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Quality of game meat at dinner is measure of hunter’s prowess

A consummate sportsman from Pend Oreille County says bringing home the best possible big-game meat for his family is the bottom line goal of his hunt.


Sleeping Idaho hunter wakes up to black bear biting his head

A hunter asleep in the remote Idaho wilderness woke up when he felt something tugging on his hair. Then he heard the black bear breathing.


Rich Landers: Hunter becoming the hunted is ultimate archery experience

Nothing stands out among a hunter’s life experiences like the day he became a predator’s prey. Three area bowhunters recently had very close encounters in three separate cases that rank …


Grizzly captured, collared in Montana killed by hunter in Idaho

A Montana grizzly bear caught, radio-collared and released by researchers near Idaho on Aug. 4 has been shot and killed by a hunter near Wallace.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 2, 2015, 11:08 p.m.

Viral disease killing hundreds of deer in the region

A drought-stoked outbreak of viral disease first detected in August is killing hundreds deer from the Colville area south to the Lewiston region, wildlife biologists from Washington and Idaho say.


Matt Liere: Young hunter’s trepidation familiar to veteran sportsman

Surprisingly, the recent cold snap failed to drive all the doves out of Eastern Washington, as enough still frequented my secret “honey hole” each evening to encourage a late-month hunt. …


Rich Landers: Well, well…guess where I found my lost hunting dog?

A short preseason bird-dog workout session turned into a marathon when my English setter ran out of sight and never came back this morning. I was trying to take advantage …


In Brief: Sight-in days at Spokane Rifle Club

HUNTING – Hunters can zero-in their rifles before the general hunting seasons at the annual Sight-In Days at the Spokane Rifle Club. Club facilities along the Spokane River downstream from …


Trying to bring pheasants back to the Palouse

A small but diverse crowd devoted last Saturday morning to catching, cuddling and banding 7-week-old juvenile rooster pheasants behind Jim and Barbara Hagedorn’s house in Viola, Idaho. Ranging in ages …


Siren song of the chukar draws young and old hunters alike

I find it impossible to put together letters on paper that will reproduce the call of a chukar partridge. Somehow, I think that if I could say and write that …


Bull elk that battled to death feeding the hungry in Idaho

The powerful story of two bull elk fighting to their death for breeding dominance east of Coeur d’Alene has a mostly positive ending, although not for the herd’s gene pool. …


Trophy deer poacher convicted, fined

A Chewelah, Washington, man and host of the former cable TV hunting show “Trophy State of Mind” has been convicted and fined $12,215 for trespassing and illegally hunting deer and …


Birds are back: Upland birds, waterfowl numbers increase

The good ol’ days of upland hunting will never be revived in Washington and Idaho because of habitat changes, but this year may offer a glimpse at the new version …


Consecutive mild winters have allowed whitetails, elk to thrive across region

Although this year’s fires have impacted areas dear to Washington big-game hunting, sportsmen generally have good reason to be positive about 2015 seasons. Two mild winters have boosted survival of …


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 …


Youth bird, waterfowl seasons give kids first shot

Special youth-only hunting seasons in Idaho and Washington give licensed hunters under the age of 16 the first shot at the region’s crop of upland birds and waterfowl. The youth …


Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly fishing It’s beginning to feel like fall in the Clearwater/Kelly Creek area. Bull trout are inhaling streamers and the hopper/dropper combo is still a favorite with the cutts. Mahogany …


Drought-related bluetongue outbreak kills area deer

White-tailed deer in the Spokane region are dying, perhaps by the hundreds, in an outbreak of a drought-related viral disease called bluetongue, Washington wildlife officials say. As of Monday, Department …


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 …


Tips, resources for hunters in wake of severe wildfire season

The summer’s record-setting wildfire seasons are requiring sportsmen to plan more thoroughly this year as fall hunting seasons approach. Plan ahead: Check hunting areas in advance of your hunt and …


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 …


Idaho hunters have positive outlook despite wildfires

Idaho is well into its 2015 hunting seasons, with archery deer opening on Aug. 30 and archery elk on Sept. 6. Hunters after black bears and grouse have been poking …


Trophy hunters prized Denali; led national park campaign

The Alaska mountain formerly known as McKinley has a less-than-thoughtful naming history that President Barack Obama cleared up this week. What didn’t come up in the trailing deluge of Alaska …


Archery hunter recovering after Idaho grizzly bear attack

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – An archery hunter pursuing elk is recovering after being attacked by a grizzly bear with three cubs. Wildlife officials say they could find no signs the …