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I stared down into the gold-mining pan in my hands. After considerable consternation, I was finally able to swish out all the sand and water, and left there in the bottom of the pan were about a dozen tiny flakes of gold. Real, pure gold. When I weighed my bounty at Alaska’s Gold Dredge 8 ne…

A couple of incidents during my weeklong ride across northern Washington (reported in Friday’s newspaper) served to remind me that bicycle touring is an obscure subset far removed from typical vacationing.

COEUR D’ALENE (AP) — Wildlife managers in northern Idaho are warning people to be on the watch for grizzly bears after one was recently reported in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest.

In the course of a week, we have ventured from Island Park to spend time in the Upper Blackfoot River near Soda Springs, Grand Teton National Park, Sinks Canyon near Lander, Wyoming and a few nights in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park before winding up in eastern Virginia (okay, we fl…

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will restore two sprawling national monuments in Utah that have been at the center of a long-running public lands dispute, and a separate marine conservation area in New England that recently has been used for commercial fishing. Environmental protection…

In an effort to increase overall mule deer abundance, Idaho Fish and Game has eliminated almost all antlerless deer hunting opportunities across eastern Idaho this season and into next season.

Six Native American tribes sued Wisconsin last week to try to stop its planned gray wolf hunt in November, asserting that the hunt violates their treaty rights and endangers an animal they consider sacred.

Cathy heard him first. He was singing his heart out from the top of a tall juniper next to our campsite in Sinks Canyon, near Lander, Wyoming. With my less-than-perfect hearing, I really had to concentrate to hear his song after she pointed him out in the top of the tree. I thought it strang…

I had honed a chisel to razor sharpness, and then, like a dummy, dropped it into the pocket of my woodshop apron without a thought. Before long, I began to feel some wetness above my knee and checked it out. I found an inch long cut through my trousers and a corresponding slice in my leg. Th…

Two events spawned this week’s topic. First was a friend with heart problems that necessitated two nights in the hospital. The second was my son’s successful harvest of a large bull elk. When we cleaned the heart at home, I was impressed by its size: probably over four times larger than a hu…

Idaho Fish and Game has a few left over controlled big game hunting tags that go on sale today (Sept. 16) for a few areas across the state.

JACKSON, Wyo. — Erika Jostad’s baseline for what Grand Teton National Park is like in the summer is skewed by 2021, easily the busiest year in the park’s 92-year-and-running history.

After a short bout with what I suspect was COVID-19 at the end of July, my sense of taste is slowly returning. It comes in shadows and hints, and most days I still can’t taste anything, but I am improving. Losing the sense of taste has been a revealing experience. At times I could almost mak…

An outbreak of a hemorrhagic disease in whitetail deer across much of the Clearwater Region of Idaho may have killed about 2,000 animals but appears to be spreading more slowly than previous episodes.

The 35th annual Jackson Hole One Fly event will take place this Saturday and Sunday with scores of anglers double-checking their knots before making that first cast.

When the elk sprinted from cover 50 yards ahead of me, my hand went for my bear spray faster than sheriff Matt Dillon could draw his six-gun. I breathed a sigh of relief when I realized it wasn’t a bear, but I was paranoid for the rest of the hike, my head on a swivel and checking every stum…

Last week I watched a woman I have been mentoring scamper up a rock climb on her first try that took me a few tries to climb back in the day when I first took up the sport.

There were changes to an annual two-night trip to the Uinta Mountains in Utah. My energetic son wanted to make a 12-mile loop on the Notch Mountain trail with his four kids to help teach them that they can do hard things. I researched the trail and was dismayed to find it rated as “moderate …

The forecast from Idaho Fish and Game for the fall big game hunting season is that opportunities should play out similar to last year, with a possible twist concerning the dry weather.

Idaho Fish and Game officials said Wednesday that a deer die-off centered around Kamiah is caused by a variant of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, and they believe deer dying in other areas of the Clearwater Region may be caused by a different strain of the viral illness.

I’ve climbed mountains, but I am not a mountain climber. For the most part, my climbing has been occasional peak bagging in association with backpacking trips although I have specifically climbed Borah Peak and the Grand Teton in my younger days. Deserts, coastlines, swamps and taiga all hav…

When I heard the “thunk” outside our deck, I groaned. Without looking, I knew that a bird had struck our window. I turned around to see an inert form lying on the picnic table. I walked outside and gingerly picked up the small bird. It was still alive, so I looked around for someplace to set…

Although it may look like it to some recreational users, the Bureau of Land Management said it is not playing politics with proposed controversial restrictions to the desert land west of American Falls, commonly known as Massacre Rocks.

With all the usual roadblocks and this year’s added concerns of dangerously high temperatures and low water levels, Idaho Fish and Game was worried no sockeye salmon would return from the ocean without some help.

The pine cone was so huge that as I passed a garage sale near home, I could see it from the road. And I knew I had to have it. Best of all, this wasn’t really a sale, rather a large pile of items no longer needed or wanted by a rental cabin management company and the accompanying sign said “…

You’ve passed your hunter education course and bought your hunting license. You want to venture into deer hunting. If you are new to hunting, choosing the right deer tag may seem a bit overwhelming. Flipping through the 2021 Idaho Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet, you will find that deer s…

Idaho Fish and Game officials said so far, since the passage of Senate Bill 1211 encouraging the harvesting of more wolves in the state, there hasn’t been a measurable uptick in hunters seeking wolf trapping licenses.

As summer wildflowers are in full bloom in Island Park, I have been spending a little time trying to identify them with a new field guide, “Wildflowers of Island Park” by Penny Walbom. For me, part of the fun of outdoor exploration is being able to identify by name the things I see.