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UPDATED: Mon., April 6, 2020

Washington fishing closure extended; spring turkey season on hold

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has extended a fishing ban and put the the spring turkey season on hold.


Spokane man continues hiking Pacific Crest Trail despite pleas to stop

Despite pleas of public health officials, trail organizers and rural communities, one Spokane man is continuing to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.


Diana Roberts devoted life to making outdoors better for dogs and their people

Diana Roberts’ commitment to the outdoors included the dirty work of packing away buckets filled with poop left on public land by other people’s dogs.


UPDATED: Sat., April 4, 2020

Idaho suspends sale of some nonresident hunting and fishing licenses

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission suspended the sale of some nonresident fishing and hunting licenses, tags and permits Saturday.


UPDATED: Sat., April 4, 2020

Group: U.S. pushing through Idaho grazing plans

An environmental group says U.S. officials are using the coronavirus pandemic to force through a long-delayed Idaho livestock grazing allotment decision in critical sage grouse habitat for a powerful agribusiness


UPDATED: Fri., April 3, 2020

Washington land closures extended; fishing closure update expected Monday

The closure of state owned and managed lands was extended, Friday, mirroring the extension of a statewide stay at home order issued Thursday.


Ammi Midstokke: The resiliency of our children

I take it all back. All that optimistic hooh-hah about connecting with family, reading books more, really developing my water color skills. Everything was going great until we ran out …


Scotchman Peaks wilderness group releases podcast

If you can’t go outside (more or less) than what’s the next best thing?


Wolves, cougars ambush smaller predators attracted by scraps

Wolves, cougars and other large predators are killing smaller carnivores, potentially controlling notoriously fecund species like coyotes.


UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for April 2

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for April 2


Idaho Fish & Game sets fishing limits, waiting period for elk tags

Idaho Fish and Game commissioners greenlighted spring chinook fishing seasons and flashed a “proceed with caution” signal for those who plan to apply for controlled elk hunts.


Ammi Midstokke: Our love measured in 6 feet

I was heading to a friend’s house to go for a run – one of the few socially sanctioned outings we can still cling to without guilt. “Okay,” she said, …


Washington cancels youth turkey hunts

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife canceled the youth turkey hunt, scheduled for April 4-5. The cancellation is the latest in a long string of cancellations in response to …


Biologists count 57 mountain goats in Idaho Selkirks

Idaho biologists counted 57 mountain goats in the Idaho Selkirks in February, the first survey of the sure-footed bovids in that range since 2001.


Washington fishing closure necessary to slow spread of virus, draws ire of anglers

The decision Wednesday to close fishing throughout the state sent waves throughout Washington’s angling community.


Stranded snowbirds: Spread of the coronavirus has left full-time RVers and van dwellers on the run

The changes started slowly – little things like looking just a little harder to find water – and then crescendoed, a cascade of closures and cancellations and leery looks leading …


Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge closes

The Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge closed, Thursday.


Feeling cooped up? Check out a 100 free outdoor films this weekend courtesy of Banff Film Festival

Feeling cooped up yet? Burned through Netflix already?


Public land closures, ‘Stay Home’ orders highlight green space inequalities

For the past two decades, Holly Weiler’s life has revolved, to some extent, around Mount Spokane State Park.


Dogging it can keep you sane as well as healthy

Sheltered from the fallout of society’s woes, dogs have been having the time of their lives this month.


UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for March 26

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for March 26


UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Statewide fishing ban ordered by Washington wildlife managers

All recreational fishing and shell fishing will close Wednesday at midnight.


UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Reader photo: Common but beautiful

Connor Nikkola took this photo of an adult mallard duck in downtown Riverfront Park on Feb. 22, 2020. Web extra: Submit your own outdoors-related photographs for a chance to be …


UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Yellowstone, Grand Teton close to visitors amid pandemic

Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks closed to visitors Tuesday, taking another step in the effort to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.


Mayfly hatches are signs of healthy waters, good fly fishing

If you’ve ever wondered about the water quality in a stream, river or lake you are fishing, just ask a mayfly.


Wanda Clifford leaves a proud legacy after retiring from the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council

When Wanda Clifford first started coming around the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council three decades ago it was “definitely an old boys club.”


Ammi Midstokke: Art therapy for the poor prepper

Contrary to popular belief, my solar-powered home, and the size of my pantry, I am not a prepper. The one time I tried to can my own food, I put …


WDFW receives full funding from Legislature

The state’s wildlife management agency received a much-needed bundle of money from the Legislature last week.


Jason Luthy: Responsible outdoor recreation during a pandemic

Turning around due to risk while pursuing an objective is difficult. The choice contrasts the perceived risk with a very enticing reward. The difficult part is that the risks can …


Riverside State Park offers fun, safe outings for the whole family

It’s a stressful time. A viral pandemic. People losing jobs. Markets crashing and borders closing.