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Safe ATV Riding

Hunting with dogs and ATV.

Summertime is a fine time to ride an ATV. I use them to reach remote trout creeks located far behind locked gates where full-sized vehicle traffic is prohibited but smaller ATV traffic allowed. I use them for summertime big-game scouting, and checking widely-scattered trail cameras. Most weekend warriors simply ride ATVs to get outside and […]

A Cast & Blast Spring

Spring is possibly my favorite time of year, especially after surviving a dreary, seemingly endless Inland Northwest winter. When snow begins to recede, skies turn blue, grass greens up and the first Easter lilies of the year pop up, it’s difficult to remain indoors and take work seriously. Thoughts turn to outdoor sport, if nothing […]

Backpacking Essentials

Whatever backpacking adventures you’re planning this year, Tri-State Outfitters can help you get there in comfort and safety. Not only do our hiking experts have the product knowledge to guide you to the right gear for your journey, they’re also experienced in the outdoors and understand the local terrain. We’ve put together a list of […]

Antler-Hunting Season

Think there’s nothing hunting-related to do during late winter? Try shed antler hunting! In the Inland Northwest late winter and early spring can prove the season of schizophrenic weather. A few days of sunshine and gorgeous weather easily tricks you into believing spring is in the air, only to find yourself driving white knuckled atop […]

What’s In Your Pack?

By Patrick Meitin What you carry into the field makes all the difference between loaded down and efficiency. As modern hunters we seem to have an awful lot of stuff to tote into the field these days. We have all become what pioneering naturist Aldo Leopold termed “gadgeteers.” And why not? Modern hunting and outdoor […]

Dry-Fly Nirvana

Runoff is past, real heat has arrived and the time is never better for the fly-fishing “snob” looking for some dry-fly action. Real summer is dry-fly prime time, as this truly is the time of year when I can head out with a fly-rod in hand and lay down odds of out-fishing the guy with […]

Gear Up For Turkey Season

Spring is all about turkey hunting and the time to prepare is now. I really can’t imagine a person who isn’t thrilled to see spring arrive.  To me this is the real start of a new year, at least from the perspective of new hunting and fishing adventures that lay ahead.  As we speak I’ve […]

Winter Sport Part II: Family Fun

Family Fun & Exercise Okay, if you’re just joining us, you’ve missed Part I and you need to go back and start there – at least if fishing means anything to you.  If you’re not into the entire fishing thing, well, you can start here I suppose – though I can’t imagine fishing meaning nothing […]

Winter Sports Part I: Winter Angling Opportunities

Part I in our Winter Sport Series When I lived in the Southwest I loved winter (namely its bird hunting) and hated summer (more pointedly, its consistent triple-digit temperatures).  After a decade in the Inland Northwest those sentiments have essentially reversed, at least in terms of true winter, which for me is January and February.  […]

Whitetail Rut-Time Magic

Deer season’s been open in some form or fashion in Washington, Idaho and Montana for some weeks but the best is yet to come. As the first truly chilly days of fall begin to arrive deer, most notably whitetails, begin to feel a stir of hormones prompting the urge to breed. Scrapes begin to grow […]

Anadromous Fishing Techniques

More than 70,000 Chinooks over Bonneville Dam mid-September points to great season. To any thinking angler anadromous, or sea-run, fish hold a special fascination not only because they are bigger than average, and exceptional table fare bringing to us the rich nutrients of the sea, but because of their intrinsic mystique. I mean really, here’s […]

Get Ready For Bow Season Now

Square Away Your Bow Hunting Right Now to Enjoy Archery-Season Success Later Archery season will be here before you know it. The time to prepare is now. Besides hitting the practice range to tone those shooting muscles and hone your skills, it’s also time to take a hard look at your equipment. If it’s been […]

Things That Float

Man fishing on a kayak

With July heat on the rise watersports craft are suddenly en vogue. My cluttered garage holds a float tube, a pontoon boat, a drift boat and canoe, a motor boat, and more recently, a kayak. I own all of this amphibious equipment strictly in the interests of accessing more or bigger fish (and hunting waterfowl when […]

Ground Squirrel Season

Hunted Ground Squirrel Catch

For some hunters late spring means the end of turkey season. For others the beginning of spring bear season. But for many Inland Northwest hunters, and especially accuracy-driven riflemen, May and June spell the peak of ground squirrel season. In reality there really is no “season,” per se, for non-game species such as ground squirrels may be shot […]

Essential Spring-Turkey Gear

Colorful Turkey Standing In Forest

Shop now to make your spring turkey season more comfortable and productive. It’s that time of year again, the woods shrugging off the ugly coat of winter and donning a bright new coat of green. Birds not seen since early fall are returning and building nests and wild turkeys are again gobbling. In another couple weeks […]

What’s In Your Fly Boxes?

Two Men River Fly Fishing

Stocking Your Boxes with the Right Flies Assures You’ll Catch More Trout in the Coming Season Our annual spring inventory of fresh fly-fishing flies just arrived at Tri-State Outfitters in Lewiston, Idaho. While I set to restocking depleted bins I couldn’t help but contemplate my own fly boxes. There are plenty of empty spaces in those “fly […]

Ice Fishing For Beginners

As With Any Outdoor Activity, Safety Comes First For safe walking on ice, make sure the ice thickness is at least 3 to 4 inches. Go with a friend or pick a spot where other ice anglers are nearby. Try to get information on local ice conditions before wandering out onto the ice. The last thing […]