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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?

As I look around my bedroom/office, I see a king-size bed frame made of pine logs. In true eclectic fashion, my desk is of red oak, my wife’s of mahogany. There is a nightstand I made from walnut eons ago in high school woodshop and a work table of maple. Our walls and ceiling are trimmed in…

Most of Idaho’s big game animals have moved out of the high country and onto lower-elevation winter range as part of their semi-annual migration. Deer, elk and other big game animals descend by the dozens, hundreds or even thousands, and while this migration has been repeated for eons, it’s …

The large Douglas fir, 30 inches in diameter at chest height, was leaning over the road on the corner of our lot. It was hard to maneuver around and the fire department complained that they couldn’t get their truck past it. It had to go. It was interesting but sad to watch the giant crash to…

BOISE (AP) — A federal judge for the second time has rejected a Trump administration request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by environmental groups seeking to ban using bait to hunt black bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming.

Starting off the new year you’ll get lots of advice on goals to set and new or old things to try, perhaps exercise routines, etc.

Without a doubt, 2020 has been a difficult year. And it doesn’t look like it is over yet. The vaccine for COVID-19, while in the initial distribution phase, is still going to take months to get to everyone in the country, and its long-term efficacy is still unknown. Some experts are predicti…

For three evenings last week, you could glimpse the northern lights, a rare phenomenon for eastern Idaho. Not being plugged in very solidly to social media and news channels, we did not hear about this until about 8 p.m. on the second night when a friend posted a photo of the northern lights…

Congratulations to Gatlynn Mayes for hooking into this huge 4.8-pound tiger trout from Becker Pond in Idaho Falls and setting the new certified weight record. Gatlynn brought in the 24-inch long tiger on Dec. 16 to be weighed and measured after a day of ice fishing with his father.

The 23-year community tradition of gathering to watch the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Idaho Falls and worldwide has been derailed this winter because of the pandemic.

Outdoor Idaho, the Idaho Public Television program, just released a new show titled “Idaho 12ers” about the popularity of scrambling to the top of our state’s nine highest peaks.

Last week in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley, we watched a male red fox hunt for prey in a snow-covered field near Pebble Creek. He would trot along as if on a casual errand, then stop like he had run into a wall. His head would swivel slightly, and his gaze would become fixed on a particular spo…