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Wednesday, November 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Out & About: Loaded for pheasant, hunter shoots charging grizzly bear

While bird hunting along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, a sportsman must consider being loaded for bear as well as pheasant.


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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: 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 …


Research aims to fine-tune vast CRP lands to boost pheasants

Joey McCanna is working to make CRP more friendly to pheasants. In particular, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department upland game bird specialist is seeking ways to make the vast …


Landers: Nontoxic shot required at East Side pheasant sites

Pheasants aren’t the only ones that will have to get the lead out Saturday when Washington’s special youth upland bird hunting seasons opens. Hunters under 16 looking for action at …


Pheasant funds aim at habitat

It’s likely to be a long journey, but the days of good pheasant hunting in Eastern Washington could return. As the 2009 season opens this weekend, hunters are discovering a …