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While I put a few miles on the treadmill, I watched a YouTube video of a guy carving a bear with a chainsaw. In real-time of 21 minutes, a block of wood was transformed into the remarkable likeness of a standing bear. It was simply amazing. I watched carefully as he explained the details, su…

Last weekend I opened our back door in the morning and stepped out onto the deck. Staring at me from about 10 yards was a cow moose, gray and rough-looking from the long winter. While moose in the yard are not uncommon here, this was the first one since late last fall, a sure sign that sprin…

No one seemed to know how the bison died. Winter wasn’t over in northern Yellowstone, and it could have just been too much for an aging animal. Wolves could have hurried that process, or they could have been the instigators of death for an otherwise healthy bison. Regardless, last week, acro…

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Nevada project that would expand livestock grazing across 400 squares miles (1,036 square kilometers) of some of the highest priority sage-grouse habitat in the West and accused the government of deliberately misleading the public by underestim…

The yellow marking in the snow at the end of my driveway was evidence that a red fox, a nightly visitor to our home, had once again passed by. It brought to mind two things: first, the old adage, one I have always followed — don’t eat yellow snow. The other thing was just how basic and essen…

Door to door, it is 1,000 miles from my home in Island Park to my dad’s home in Yuma, Arizona, just 8 miles from Mexico. The trip is nearly due south for much of the way, through Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada; Needles, California —where fuel is $2 more per gallon tha…

Is it a classic case of, “Everyone is doing it, so it must be okay”? Feeding birds is one of the most ubiquitous engagements humans have with wildlife. Over 57 million households, 40% of Americans (over 75% of Brits) feed birds. Most wildlife refuges, public or private, have feeder stations,…

Idaho Fish and Game issued its annual statewide hunter harvest report for the elk, mule deer and whitetail 2020 seasons, and elk numbers remain strong while, oddly, whitetail deer harvest bettered mule deer harvest – something that has only happened a few times in Idaho history.

The winter of 1908-09 began early with heavy winter snows forcing an unusual number of elk into Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Then rain, followed by bitter cold, turned the snowpack as hard as stone. Elk could not get to what feed was available,and they began raiding haystacks and wandering down th…

HELENA, Mont. — Hunters and trappers who kill wolves in Montana could be reimbursed for their expenses by private groups under a proposal advanced by state lawmakers Monday that critics said is akin to the bounties that nearly exterminated the predators last century.

When I was hired by The Spokesman-Review in 1977, fishing and hunting dominated newspaper outdoor writers’ coverage nationwide. But the Pacific Northwest summoned the outdoors beat to an even higher level.

When famous Grizzly Bear 399 and her four cubs finally heading to her den in mid-January, all of them were fat and shiny, looking like hairy beach balls. It was exciting to think that this venerable mother was in top condition as she entered the den and that the likelihood of seeing her agai…

The annual Idaho Fish and Game fur auction has returned after taking last year off because of the pandemic.

A long winter’s project has been to reorganize my digital image files on the computer, adding descriptions and keywords, and finally consolidating files that have been heretofore stored by year then subject into massive subject only files. As I have sat at my desk night after night sorting i…

Open water fishing opportunities abound in the Upper Snake Region, even in the winter months. Local rivers like the Henry’s Fork, South Fork, and even the main-stem of the Snake River offer year-round fishing opportunities for those willing to brave the elements.

Almost 50 years ago, my friends and I donned our wood and rawhide snowshoes and headed up Millcreek Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains east of Salt Lake City. Our destination was Alexander Basin beneath Gobbler’s Knob where an avalanche, reported to be the biggest in Utah’s recorded history, ha…

It was a bit of a bitter pill to swallow when the road entering my favorite elk hunting canyon in Island Park was closed in the name of grizzly bear habitat over 20 years ago. I still occasionally hunt the area, but an extra mile uphill is a lot these days, and my visits have become far fewer.

If you are younger than 35 years old, you may wonder why gasoline pumps used to state that the fuel was “unleaded.” It wasn’t always that way. A formulation of lead known as tetra-ethyl lead or TEL was discovered in the 1920s by a General Motors engineer to boost octane levels and reduce eng…

With a tiny whoosh of wings, a mountain chickadee, coming in from behind me, landed on my head. I could feel its tiny feet as it pranced around on my beanie in typical hyper chickadee style. I was photographing birds at my feeder, and, apparently, I was a convenient stop just before this chi…

When Curtis Elke took over as Idaho state conservationist of the Natural Resources Conservation Service more than five years ago, he noticed that there was an unusual level of cooperation between many state and federal agencies in the state. He was excited to expand that even further with hi…

Watching a mallard duck waddle across a frozen pond completely unfazed by the cold march, I wondered at how I would feel doing the same thing in bare feet. I suspect that pain and misery aside, it wouldn’t take long before my feet began to freeze into blocks of ice. Why then don’t duck feet freeze?