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In brief: Extreme Huntress in hot water

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North Idaho’s famed Extreme Huntress from Bonner County is in hot water on charges of violating hunting permit regulations while she was vying for a national TV crown.

Amanda Rochelle Lowrey used social media in 2013 to garner votes on her trail toward the 2014 Extreme Huntress title in the Eye of the Hunter program on NBC Sports.

Lowrey, who won the televised hunting competition, has been charged with making misrepresentations on a hunting permit application and unlawfully possessing big game, according to court documents filed in Divide County, North Dakota.

Lowrey pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor offenses and a pretrial conference is set for Monday in Crosby, North Dakota.

Extreme Huntress officials made this comment on the contest’s Facebook page:

“Many Extreme Huntress fans have contacted us today with concerns about the recent news media reports regarding Amanda Lowrey and potential game violations. We were contacted by investigators from both Idaho and North Dakota fish and game departments in January 2014. We fully cooperated with their investigation and suspended any further competition activities with Amanda pending the outcome of the case.

“Since this legal case is ongoing, we don’t have a final determination of Amanda’s status at this time.

“We hold all our competitors to the highest levels of sportsmanship and ethics. We have a zero-tolerance policy, as listed on competition rules and entry form, for any competitor violating fish and game laws.”

The alleged offenses date to 2013, when Lowrey was competing for the Extreme Huntress title on the “Eye of the Hunter” program on NBC Sports. Lowrey became a semifinalist following a head-to-head hunting skills challenge in Texas, then advanced and won the Extreme Huntress trophy.

Crossbows deemed legal

For the first time, crossbows became legal to use for hunting wild turkeys Wednesday morning as Washington’s spring gobbler season opened.

The change was allowed by an emergency rule vote of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission announced on Tuesday.

Hunting regulation changes usually take a month or more before they go into effect. To avoid confusion, the commission decided to enact the rule at the opening of the season rather than midway through it.

 The rule pertaining to legal weapons for turkey hunting has been changed to say:

“It is unlawful to hunt turkey with a weapon other than shotgun shooting #4 or smaller shot, bow and arrow, crossbow, or muzzle loading shotgun shooting #4 or smaller shot.”

Spokane Parks host auctions

The Spokane Parks and Recreation Outdoor Program will be auctioning used canoes, kayaks, bikes and camping equipment on April 25 to make room for new gear in the city storage garages.

The auction is set to start at 9 a.m. at Reinland Auction Co. at 2618 N. Beck Rd. in Post Falls, telephone (208) 457-9611.

Visit Reinland’s website reinlandauctions.net for more information about auction day and to view equipment. Items include:

Old Town Discovery and Wenonah Adirondack canoes and Necky kayaks.

All items offered will be sold “AS IS, WHERE IS,” with all faults.

Info: email bmcgee@spokanecity.org

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