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Idaho pulling back on wolves

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter ordered state wildlife managers Monday to stop arresting poachers and investigating illegal killings of wolves, saying the state is getting out of wolf management. Without the …


Hunter dies in ATV crash in north Spokane County

A North Bend, Wash., man who has been visiting north Spokane County with a hunting party for 35 years died Friday after he crashed his ATV near Reflection Lake.


Mont. lawmaker alleges non-protection of wolves in Idaho

MISSOULA – Idaho officials are disputing a claim by Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana that Idaho won’t enforce federal protection of wolves. The Missoulian reported that Rehberg on Thursday …


Auction winner bags trophy bull

Dan Agnew of Vancouver paid $50,000 for the first modern rifle shot this season at a trophy bull elk. His investment paid off. Agnew was high bidder for Washington’s East …


Turnbull refuge elk hunters revel in exceptional opportunity

A bumper crop is waiting for the 63 lucky hunters who drew tags for the first elk hunting season in Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The annual aerial survey conducted by …


Youth offered early start in hunting sports

The hours are bad. The work is dirty. Conditions often are best when the weather is cold, wet and windy. You can see why introducing a kid to waterfowl hunting …


Rich Landers: A tale of two moose encounters

Moose are running large in the minds of Inland Northwest residents these days, as I learned after last week’s column on the cow moose that charged a Spokane couple as …


Deer contest taps local hunt guide

A Spokane man is the only Westerner among 40 hunters invited to participate in the inaugural Whitetail Pro Series deer hunting contest that’s being filmed for the Outdoor Channel. Jason …


Catch-and-release hunting contest made for cable TV

Each of the 40 hunters competing in the new made-for-TV Whitetail Pro Series will pull the trigger on up to 15 deer in three days of competition, yet not a …


State curbs game from Dakota

North Dakota and Virginia this year have been added to the list of states from which the meat of big-game ungulate species cannot be brought back into Washington. The two …


Idaho, Montana propose wolf hunts

Documents released Monday show that Montana is seeking federal approval to kill 186 endangered gray wolves in a special “conservation hunt,” and neighboring Idaho wants permission to remove up to …


Crapo, Risch sponsor wolf delisting bill

Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch introduced legislation Wednesday to remove Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Idaho and Montana, as well as portions of Washington, Oregon and …


Liberal fall hunting seasons try to keep turkeys in check

The cold wet spring that raised havoc with the Inland Northwest pheasant hatch hasn’t dampened the outlook for hunting the region’s largest game birds. “I’m not sure what you could …


Panhandle waterfowl wonderland for hunters

While the Panhandle has stood out as Idaho’s hot spot for goose hunting, other waterfowl trends are similarly encouraging, said Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional wildlife manager. …


Cougar-hunting seasons go by hunter’s weapon choice

Cougar hunting in Washington made a big transition starting last year that’s worth reviewing before heading afield this fall. Gone is the Aug. 1 cougar-hunting inaugural followed by a long …


Fall turkey outlook good

“I’m not sure what you could do to put a damper on wild turkeys,” said Dana Base, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologist in Colville. “The rain and cold weather …


Another chapter is written

Idaho native Ryan Hatfield recently published “Idaho’s Greatest Whitetails,” which chronicles the game, the hunters and the hunts involving the best whitetail bucks ever taken in the state. The book …


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 …


Whitetails dominate north

Idaho deer tend to be segregated, with the better mule deer hunting in the south two-thirds of the state while whitetails dominate the deer harvest in their core ranges 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, …


Don’t be too good at calling

It’s the archery season and the elk rut is in full swing. You set up on a mountain ridgeline, dig out your elk call and blow a beautiful bugle worthy …


No blues in the Blues for elk hunters

Blue Mountains elk numbers have increased over the past few years and are doing quite well in most areas, said Pat Fowler, state biologist in Walla Walla. “Calf survival has …


Elk hunters get chance at Turnbull

Eastern Washington elk hunters are exploring new terrain this year as Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is allowing special-permit hunting for the first time since the 17,000-acre refuge was established in …


Council volunteers build platforms for disabled hunters

Handicapped hunters are making inroads to decent hunting opportunities, thanks to an expanding program involving two timberland companies, national forests and the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council. Hunters with certified disabilities …


Bad berry crop puts region’s black bears on the prowl

What a difference a year makes for black bear hunters. Last year, Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional wildlife manager, said the huckleberry crop in the Idaho Panhandle …


Wolf hunts on hold

Wolf-hunting seasons scheduled for fall in Idaho and Montana were stopped this summer by a federal lawsuit that put wolves back under federal protection, at least for now. Gray wolves …


Deer may not be behind every bush

Deer tend to be struggling in many areas in the north and south of far-Eastern Washington from a variety of issues including a tough winter two years ago that hammered …


Wolves among predators exacting a toll on elk in Idaho

Since the return of wolves to Idaho 15 years ago, Idaho’s overall elk population has dropped by 20 percent from 125,000 to about 100,000. Idaho Fish and Game research in …


Elk do better in north than remainder of Idaho

Elk in Idaho’s Panhandle units tend to be doing better than most other regions of the state during the wolf reintroduction era, despite a tough winter in 2008-2009. The numbers …


Idaho chukars provide bright spot amid mixed bird-hunting prospects

Time to start training for the harshest bird hunting terrain in the region, since chukars may be one of the saving graces in a season of mixed news for upland …