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Fires char BLM areas, Joseph Creek

Wild fires have blackened the prospects for hunting this season in specific areas of Washington and Idaho. Weeks of rainless hot weather in August and September forced state and federal …


North Idaho’s cow elk season eliminated

The 2012 season will go down in history as the first year the Idaho Panhandle has not offered a general antlerless elk hunt somewhere in the region. Even bowhunters are …


Idaho, Montana have surplus of tags for nonresidents

Idaho and Montana still have an unusually good supply of nonresident big-game tags available for the 2012 seasons. Sales of nonresident deer and elk tags have steadily declined in each …


Some hunters barred from new wildlife area

An Asotin County ranch purchased by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife last winter is open to public walk-in access this year with the exception of some big-game hunters. …


Cast and blast: Hunters shouldn’t spare the fishing rod

Diversified sportsmen can be conflicted during fall hunting season, since it’s also one of the best times for fishing. Tuna are migrating past the Washington Coast. Salmon are streaming into …


In brief: Disabled hunters sign up for access

ACCESS – Qualified applicants have until Sunday to sign up in a drawing for special access to hunting areas through the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District’s Hunters with Disabilities Program. …


Rules of the off-road for hunters on OHVs

ATVs can drive public land managers crazy during hunting season. “We are most concerned with instances where a hunter drives off trail to scout for game or retrieve game,” said …


Details dictate hunts for East Side deer

Eastern Washington hunters should find decent numbers of deer in the fields and forests this fall, according to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports. However, pay attention to the …


S-R Hunting Outlook 2012: Idaho sees gain in yearling bucks

Deer hunters should find improved hunting for mule deer in their Idaho strongholds this year, but the pendulum is swing- ing in favor of whitetails. The 2011 harvest of white-tailed …


S-R Hunting Outlook 2012: Ups and downs for Eastern Washington elk hunters

Northeastern Washington has gained stature among elk hunters in recent years, with the 2011 elk harvest exceeding the general season take in the fabled Blue Mountains. But that’s likely to …


S-R Hunting Outlook 2012: Region’s waterfowl hunters gearing up for record year

Prospects are ducky for waterfowlers across North America this season. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service preliminary report on North American breeding ducks estimates a record population of 48.6 million, …


Idaho delays opening of duck season

While duck and goose populations are in good shape for Inland Northwest hunters this season, Idaho Panhandle waterfowlers will have to wait an extra week for opening day. Both the …


Spokane shooter Furrer finishes 15th in London

LONDON – Spokane’s Amanda Furrer may not be leaving the Royal Artillery Barracks in London with a medal, but the Olympic shooter will go home with a lot of great …


Spokane Olympian Furrer places 15th

LONDON – Spokane’s Amanda Furrer may not be leaving the Royal Artillery Barracks in London with a medal, but the Olympic shooter will go home with a lot of great …


Spokane’s Uptagrafft just misses Olympic shoot-off

LONDON – Whether it’s football, baseball or basketball, describing a sport as a “game of inches” is a well-worn cliché. For Eric Uptagrafft, the difference between fighting for an Olympic …


Spokane Olympian just misses shoot-off

LONDON – Whether it’s football, baseball or basketball, describing a sport as a “game of inches” is a well-worn cliché in the sports world.


Blanchette: Uptagrafft takes his shot after 16 years

As he was saying before he was so rudely interrupted The joke gets a little laugh out of Eric Uptagrafft, who understands that he hasn’t been on the radar for …


Blanchette: Uptagrafft pulls trigger after 16 years

As he was saying before he was so rudely interrupted


U.S. markswoman becomes first to medal in five straight Olympics

LONDON – Contrary to popular belief at these London Olympics, Kim Rhode did not fire a shot heard ’round the world Sunday. She fired 99. America’s Annie Oakley from Monrovia, …


Natural setting offers unique course for target shooters

Ron Olmstead has created a little piece of heaven for clay target shooters with their sights on a challenge. The Double Barrel Ranch Sporting Clays course blends into the landscape …


Field reports: King salmon crisis closes Alaska season

FISHING – It’s a bad year for that salmon fishing dream trip to some portions of Alaska. Record low king runs have forced the Alaska Department of Fish and Game …


Spokane’s Furrer will shoot for USA in Olympics

Amanda Furrer doesn’t think much of her competition on the shooting range. “I can’t think about them at all,” said the 21-year-old hotshot from Spokane. “They’re all world-class, but when …


Landers: Olympian Furrer grows in confidence

Amanda Furrer doesn’t think much of her competition on the shooting range.


Field reports: June fishing clinic geared to adults

FISHING – Sign-ups are under way for 30 openings in a two-session basic fishing clinic for adults who haven’t been introduced to the sport. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department …


Field reports: Centennial Trail gets TLC

TRAILS – Volunteers are gathering all along the Spokane River Centennial Trail on Saturday to wail on weeds, pick up litter and sweep it clean. To join the group, and …


Marksmanship clinics set in CdA

A two-day rifle marksmanship clinic will be held March 3-4 at the Fernan Rod & Gun Club. This will be the first of six clinics to be held in the …


Out & About: Eagle Watch Week starts at Lake CdA

OUTSEE – There’s never been a better year to take in the annual Eagle Watch Week activities at Lake Coeur d’Alene. Bald eagles have been gathering in record numbers in …


BLM explores land use proposals

Grazing, energy development, motor vehicle access, shooting areas and wildlife protections are among the issues being confronted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a resource management planning effort. …


Landers: Nugent’s beliefs don’t connect with most hunters

Don’t dismiss Ted Nugent for being a windbag. The rock-star hunter is enviable to some degree because he’s so good at it. Like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, …


Landers: Even U.S. Army sniper requires hunter education

He’s clearly not a kid anymore. The 24-year-old soldier has been in the service for nearly seven years, survived two tours in Iraq and earned a spot in the U.S. …