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There were a minimum of 206 wolves and 33 packs in Washington state in 2021, according to an annual survey conducted by state and tribal biologists. Those numbers represent an increase of 16%, … more
Mount St. Helens is an elusive wonder.  It steps out of the morning fog to offer majestic views, only to don a veil of clouds moments later. Still, the headless peak has become an icon of … more
A five-hour opening for recreational smelt dipping along the Cowlitz River brought Snow Bai and her 11-year-old daughter Jessica nearly an hour north Saturday. The pair from Camas dipped for the … more
Jason Phelps, 38, of Pe Ell, was camouflaged by a tree in the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico, a bow in one hand and an interpreter’s dictionary, of sorts, in the other. Phelps was … more
The Packwood Trail Project held its annual public meeting on Jan. 22, where board members presented the project’s mission and goals. The organization was first formed, informally, in 2016 … more
Bob Russell jumps enthusiastically out of his pickup onto the side of the road near an unassuming portion of state Route 6, just east of Adna. He runs over to a nearby stream — Mill Creek, … more
Capturing and collaring bighorn sheep, including some in the Yakima River Canyon, marked the next step in the state's ongoing efforts to limit the spread of a deadly bacteria. The Washington … more
Alex Dietz of Bend, Oregon, was fly fishing with an egg pattern on the Deschutes River outside Warm Springs on Dec. 19 when he hooked a 5-pound, 12-ounce, 24-inch long mountain whitefish with a … more
Snow and cold weather have biologists worrying about regional wildlife, particularly after Eastern Washington deer herds were hit hard by two deadly diseases this summer. Washington Department of … more
Hunters who report their 2021 black bear, deer, elk or turkey hunting results by Jan. 10 will have the opportunity to win one of nine deer and elk incentive permits for fall 2022, Washington … more
Another year has ticked down, which means it's time for The Spokesman-Review's annual roundup of the most interesting and important outdoor stories from 2021. With the lingering economic, social and … more
Razor clam enthusiasts can head to coastal beaches to ring in the new year as shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on Tuesday confirmed the next round of … more
Shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on Thursday announced 26 tentatively scheduled razor clam digs in January and February. WDFW also confirmed that the … more
An online petition urging Washington State wildlife commissioners to reinstate the spring black bear hunt is gaining traction online, but it's unlikely to affect any change. "I wonder if it is too … more
A controversial spring bear hunt in Washington was suspended, Friday. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife commission voted 4-4 on the proposed 2022 spring bear hunt. The 9-person … more
Remote camera stations in Gifford Pinchot National Forest caught the attention of these hungry black bears and Pacific fishers. Fishers, sometimes called fisher cats, are not cats at all. They are … more
The sound of gunfire periodically echoed across the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge on Veterans Day, followed sometimes by a duck falling from the sky after a successful hit. At one blind, a … more
The outdoor recreation's contribution to the U.S. economy shrank 19% from 2019 to 2020 and employment in that sector fell by 17.1%, according to a report conducted by the Bureau of Economic … more
Washington wildlife managers extended the public comment period for a contentious spring bear hunt, Friday. Now, the public will have until Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. to submit written comments. The … more
For the first time in a decade, Washington wildlife officials surveyed for a deadly neurological disease during Saturday's modern deer hunting season opener. Washington Department of Fish and … more
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