are on the outdoors column agenda today. Buckle up.


Skunked dog? Landers has recipe for remedy

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


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 …


Washington’s oldest shooting preserve flush with pheasants

Farms along the Palouse River are well-known for producing bumper crops of wild game birds, but for nearly half a century, Pheasant Valley Preserve has taken bird hunting to a …


Early-season tips for dogs

Hot, dry weather is hard on dogs, which is why hunters must give special attention to their dogs during early bird-hunting seasons. Based on years of experience, Dan Hoke, veteran …


Out & About: Kid in driver’s seat for last youth hunt

OUTGOING – Daniel Kuhta, 15 (pictured above), ended his career of participating in youth upland bird hunting seasons last Sunday with a limit of pheasants at the Fishtrap Lake area. …


Bird dog savvy

Here’s a wake-up call for upland bird hunters, not a day too soon: “It takes six to eight weeks to get your dog into shape for hunting season,” said gun …


Ardent hunter has blind ambition to bag ducks, geese

On a recent weekday, waterfowl hunter Kent Contreras was bubbling with optimism for his coming weekend hunt along the Pend Oreille River. At least a couple of thousand ducks and …


Dog trainer stresses importance of all-weather instruction

“Some people say I’m living the dream,” Dan Hoke yelled with a smile from the back of his horse as he trotted into a near blizzard. “Of course, they’re never …