Outdoors

Cougar season closing in two game management units

By The Columbian January 1, 2015 6:02 a.m.

Hunting season ends on Friday in Wind River, West Klickitat units

Gifford Pinchot National Forest snow report

January 1, 2015 6:01 a.m.

Conditions at winter recreation parking lots in the southern end of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

A personal 'fun list' for 2015

By Allen Thomas December 31, 2014 5:47 p.m.

Here are a half dozen fishing, hunting, skiing and hiking outings that hopefully will be accomplished in the coming 12 months

Spring forecasts unveiled for Wind River, Drano Lake

By Allen Thomas December 31, 2014 5:07 p.m.

Mid-Columbia tributaries anticipated to get returns very similar to 2014's

Reward offered after coyote's death in illegal trap

By Associated Press December 31, 2014 10:03 a.m.

SEATTLE — Animal welfare organizations are offering a $2,500 reward for information after an illegal, leg-hold trap led to the death of a female coyote in the north Seattle suburb of Lake Forest Park.

Hangover Scramble slated Thursday at Washougal motocross park

December 30, 2014 6:02 a.m.

Bike, all-terrain-vehicles races are annual money maker for the Jones Creek Trail Riders Association

Mount Hood Skibowl opens slopes

By The Columbian December 29, 2014 2 p.m.

Two chairlifts operating on Monday with two more possible for Tuesday, although cold, windy weather in forecast

Oregon sportsmen want 'right to hunt' in state constitution

By GEORGE PLAVEN, East Oregonian December 29, 2014 12:36 p.m.

An alliance of sportsmen is leading the charge to make hunting and fishing a constitutional right in Oregon.

Fall chinook, coho outlook encouraging for 2015

By Allen Thomas December 29, 2014 10:21 a.m.

General forecast calls for another huge fall chinook return in 2015, plus a decent year for coho

Flyfishers to hear about upper Columbia River

December 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Group will meet on Jan. 21 for a program on Lake Rufus Woods, the reservoir behind Chief Joseph Dam

Arboretum pathway will lead to gardens for local heroines

By Scott Hewitt December 26, 2014 5:16 p.m.

Kelly Punteney has spent the last few years slowly improving the Jane Weber Evergreen Arboretum, a historic property that rolls from Old Evergreen Highway down to the Columbia River. It's been an uphill battle, Punteney has said, toward his ultimate goal of getting the 7-acre oasis adopted by the city of Vancouver as a public park.

Weather service predicts good news for skiers

By The Associated Press December 26, 2014 10:38 a.m.

SEATTLE — The National Weather Service says a weekend storm could dump more than a foot of snow in the Cascades, and as much as 30 inches in some areas.

New Year's Day hike scheduled at Beacon Rock

December 26, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Two-mile walk one of 28 First Day Hikes scheduled in Washington state parks

Grants to pay for salmon habitat work

By The Columbian December 25, 2014 6:06 a.m.

Eight projects in Southwest Washington get funded totaling $2.5 million

Fishing report 12/25

By Allen Thomas December 25, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Winter steelhead streams a bit high for fishing but likely to drop; trout stocked in Battle Ground Lake, Klineline Pond