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Reader photo: Rummaging for the rut

Out of velvet and ready for the fall rut found this large bull moose putting on a few more pounds before the main event begins.


U.S. expands hunting, fishing at national wildlife refuges, minimal impacts in Washington

The Trump administration is expanding hunting and fishing in 77 national wildlife refuges, in what it says is a bonus for hunters and anglers, but what critics contend is deferring …


Turnbull refuge work party scheduled

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and the Spokane Audubon Society and Friends of Turnbull will host a work party Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon.


As ice thaws birds come flocking

As the Spokane region thaws, bird-watchers are looking to the skies.


Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge adds 1,500 acres of former ranchland

The Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge added about 1,500 acres of former ranch-land to its boundary in January.


Great egrets spotted in Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge has some special winged guests.


Turnbull elk reduction win-win for refuge, hunters

After five years, the once-controversial decision to allow elk hunting on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge appears to be a win-win-win for the refuge, wildlife and hunters. The number of elk …


Out & About: Permits in transition at Mount Spokane

OUTPAY – A Discover Pass is still needed for parking a vehicle in most areas of Mount Spokane State Park, but the requirement soon will transition to a Sno-Park permit. …


Landers: Elk hunters can find many options near Turnbull

Big-game hunters still have a shot at getting a Washington special permit even though the May 18 deadline for submitting applications has passed. Tickets for raffle permit hunts managed by …


Landers: Proposed changes will affect some Master Hunters

The sweet deal some Master Hunters have for tagging elk outside of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge would go sour under changes proposed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. …


First Turnbull elk hunt a success

By most measures, last year’s first-ever elk hunting season on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge was a success. Hunter success rates generally were high, not only for the 63 hunters who …


Swan’s long run at Turnbull Refuge ends on high note

An elderly trumpeter swan that could teach sports teams a thing or two about commitment, determination and achievement has ended his long run at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The swan …


Washington key to trumpeter swan comeback

The number of trumpeter swans in Washington has grown in recent years after nearly going extinct. According to Seattle Audubon’s “Bird Web,” fewer than 100 trumpeter swans were alive south …


Turnbull refuge elk hunters revel in exceptional opportunity

A bumper crop is waiting for the 63 lucky hunters who drew tags for the first elk hunting season in Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The annual aerial survey conducted by …


Elk hunters get chance at Turnbull

Eastern Washington elk hunters are exploring new terrain this year as Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is allowing special-permit hunting for the first time since the 17,000-acre refuge was established in …


7 youth permitted for first waterfowl hunt at Turnbull refuge

Seven young hunters have drawn permits to get the first shot at waterfowl in the 73-year history of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Their season is Sept. 25-26.


First flight made by Solo’s brood at Turnbull

Five trumpeter swan cygnets that hatched at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge this spring put their wings to the test this week and lifted their ample bodies off the water for …


Out & About: Youth get shot at Turnbull ducks

Youngsters have one more week to apply for a two-day youth waterfowl hunt scheduled at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge this fall.


Field reports: First elk hunt set at Turnbull

HUNTING – For the first time, big-game hunting is scheduled to occur on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge this fall. Hunters can apply for one bull elk permit and 48 antlerless …


Birds staking claims on prime Turnbull territory

At the edge of Winslow Pond, Mike Rule identified bird chatter rising from one of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge’s many wetlands. A female mallard quacked garrulously, while red-winged blackbirds vocalized …


For this male trumpeter swan, it’s truly a Solo act

Solo, the iconic trumpeter swan at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, was named by Spokesman-Review outdoors editor Rich Landers in this column about the swan, then a widower, on April 4, …