Outdoors

Change proposed for Margaret unit elk hunting rules

By TOM PAULU/Longview Daily News March 14, 2015 6:01 a.m.

Wildlife officials suggest unit north of Mount St. Helens be managed as a general bull area with 3-point antler minimum

Scabland: Smell of sage lures hikers, bikers

By RICH LANDERS, The Spokesman-Review March 14, 2015 6 a.m.

ODESSA — Great horned owlettes are hatching, coyotes are denning and rattlesnakes are still groggy — all signals that it's prime time to hike, bike or ride a horse through the sagebrush country of Eastern Washington. Wildflowers are just beginning to bloom if you need more incentive, and songful meadowlarks are back.

State seeks comments on moth eradication

By The Columbian March 13, 2015 5:53 p.m.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on a plan to eradicate gypsy moths using insecticide later this spring near Yacolt, a town nearly 30 miles north of Vancouver.

Oregon police seek tips in bull elk poaching case

By Associated Press March 13, 2015 11:19 a.m.

NEWPORT, Ore. — The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division says two bull elk were illegally killed in Lincoln County, and it wants anyone with information to contact the state's Turn in Poachers hotline.

Bonneville Dam fish count

March 13, 2015 6:30 a.m.

Counts and water conditions at Bonneville Dam plus count at Willamette Falls

Crews set to clear snow from North Cascades Highway

By Associated Press March 12, 2015 10:18 a.m.

TWISP — A low snowpack in Washington state could mean an early opening for the North Cascades Highway this year.

Columbia River fishing report 3/12

By Allen Thomas March 12, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Fishing effort is building for spring chinook salmon, but lower Columbia catch remain slow

Wildlife League seeks change in summer chinook fishing rules

By Allen Thomas March 12, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Local group wants to see retention of unclipped fish in late June fishery in lower Columbia River

No spring chinook season planned for Deschutes R.

March 12, 2015 6:02 a.m.

Too few salmon returning to popular Oregon stream to allow a fishery

No snow, gated roads provide unique forest cycling opportunities

By Allen Thomas March 11, 2015 6:14 p.m.

Several major Gifford Pinchot National Forest roads will remain off-limits to motor vehicles for three more weeks, allowing cyclist sto ride without concern about traffic

Bonneville Dam fish count

March 11, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Counts and water conditions at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River

Fishery council adopts new forage fish rules

By Eric Florip March 10, 2015 4:31 p.m.

West Coast fishery managers on Tuesday approved new protections for small forage fish in a move cheered by advocates as a landmark decision.

Sandy smelt dipping proves disappointing

March 10, 2015 6:30 a.m.

Most of the smelt in the Oregon tributary were spawned out before last Saturday's dipping opportunity

Regional council set to vote on new forage fish rules today

By Eric Florip March 10, 2015 6 a.m.

Regional policymakers are expected to act today on an ecological plan that would mark a significant shift in the way West Coast fisheries are managed.

Bonneville Dam fish count 3/4

March 6, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Salmon and steelhead passage at Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River