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Washington’s top hunter education instructors named

When Washington’s 850 or so certified hunter education instructors gathered for their annual training update recently in Wenatchee, they had to make a tough choice. When the votes were tallied, …


Hearing protection often needlessly overlooked by hunters

While most shooters would never walk onto an active gun range without ear plugs or muffs in place, hunters who use firearms tend to neglect precautions to protect their hearing. …


In brief: Free fishing seminars scheduled for local anglers

Anglers can pick up useful local information on fishing techniques at free seminars scheduled this month in the Inland Northwest. Six bass and walleye seminars are scheduled on Saturday during …


Locally: WSU’s Connor Halliday, Tia Presley nominated for award

Connor Halliday and Tia Presley, two former Greater Spokane League standouts at Washington State University, have been nominated for 2015 MTR Western Sports Star of the Year Awards, the sponsoring …


County’s appraisal will cost Gun Club

A brazenly calm flock of squawking Canada geese interrupted John Warning and Bill Brooks’ skeet shooting session Wednesday at the Spokane Gun Club in Greenacres. “They don’t understand this business,” …


Locally: Andrea Harrison completes stellar career at BYU

Andrea Nelson Harrison, a BYU senior from Shadle Park, completed her collegiate cross country career this fall with an armload of honors. Harrison, a two-time state high school champion (4A …


2014 Outdoors: spotlight

Local teacher a survivor Former Ferris High School science teacher, survival instructor, naturalist and artist Hazen Audel is spotlighting the skills of indigenous people in remote niches of the world …


Area ranges help hunters sight in before going out in field

Hunters looking for a place to zero in their firearms for big-game seasons have several well-developed options in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene areas. Two venues have special sight-in days with range …


Archery offers opportunities for just about every age of participant

Habitual, flawless execution. This is the key to a bull’s-eye. An archer draws back their arrow. An index finger anchors somewhere above the jaw line. Lips familiarize themselves with fletching, …


Spokane’s Bill Howland is bowyer par excellence

There is a three-year wait-list for a bow made by Spokane resident Bill Howland of Brackenbury Custom Bows. Some customers on the list aren’t even sure yet what bow model …


Out & About: Fishers back home in Olympics

OUTFIELD – Once locally extinct, fishers are bounding all over the Olympic Peninsula. First released into Olympic National Park in 2008 in an effort to repopulate the native carnivore, they …


In brief: Bring the family for Cycle Celebration

Valleyfest’s Cycle Celebration will be this Sunday at 7:30 a.m. at Mirabeau Meadows Park, 13500 E. Mirabeau Parkway. There are three routes: The 50-mile “Hills Around the Valley” starts at …


Industry aims to eliminate lead bullets

The end of hunting with lead bullets is on the horizon, but it’s far too soon to beat ourselves up about it. California’s ban, already in place in parts of …


Field Reports: Pend Oreille River fish surveyed at night

FISHING – State fisheries biologists will conduct a fisheries survey in the Box Canyon Reservoir portion of the Pend Oreille River from Monday through Friday. Crews will be on the …


Consumer demand still fuels ammunition shortage

For more than four years, shooting enthusiasts have suffered through ammunition shortages that have often left shelves bare even at giant retailers such as Cabela’s. Ammunition manufacturers say point blank …


Spokane skier 2nd in Cup event

Noah Wallace of Spokane placed second in the final World Cup slopestyle skiing event of the season last weekend in Silvaplana, Switzerland. It was the first podium finish of the …


Landers: Gonzaga’s Rod & Gun Club was a long time coming

Gonzaga University has 164 organizations for activities ranging from the Actuarial Science Club to the Ultimate Frisbee Club. The newest club on the roster, surprisingly, is the Gonzaga Rod & …


Out & About: 5 more outdoor challenges

Our winter challenge: 5 more ways to stay cool OUTDO – Last Sunday, outdoors editor Rich Landers challenged readers to live large this winter, encouraging you to try at least …


Field reports: Popular Forest Service trailheads blocked for road repairs

FORESTS – Road work will restrict access starting this week to popular fall destinations in the region’s national forests. The Roman Nose trailhead in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests will …


Hunters hone skills at shooting ranges

Even experienced hunters know they may hunt an entire season for the chance to make one shot. The best among them want to make it count by being sure their …


Spokane area cornucopia of outdoor access

I was an outsider in the best sense of the word when I moved to Spokane 36 years ago. I enjoyed hiking and biking, hunting and fishing, skiing and paddling …


Veteran instructor keeps live-fire in hunter education

Jack Dolan, 72, is a veteran hunter education instructor who’s proud to be old-fashioned. “You must get behind the wheel and prove you can drive a vehicle in traffic before …


Officials see need to restrict exploding targets on public lands

Careless shooters blamed for starting wildfires have prompted federal land managers and most state agencies to restrict or ban the use of exploding targets on public lands in Idaho, Washington …


Blast and cast all in a day

A spring cast-and-blast trip might spell the ultimate weekend for the all-around sportsman, combining wild turkey hunting with the best time of year to catch trout in the region’s lakes. …


Hunter safety group honors local instructor

Jimmie Parman of Newman Lake was honored last week by Washington hunter education instructors with the Terry Hoffer Memorial Firearms Safety Award honoring the state’s top instructor in 2012. Parman, …


Big Horn Show reels in wide range of outdoor interests

The Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show is like taking a giant step toward opening day. Plan a fishing trip and check out the new fishing gear. Enroll in hunter education …


Out & About: Obama gun frenzy pays conservation dividend

Obama gun flap boosts habitat OUTTAX – State fish and wildlife agencies across the country are direct beneficiaries of the unprecedented spike in firearms sales spurred by President Obama’s 2008 …


Landers: Hunter training changes draw ire

At least 44 of Washington’s 860 certified hunter education instructors have dropped out of the program this year, some of them protesting new restrictions on their personal freedom in the …


Conservation groups join boycott of Pa. outdoors show

Two of the nation’s largest hunting-oriented conservation groups have joined a fast-growing Second Amendment-based boycott of the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show in Harrisburg, Pa. The Missoula-based Rocky Mountain Elk …


Landers: Private land hunting can be special

More people would hunt if they knew they had a place. I understand this limitation, having lost access to fabulous hunting over the years as farms changed hands.