Outdoors


Dave Kilhefner caught this nice trout on a snowy day Photo by John Kruse
TROUT FISHING  In recent years, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has urged anglers to celebrate “Black Friday” after Thanksgiving not in the stores, but out on the water catching some of the jumbo trout they plant this time of year around the state. The vast majority of these fish...
SEDRO WOOLLEY –The National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recently announced the initiation of a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process to evaluate options for restoring and managing grizzly bears in the North Cascades of Washington, where the animals once thrived...

Courtesy Glenn May Glenn May fishing for winter bass.
When it comes to catching bass between Thanksgiving and the end of February in the Pacific Northwest it would be fair to say, “The struggle is real”. As a matter of fact, my chances of catching a bass at this time of year are about the same as winning the lottery. I have simply not had success (in...

Rusty Johnston with three mallards. Courtesy John Kruse
WATERFOWL: The first wave of northern birds has arrived in the Columbia Basin. Checking out Stratford Lake this past week I saw an estimated 10,000 lesser Canada geese and approximately 1500 snow geese on the lake before sunrise. The first wave of mallards has shown up as well, along with wigeon....

A successful duck hunt. Courtesy John Kruse
If you are a duck hunter, it’s hard to beat November. The local ducks are joined this month by northern migrants who show up in big numbers. Usually the green-winged teal arrive first, followed by wigeon and gadwall, and after that, the big northern mallards and pintails. One of the advantages of...

Photo by John Kruse
It’s a wonderful time of year for a leisurely drive to take in the fall colors but fall is also the time of year you have the greatest chance of colliding with a big game animal on a road or highway near you. Every year, law enforcement agencies submit reports to the Washington State Department of...

WDFW employee testing a harvested buck for CWD – Courtesy WDFW
THE DEER OPENER The modern firearm deer season opened on the October 15 and lots of hunters were in the woods hoping to tag out on a buck. In Northeast and Southeast Washington, a number of voluntary check stations were open with biologists taking samples from harvested deer to check for the...

Bison Photo by John Kruse
When you think of places in America where you can see big wild animals up close, you tend to think of Yellowstone, Grand Teton or Glacier National Park but there is a place much closer than that for most Washingtonians that offers world-class wildlife viewing without the crowds. That place is the...

Guide Steve Morris shows off a typical Long Lake winter rainbow trout Photo by John Kruse
It’s all fun and games in September and October as the foliage turns scarlet and gold. The fish put on the feed bag, biting readily. Then November and December arrive, the leaves turn brown, tree branches become empty and catching fish gets more challenging. Having said that, there are still some...

Courtesy John Kruse Green-winged teal harvested in the Columbia Basin.
With several bird hunting seasons opening up this month it’s time to take a look at what the season ahead has in store for us in Central and Eastern Washington. WATERFOWL: Year in and year out, Grant County has offered the highest waterfowl harvests in the state. Last year, hunters took home 56,487...

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