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 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    May 2, 2024

Palouse Outdoors:A Spring Celebration in the Channeled Scablands

Spring in the scablands is purely magical, and that's no exaggeration. I can testify because the striking landscape, the rich cultural and natural history of the area, the diversity of wildlife,...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    April 4, 2024

Palouse Outdoors:Stay Safe with a Satellite Communication System

Hunting, fishing, and hiking always seemed vanilla to me when it comes to the potential for injury and death. That could be one reason that a passion for the outdoors hit me when I was a child. My...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    March 14, 2024

Palouse Outdoors:Steelhead, The (other) Fish of 10,000 Casts

Most of my winter trips to the Wallowa River are characterized by slippery travel across the Tollgate Crossing during an active snow or ice storm. The five-foot walls of packed snow confining the...

 

Palouse Outdoors - Local Conservation Organizations Have a Field Day with Dixie Elementary School

In late October, the Walla Walla County Conservation District (WWCD), Blue Mountain Pheasants Forever (BMPF), and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) hosted Dixie Elementary for a...

 

Boot Leather Wins Wild Birds

It's an utter fact, proven time and again, particularly in a state like Washington: wild birds in the vest are won with "boot leather," so to speak. Even in a spectacular wild bird year, by December,...

 

Bird Hunting Made Simple with Outdoor Technology

As I lay in bed flipping through the latest edition of a well-respected gun dog magazine, an article titled "What Happened to Simple" grabbed my attention. The author is a long-time columnist for the...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    August 3, 2023

Palouse Outdoors: Grandma's Legacy

A satisfying aroma rode the heat waves from the grill where six smallmouth bass filets dredged in flour, egg, and panko sizzled in a quarter-inch of shimmering olive oil. The cast-iron pan rested on...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    July 6, 2023

Palouse Outdoors: Sharing the Land and conservation values

Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) is known as the visionary behind modern wildlife and habitat management. He understood the connection between ecosystem integrity and wildlife abundance and diversity....

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    June 1, 2023

Palouse Outdoors: The Phenological Calendar of Kokanee

Whether you realize it or not, most outdoor enthusiasts are phenological scientists. You may never have published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal or even considered proper phenology as...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    May 4, 2023

Palouse Outdoors: An Embarrassing, Unconventional, Wildly Effective Fishing Fly

Seventy degrees with a cool breeze was welcomed, given the snow had barely left the northern shadows of the barn at home. I was surrounded by waterfowl and songbirds warbling, cackling, bickering,...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    April 6, 2023

Palouse Outdoors: A Photo Safari in the Columbia Wildlife Refuge

My predawn exhaustion caused me to miss the freeway exit and my goal of being at the Teal Lakes at dawn, thanks to a detour through Connell. My tardiness was irrelevant, however. The vibrant sunrise...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    March 2, 2023

Palouse Outdoors: A Fine Morning for Waterfowl

As I neared the river, a fog bank appeared on the horizon – an impenetrable wall along the highway corridor. It was disheartening to watch a beautiful January day disappear in the rearview as the s...

 

The Final Day

Rather than hunting my traditional last-day trac tin Lind, I spent the final morning of the 2022 upland bird season with new friends Ryan and Jessica. They had traveled from Canada to Ryan's old...

 

Palouse Outdoors: Contemplation on Snow Days and Bird Hunting

As the December snow fell softly on the homestead, I peered out the kitchen window at the quail, songbirds, and pheasant that sought the bird feeders around the house. My double guns were locked in...

 

Tegan Largent shoots for two points for the B-squad

At the bottom of a narrow east and west running canyon, on what little flat ground was afforded, stands the remnants of an old homestead. Barns. Outbuildings. Machinery parts peeking out from beneath...

 

A Timely Hunt for Valley Quail

One of the things I appreciate the most about valley quail is its laid-back personality. The older I get, the less likely I am to crawl out of bed in the dark to go hunting. I am still motivated, but...

 

Palouse Outdoors: Women on the Wing hosts pre-season upland hunt

Smoke hung like a heavy fog in the Palouse River canyon, making for a simultaneously mesmerizing yet apocalyptic scene. The sun appeared ablaze, blood-orange behind the smoke as it climbed above the...

 

Dusk on the Palouse

Stepping outside for the evening dog potty, the cool of the settling night air brought instant relief from the heat of summer. The moon appeared massive and low – the Man in the Moon eyeballing me f...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    August 4, 2022

Palouse Outdoors: Upland Pursuits – A Fly Fishing Farewell

The high cumulonimbus clouds born of afternoon heat, dust particulate, and inexplicable humidity morphed into a nebulous gray bank of doom. Nate and I were headed east into the Blues for an evening...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    July 7, 2022

Palouse Outdoors: Pedaling for Petals

It had been some time since I made the drive up to the Godman Guard Station. As familiar geography passed by, I realized I had never made the drive outside of hunting season. A steep and jagged...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    June 2, 2022

Palouse Outdoors: Taming the Tiger (Trout)

The pond could not have been more than a couple of acres, just small enough that I could fish a full lap around in my float tube before the consequences of sitting belly-deep in frigid water required...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    May 5, 2022

Palouse Outdoors: Shed Hunting the Palouse

Spring outdoor adventures can be hard to come by when we allow routine to take priority. I don't hunt turkeys or fish the desert lakes nearly as often as I should. Instead, I tend to the property,...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    March 3, 2022

Palouse Outdoors: Fishing the Trestle

"So, you wrote a book on bird hunting? You should write one on fishing", Scott said. "That's a strong possibility, considering I have twenty years' more fishing stories over bird hunting in the...

 

Palouse Outdoors: Weathering the Storm

Ali and I had been looking forward to our winter vacation since we booked the flights in October. Heading south for a week of good food and scenic beaches ranks high among the options for properly...

 

The Quest for Columbia River Chukar

I knelt on the edge of the precipice with my knee dug into a sandy spot beneath a massive aromatic sagebrush while Finn ravenously lapped water from a small, green collapsible bowl. Behind and below u...

 

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