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Wildlife, habitat take devastating hit from wildfires across region

The immediate public concern as wildfires have ravaged portions of Eastern Washington this month is the human suffering, destruction of property and the pall of hazardous smoke. Behind the headlines …


S-R Hunting Outlook 2020: Idaho elk, whitetails thrive; mule deer bouncing back

Deer and elk hunters should see plenty of game in Idaho during fall hunts as mild winters have helped mule deer herds hit hard in recent years to rebound, and …


S-R Hunting Outlook 2020: Plentiful migratory birds en route; good local duck hatch

Washington offers a wide variety of waterfowl hunting options, ranging from deep saltwater areas to dry land agricultural fields. The many types of habitat in the state support opportunities for …


S-R Hunting Outlook 2020: Upland bird hunters have time to kill

Wingshooters who take advantage of Washington bird-hunting seasons can pursue quarry somewhere in the scablands to forested mountain peaks from Sept. 1 through Jan. 18. That’s five months of sweaty …


Dave Nichols: Building hunting memories as satisfying as harvesting game

Despite looking the part with my “Grizzly Adams” beard, I’m not much of an outdoorsman, if I’m being honest.


S-R Hunting Outlook 2020: Washington big game hunters have opportunity for harvest

If you’re a big game hunter in Eastern Washington or North Idaho, you may have already spent time out in the woods scouting, setting up stands or, if you’re an …


Alan Liere’s fish-hunt report for Sept. 17

Alan Liere’s fish-hunt report for Sept. 17.


Reader photo: Distant companion

A bull moose enjoys the abundant tree leaves among the tombstones in the cemeteries along Government Way in Spokane during the second week of September.


Field reports: DNR Extends Recreation Closure in Eastern Washington

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is extending the closure of all of the lands it manages east of the Cascades to recreation due to high fire danger through …


Recreation becomes ‘wreckreation’ as careless outdoor adventures turn destructive

Recreation is turning into “wreckreation,” as COVID-cabin-fevered hikers, campers and day-trippers venture out and damage public lands all over the state – including, it seems, sparking wildfires with careless or …


Lost: Quick trip turns into 6-day ordeal through Salmon River country

David Wolfe has the ability to see the bright side of things and to stay calm despite trying circumstances.


CaughtOvgard: Reflections during another Pacific Northwest fire season

PROSPECT, Ore. – I was not prepared for it. The smoke was so thick that I couldn’t see across the small Oregon lake. Trees encroached upon the waterline, the soupy …


Alan Liere: Thrill of collecting ‘waterfowl jewelry’

Although my waterfowl season was abbreviated last year due to the pressing need to replace a house that had burned down, it was actually satisfying. I shot a banded goose …


Rich Landers: Stand-up paddleboarder conquers 31-mile length of Idaho’s biggest lake in 6.5 hours

A 31-mile water route up Lake Pend Oreille stood out to stand-up paddleboarder Jason Hershey as a challenge reminiscent of the Hawaiian Islands where he used to live, work and …


In brief: DNR closes recreation on Eastern Washington lands due to fire danger

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday closed all of the lands it manages east of the Cascades to recreation due to high fire danger. The closure will …


Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Sept. 10

Fly fishing


Reader photo: Keep your head up

Submit your own outdoors-related photographs for a chance to be published in our weekly print edition and browse our archive of past reader submissions online at spokesman.com/outdoors.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 8, 2020

DNR closes recreation on Eastern Washington lands due to fire danger

Closure is effective immediately and will remain in place through Friday at the earliest


Field reports: US wildlife officials aim to remove wolf protections in 2020

The Trump administration plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across most of the nation by the end of the year, the director of the U.S. Fish and …


Oregon man rides from Canada to Mexico for suicide awareness

Doug Peterson remembers coming home from work and walking around to the backyard, drawn by the joyful sound of teenage laughter, and finding that his son’s friends had set up …


‘Any availability?’ Region’s ski resorts plan for upcoming season under pandemic

Dialing …


Off the grid: Wishing summer would just end already

The winters of the Great Northwest usually have us pining for warmer days and longer nights, and then rather inconsolable when it’s too cold to run around in our bathing …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 4, 2020

Gov. Inslee directs drafting of new rules for wolf management

Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday directed the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to draft new rules governing the department’s lethal removal of wolves involved in conflicts with livestock.


First phase of Safe Passage 97 project completed with private funding

Conservation Northwest announced last week the completion of the first phase of the Safe Passage 97 project.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 3, 2020

Rich Landers: COVID-19 is one thing fly fishing clubs don’t want to catch

While they haven’t stopped their pursuit of trout in 2020, members of local fly clubs say the restrictions brought on by COVID-19 have dried up much of the off-the-water social …


Outdoor club members finding ways to stay connected

Physical distancing restrictions have prompted many outdoors clubs to rely more on websites, virtual meetings and social media.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 2, 2020

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Sept. 3

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Sept. 3


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 2, 2020

Reader photo: Blue heaven

Submit your own outdoors-related photographs for a chance to be published in our weekly print edition and browse our archive of past reader submissions online at spokesman.com/outdoors.


Field reports: WDFW seeks information on mule deer poaching case

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking help from the public to solve a poaching case in Eastern Washington.


On the trail of cougars in Spokane County

Imagine hiking along a forest trail on a bright, still August morning. All is profoundly quiet. Suddenly, the distinct feeling of being watched sharpens your attention.