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 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...

 

Women on the Wing Lands in Walla Walla

While hunting is still largely viewed as a man's activity, the number of women hunters increased 25 percent between 2011-2016, according to US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the numbers continue to...

 

A Partridge Welcome to the Palouse

When a stranger reaches out for bird hunting help, it can be a tough sell for the community resident, but that didn't stop Dennis from giving it a shot. He and his wife recently moved to Walla Walla...

 

Marvin's Time

Shaking hands across the table, I immediately pegged Marvin Shutters as Pennsylvania Amishman. His thick gray beard and high cheekbones were a dead giveaway. It's risky diving into your potential...

 

Palouse Outdoors: A New Day for Grasslands Conservation

The early golden hour bathed the landscape in a peachy hue as the setters and I stood by the truck. It was somewhere around day number 200 that I had set foot on the grasslands between Waitsburg and...

 

Bugs Shots to Enhance Photography

Outdoor photography goes far beyond birds and mammals, even for this hunter who loves nothing more than trying to capture that perfect pairing of upland birds and pointing dogs on the grasslands. We...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    August 5, 2021

Palouse Outdoors: The Ebb and Flow

The old cliché "The only thing constant in life is change" was coined by Greek philosopher Heraclitus. This epiphany struck him around 500 B.C. I assume taxes were not a thing at the time,...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    July 1, 2021

Beware of Algae for Summer Swimming Safety

The dog days are close at hand, and with a record heatwave happening as we speak, what better way to beat the heat than to head down to your favorite swimming hole with "Rover" in tow. Few things are...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    June 10, 2021

The June Hogs of the Columbia Basin

Our jet sled bobbed near the infamous "Buoy 10" in the mouth of the Columbia River. It was a stormy September afternoon with angry Pacific surf bullying its wave action far upriver. Coho were the targ...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    May 6, 2021

Bluegill Beginnings

Picture a portly, toe-headed boy standing along the muddy shoreline of a farm pond as the sinking summer sun casts a warm amber glow across the water. He wore pastel yellow jogging shorts and a Mr. T...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    April 1, 2021

Carving out a Memory

Honestly, I have no legitimate excuse for not having returned. The experience still calls like a siren song playing softly in the background. Snow-capped peaks and glaciers. Expansive vistas of low-co...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    News    March 11, 2021

Honoring the Hinchliff Conservation Legacy

In 1992, ten years after Pheasants Forever came to fruition in Saint Paul, MN, Walla Walla’s Blue Mountain chapter (BMPF) held its first fundraising banquet. Among those responsible for its success were John and Bertha Hinchliff of Dayton, WA. Upon... Full story

 
 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    March 4, 2021

Short-eared Owls of the Plains

Glimpses of white flashed through the heavy sagebrush as Finn dashed across the scablands. Hungarian partridge and valley quail hunkered somewhere among the sage sea, and she was working her best to...

 

Winter hiking beats the blues

Now in the heart of winter in the Blue Mountains, the days are short and wet in the wheat country and snowy in the higher timber. Aside from the usual chores neglected over autumn and the holiday...

 

Washington State imposes new emergency coastal steelhead fishery regs

Recent declines in salmon and steelhead survival across the Pacific Basin have been documented since approximately 2013 and affecting all stocks in dammed and undammed systems. An ocean "dead zone,"... Full story

 

Pa'tridge in a Fir Tree

With the holidays upon us, the sights and sounds of Christmas surround the Waitsburg community. From glittering street decorations to themed music taking over our favorite radio stations, the magic...

 

Fresh Snow, Blaze Orange and opening day roosters

Turning down Lewis Gulch, I spied a beautiful draw curling into the wheat fields, free of human track. A sight for sore eyes on the eastern Washington pheasant opener. Whipping the Tundra to the...

 
 By Brad Trumbo    News    October 29, 2020

WDFW takes an important step in post-fire habitat recovery

In September, wildfires that tortured the Pacific Northwest did a number on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area (Swanson Lakes), located about 10 miles...

 

Pheasants Forever cooperates with local growers to preserve sagebrush habitat and wildlife guzzlers

Blue Mountain Pheasants Forever (Pheasants Forever) recently teamed with Mike and Steve Erwin to relocate two wildlife watering guzzlers on their 1,000-acre lease with an expiring Conservation...

 

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