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In a dramatic rescue, two WDFW staff pull hunters from freezing Pend Oreille River

In the predawn chill of the first morning of 2019, Jerry Havens considered whether to back his boat down an ice-slicked launch on the Pend Oreille River.


Idaho students asked to submit waterfowl art

Idaho students are being asked to draw waterfowl for the 2018 Idaho Junior Duck Stamp art competition.


Out & About: Brothers win 13th time in federal Duck Stamp art contest

Bob Hautman, an artist from Delano, Minnesota, has won the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest with an acrylic painting of mallards that will become the face of wetlands conservation …


Field reports: Ducks bountiful for upcoming hunting seasons

Just as Washington was flush with water this spring, hunters can expect a bounty of local ducks when seasons open this fall.


Up to 600 waterfowl die in western Idaho from avian cholera

An estimated 500 to 600 ducks and geese have died due to avian cholera in western Idaho. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game in a news release on Tuesday …


Duck stamp reflects Clarkston woman’s hunting, birding and artistic talent

The work of a Clarkston, Washington, woman will be in the wallets of thousands of sportsmen in Delaware next fall.


Clark Fork Delta ducky for paddlers

A $6 million project to arrest erosion in the Clark Fork delta has a multitude of beneficiaries, including paddlers.


Field reports: Rich hunter charged with illegally killing celebrity elk

The most photographed bull elk in Kittitas County lived its life mostly in the safety of private pasture land near Ellensburg where it was illegally killed by a trophy hunter …


Record duck counts spell good waterfowl hunting season

A record number of ducks counted on the northern breeding grounds should deliver plenty of action for waterfowlers this season in Washington and Idaho. Hunting opportunities approved by the states …


Drought leaves hunters, game at mercy of water

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge will not be hosting young duck hunters this month because blinds built for Washington’s youth season are high and dry. “Our wetlands are so low this …


In brief: Wolves making comeback in California wilds

The Oregon wolf, OR-7, first explored the landscape in California in 2011-2012 and now the first settlers have moved into Siskiyou County. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife released …


Idaho county fairs exclude ducks, geese amid avian flu concerns

Ducks and geese are absent from county fair exhibits across North Idaho this year due to concerns about avian flu. Infected waterfowl can appear healthy and spread the virus to …


Water management affects every living thing

California is dominating the headlines in this year’s drought, but other western states, including Washington, also have costly major ongoing issues with water management. Everyone’s affected in one way or …


Landers: Reardan wildlife area shows what community effort can accomplish

It takes a village to maintain wildlife in a developing world – especially the far-flung migrants that span the continent each year. Reardan Audubon Lake Wildlife Area is a model …


Hunters didn’t flinch at 67 percent increase in duck stamp price

The latest edition of one of America’s most successful and enduring conservation tools made a relatively quiet debut last summer.


WDFW asks for help in watching for avian flu

Washington waterfowlers and birders are on avian influenza alert after two West Side birds have been documented with the disease this month. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking …


Waterfowl hunters could witness prime year

Waterfowl are booming across the continent this year, leaving hunters with only two other variables for success – securing a good spot for a blind and getting the right weather …


Spots available for youth waterfowl hunts

A few slots are available in youth waterfowl hunting opportunities for 10- to 15-year old licensed hunters, including a preseason shooting clinic set for Saturday. The hunts are planned for …


Idaho duck hunters devote day to kids

Mentored waterfowl hunting opportunities for 10- to 15-year old licensed hunters have been scheduled this month by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Silver Valley Chapter of …


Birds of a feather: Will the real cinnamon teal please stand out?

A Bonners Ferry man has the unusual distinction of winning a top prize in a Ducks Unlimited waterfowling photo contest without being able to identify the birds in the picture. …


Ducks Unlimited isn’t a hunting club; it’s all about wetlands, waterfowl

Chris Bonsignore relished popping up from a goose pit to bag three Canada geese during a morning hunt in a Columbia Basin wheat field. In the afternoon, with his shotgun …


Guide your duck-hunting future with lessons from Paul’s Pond

Paul Sullivan, who founded Burbank Guide Service in 1977, has used his former career to hone his waterfowling methods to a science. “I’m an aeronautical engineer,” he said. “I pay …


Landers: Unwelcome parasites don’t have to ruin a meal

Duck breast on rice is a popular winter meal in the home of many waterfowlers. But “rice breast” is less appetizing.


Landers: Unwanted parasites don’t have to ruin a meal

Duck breast on rice is a popular winter meal in the home of many waterfowlers. But “rice breast” is less appetizing. Even the pristine trout in Lake Roosevelt can have …


Region’s waterfowl hunters gearing up for record year

Prospects are ducky for waterfowlers across North America this season. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service preliminary report on North American breeding ducks estimates a record population of 48.6 million, …


Idaho delays opening of duck season

While duck and goose populations are in good shape for Inland Northwest hunters this season, Idaho Panhandle waterfowlers will have to wait an extra week for opening day. Both the …


Wild mallards teach lessons at Ferris High School courtyard

Students are gone for summer vacation, but school’s still in session for the ducks at Ferris High School. For seven years, mallards have homed in on the two small ponds …


Field reports: Washington takes action on new hunting rules

HUNTING – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will take action on proposed changes in hunting rules for the 2012-14 seasons at a public meeting Friday and Saturday in Olympia. …


Idaho continues debate on allowing guided hunting for waterfowl, turkeys

Idaho officials have wrestled for years with proposals that would allow guided hunting for waterfowl and turkeys. In 1988, the interested parties – including the Idaho Department of Fish and …


Waterfowling’s   big flap: electronic decoys

If it looks like a duck, acts like a duck and flaps its wings like a duck, conventional wisdom dictates that it is, in fact, a duck. But not always.