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Photo by Denise Carroll
Thunder Mountain viewed through a winter wonderland on Nov. 26.

Wild Shots

Submit your wild shots: The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska's wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos to: Outdoors Editor, outdoors@juneauempire.com.

Halibut stock stable, flat harvest likely

ANCHORAGE - Stocks have stabilized and bycatch is as low as it's been since 1960, however the halibut quota for next year will edge down after being raised for the first time in years in 2016.
DJ SUMMERS

Pebble suits proceeding; DNR rebuts reclamation report

ANCHORAGE - Pebble Limited Partnership is asking for legal fees to wrap up one lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency and hopes to settle another out of court.
ELWOOD BREHMER

Off the Trails: November musings and mysteries

November brought many small delights and some puzzles along the trails.
MARY F. WILLSON

Wildlife Wednesdays: Beavers at Mendenhall

The Alaska Wildlife Alliance presents its speaker series, Wildlife Wednesdays, at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library from 7-8 p.m. on Dec. 7.
KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Glacier Bay National Park gets app

Glacier Bay National Park now has its own app.
KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Alaska Science Forum: State taking shape near Yakutat

The forces shaping Alaska never sleep, especially near Yakutat. I once visited the fishing town of about 800 people and many dogs.
NED ROZELL

Wisconsin hunter kills trophy eight-point ... doe?

GREEN BAY, Wis. - A Wisconsin hunter has killed an eight-point . doe? WLUK-TV reported that Wayne Douville was hunting near Abrams in northeastern Wisconsin on Monday when he shot and killed a 222-pound deer that had eight points on its...

Off the Trails: Flapping around in a super full moon

In mid November, the tide tables told us that there would be some big (over 20-foot) tides during the daylight hours. These were associated with a full moon, but not an ordinary full moon.
MARY F. WILLSON

Pennsylvania hunters can use semi-automatic weapons

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a bill into law that expands the list of firearms permitted for hunting in Pennsylvania to include semi-automatic rifles and handguns.

Wild Shots

Submit your wild shots: The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska's wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos to: Outdoors Editor, outdoors@juneauempire.com.

Alaska Science Forum: Bowhead whales may be world's oldest mammals

As biologist Craig George was helping Native whale hunter Billy Adams cut sections of blubber from a bowhead whale, he pressed his knife into an old scar in the whale's skin.
NED ROZELL

Articles from the Outdoors section archive

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

Alaska Science Forum: Bowhead whales may be world's oldest mammals

As biologist Craig George was helping Native whale hunter Billy Adams cut sections of blubber from a bowhead whale, he pressed his knife into an old scar in the whale's skin.
By NED ROZELL

Off the Trails: November musings and mysteries

November brought many small delights and some puzzles along the trails.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Halibut stock stable, flat harvest likely

ANCHORAGE - Stocks have stabilized and bycatch is as low as it's been since 1960, however the halibut quota for next year will edge down after being raised for the first time in years in 2016.
By DJ SUMMERS

Pebble suits proceeding; DNR rebuts reclamation report

ANCHORAGE - Pebble Limited Partnership is asking for legal fees to wrap up one lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency and hopes to settle another out of court.
By ELWOOD BREHMER

Wild Shots

Submit your wild shots: The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska's wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos to: Outdoors Editor, outdoors@juneauempire.com.

Wildlife Wednesdays: Beavers at Mendenhall

The Alaska Wildlife Alliance presents its speaker series, Wildlife Wednesdays, at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library from 7-8 p.m. on Dec. 7.
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Glacier Bay National Park gets app

Glacier Bay National Park now has its own app.
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

Alaska Science Forum: State taking shape near Yakutat

The forces shaping Alaska never sleep, especially near Yakutat. I once visited the fishing town of about 800 people and many dogs.
By NED ROZELL

Wisconsin hunter kills trophy eight-point ... doe?

GREEN BAY, Wis. - A Wisconsin hunter has killed an eight-point . doe? WLUK-TV reported that Wayne Douville was hunting near Abrams in northeastern Wisconsin on Monday when he shot and killed a ...

Off the Trails: Flapping around in a super full moon

In mid November, the tide tables told us that there would be some big (over 20-foot) tides during the daylight hours. These were associated with a full moon, but not an ordinary full moon.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Pennsylvania hunters can use semi-automatic weapons

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a bill into law that expands the list of firearms permitted for hunting in Pennsylvania to include semi-automatic rifles and handguns.

Wild Shots

Submit your wild shots: The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska's wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos to: Outdoors Editor, outdoors@juneauempire.com.

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

JGC November shoot results

The Juneau Gun Club held it's November shoot Nov. 5-6. Brice Norton, 14, took high over-all honors with a score of 271/300 (90.3 average) with Eric Verrelli as the runner up with a score of ...

Thanksgiving Turkey shoot

The Juneau Gun Club, the Juneau Shooting Sports Foundation, the Juneau Archery Club, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hold a Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, ...

Wild Shots

Submit your wild shots: The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska's wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos to: Outdoors Editor, outdoors@juneauempire.com.

Alaska Science Forum: A visit to one of Earth's greatest canyons

People wait years for permits to raft the Grand Canyon. Michelle Ridgway once visited a much larger canyon in Alaska, one that most people will never hear about.
By NED ROZELL

Off the Beaten Path: Wolves of the Noatak

Rain fell steadily, loosening truck sized boulders from the mountains and swelling creeks. The wind began to howl, tearing open the fog and revealing the rocky slopes of serrated peaks. I packed ...
By BJORN DIHLE

Off the Trails: The color green

All summer long, we live in a sea of green. The forest, the bogs, the meadows are awash in greens-silvery, yellowish, dusky, bluish, greyish, even reddish — but all greens.
By Mary Willson

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Alaska Science Forum: Should birds stay or should they go?

Biologist Susan Sharbaugh, formerly of the Alaska Bird Observatory, once spoke about the strategies birds employ to survive in our season of darkness and cold. She talked about the flighty birds ...
By NED ROZELL

Off the Beaten Path: Bears and caribou

I watched the sun setting on mountains above the headwaters of the Alatna River as the pulsations reverberated so heavily I shuddered at times. 
By BJORN DIHLE

Wild Shots

Submit your wild shots: The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska's wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos to: Outdoors Editor, outdoors@juneauempire.com.

Intermittent closure of Dan Moller Trail

The Juneau Snowmobile Club will be conducting helicopter sling load operations to transport gravel to a 115-foot section of Dan Moller Trail, just above the Treadwell Ditch Trail.

Sharing the trails with traps information night

Trapping season in the Juneau area opened Nov. 1, and the Department of Fish and Game is providing an information night on traps for the community.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

Call for proposals on migratory bird subsistence harvest

The annual period to submit proposals to change migratory bird subsistence harvest regulations for the 2018 April-August season opened Nov. 1 and extends through Dec. 15.

2nd Annual Fall Shoot Invitational

The Juneau Gun Club's Trap Team is hosting their second annual tournament this weekend, Nov. 5-6. The shooting will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Juneau Ranger District seeks applications for natural resource projects

The Forest Service invites the public to submit funding applications for natural resource projects in the Juneau area. Proposals are due Dec. 1, 2016 and may be used for projects on federal and ...
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Wild Shots

Submit your wild shots: The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska's wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos to: Outdoors Editor, outdoors@juneauempire.com.

Off the Beaten Path: A desperate wolf

In August 2010, in the central Brooks Range, I ran into a wolf in the willows above a small creek.
By BJORN DIHLE

Off the Trails: October scrapbook

Here is an assortment of observations from different places at different times during the month. This October must set some sort of record for sunny days and lack of rain.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Alaska Science Forum: Engineering adaptions to high water

After Hurricane Ike in 2008 shoved six feet of water into downtown Galveston, Texas, people there had the attention of all America. But two days later, lawyers for Lehman Brothers filed the ...
By NED ROZELL

Study links human actions to specific Arctic sea ice melt

WASHINGTON — Driving a gas-powered car about 90 miles — the distance between New York and Philadelphia — melts about a square foot of Arctic sea ice in the critical month of September, ...
By SETH BORENSTEIN

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

Wild Shots

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Correction

A photo caption for a "Wild Shot" reader-submitted photo that appeared in last Friday's Outdoors section erroneously described a brown bear sow with a cub was seen in the snow at the Mendenhall ...

Alaska Science Forum: Life on barrier islands, north and south

GALVESTON, TEXAS - Here on this alligator-shaped mound of sand, the temperature of 88 is the warmest recorded this late in the season since weather observers started writing them down in 1871.
By NED ROZELL

Americans ate more seafood last year

PORTLAND, Maine - The average American ate nearly a pound more seafood in 2015 than he or she did the previous year, the federal government said on Wednesday.
By PATRICK WHITTLE

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Dirt Girl: The mighty pumpkin patch

I missed most of the crisp, sunny fall weather here in Juneau but my mom, daughter, and I enjoyed those late summer days while on a road trip from Wisconsin to the Dakotas.
By CORINNE CONLON

Ghost towns scattered across the Alaska map

On a recent river trip down the Porcupine River, my friend Garrett Jones and I nosed into a few townsites we saw on the map.
By NED ROZELL

Off the Beaten Path: Remembering the Princess Sophia

The other day I trudged along Grandchild Peak ridge on an outing for a college backpacking class I teach.
By BJORN DIHLE

Off the Trails: Tracks and thanks

Early October brought us an unprecedented stretch of lovely weather: cool and crisp in the morning, in the 50s by midday, and wonderful sunshine. Termination dust outlined the highest peaks ...
By MARY F. WILLSON

Public gets open mic at first day of fish board meeting

SOLDOTNA - Fishermen and the fisheries-inclined turned out by the dozens Tuesday for an open hearing before the Board of Fisheries to air their concerns on a host of issues.
By ELIZABETH EARL

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

Researchers collect last whale bones off Anchorage shore

ANCHORAGE - Researchers in Alaska will soon have access to the only complete humpback whale skeleton in the state, but they will have to wait for rot to take its course.

Pondering the infinite in Yukon Flats

Out here, in a smooth plain stretching over Alaska's wrinkled face, water and tree and mud dissolve to fuzz at each horizon. No hills or bumps. An ocean of sky. An observer once said Yukon Flats ...
By NED ROZELL

Off the Trails: Microorganisms and human behavior

As I was writing last week's piece about mind-bending parasites, I came upon many fascinating reports about microorganisms (parasitic or otherwise) in relation to humans.
By MARY F. WILLSON

For an easy, colorful fall hike, try Idaho's Washington Lake

STANLEY, Idaho - A couple of years ago, a group of us hiked to Kane Lake in the Pioneer Mountains in early October. It was a perfect fall hike, as the aspens were turning a vibrant shade of yellow.
By SCOTT McINTOSH

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

Outdoor giant Bass Pro to acquire rival Cabela's for $4.5B

OMAHA, Neb. - Outdoor gear giant Bass Pro is snapping up rival Cabela's in a $4.5 billion deal announced Monday. Bass Pro is paying Cabela's shareholders $65.50 cash per share, a 19 percent ...
By JOSH FUNK

Fish and Game cuts Bering Sea crab quota

The day before the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will review drastically declining snow and tanner crab stocks, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game cut Bering Sea red king crab ...
By DJ SUMMERS

Garlic Lovers Potluck upcoming

If you're a garlic grower and like to cook, here is an event for you: The 3rd annual Garlic Lovers Potluck. On Saturday, Oct. 25 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Canvas, 223 Seward St.

Dirt Girl: End of year dreams

Sometimes I wait until I pull out seed catalogs in February to dream about next year's garden. Other times I find myself walking around the community garden to see what other people have done.
By CORINNE CONLON

Wild Shots

Submit your wild shots: The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska's wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos to: Outdoors Editor, outdoors@juneauempire.com.

Alaska Science Forum: Earth's expanding crust swallowed beneath Aleutians

Sometimes, a great idea arrives ahead of its time. A person squints at a raw landscape, thinks about it in his bunk on a heaving ship, dreams of it. He scribbles a diagram. He remains quiet years ...
By NED ROZELL

Off the Trails: Mind-bending parasites

I suspect that when most of us think about parasites, if we think about them at all, we conjure up a notion of something like a tapeworm or a tick, say 'ICK', and quickly go on to think about ...
By MARY F. WILLSON

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

Goat hunting closure

Effective 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced an early closure of the middle portion of the Takshanuk Mountain Range to mountain goat hunting.

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

Alaska Science Forum: Fungus Man and the start of it all

Alaskans love fungi. This was evident one Saturday when author and mycologist Lawrence Millman offered a mushroom walk at Creamer's Field on one of the wettest days of the yellow-leaf season.
By NED ROZELL

After ruling, next step in salmon management unclear

State and federal managers don't yet know what to expect after the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2011 decision by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to remove several ...
By DJ SUMMERS

It's time to talk crab season projections

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will meet in Anchorage from Oct. 5-11 to overview crab season projections, hear further discussions of halibut management, and decide what to do ...
By DJ SUMMERS

Off the Trails: Finding arrowhead at Fish Creek Park

Fish Creek Park, a small City and Borough of Juneau park at the mouth of Fish Creek, is the site of intensive fishing and waterfowl hunting in season.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Feds buy $4M of logged lands

JUNEAU - A $4 million deal between the U.S. Forest Service and a Southeast Alaska Native corporation will return 4,500 acres of heavily logged forest on Admiralty Island to wilderness.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

Forest Service purchases land in Cube Cove

Forest Service purchases land in Cube Cove, returning it to wilderness JUNEAU - Sept. 16 marked the completion of the purchase of the first two segments of a multi-segment land acquisition in Cube ...

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