Wind River Range calls to backcountry anglers

Tanner Pursley, of Rigby, tries to interest a complacent school of trout in his lure near the outlet of Lonesome Lake high in the Wind River Range during a recent backpacking trip. Jerry Painter photo

After reaching our climbing goal in the Wind River Range of Wyoming a few weeks ago, we got up the next morning and had one plan for the day: Catch some trout for lunch.

The emotional toll of killing for food

I really didn’t know what I was doing when I dressed this deer a few years back. I remember cutting my fingers a couple of times. Please don’t judge too harshly. Erik Berg / Special to the Idaho Statesman

Adrenaline subsiding, I reloaded my rifle and trudged uphill to where I’d shot the whitetail buck a couple of minutes ago.

Master naturalists to the rescue

From left: Bob Nitschke, Tony Appelhans, Dave Godfrey and Bob Anderl with one of 17 signs they installed last Thursday. Not shown: Roger Mayes, Sheri and Don Weber, and Mike Zacher. Terry Thomas /

Bob Anderl got out of his truck last Thursday morning at the Sand Creek Ponds in Sand Creek Wildlife Management Area north of St. Anthony and immediately set to work organizing his group of seven volunteers. They were there to complete a project they had started almost three years previous to refurbish the nature trail around the ponds.



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