Outdoors blog: 2/20/12

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Here's a depressing bit of news. State biologists estimate the total catch of legal sturgeon from the lower Columbia River in January was four. It was the worst for a January since at least 1977.

Cabela's store: Giant outdoor goods retailer Cabela's has announced it will start construction this spring of an "outpost store'' at Union Gap in the Yakima Valley.

Outpost stores are about 40,000 square feet, smaller than traditional Cabela's stores. The Union Gap store is expected to employe 65 full- and part-time employees. It will be the anchor of Washington Plaza, a new shopping center.

This is Cabela's first outpost store with more planned for the western United States and Canada.

The outpost stores "will extend our footprint into smaller markets and increase the range in which the Cabela’s retail experience reaches our loyal customers,'' said Tommy Millner, company chief executive officer.

A grand opening is scheduled for this fall.

War on pike: The Spokane Spokesman Review has a feature on the upcoming war on northern pike in Box Canyon Reservoir on the Pend Oreille River. The big concern, of course, is that the toothy predator will find its way to the Columbia River eventually and eat steelhead and salmon.

The link: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/feb/12/northern-pike-forecast-few-and-far-between/

Anti-poaching effort: The Salt Lake Tribune has this interesting story on how Utah wildlife officers are shifting some emphasis to winter range patrols to help the state's stagnant mule deer population.

The link: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/outdoors/53480577-117/poaching-wildlife-topham-utah.html.csp