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NW Wild Country is LIVE on Comcast SportsNet Northwest Saturday from 6 to 8 a.m.
Joel Shangle & Bill Herzog on NW Wild Country, Saturday mornings on Sportsradio KJR and Comcast Sportsnet NW
NWWC ON THE AIR:
The boys are back in town; Sunday shows start Oct. 6
UPDATED Sept. 30, 2013 / 2:10 p.m.

- We took a little summer hiatus from TVLand - actually, we fished so hard and traveled so much that we ran out of clean clothes to wear on the air - but the Wild Country Crue is back on Comcast SportsNet Northwest as of Oct. 6. That's a NEW SUNDAY AFTERNOON TIME SLOT: 2 p.m.!

Here are the channels, and where you'll find us:

-CHANNEL 179 (617 HD): Puget Sound and the Seattle Metro area (from Bellingham to Olympia), Bremerton, Centralia, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, Spokane

-CHANNEL 37 (737 HD): Southwest Washington (Longview, Vancouver), Portland Metro area, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene

-CHANNEL 40: Bend ; CHANNEL 82: Ashland


NW Wild Country, on the air for 10 years!
NWWC, 10 YEARS LATER:
It all started innocently enough, I swear!
POSTED Jan. 27, 2013 / 10:30 a.m.

- It's all Mike Bing's fault. If he hadn't answered his phone at 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 1, 2003, I might be able to sleep past 4 a.m. on a Saturday. I might not have embarked on a long, windy trail of information seeking, and endless hours of talking, talking, talking, talking and more talking.

But bless Mike, he did pick up his phone that morning, and I conducted my first on-air interview about fishing and hunting. My life has never been the same.

TUNE IN THIS SATURDAY FOR OUR 10th ANNIVERSARY SHOW as we're joined by a squadron of Wild Country all-stars.


Tred Barta joins the NW Wild Country crew from 6:15 to 6:45 a.m. PST, Saturday on Sportsradio KJR
A WILD COUNTRTY EXCLUSIVE!:
Tred Barta joins the show this Saturday

POSTED Jan. 18, 2
3 / 8:43 a.m.

- He'll forever be known to the hunting and fishing community as the man behind "The Best and Worst of Tred Barta", one of the most popular outdoors TV shows in history. To the Wild Country crew, though, Tred Barta will be simply remembered as one of the greatest guests in the 10-year history of the show.

Brace yourself for the arrival of Hurricane Tred back on the Wild Country airwaves this Saturday, Jan. 19. He's baaaaaack, from 6:15 to 6:45 a.m. PST.

Here are the channels, and where you'll find us:

nIHEARTRADIO: Download the app to your smart phone and tune in ANYWHERE you pick up a cel signal. Find it at www.IHeartRadio.com

nSTREAMING HERE: CLICK the Sports Radio banner above or CLICK HERE to hear the live stream.

nCOMCAST CHANNELS 37/737 (Oregon); CHANNEL 179 (Washington)

nON THE RADIO: Thundering live-radio signal at 102.9 FM and 950 AM in Seattle


Western Shooting Journal on NW Wild CountryShelley Sargent, editor of Western Shooting Journal, sits in with NW Wild Country this Saturday
SHOW PREVIEW:
Talking guns and ammo this Saturday with Shelley Rae

POSTED Oct. 25, 2012 / 1:54 p.m.

- Weather has finally shifted, hunting seasons are in full swing, and my living room smells like Hoppe's No. 9. Seems like a good time to talk about things that go "boom".

Welcome to the studio the newest member of my ragtag band of magazine miscreants, Shelley Sargent, the editor of Western Shooting Journal. Shelley will serve as our special guest co-host and take over the mantle of "studio gun geek" from 6 to 8 a.m. this Saturday.

8CHECK OUT MY RECENT BLOG ABOUT SHELLEY and the future of shooting and hunting on the West Coast.

8GO "LIKE" SHELLEY"S PAGE ON FACEBOOK AND FOLLOW ALONG with her observations about the gun and shooting world.


Terry Rudnick's Washington Bucket List for June, only on NW Wild Country
SHOW PREVIEW:
Terry Rudnick joins the NWWC crew for June "bucket list"

POSTED May 31, 2012 / 8:30 p.m.

- There are very few people who I'd be willing to bow down to in regards to fishing locations in Washington. Terry Rudnick is one of them.

One peek at my tattered copy of Rudnick's Washington Fishing should tell you all you need to know about this guy's knowledge about where to fish in the Evergreen State. And starting this Saturday, Terry will share his monthly "bucket list" of fisheries with the Wild Country faithful.

XLISTEN TO THE PODCAST OF A RECENT Q&A WITH RUDNICK about the latest version of his seminal Washington where-to book!


Deadliest Radio on KJR with Capt. Keith Colburn
NWWC SHOW PREVIEW:
Keith Colburn LIVE on the drama aboard the Wizard

POSTED May 25, 2012 / 6:50 p.m.

- If you caught Tuesday's episode of Deadliest Catch, there's really no need to hype this: Capt. Keith Colburn of the Wizard joins the Wild Country crew LIVE Saturday morning at 7 a.m. PST to talk about one of the most intensely dramatic episodes in the show's illustrious history.

nIHEARTRADIO: Download the app to your smart phone and tune in ANYWHERE you pick up a cel signal. Find it at www.IHeartRadio.com

nSTREAMING HERE: CLICK the Sports Radio banner above or CLICK HERE to hear the live stream.

nCOMCAST CHANNELS 37/737 (Oregon); CHANNEL 179 (Washington)

nON THE RADIO: Thundering live-radio signal at 102.9FM and 950 AM in Seattle.


Bottom dredging for lings and halibut on NW Wild Country
SHOW PREVIEW: Yes, it's a face only a mother could love ...
POSTED May 4, 2012 / 11:30 p.m.

- The above photo reminds me a helluva lot of a scene in some science fiction movie whose name I can't remember at the moment. You know the one, where the submarine is attacked by a nuclear abberation with massive choppers and an even more massive, gaping maw.

Welcome to the freaky world of the Pacific seafloor, boys and girls, where you're either the king of the food chain or you ARE the food chain. We go hunting big, fugly, gnarly bottom dwellers this week on Northwest Wild Country and you're welcome to join us.

8HEAD OVER TO THE NW WILD COUNTRY FACEBOOK PAGE for clues about a new series of giveaways and info on halibut and lings.


2012 NW Wild Country Trout Patrol, our 10th Annual!
SHOW PREVIEW:
Continuing the longest tradition in PNW outdoors radio!
UPDATED April 24, 2
2 / 3:16 p.m.

- I'll never forget the very first NW Wild Country Trout Patrol, way back in 2003, just two months after the old Call of the Wild predecessor of the current Wild Country first went on the air. First guess? Kenna Bergstrom of Mineral Lake Resort.

Some things, thankfully, never change. The trout opener, for instance: this Saturday, April 28 will be the single biggest fishing day of the year in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, bigger than Buoy 10, bigger than the Everett Coho Derby, bigger than when the humpies are running. And, just like we did in 2003, Wild Country will be in full on Trout Patrol mode, with check-ins at Mineral Lake, and other opeining-day hotspots around the region! And we want you to join us!

8CHECK OUT THE WILD COUNTRY FACEBOK PAGE for my exclusive "Trout Patrol Traditions" series, and d join in on the biggest fishing party of the year. COOL PRIZES courtesy of Pautzke Bait Co., Dick Nite, etc.


River Monsters star Jeremy Wade schedules his return to the Wild Country
NWWC EXCLUSIVE:
The return of a Wild Country All-Star: Jeremy Wade
UPDATED April 1, 2
2 / 5:56 p.m.

- In the realm of my personal all-time favorite interviews over the course of my career, a handful stand out: George Foreman, Bobby Knight, Blake Shelton, Jeremy Wade.

The fourth name on that list, Wade, the biologist/explorer/extreme angler star of River Monsters on Animal Planet, frankly had the best story to tell. Blake, Bobby and George were all interesting in their own right, but, honestly, how can you possibly compete with demon fish and man-eating catfish?.

8HEAD OVER TO THE NW WILD COUNTRY FACEBOOK PAGE for updates about our upcoming Q&A with Jeremy Wade. SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS! Jeremy is open to questions, so if you have some good ones, let's hear them.


Gray Area: NW Wild Country covers the Pacific Northwest wolf issue, part 1 of a 3-part series
NWWC SPECIAL SEROES:
We enter the "Gray Area" of wolf management
UPDATED March 30, 2
2 / 12:26 p.m.

- Working in the same office as Northwest Sportsman editor Andy Walgamott - who has become, in my opinion, the most comprehensive writer on the West Coast on all things Canis lupus - you just naturally absorb data on the hot-button issue of wolf management in the Pacific Northwest. And to be frank, there's no more divisive issue out there for Northwest hunters, landowners and game policy makers than the management of gray wolves in Washington and Idaho.

And we're about to go there. Over the next three weeks (April 7, 14, 21), the Wild Country crew will be joined by the Northwest's most authoritative voices on wolf management as we tackle the "Gray Area". Leading off on April 7 with Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife wolf policy coordinator Steve Pozzhangera, we'll examine the issues surrounding the region's expanding wolf packs, and what it all means to Wild Country hunters.

8GET IN ON THE DISCUSSION ON THE WILD COUNTRY FACEBOOK PAGE as listeners and viewers weigh in.


Kokanee Nation on early-season kokanee tactics
SHOW PREVIEW: Kokanee Nation focuses on early-season techniques
POSTED Feb. 27, 2012 / 5:30 p.m.

- Early season kokanee anglers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho have two choices: either let the water warm up about 10 degrees, or adjust their techniques to combat sluggish fish. I choose the latter.

I also choose to alter my techniques to convince these cold-water fish to bite more aggressively. This Saturday, March 31, I'll run you through a course in "The Science of Early Season Kokanee".

8CHECK THE WILD COUNTRYFACEBOOK PAGE FOR UPDATES and some exclusive tips and techniques that you simply won't find anywhere else.


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WHAT'S ON TAP Feb. 4 on NWWC
Steelhead Nation: Trophy steelhead staring to show up!
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STEELHEAD NATION 6:30 & 7:30 a.m. - As noted below (and on the Wild Country Facebook page), some B-I-G fish have started to show up in various coastal rivers. This week we've seen no fewer than five 20-plus-pounders from Oregon alone - c'mon, Evergreen Staters, get off your asses! - and more are on the way. Checking in to Steelhead Nation this week:
8CHAD LYNCH of Chad Lynch's Guide Service with the latest on the Siletz and Nestucca Rivers
8ANDY MARTIN of Wild Rivers Fishing on the Chetco River's recent run of 20-plus pounders
8CHARLIE JOHNSTON of Sound Sport Fishing on the latest conditions on the Cowlitz River.
8TROY CREASY of High Adventure Sportfishing with a view from the Great Lakes steelhead streams.


Also on NW Wild Country Preview
n HANK SHAW, www.honest-food.net - Suggestions and solutions for over-abundant freezers from our award-winning food-blogger chef buddy!
n MIKE IACONELLI on Major League Fishing- 24 of the best bass anglers in the world will compete in the first event of its kind: A pay-per-view competition under a killer new format!
Mike Iaconelli on NW Wild Country to talk about Major League Fishing
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8 The NWWC Kitchen
New on NWWildCountry.com: Kitchen
Waste not want not, goose and duck hunters. Follow this sage advice from Hank Shaw on basic ways to prepare your waterfowl.


8 Steelhead Nation
Bill Herzog's latest blog on NW Wild Country: why YOU should be throwing spoons for steelhead
He's been the Sultan of the Spoon for over 30 years, and in his latest blog, "Why Metal", Bill "General Zog" Herzog explains the five reasons why you should consider adding bent metal to your winter arsenal.


Latest Updates on NWWildCountry.com Video Wall

Float-fishing from a different point of view, courtesy of J.D. Richey at FishWithJD.com.



Steve Rinella, star/host of "Steven Rinella MeatEater" sits in with the Wild Country crew on Jan. 7
SHOW PREVIEW:
Steve Rinella joins us LIVE in the NWWC studios Jan. 7

POSTED Jan 1, 2012 / 12:50 p.m.

- Since we finished the broadcast year with the First Annual NWWC New Years Drinking Game - listen to the podcast if you missed it - I figured we should kick off 2012 in memorable fasion as well.

Enter Steve Rinella, host/star of the new Steven Rinella MeatEater on Sportsmen Channel. The author one of my favorite books ever ("The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine") will spend two hours mixing it up with the NWWC crew next Satuday, Jan. 7. Rinella has quickly become one of our favorite guests, but we'll turn up the volume to 12 as he hits the Wild Country studios for our first show of '12.

8CHECK THE WILD COUNTRYFACEBOOK PAGE FOR UPDATES and information on how to win an autrographed copy of Rinella's "American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon".


NW Wild Country Steelhead Nation starts Dec. 3, ONLY on NW Wild Country
NWWC STEELHEAD REPORT:
NWWC Steelhead Nation starts next Saturday!
POSTED Dec. 3, 2011 / 11:45 a.m.

- There is an affliction that sweeps across the Pacific Northwest this time of year, and the only cure for it is to stand in a cold rain for hours on end in pursuit of the grey ghost.

The less-romanticized version of the above paragraph is that IT'S WINTER STEELHEAD SEASON, and the NW Wild Country crew is gearing up for the start of Steelhead Nation, part of our Steelhead Report, your official headquarters for winter steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. As my friend Greg Squires, a longtime guide on the Smith River in California, so aptly says: "The name says it all: Winter steelheading ain't for the feint of heart. You're going to suffer a little."

To ease that suffering, we've teamed with an all-star list of sponsors, including Hawken Industries, Vision Hooks, Mad River Manuracturing, 3 Rivers Marine and Pautzke Bait Co. to bring you the dope on steelhead.

Tune into NW Wild Country ever Saturday morning between now and March to hear it:

nSPORTSRADIO 102.9 FM/950 AM: Or check out the live worldwide stream of NW Wild Country HERE.

nCHANNEL 179: Puget Sound and the Seattle Metro area (from Bellingham to Olympia), Bremerton, Centralia, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, Spokane

nCHANNEL 37 (737 HD): Southwest Washington (Longview, Vancouver), Portland Metro area, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene

nCHANNEL 40: Bend ; CHANNEL 82: Ashland


Scott & Tiffany Haugen LIVE IN STUDIO with NW Wild Country!
NWWC SHOW PREVIEW:
Haugens in the house: Scott, Tiffany sit in w/us!
POSTED Nov. 30, 2011 / 4:25 p.m.

- In this business, you're only as good as your guests. That being the case, this Saturday, Northwest Wild Country is UNBEATABLE. Heads up, Pacific Northwest anglers and hunters, the Haugens have arrived, and they're spending the morning with the Wild Country crew.

TUNE IN this Saturday as Scott and Tiffany Haugen occupy the Wild Country studios with Shangle, Herzog and Inglin for two hours of hunting, fishing, grilling and smoking advice on everything from ducks to deer. Tiffany has a brand-new game bird cookbook out, and Scott is hot in pursuit of deer as he puts the first season of "The Hunt" in the can. In the middle of it all, we have them for two exclusive hours.

Tune into NW Wild Country Saturday morning to hear it:

nSPORTSRADIO 102.9 FM/950 AM: Or check out the live worldwide stream of NW Wild Country HERE.

nCHANNEL 179: Puget Sound and the Seattle Metro area (from Bellingham to Olympia), Bremerton, Centralia, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, Spokane

nCHANNEL 37 (737 HD): Southwest Washington (Longview, Vancouver), Portland Metro area, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene

nCHANNEL 40: Bend ; CHANNEL 82: Ashland


NW Wild Country steelhead primer
NWWC SHOW REVIEW:
Popping the cork on the 2011-12 steelhead season

UPDATED Nov. 19, 2011 / 5:41 a.m.

- I look to my left and there's Nicky P. with a funky-ass methiolate-colored Rick James wig on his head.

No, wait, that's not a Rick James wig. It's a string of Mad River Action Tail worms, which Nick has decided would look good on his cranium.

I look to my right and Big D. is cooking gumbo in the studio.

No, check that - it's not gumbo. It's just the latest batch of shrimp that our resident bait thug has cooked up with Pautzke Fire Brine.

The Wild Country studio looks like Buzz Ramsey's drift boat exploded here: rods, reels, line, plugs, spoons, jigs, boxes of Corkies, boxes of Slinky weights, and on and on.

We're about ready to roll with the first of our exclusive Steelhead Preview shows. Here's where to catch all the action:

nSPORTSRADIO 950 KJR & 102.9 FM: Or check out the live worldwide stream of NW Wild Country HERE.

nCHANNEL 179: Puget Sound and the Seattle Metro area (from Bellingham to Olympia), Bremerton, Centralia, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, Spokane

nCHANNEL 37 (737 HD): Southwest Washington (Longview, Vancouver), Portland Metro area, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene

nCHANNEL 40: Bend ; CHANNEL 82: Ashland


Bryanna Zimmerman with a Humptulips River Chinook
NWWC SHOW PREVIEW:
The Hump is pumpin'; NWWC on the river report
POSTED Oct. 13, 2011 / 8:25 p.m.

- While we haven't seen fish of quite the quality of California's Smith River or Oregon's Chetco River, the Evergreen State has its own contender for "Best Fall Salmon Fishery of the Year": the Grays Harbor system, specifically the upper Satsop and Humptulips rivers.

Pautzke Girl Bryanna Zimmerman got into the action last week (above), and members of the NWWC crew - Big D. and the NWWC RivTech, Calvin "Where's Calvin?" Sampson and Kristin Dunn - tore it up to the tune of 35 fish in one two-day stretch.

Tune into NW Wild Country Saturday morning to hear all about it:

nSPORTSRADIO 950 KJR: Or check out the live worldwide stream of NW Wild Country HERE.

nCHANNEL 179: Puget Sound and the Seattle Metro area (from Bellingham to Olympia), Bremerton, Centralia, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, Spokane

nCHANNEL 37 (337 HD): Southwest Washington (Longview, Vancouver), Portland Metro area, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene

nCHANNEL 40: Bend ; CHANNEL 82: Ashland


Hillbilly Hand Fishin on NW Wild Country
NWWC SHOW PREVIEW:
Hillbilly Hand Fishin' on the air this Saturday
POSTED Oct. 6, 2011 / 9:15 p.m.

- It's a long way from Portland to the catfish-grabblin' waters of Oklahoma, where Skipper Bivins and Trent Jackson ply their trade. But on Saturday morning, the magic of digital audio brings the dynamic due from Animal Planet's Hillbilly Hand Fishin' right into your living room as NWWC host Joel Shangle connects with Bivins and Jackson from The Fan studios in Portland.

Tune into NW Wild Country Saturday morning, LIVE from our sister studio in PDX:

nSPORTSRADIO 950 KJR: Or check out the live worldwide stream of NW Wild Country HERE.

nCHANNEL 179: Puget Sound and the Seattle Metro area (from Bellingham to Olympia), Bremerton, Centralia, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, Spokane

nCHANNEL 37 (337 HD): Southwest Washington (Longview, Vancouver), Portland Metro area, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene

nCHANNEL 40: Bend ; CHANNEL 82: Ashland


Tune in for the southern Oregon fall Chinook report this Saturday on NW Wild Country
NWWC SALMON REPORT:
Tune in tomorrow for HOT king bite in S. Oregon
POSTED Sept. 30, 2011 / 11:24 a.m.

- Load up on plugs and spinners, boys and girls, the fall Chinook fishery on a handful of southern Oregon rivers is just one notch below "FULL BLAST!"

The fish above is just one of several that local spy Paul LeFebvre and grandson Joey have put in the boat on the lower Rogue River, and continued reports from Wild Country blogger Andy Martin show similar action on the Coquille and Coos. Oh, and one more thing: The famed "Chetco Bubble" fishery opens tomorrow. It's Hawgasaurus Chinook time.

Tune into NW Wild Country tomorrow for the full fall Chinook report:

nSPORTSRADIO 950 KJR: Or check out the live worldwide stream of NW Wild Country HERE.

nCHANNEL 179: Puget Sound and the Seattle Metro area (from Bellingham to Olympia), Bremerton, Centralia, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, Spokane

nCHANNEL 37 (337 HD): Southwest Washington (Longview, Vancouver), Portland Metro area, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene

nCHANNEL 40: Bend ; CHANNEL 82: Ashland


NW Wild Country's Bill Herzog gets the scoop on Rufus Woods Reservoir: "Spec-frickin'-TACULAR!
Look at NW Wild Country's Bill Herzog found at Rufus Woods Reservoir! Tune in Saturday for the EXCLUSIVE scoop
NWWC FLASH!: I went over to Rufus to deliver last rites to a dear friend ...

POSTED June 10, 2011 / 8:30 a.m.

- I heard the bad news just like you did. I began mourning the passing of a dear old friend. But instead of just letting him slip away without seeing him one last time, I went to see that dear old friend. What I found both shocked and amazed me.

Rufus Woods Reservoir isn't dead, kiddies. Not by a longshot. Tune in tomorrow and I'll tell you all about it.
-General Zog

nSPORTSRADIO 950 KJR: Throughout western Washington, and via live streaming audio here at NWWildCountry.com and 950kjr.com.

nCHANNEL 179: Puget Sound and the Seattle Metro area (from Bellingham to Olympia), Bremerton, Centralia, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, Spokane

nCHANNEL 37 (337 HD): Southwest Washington (Longview, Vancouver), Portland Metro area, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene

nCHANNEL 40: Bend ; CHANNEL 82: Ashland


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WHAT'S ON TAP June 4 on NWWC
Buzz Ramsey takes us on a time-machine journey to the Salmon River, circa 1980
n Buzz takes us back in time! - You may recognize the young gentleman on the left: that's one of Outdoor Life's "20 Best Anglers on the Planet". Or, as we like to call him, Sensei. You may know him as Buzz Ramsey. We'll take a trip back in time to 1980, when Buzz hit the Salmon River and helped revolutionize the art of steelhead fishing in the Great Lakes!


Also on NW Wild Country Preview
n The death of Rufus Woods? Noooo! - If you haven't heard yet, one of the Evergreen State's most prized rainbow trout fisheries appears to be on a death march. We received word last week that triploid rainbows by the thousands are dying as the result of dissolved gasses from the massive spill of water out of Grand Coulee Dam. Get familiar with the term "TDG", or Total Dissolved Gas. It's bad ju-ju. We'll chat with local experts on Saturday, but in the meantime, check out the video at right.

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Latest updates at NWWildCountry.com
8 Springer Fever podcasts!
New on NW Wild Country - Mike Z. podcast on spring Chinook on Sol Duc River
POSTED June 3, 2011 / 7:30 a.m.
From the westernmost fringes of Springer Fever to easternmost. First, Mike Zavadlov joins us LIVE from the Sol Duc River. NWWC's Duane Inglin follows up with a LIVE call-in from the Clearwater. East meets West, Springer Fever style!


Latest Updates on NWWildCountry.com Video Wall
KING 5 on Rufus Woods fish kill
POSTED June 3, 2011 / 8:30 a.m.


Over the past 20 years, Rufus Woods Reservoir has become THE place in Washington to hunt for the state-record rainbow trout. This impoundmend of the Columbia River, though, has seen a MASSIVE fish die-off in recent weeks, thanks to excess runoff.

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WHAT'S ON TAP May 21 on NWWC
Chris Shaffer of Pautzke Bait Co. sits in on the show this Saturday
n Pautzke lands on NWWC! - Back when we started this whole thing in 2003, Pautzke Bait Co. was our fouding sponsor. Pautzke director of operations Chris Shaffer makes his annual in-studio visit, and he's coming with swag!


Also on NW Wild Country Preview
Steve Rinella visits the NWWC crew
n
Rinella returns! - Even though The Wild Within is done for the season, Steve Rinella is still out there hunting and gathering (as you're aware if you're a fan of the show's Facebook page). Rinella returns at 7 a.m. with info about his latest hunts, and chats about Season 2.


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8Our NEW Kokanee Report page!
New on NW Wild Country: Our brand new Kokanee Report page!
POSTED May 11, 2011 / 5:50 p.m.
To be totally honest, this page has been sort of hovering in the "to-do" pile for quite awhile now, but we're proud to introduce the latest addition to the NW Wild Country information network: the Kokanee Report.

Faithful listeners and longtime readers of Salmon, Trout Steelheader are well aware of Bill Herzog's obsession with kokanee - he's written THE best kokanee articles on the West Coast and been an untouchable source of on-air info on the species for as long as he's been on Wild Country.

The Kokanee Report is just another way to get the info out there. Go check it out!


Latest Updates on NWWildCountry.com Video Wall
OWIN AT GPS fishes with E. Linde
POSTED May 11, 2011 / 5:50 p.m.

Owin Hays with Outdoor GPS fishes with Eric Linde
Our compadres over at Outdoor GPS on Comcast Sportsnet Northwest got ahold of a video camera and hijacked a ride on Eric Linde's boat for some early-May springer fishing. Click on the vid link above to watch how Owin Hays' day with Linde turned out.

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WHAT'S ON TAP May 7 on NWWC
Bill "Swanny" Swann racking up big numbers on tributary fisheries
n REFOCUS ON SPRINGERS - The Wild Country hotline will be crackling on Saturday as we check in live on the Willmette River, the Wind River, Drano Lake and the Umpqua River.


Also on NW Wild Country Preview
n Back to the turkey woods - Warming weather + longer days of sunshine = changes in the nesting and breeding habits of birds on both side of the Cascades. The region's experts chime in with their advice.

Giveaways from the NW Wild Country Prize Cave
May 7 Prize Cave giveaway on NW Wild Country: Cabela's dehydrator
n Cabela's Heavy Duty Dehydrator - We found a 600-watt dehydrator in the Prize Cave. Who wants it? TUNE IN TO WIN!

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8 Litionics Battery Crash Test
New on NW Wild Country: Lithionics Battery
The marine battery just took a quantum leap forward with the Litionics Li3 Super-Troll Series. We get the scoop from Bassmaster Classic runner up Aaron Martens!


Latest Updates on NWWildCountry.com Video Wall
STEELHEAD FAMILY a must-see
POSTED April 24, 2011 / 7:50 p.m.


Exceptional video on B.C. rod builder Bob Clay and his family. Two thumbs up here, both for kickass footage of some ridiculously talented anglers, and for the treatment of the subject matter.

LOOP ARMY Spey Casting video
POSTED April 24, 2011 / 8:20 p.m.


Okay, so the fly-fishing world is a little bit over-the-top in love with the magic of slow-motion video. Still, this is just cool. If you're wondering how the aerial snap T and upstream snake rolls are supposed to look ...

8th Annual NW Wild Country Trout Patrol for April 30 opening day
TROUT PATROL:
Call in your opening-day trout report on Saturday!
POSTED April 27, 2011 / 4:40 p.m.

- The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife says that 300,000 of you will be on the water this Saturday for the 2011 general trout opener. Mineral Lake, Sprague Lake, Wilderness Lake, Battleground Lake, Twin Ponds ... wherever you are Saturday morning, we want to hear from you!

The 8th Annual NW Wild Country Trout Patrol will be out in force from 6 to 8 a.m. Saturday. Here's how you can join in, and qualify for some killer swag from the NWWC Prize Cave:

nPHOTOS FOR TV: E-mail your trout photos to joel@nwwildcountry.com and we'll put them up on Comcast Sportsnet NW!

nCALL IN YOUR REPORT: Hit us at (800) 829-0950 or (206) 286-9595!

nTEXT IN YOUR REPORT: Hit the text window at 49451


The Haugens talk turkey on NW Wild Country
SHOW PREVIEW:
Share the morning with Scott & Tiffany Haugen
POSTED April 22, 2011 / 4:40 p.m
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SEATTLE - He kills 'em, she cooks 'em. Er, I guess she kills 'em, too, as you can plainly see from the photo above. Well, whatever the division of duties in the Haugen household, you can bet that a certain home in Walterville, Ore. is just about a turkey-crazy as the Butterball farm.

Tune in Saturday, April 23 as Scott and Tiffany Haugen join the Wild Country crew for a two-part discussion about turkey hunting in the Pacific Northwest. Scott and Tiffany will take us from the field to the fire, with awesome information on how to hunt 'em, and how to cook 'em.

Catch it all here:

nCHANNEL 179: Puget Sound and the Seattle Metro area (from Bellingham to Olympia), Bremerton, Centralia, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, Spokane

nCHANNEL 37 (737 HD): Southwest Washington (Longview, Vancouver), Portland Metro area, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene

nCHANNEL 40: Bend ; CHANNEL 82: Ashland


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WHAT'S ON TAP April 9 on NWWC
Wil Askew in the NWWC Studio April 9
n WIL ASKEW in the NWWC studios - He's a prolific hunting writer, competition caller, photographer, TV guy and all-around turkey-killing mercenary. For two hours this Sturday, Wil Askew will be LIVE and LOCAL in the NWWC studios and ready to dial in the preseason details of the April 15 turkey opener. Hunters, do NOT miss this!


8 Springer Fever 2011
New on NWWildCountry.com: Springer Fever 2011
n SPRINGER FEVER goes south - As in the South Coast of Oregon, where we'll check in on the bite on the Rogue River.


NWWC's Kokanee Report kicks off April 2
n YOUR KOKE QUESTIONS answered - Get your dialing fingers ready for a round of "ASK HERZOG" as the Northwest's uber-kokanee-expert answers your questions about early-season kokes.

n "Spinner Science" is in session as Professor Zog shares tips for more effectively fishing blades for shallow kokanee.


Also on NW Wild Country Preview
n JD RICHEY, www.fishwithjd.com - Our NorCal spy gives us the scoop on the recent opener of salmon season off the California coast. The word: it's GOOD!
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8 The NWWC Kitchen
New on NWWildCountry.com: Kitchen
Nothing cooks up better than fresh spring Chinook, but take a look at these five killer recipes from Salty's for some added oomph for grilled and barbecued springer.


8 Springer Fever 2011
New on NWWildCountry.com: Springer Fever 2011
Catch up on all the Springer Fever podcasts on the new Springer Fever '11 page, and check out what folks like Bill Monroe of the Oregonian and Andy Walgamott of Northwest Sportsman are reporting.


8 The NWWC HuntWire
New On NWWildCountry.com: HuntWire
Sage pre-season turkey advice from Scott Haugen, turkey killer extraordinnaire and host of Trijicon's Game Chasers on the HuntWire.


Latest Updates on NWWildCountry.com Video Wall
KAMCHATCA Steelhead Project
POSTEDApril 1, 2011 / 9:20 a.m.

This video is quickly racking up the views on the Vimeo page of Ryan Peterson of The Fly Shop in Redding. Check it out.



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WHAT'S ON TAP April 2 on NWWC
NWWC's Kokanee Report kicks off April 2
NWWC KOKANEE REPORT - We've been waiting for awhile to roll this one out, but this Saturday, April 2 marks the debut of our new Kokanee Report. Here's what we'll cover:

n Bill Herzog's early-season spinner tech Pro Cam. Best colors, blades, etc.
n Lake Merwin already jumping! LIVE report from Paul Ambrose of Great NW Rivers Guide Service.
n American Lake is alreading kicking out 14-inch kokes. The 4-1-1 with American sharpie Ron Sodin
n Herzog says: Why this might just be the BEST KOKANEE SEASON EVER!


GIRLS WHO FISH better than we doNichole Brady sits in with NW Wild Country April 2
That list would definitely include Nichole Brady (above), who will be representing Washington in the 2011 Bass Federation Championships in May. Brady sits in with the crew for some Eastsider knowledge of Potholes, Tri-Cities and Banks Lake.


ALSO On Tap for Saturday, April 2 ...
Bob Roberts talks trophy walleye April 2 on NW Wild Country
n SOLVING THE MYSTERY of the missing Columbia River springers with WDFW biologists.
n
HUNTING FOR BIG WALLEYE below McNary Dam with BOB ROBERTS of Columbia Basin Guide Service.
n A VANCOUVER ISLAND summer salmon preview with JAY MOHL of Clayoquot Ventures.

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8 The NWWC Kitchen
New on NWWildCountry.com: Kitchen
Nothing cooks up better than fresh spring Chinook, but take a look at these five killer recipes from Salty's for some added oomph for grilled and barbecued springer.


8 Springer Fever 2011
New on NWWildCountry.com: Springer Fever 2011
Catch up on all the Springer Fever podcasts on the new Springer Fever '11 page, and check out what folks like Bill Monroe of the Oregonian and Andy Walgamott of Northwest Sportsman are reporting.


8 The NWWC HuntWire
New On NWWildCountry.com: HuntWire
Sage pre-season turkey advice from Scott Haugen, turkey killer extraordinnaire and host of Trijicon's Game Chasers on the HuntWire.


Latest Updates on NWWildCountry.com Video Wall
KAMCHATCA Steelhead Project
POSTEDApril 1, 2011 / 9:20 a.m.

This video is quickly racking up the views on the Vimeo page of Ryan Peterson of The Fly Shop in Redding. Check it out.



WILD COUNTRY ON THE AIR: Eight years and counting on Sportsradio 950
UPDATED Oct. 10, 2010

KJR micWelcome to the online home of Northwest Wild Country Radio, the Pacific Northwest's legacy Saturday morning radio program, and America's leading source of live fishing, hunting and outdoors information.

From the second we open the microphones every Saturday morning at the Sportsradio 950 KJR studios overlooking Elliott Bay in downtown Seattle, to the final Friday-night postings here at NWWildCountry.com, the Wild Country's network of journalists, guides, outfitters, industry insiders and fishing/hunting experts are hard at work, digging up the information that will ultimately make you more successful on the water, and in the field.

Here's a glimpse of what you'll hear every Saturday on Sportsradio 950 KJR, and see on Comcast SportsNet Northwest (Channels 37, 179 and 337):

nHosts/Crew: Monday Night Football in its prime had Howard Cosell, Dandy Don Meredith, Frank Gifford and Fran Tarkenton. Our booth at Northwest Wild Country is even better.

Veteran outdoors journalist Joel Shangle (ESPN Outdoors, Outdoor Life, California Sportsman, Bassmaster.com, Salmon, Trout, Steelheader, etc.) directs traffc from the host's chair, while bestselling fishing author Bill Herzog, jack-of-all-trades rod rep Mike Perusse and veteran guide Duane Inglin provide the color commentary on a crew that shares over 145 years of outdoors experience.

nWild Country Field Reports: Our mission every week is to provide the freshest, hottest, most helpful information possible, and we have the best field crew in the region helping us out.

The foundation of our show are our exclusive, LIVE, on-the-water/in-the-field interviews with the most respected guides, outfitters and lodges in the world. Our list of sources, buddies, connections and spies in the industry is, frankly, the deepest in the Pacific Northwest.

Our field report boundaries are non-existent: we take the listener out on the water, in the blind, in the tree stand and anywhere else in the region where the fish are biting and the birds are flying.

nCrash Test: We're all dedicated gearbangers, and we've never met a piece of metal we couldn't bend. Rods, reels, lures, boats, bows, knives, raingear, optics ... it's all in play for our Crash Test crew.

nThe Wild Country Pro Cam: Utilizing the five Comcast HD production cameras located in our studio, we bring you intricately detailed "how-to" information on techniques. Not only will we tell you all the best jig for Eastside steelhead and the best way to cure eggs for fall Chinook, we'll SHOW you how to tie that jig, and how to properly handle those eggs during the curing process.

No shaky handi-cam or shoddy audio here: everything is shot in full-on Pro Cam HD, with studio sound.

nThe Blast Off: How many live reports can we jam into a 12-minute segment? We test the boundaries every week as we finish the show with the Blast Off Round, a turbo-speed series of reports, done shotgun-style, with a rockin' background track. All we can say is: buckle your seatbelt!

nThe Prize Cave: Somewhere in the Wild Country woods there exists the Mother Lode of outdoor gear, and it pays to listen closely. Every week, we open the doors to the Prize Cave and swag lucky listeners up with an assortment of tasty outdoors gear. Lures, knives, rods, reels, guided trips ... you never know what's going to emerge from the Cave.


NW Wild Country is LIVE on Comcast SportsNet Northwest Saturday from 6 to 8 a.m.Rylee Fee and Todd Ripley join the NW Wild Country crew this Saturday, Oct. 16
SHOW PREVIEW: Fee, Ripley sit in with NWWC crew this Saturday, Oct. 16
POSTED Oct. 14, 2010 / 8:40 p.m.

SEATTLE - Since Herzog and I couldn't make it to northern B.C. this fall, we figured we'd bring the Bulkley Valley to us. Or, at least, a couple of guys whose wading boots are still damp with water from one of the Steelhead Meccas of North America.

You saw the "Vision Quest" images on Piscatorial Pursuits. Now you'll hear the story straight from the horses' mouths as Ryley Fee and Todd Ripley from RvrFshr join the Wild Country crew as special guests on the Oct. 16 version of Northwest Wild Country on Comcast SportsNet Northwest (Channels 37, 179 and 337) and Sportsradio 950 KJR in Seattle.

We have an extra half-hour of time in front of the Comcast cameras and behind the KJR mics this Saturday - we're live from 6 to 8:30 a.m. PST - so why not fill it with the Ryley/Ripley Show?

nSPORTSRADIO 950 KJR: Throughout western Washington, and via live streaming audio here at NWWildCountry.com and 950kjr.com.

nCHANNEL 179: Puget Sound and the Seattle Metro area (from Bellingham to Olympia), Bremerton, Centralia, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, Spokane

nCHANNEL 37 (337 HD): Southwest Washington (Longview, Vancouver), Portland Metro area, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene

nCHANNEL 40: Bend ; CHANNEL 82: Ashland


Joins us as NW Wild Country chats with ESPN Outdoors' James Overstreet about the dawn of the 2010 duck season
HUNTING REPORT: Duck Dawn 2010 joins James Overstreet in the blind ...
POSTED Oct. 5, 2010 / 6:26 p.m.

MANITOBA, Canada - As if often the case with anything James Overstreet aims hislens at, the picture above is the perfect representation of an outdoorsman's fantasy. In this case -with longtime hunting buddy/author/web bossman Steve Bowman in the lower frame/foreground, laying in a blind somewhere in Manitoba, Canada - Overstreet captures the essense of hope for a duck season begun anew.

Could you possibly find another image that better describes what we're all fervently praying for on Oct. 16, when waterfowl season opens in the Evergreen State?

Overstreet and Bowman are the two powerhouses behind ESPN Outdoors "Duck Trek", a two-month-long, 6,000-mile waterfowler's vision quest from the plains of Canada to the marshes of Louisiana.

nTUNE IN THIS SATURDAY as Overstreet joins the Wild Country crew LIVE from the "Duck Trek" for a preview of the 2010-11 waterfowl season!

8CHECK OUT OVERSTREET'S AMAZING DUCK PHOTOS at his Outdoor Shooter website, and follow ESPN Outdoors' "Duck Trek" as it kicks off this weekend.

-JS


Bass legend Jimmy Houston joins NW Wild Country from the end of an 18-hour flame run
HOT PODCAST: Bass/TV legend "rednecks it up" with the NWWC crew
UPDATED Sept. 19, 2010 / 10:30 a.m.

SOMEWHERE IN OKLAHOMA- It's taken me about 20 years to figure it out, but it's obvious that the Energizer Bunny was modeled after Jimmy Houston.

I chatted with the garrulous Oklahoman at about 10 a.m. on Friday, shortly after his departure from Utah en route to his ranch in Oklahoma. He had 18-plus hours of hard road time ahead of him, with a 6 x 6 bull elk rack strapped to the hood of his Chevy.

The next time we talked? Nearly a full day later. Houston hadn't slept a wink. Do you think that mattered to the Energizer Bunny of the fishing world?

8CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO HOW TOBY KEITH DESCRIBES Jimmy Houston's "Chevy ElkMobile".


Jimmy Houston's Fraser River sturgeon trip on NWWC Video Wall
VIDEO WALL/SHOW PREVIEW:
Houston checks in from trophy elk hunt
NEW Sept. 17, 2010 / 11:30 a.m.


ARLINGTON, Wash. - The video at right was outdoors-TV superstar Jimmy Houston's first experience with an oversize white sturgeon (on the Fraser River, with Wild Bunch buddy Dean Werk).

Earlier this week, Jimmy had his first successful archery experience with a 300-class Rocky Mountain elk.

Mr. Houston does things big, you might say.

I caught up with Jimmy today "On I-70, with about 1,038 miles to go!" on his trek back to his Oklahoma ranch from Utah, where he successfully completed and filmed an elk-hunting episode for his Versus show Jimmy Houston Outdoors.

nTUNE IN TOMORROW as the Wild Country crew connects with Jimmy Houston for an exclusive live Q&A on hunting andfall bass fishing.

8LISTEN TO OUR CONVERSATION WITH JIMMY shortly after what he refers to as "A special, special trip" on the Fraser River with Dean and the boys at Great River Fishing.


April Vokey from FlyGal.ca checks in live from Blackwell's Dean River Lodge
AUG. 14 WILDCAST:
April's Excellent Dean River Adventure continues

POSTED Aug. 15, 2010 / 6:12 a.m.

David Johnson WildBlogANAHIM LAKE, British Columbia - File this away under "girls just wanna have fun". And, oh, lord, is April Vokey having fun. You could hear it in her voice for the past month as she's trekked back and forth from Steelhead Valhalla, the lower Dean River.

You'll get an idea of just how enchanting the Dean is tomorrow morning when April joins us LIVE from Blackwell's Dean River lodge.

8CHECK OUT APRIL'S DEAN RIVER BLOG and photo gallery from a place that our own Bill Herzog describes as "steelhead perfection".


Del "Tuna Dog" Stephens joins us in studio Saturday, June 26This Saturday on NWWC: Del Stephens in studio, Tred Barta checks in!
SHOW PREVIEW: The "Titans of Tuna" arrive in the NWWC studios
POSTED June 24, 2010 / 7:40 p.m.

SEATTLE - We might still live in Salmonville, USA, but there's a rapidly growing suburb: Tuna Town. The Mayor of Tuna Town - Del "Tuna Dog" Stephens - sits down with the Wild Country crew this Saturday. Also scheduled for a visit: THE ONE AND ONLY TRED BARTA!

nTUNE IN LIVE: 6-8 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT ON COMCAST: Channels 179 in WA, 37 & 337 in OR!

nCALL IN: (800) 829-0950 or (206) 286-9595 locally in Seattle!

nE-MAIL NOW: joel@nwwildcountry.com!


NW Wild Country Show Preview: Buzz Ramsey joins the crew this Saturday, June 12
Buzz Ramsey joins the NW Wild Country crew this Saturday, June 12
SHOW PREVIEW: A Pacific NW fishing legend joins the crew this Saturday
POSTED June 9, 2010 / 9:40 p.m.

SEATTLE - Thor has his hammer. Buzz Ramsey has his 10x beaver cowboy hat. This Saturday on NW Wild Country, we're choosing that hat over the hammer as Buzz sits in for an hourlong discussion of the upcoming summer steelhead bonanza on the Columbia River system, and the best information on June Hogs you'll find a-n-y-w-h-e-r-e.

nTUNE IN LIVE: 6-8 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT ON COMCAST: Channels 179 in WA, 37 & 337 in OR!

nCALL IN: (800) 829-0950 or (206) 286-9595 locally in Seattle!

nE-MAIL NOW: joel@nwwildcountry.com!


Lt. Col. Kevin Inglin joins NW Wild Country live from Afghanistan
WILDCAST:
On a day of rememberance, we thank those in service

POSTED May 29, 2010 / 4:10 p.m.

David Johnson WildBlogSEATTLE - After seven plus years on the air at KJR - after chats with Bobby Knight, Kevin Van Dam, Les Stroud and the like - a simple, heartfelt statement from a guest you've never heard of will go down as the Most Important Thing Ever Said On The Show: "Hey Duane, it's good to hear your voice."

That from Lt. Colonel Kevin Inglin, speaking to his big brother, Wild Country co-host Duane Inglin.

Lt. Col. Inglin, you see, was calling in from northern Afghanistan, where he's serving the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in the U.S. Army.

XHEAR THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW as Lt. Col. Inglin talks about day-to-day life for our Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen and women based in Afghanistan, and how they cope with life away from their home rivers and streams.

XLISTEN IN AS NWWC CONNECTS WITH 3 SOLDIER/ANGLERS based in southern Afghanistan: Sgt. Jerrad Tilden, St. Maj. Charlie Chavez and Specialist Joel Michael Orazio, three avid anglers who were fired up and ready to talk about their favorite home waters.


NW Wild Country salutes our military with a special Memorial Weekend show
SHOW PREVIEW:
In recognition of those who serve this Saturday on NWWC

POSTED May 25, 2010 / 4:00 p.m.

SEATTLE - In September of 1953, Monte W. Shangle - my Dad - departed San Francisco aboard The Colonial, a member of the 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Batallion, Charlie company, tank No. 33, bound for the Korean Conflict. He was a wet-behind-the-ears ranch kid from southern Idaho who suddenly found himself thrust into a world where people were trying to kill him.

He's no different than thousands of 19-year-old kids from Washington, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, North Dakota and Colorado who are stationed at Fort Lewis, Widbey AFB and McChord, awaiting orders to ship out to Afghanistan or Iraq.

This Saturday on NW Wild Country, we open the microphones in humble recognition of the American armed forces, and the fishing/hunting men and women who serve our country. Tune in as we connect with Pacific Northwest soldier/outdoorsmen based in Afghanistan for a glimpse into their lives away from the rivers and streams of their homes.

8DO YOU KNOW A DESERVING SOLDIER? We've partnered with several manufacturers to build "Fishing Care Packages" for out-of-area anglers/soldiers based in the Pacific Northwest. We want to hear their stories: e-mail us at joel@nwwildcountry.com.

8IFISH "TAKE A RETURNING SOLDIER FISHING" THREAD started by Mike Jesperson of Nalu Charters.


Official preview of NW Wild Country for May 15, 2010
May 15 NW Wild Country 6 a.m. hour presented by Pautzke's Fire Bait!
SHOW PREVIEW:
Tune in and get your Fire Bait on in the 6 o'clock hour!

POSTED May 14, 2010 / 9:10 a.m.

SEATTLE - Everybody ready for some uber-trout-catching freebies?!? That's what you'll get when you tune in to NW Wild Country between 6 and 7 a.m. Saturday morning: free Fire Bait, courtesy of in-studio guest Chris Shaffer of Pautzke Bait Co.

nTUNE IN LIVE, 6-7 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT ON COMCAST Channels 179 in WA, 37 & 337 in OR!

nCALL (800) 829-0950 or (206) 286-9595 locally in Seattle!

nE-MAIL NOW & BEAT THE CROWD: joel@nwwildcountry.com!


NW Wild Country A.M. Briefing, May 15 6 o'clock hour presented by Fire Bait
NW Wild Country 6 o'clock hour on May 15 presented by Pautzke Fire Bait
SHOW PREVIEW:
NWWC 6 o'clock hour presented by Pautzke Fire Bait!

POSTED May 12, 2010 / 10:10 a.m.

David Johnson WildBlogSEATTLE - One of my oldest friends in the fishing industry is coming into the NW Wild Country studios loaded with the newest trout bait on the market this Saturday, May 15.

Chris Shaffer, general manager for Pautzke Bait Co., will swing by the Palace on Elliott Avenue from 6 to 7 a.m., and he's bringing a boat load of Pautzke swag with him! That's right, kids, whether you're tuned in live on Sportsradio 950 KJR AM or watching at home on Comcast SportsNet, you're in the running for some cool new products and apparel from one of the Pacific Northwest's legacy fishing companies.

Pautzke has been making their ubiquitous Balls o' Fire eggs since 1934, but the latest innovation to come out of the shop in Ellensburg is Fire Bait, the world's hottest new formula/dough bait.

EVERY SINGLE CALLER ON SATURDAY WINS FIRE BAIT!

nTUNE IN LIVE, 6-7 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT ON COMCAST Channels 179 in WA, 37 & 337 in OR!

nCALL (800) 829-0950 or (206) 286-9595 locally in Seattle!

nE-MAIL NOW: joel@nwwildcountry.com!


NW Wild Country is LIVE on Comcast SportsNet Northwest Saturday from 6 to 8 a.m.
NW Wild Country is LOVE on Comcast Channel 179 in Seattle/Western Washington and Channel 37 (337 HD) in western Oregon
NWWC ON TV:
Pick up NWWC LIVE on television on Comcast SportsNet NW

UPDATED May 12, 2010 / 10:50 a.m.

SEATTLE - Lights, camera, radio.

No more "theater of the mind" kids, the Northwest Wild Country crew now comes at you in bright, blazing HD, thanks to our new partnership with Comcast SportsNet Northwest.

Northwest Wild Country is now simulcast throughout Washington and Oregon on Comcast SportsNet Northwest, the region's biggest cable television provider. You can now see/hear Seattle's longest-running outdoor radio program from Bellingham all the way south to Eugene, and east to Spokane, a broadcast blanket that now covers the broadest base of anglers, hunters and outdoorsmen in the Pacific Northwest.

Here are the channels, and where you'll find us:

nCHANNEL 179: Puget Sound and the Seattle Metro area (from Bellingham to Olympia), Bremerton, Centralia, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, Spokane

nCHANNEL 37 (337 HD): Southwest Washington (Longview, Vancouver), Portland Metro area, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene

nCHANNEL 40: Bend ; CHANNEL 82: Ashland


NW Wild Country P.M. Briefing for May 2
NW Wild Country's Joel Shangle & Bill Herzog hangin' with Johnaton and Andy Hillstrand of "Deadlist Catch"
WILD BLOG:
Inside the lives of the captains and crew of "Deadliest Catch"

POSTED May 2, 2010 / 6:10 p.m.

David Johnson WildBlogSEATTLE - I dare you to try to record a radio interview that the FCC will approve when all four captains of Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" are in the same room. Go ahead. Take your best shot.

As NW Wild Country co-host Bill Herzog and I sit with Capt. Keith Colburn, chatting about life aboard a Bering Sea crab vessel, we're joined at the table by Capt. Sig Hansen of the Northwestern.

Sig, it appears, is in a chatty mood. Or he's pissed off. I can't tell which. Either way, he's turned to Volume 11, and he doesn't seem to care about the microphone at the table.

"What the f*** is going on here?!?" Sig bellows as he rolls his chair up next to Colburn. "F***! What is this, some kind of interview? Here, give me that f***** microphone, I'll do the f****** interview!"

And with that, "Deadlist Radio" is off and running on Saturday morning.

8CHECK BACK HERE for an inside look at the lives of the Bering Sea fleet, and the unreal reality of being an internationally famous crabber.

-JS


NW Wild Country P.M. Briefing, 18-pound walleye on Columbia River around Coon Island
SHOW PREVIEW:
Gearing up for a big year on Alaska's Nushagak River

POSTED May 6, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.

SEATTLE - If you're a salmon fisherman, the Nushagak River is on your bucket list. And with a 2010 abundance forecast of over a quarter million fish, this summer might be the time to fill the bucket.

Tune in this Saturday as Scott Weedman of Alaska King Salmon Adventures joins the Wild Country crew live in studio for a preview of the Nushagak's upcoming summer Chinook fishery.

It's been called "The Greatest Salmon River in the World". Find out why. And while we're at it, we'll get Weedman's preview of the upcoming Skykomish River summer Chinook fishery, which should be LIGHTS OUT!

Here's where you'll find us:

nTUNE IN LIVE, 6-8 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nCOMCAST CHANNEL 179: Puget Sound and the Seattle Metro area (from Bellingham to Olympia), Bremerton, Centralia, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, Spokane

nCOMCAST CHANNEL 37 (337 HD): Southwest Washington (Longview, Vancouver), Portland Metro area, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene

nCOMCAST CHANNEL 40: Bend ; CHANNEL 82: Ashland


NW Wild Country P.M. Briefing, 4-28
Capt. Keith Colburn of Discovery Channel's "Deadlist Catch" LIVE in the NW Wild Country studio May 1
SHOW PREVIEW:
Colburn hits the NW Wild Country airwaves this Saturday

POSTED April 28, 2010 / 12:50 p.m.

ARLINGTON - A quick reminder, "Deadliest Catch" fans: the captain of the Wizard will be taking questions from the NW Wild Country crew and listeners for a round-table discussion about life on the Bering Sea.

Capt. Keith Colburn, in studio, Saturday. Don't miss it!

-JS


Jeremy Wade of "River Monsters" and Edgar Hansen of "Deadliest Catch" live on NW Wild Country on April 24
Jeremy Wade & Edgar Hansen on NW Wild Country
NWWC PREVIEW:
Wade, Hansen, Trout Patrol on NW Wild Country April 24

POSTED April 23, 2010 / 1:50 p.m.

SEATTLE - Last-minute reminder: two of the country's most extreme angler/crabbers will be spending some time on Wild Country air on Saturday as Jeremy Wade of "River Monsters" and Edgar Hansen of "Deadliest Catch" check in with Shangle, Herzog and the crew.

You can catch it all live on Sportsradio 950 KJR in western Washington, or on Comcast SportsNet Northwest channels 179 (Bellingham to Vancouver, Spokane), and 37/337 (Vancouver to Eugene).

Here are the channels, and where you'll find us:

nTUNE IN LIVE, 6-8 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nCOMCAST CHANNEL 179: Puget Sound and the Seattle Metro area (from Bellingham to Olympia), Bremerton, Centralia, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, Spokane

nCOMCAST CHANNEL 37 (337 HD): Southwest Washington (Longview, Vancouver), Portland Metro area, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene

nCOMCAST CHANNEL 40: Bend ; CHANNEL 82: Ashland


NW Wild Country A.M. Briefing, Trout Patrol reports win Fire Bait!
SHOW PREVIEW:
Call in your Trout Patrol report and win Pautzke Fire Bait!

POSTED April 21, 2010 / 10:50 a.m.

Call your opening day Trout Patrol report in to NW Wild Country and win Pautzke Fire Bait!ELLENSBURG - The Pacific Northwest's oldest family fishing tradition meets the Pacific Northwest's oldest trout-bait manufacturer.

One phone call = a free sample of the newest trout bait by our friends at Pautzke Bait Co., Fire Bait!

All of you Trout Patrol members who plan to be out on your local lakes this Saturday, file the number to the Wild Country Trout Patrol Hotline away: (800) 829-0950.

If you're out there in South Sound on Lake Meridian or Long Lake, up north on Lake Ki or McMurray, around the Portland metro area, or over on Williams Lake near Spokane, we want to hear how the morning bite is! And, we'll prize you up for that report.

EVERY SINGLE TROUT REPORT CALLER WINS FIRE BAIT!

nTUNE IN LIVE, 6-8 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCALL (800) 829-0950 or (206) 286-9595 locally in Seattle!

nTEXT IT IN TO 4-9-4-5-1!


April 10 NW Wild Country exclusive podcasts with Johnathon Hillstrand of Deadliest Catch
WILDCAST: Johnathan Hillstrand on Phil Harris: "I can still feel him around."

POSTED April 10, 2010 / 4:05 p.m.

Capt. Jonathan Hillstrand checks into NW Wild Country for a preview of the upcoming season of "Deadliest Catch"SEATTLE - Perhaps the most telling moment in my 20-minute interview with Capt. Johnathan Hillstrand of the Time Bandit - one of the "Bad Boys of the Bering Sea" on Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" - is this simple, quiet statement about Capt. Phil Harris: "I can still feel him around."

Harris, who passed away Feb. 9, was, of course, one of the beloved members of the D.C. universe, and Hillstrand's affection for his fallen friend is readily apparent in 20 minutes of Q&A I did with him this morning.

"He wasn't supposed to go," Hillstrand said of Harris' untimely passing. "I get so mad at him, and then I miss him. He should still be here with us."

Listen in as Hillstrand talks about the start of season 6 of America's most popular cable TV show, about life aboard the Time Bandit, and about the loss of one of the most beloved characters in TV history:

8PART 1 WITH JOHN HILLSTRAND as he describes Capt. Phil's illness, his battle to live, and the sense of loss he and the Bering Sea fleet felt upon Phil's passing.

8PART 2 WITH JOHN HILLSTRAND as he describes his ... uh ... "disagreement" with another captain.


NW Wild Country FishPhone P.M. Briefing, Campbell's Guide Service limitNW Wild Country FishPhone photo from the Columbia River, April 9
SPRINGER FEVER FLASH:
Yet another quick limit of Columbia spring Chinook

POSTED April 9, 2010 / 12:10 p.m.

PORTLAND - Here's the latest quick limit of Columbia River spring Chinook, courtesy of Brian Campbell of Campbell's Guide Service: Done by 10 a.m. Campbell and his crew eill be ready to roll from the 42nd Street ramp tomorrow morning, when he'll give us a live, on-the-water check-in from Springer Central.

We'll also hear from Lee Freeman, Jim Stahl and Duane Inglin, all on the Big Crick in pursuit of springers.

nTUNE IN LIVE, 6-8 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nDOWNLOAD THE PODCAST at our ON DEMAND CENTER!


NW Wild Country P.M. Briefing, bite's on on the Columbia River
Lee Freeman of Triple S Guide Service smokes 'em on the Columbia River today
SPRINGER FEVER FLASH:
Columbia springers on the chew this afternoon

POSTED April 8, 2010 / 1:50 p.m.

ARLINGTON - Text message from my buddy Nate Fenton just came in: "12 hookups today, it's good!" Similar news from Wild Country blogger David Johnson, and Facebook friends like Mark Freeman of Triple S Guide Service, whose fish box is pictured above: "One pass, five keepers, it was only 7:45. TIME FOR BREAKFAST."

We're all over it Saturday morning, with live on-the-water reports from Springer Central.

nTUNE IN LIVE, 6-8 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nDOWNLOAD THE PODCAST at our ON DEMAND CENTER!


NW Wild Country P.M. Briefing 2-27
SB 6813:
Senate votes against proposed measure to fold WDFW, State Parks into Natural Resources

POSTED Feb. 27, 2010 / 12:45 p.m.

Buzz Column MugSEATTLE - News out of the Washington Senate last night was surprisingly positive for an Evergreen State hunting/fishing population that has fallen into a rope-a-dope survival mode: The 2010 Supplemental Budget - which originally called for the collapsing of the Department of Fish and Wildlife into the Department of Natural Resources - was amended to maintain the DFW as a separate entity.

As reported by Andy Walgamott of NW Sportsman in his Editor's Blog on Friday, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife chief Phil Anderson warned of a "significant loss of (WDFW) services" if Senate Bill 6813 were to pass. That bill called for the abolition of the WDFW, and a wholesale change in the way fish and wildlife are managed in one of the most active fishing/hunting states in the country.

8LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW THIS MORNING WITH PHIL ANDERSON who warns us that we're not out of the woods in regards to budgetary limitations.


Wild game check Georgia Pellegrini joins the Wild Country crew at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27
NWWC SHOW PREVIEW:
A classically trained chef and Hunter Girl on NWWC
UPDATED Feb. 25, 2010 / 7:45 p.m.

Buzz Column MugSEATTLE - I blame my full-blooded Italian great grandmother for my robust love of good food. I blame my mountain-goat willingness to eat A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G on my farm-boy upbringing (and my dad, Monte, he of the Iron Stomach).

It appears as though one of the other members of my ESPN Outdoors extended family shares similar traits. Welcome to Georgia Pellegrini's Kitchen. Please bring your appetite for deer heart and duck fat.

The author of EO's newest page - The Kitchen - joins us around the Wild Country fire this Saturday at 7 a.m. sharp. Tune in. Bring your boning knives, and your appetite for all things wild.

8READ GEORGIA'S 'THE KITCHEN' BLOG ON ESPN OUTDOORS and gain a whole new appreciation for rendered duck fat and deer liver.

nTUNE IN LIVE, 6-8 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR as Georgia Pellegrini shares some secrets from her chef/outdoorswoman pantry

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nDOWNLOAD THE PODCAST at our ON DEMAND CENTER!


Kevin VanDamn wins third Bassmaster Classic
NWWC BASS REPORT:
KVD applies Northern Tier versatility to bass career
POSTED Feb. 23, 2010 / 6:45 a.m.

SEATTLE - Seems like I've established a tradition of hijacking Bassmaster Classic champions at the fueling station. It started in 2003, when I hooked up with Mike Iaconelli as he pulled into a gas station somewhere between Lousiana and New Jersey. In 2006 it was Spokane's own Luke Clausen.

Gas station.

Boyd Duckett, 2007. Alton Jones, 2008. Skeet Reese, 2009: Gas station, gas station, gas station.

So, it came as no surprise this morning when Kevin VanDam answered his cel. the day after he racked up his third Classic title in 10 years: "I'm just pulling in to get some gas," said the man who has established himself as perhaps the most dominant angler of all time.

How does someone from the "Steelhead Latitudes" of southern Michigan become the most feared basser in tournament history? Tune in this Saturday and we'll tell you.

nTUNE IN LIVE, 6-8 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nDOWNLOAD THE PODCAST at our ON DEMAND CENTER!


NW Wild Country P.M. Briefing, 2-5
Joel Shangle & Tony Floor LIVE from the Roche Harhor Classic for NW Wild Country, Feb. 6
WILDCAST:
Wild Country goes LIVE from Roche Harbor Classic this morning!
POSTED Feb. 6, 2009 / 1:05 p.m.

NW Wild Country WildCasts MicROCHE HARBOR, Wash. - Catch the highlights from this morning's show as Joel Shangle and Tony Floor went LIVE from Derby HQ at the Roche Harbor Classic:

8HOUR 1 FROM DERBY HEADQUARTERS includes a live check-in with derby leader Raymond Francois, who tells us about his 16.4-pound blackmouth. Joel Shangle and Tony Floor dissect the Puget Sound blackmouth fishery, and discuss the rich history of derbies like the Roche Harbor Classic. Also, a guest appearance by Jay Field, organizer of the new $100,000 Dash One Invitational.

8'ZOG CHECKS IN ON SEKIU, HOOD CANAL, where the blackmouth are snapping! Wild Country's Bill Herzog gets you up to date on the recently opened Marine Area 12 fishery, and spools the western Washington angling crowd up for the upcoming opener at Sekiu.

8BLAST OFF! WE JOIN PAT PHILLIPS AND KIRK HAWLEY LIVE as the cannon releases the 100 boats competing in Day 2 of the Roche Harbor Classic.

8"THE TRUTH" SPREADS THE GOSPEL OF SALMON FISHING as the boys wrap up their exclusive LIVE broadcast from the Roche Harbor Classic.


Scott Haugen and George Cook in the NW Wild Country studios Jan. 30
NW Wild Country A.M. Briefing, 1-30
George Cook and Scott Haugen in studio
WILD ON AIR:
Haugen, Cook in the house: call in at (800) 829-0950
POSTED Jan. 30, 2009 / 5:45 a.m.

In Studio and On AirSEATTLE - If you're a mule deer, you're damn glad it's not hunting season in the 98119 area code. Tune in to Sportsradio 950 KJR in Seattle now as Trijicon's Game Chasers host Scott Haugen and Sage rep George Cook join us live in studio.

If you have questions, get 'em in!

nTUNE IN LIVE, 6-8 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nDOWNLOAD THE PODCAST at our ON DEMAND CENTER!


NW Wild Country Morning Briefing, 1-16Hookin' Up With Mariko Izumi on NW Wild Country
SHOW PREVIEW:
WFN's Mariko Izumi hooks up with NWWC, 7 a.m. today
POSTED Jan. 16, 2010 / 4:10 a.m.

Joel Shangle blog mugSEATTLE - In the universe of outdoors television, Mariko Izumi is currently the hottest shooting star in orbit. The progeny of Canada's most well-known fishing family - uncle Bob is the Canuck version of Roland Martin - Izumi steps into the second season of her hit shot "Hookin' Up with Mariko Izumi" with a Pacific Northwest wind at her back.

She fished and filmed on Elliott Bay with our boy Keith Robbins of A Spot Tail Guide Service, and spent some time casting flies on the Deschutes. We'll chat with Canada's most popular export this morning, 7 a.m. sharp, only on America's Best Outdoors Radio NewsMagazine.

nTUNE IN LIVE, 7 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nDOWNLOAD THE PODCAST at our ON DEMAND CENTER!


Latest Podcast
JAN. 9 ON NWWC
: Urabeck on the Seattle Times Orca story ; Bounty Fishing creator Richard Shafter; "Ask the Experts" hits the Olympic Peninsula; and much more ...
NEW Jan. 8, 2009 / 5:20 a.m.

Shangle in ESPN Outdoors Orcas Revisted Graphic
SEATTLE - We had already loaded up for a fast-paced Jan. 9 Wild Country when Frank Urabeck of the Fishermen's Coalition e-mailed me about this morning's Seattle Times front-page story on NOAA Fisheries' San Juan Island killer-whale"no-go" zone.

This Saturday's show just hit a whole 'nother gear.

nCALL IN: (800) 829-0950 or (206) 286-9595 and weigh in with an observation (or a fishing report)!

nTUNE IN LIVE: 6 to 8 a.m. on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR, your home for live and local sports talk!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE: Click onto www.950kjr.com, hit "LISTEN NOW" and listen up!

nDOWNLOAD THE PODCAST: Catch it again at our ON DEMAND CENTER!

NW Wild Country Jan. 9 Guest List


WHAT YOU'LL
HEAR ON NWWC:

8FRANK URABECK
Frank is well-known to the sportfishing community, through his tireless work on behalf of various recreational fishing organizations. This Saturday, he weighs in with the Fishermen's Coalition's alternative to NOAA Fisheries' proposed San Juan Island no-go zone.

8JAY MOHL
In case you missed it, check out Jay's preview of the 2010 Pacific Rim salmon season. Jay, the longtime owner of Clayoqout Ventures in Tofino, will give us the straight scoop on west-coast Vancouver Island options in 2010.

8RICHARD SHAFTER
Welcome to the 21st Century of fishing derbies. You may not have heard of BountyFishing.com yet, but, if you're interested in winning cold, hard cash in one of the coolest derby ideas E-V-E-R, tune in and listen to the Bounty story.

8STEELHEAD NATION
Brace yourselves. You're about to be hit with the biggest block of programming every dedicated to steelhead. Steelhead Nation begins ...

8PLUS!!!!
The Yakima Bait First Water ...
The Flyway Report ...
MUCH MORE ...


Jan. 2 on NWWC Graphic


Massive Muley
SHOW PREVIEW:
Two-handed rods and ridiculously-racked muleys
POSTED Dec. 25, 2009 / 8:10 p.m.

SEATTLE - Tune in early and take copious notes tomorrow, Dec. 26, as Sage/Rio rep George Cook joins us in studio for a 2-hour discussion about steelhead and massive muleys. The rag-horned rack above is a new Kansas record, shot by Sage rep Jeff Watt, a longtime hunting buddy of Cook's.

Not to be missed!

-JS


Johnathan Hillstrand of Deadliest Catch on NWWC


Nov. 21 NWWC highlights


Ask the Experts on NWWC
ASK THE EXPERTS:
Connecting you with the world's best anglers & hunters
NEW Oct. 16, 2009 / 8:45 p.m

Corey Codgell 2That lineup in the letters above is the illuminati of the fishing and hunting world: Buzz Ramsey, Skeet Reese, Michael Waddell, Tred Barta, Kim Rhode, Luke Clausen and Lefty Kreh.

Consider them your personal fishing & hunting gurus, courtesy of Northwest Wild Country.

They're not alone. The NWWC "Ask The Experts" roster includes dozens of the most accomplished fishermen and hunters in the world. And every one of 'em is available to Y-O-U.

Questions for the biggest names in the hunting/fishing world? Let's hear them:

E-mail your questions in to joel@nwwildcountry.com.

Watch for the new "Ask The Experts" page here on NWWildCountry.com very soon, and tune in to the show every Saturday for exclusive "Ask The Experts" Q&A segments where our Wild Country listeners will get a chance to connect with the superstars of the hook & bullet world.

Shooting, fly-fishing, bow-hunting, reloading, rod building ... no subject is off limits, and no Experts are unreachable!

NOV. 21 SHOOTING EXPERT - COREY COGDELL, Olympic trap medalist. She's easily one of the fastest-rising stars in the world of international shooting, and an avid hunter. Corey joins us live at 7:45 a.m. this Saturday. TUNE IN!

-JS


NOV. 7 ON NWWC: The Tred Barta Hour, 7-8 a.m.
POSTED Nov. 5, 2009 / 9:10 a.m.

Tred Barta takes your calls on NWWC
SEATTLE - The Northwest Wild Country crew is proud to welcome a special guest to the airwaves this Saturday, Nov. 7. From 7 to 8 a.m., the one and only Capt. Tred Barta sits in with Shangle and Herzog for a full hour of Q&A, and an extremely rare opportunity for the Wild Country listening audience to ask their own questions of America's most well-known outdoorsman.

TRED WILL BE TAKING YOUR CALLS!

You've followed his saga right here on Wild Country, you've cheered him on through his battle with paralysis and cancer, you've listened to his advice on albacore fishing in the Pacific Northwest. You've listened to our exclusive Q&As with the host of "The Best and Worst of Tred Barta". Now it's YOUR turn.

PHONE LINES WILL BE OPEN FROM 7 to 8 a.m.!

nCALL IN: (800) 829-0950 or (206) 286-9595!

nTUNE IN LIVE, 6 to 8 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nDOWNLOAD THE PODCAST at our ON DEMAND CENTER!

-JS


Greg Hackney on NWWC
ASK THE EXPERTS:
Hackney checks in for Oct. 31 "Ask The Experts"
NEW Oct. 25, 2009 / 3:10 p.m

SEATTLE - It's been a whirlwind two months for Greg Hackney, but such is the life of a Forrest Wood Cup champ. The fishing world's newest member of the Million Dollar Club will take time out of his hectic schedule next Saturday, Oct. 31 for a round of "Ask The Experts" Q&A with the Northwest Wild Country faithful.

nCALL IN: (800) 829-0950 or (206) 286-9595 and ask Hack!

nTUNE IN LIVE, 6 to 8 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nDOWNLOAD THE PODCAST at our ON DEMAND CENTER!


Latest Podcast

OCT. 10
: Rico's Lake Sammamish Suave, Herzog's Quinalt assault, Hobbs' Delta dive, and the start of NWWC's "Ask the Experts"
NEW Oct. 10, 2009 / 2:20 p.m.
Sean Konrad podcast
SEATTLE
- The stampede of coho to Puget Sound rivers is in full swing this month, but there's one quiet little Seattle metro fishery where it's easier then first-grade math to land a quick limit.

If you're Eli Rico.

The Wizard of Lake Sammamish has proven time and again that he's the killer Pimp of the Plateau with his mastery of a fishery that, frankly, has about 98 percent of the general population shaking their heads.

8How does he do it? TUNE IN SATURDAY and we'll tell you!

Here's what else you can expect this Saturday ...

Podcast Highlights Graphic


WHAT YOU'LL
HEAR ON NWWC:

8RON HOBBS, JR.
He's sitting at #2 in the FLW Western Division standings with one event left in the series. We'll hook up with Junior for some advice on fishing the fall transition.

8TONY FLOOR
NMTA's Director of Fishing Affairs is also Grays Harbor's Director of Coho-Whacking Affairs. We'll get the GH lowdown and an early view of the 2010 NW Salmon Derby Series.

8DAVID JOHNSON
Welcome to Baywatch 2009, without the jiggle and red swimsuits. Our Oregon North Coast blogger has kicked off his 2009 Tillamook Bay season, and we'll check in on the Bay bite.

8ZOG's QUINAULT ASSAULT
Monday, Oct. 4. An epic day in the fishing career of one William Herzog. Here's how it went down ...

8ASK THE EXPERTS DEBUTS
So we have this gigantic network of the world's most respected hunters, anglers and outdoorsmen. It's about time we shared.

8PLUS!!!!
The Pacific Flyway preview ...
Razor clam season approaches ...


Sean Konrad live on NWWC
SHOW PREVIEW: World record holder Konrad discusses his 48-pounder
POSTED Sept. 16, 2009 / 4:40 p.m.

Joel Blog MugAs I said last week in my exclusive story on ESPN Outdoors, the first two weeks of September of 2009 will forever be remembered as "Trout Week". Not only did the world German brown record fall to Michigan angler Tom Healy - as we discussed with Healy's guide, Tim Roller, on last week's show - but just a few days prior to that, those Krazy Konrad Kids from the Canadian Prairie whacked yet another world record.

This one, though, pushes into a whole new realm of ridiculous: 48 pounds of triploid rainbow, landed by Sean Konrad on Sept. 5. Longtime Wild Country listeners may recall that we had Sean's identical twin brother, Adam, on the show two years ago when he broke the world record with a 43-pound rainbow out of the same lake. Sean's fish has taken the discussion into the mainstream: it was one of the rotating features subject on Yahoo.com today.

8TUNE IN this Saturday, Sept. 19 as we welcome the new world record holder, Sean Konrad, to the Wild Country airwaves to talk about his amazing fish, the even-more-amazing Lake Diefenbaker fishery, and the next step for The Fishing Geeks.


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SEPT. 12
: Jimmy Houston talks sturgeon; Tim Roller discusses his role in a world record
NEW Sept. 29, 2009 / 7:20 a.m.
Houston we have a sturgeon
SEATTLE
- I feel like an air-traffic controller at Sea-Tac around Christmastime. With so many things happening in the Northwest Wild Country coverage zone, it's almost impossible to keep track of every blip on the radar.

Here's one big arc on the sounder this week: bass-fishing icon Jimmy Houston. If you haven't read it yet, check out my new blog (above) about Jimmy's recent adventures on the Fraser River with longtime friend of the show, Dean Werk of Great River Fishing.

Our plans on Saturday are to connect simultaneously with Werk LIVE on the Fraser river, and Jimmy Houston LIVE on Clark Hill Lake in Georgia, where he's practicing for an upcoming FLW event.

Houston, we have a radio show!

PLUS: Check out the full show preview at right 4

Aug. 29 Guest List


WHAT YOU'LL HEAR
SATURDAY on NWWC:

8J.D. RICHEY
You've read his stuff for
years and years in STS. You may
have even clicked on his
uber-cool website, FishWithJD.com

8CHRIS MOHR
The latest on Sekiu's.
Humboldt squid invasion
, from
the "Sage of Sekiu".

8TIM ROLLER
If you haven't heard it yet, go check
out my exclusive breaking story on
the new world-record brown
.

8SCOTT WARTER
The Cowlitz is SMOKIN'! Warter
will get us up to speed

8NW BASS INFO
Checking in LIVE at the
championship of the Northwest's
biggest bass circuit


8PLUS!!!!
The Wooldridge First Water ...
SteelheadPalooza news ...
The NWWC Pigskin Pick 'Em ...
Archery & muzzleloader news ...

MORE TO COME LATER ...


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AUG. 8
: Dropping the H-Bombs on NWWC
NEW May 26, 2009 / 2:20 p.m.

Hack wins the FWC
SEATTLE - You might want to head down to the bomb shelter for the Aug. 8 version of Northwest Wild Country, because we're about to start dropping H-bombs. As in:

Hackney: The newly crowned king of the bass-fishing world, Greg Hackney, on river smallmouth, and how he won bass fishing's biggest prize.

Haw: One of the most influential biologists to ever study in the Pacific Northwest, and creator of the Puget Sound blackmouth.

Herzog How-To: "Mr. Know It All" will run through the A to Z of Lake Wenatchee sockeye as only General Zog can.

PLUS: Check out our full show preview at right 4


Aug. 8 Guest List


WHAT YOU'LL HEAR
SATURDAY on NWWC:

8GREG HACKNEY
He's the newly crowned FLW champ
and a longtime river rat :The Champ
offers river smallie advice
!

8FRANK HAW
One of the most influential biologists
in the history of Northwest fisheries
discusses the State of our Hatcheries

8BRAD SHRIDE
A South Sound humpy preview
and the in-river coho bite at Buoy 10

8HERZOG'S HOW-TO
Lake Wenatchee sockeye tips and
gear you didn't even know existed

8MARK WELLS
Cascade Musky Association
hotshot on the HOT musky bite, and
how he caught 3 40- to 42-inchers
in one day on Mayfield Lake


8PLUS!!!!
The Wooldridge First Water ...
The Blast Off Round ...
The Hot Deal of the Week ...

MORE TO COME LATER ...


July 17 NWWC sits in for Elise Woodward
Elliott Bay Live Graphic

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JULY 18 ON NWWC:
Coming at you LIVE from the waters of Elliott Bay ... it's derby day!
NEW July 14, 2009 / 9:45 a.m.

Kathy Goodsell Elliott Bay Hot Bite
SEATTLE
- Ahem. That's Kathy Goodsell and the Holy Grail for Elliott Bay salmon anglers. Caught the third week in July.

'Nuff said.

Live Remote!


LIVE AND LOCAL from
ELLIOTT BAY MARINA!

Site of the 2009
8Elliott Bay Salmon Derby!

Broadcasting LIVE from N Dock, right in the heart of the Elliott Bay Derby! It doesn't get more LIVE and LOCAL than that! The all-star guest list includes:

8JACK LAWLESS
The guy who introduced 'riggers to
Elliott Bay: 50-plus years of info!

8CAPT. RANDY DOUCET
The 411 on Possession, Double Bluff,
Point No Point, etc.

8GARY STILES
The NW Bass head honcho checks in
LIVE from Lake Couer d'Alene!

8DAVID JOHNSON
The offshore Columbia-mouth coho
mojo is en fuego for DJ!

8SHANE MAGNUSON
Whackin' and stackin' Chinook on
the upper Columbia River

8J.D. LOVE
The word out of LaPush: polluted
with salmon ...


8PLUS!!!!
GIVEAWAYS: Palisade Restaurant
and Maggie Bluffs Marina Grill

MORE TO COME!!!!


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JULY 11 ON NWWC:
New Commish, more "Deadliest Radio", Tuna Dog in studio ...
NEW July 7, 2009 / 4:45 p.m.
Del Stephens live on NWWC
SEATTLE - We waited and waited and waited.

As the entrants in the Northwest Wild Country Tuna Countdown Contest can attest, it took the North Pacific albacore biomass a little longer to arrive in range of the Pacific Northwest sportfishing fleet this summer than anticipated.

They're heeeeere ...

So is the Pacific Northwest's most respected tuna angler, Del "Tuna Dog" Stephens, who will spend a full 120 minutes LIVE in studio with us this Saturday, July 11.

Hot tuna, anyone? Tune in!

July 11 on NWWC


8DEL STEPHENS
Prepping for the heat of the 2009
albacore season, with the
organizer of the Oregon Tuna Classic.
LIVE in studio
, and taking calls.

8ROLLIE SCHMITTEN
One of three new members of the
Washington Fish & Wildlife
Commission
, Schmitten will be
on board for a 30-minute Q&A

8JOHNATHAN HILLSTRAND
"Deadliest Radio" gets a return
appearance from one of the most
popular members of the
"Deadliest Catch" lineup
when
Johnathan hits the studio


8
MARK YUASA
The Seattle Times' intrepid fish
writer
will spend 10 days pursuing
5 different fisheries. He'll check in
Saturday from Lake Washington

8MIKE MESEBURG
LIVE from Potholes Reservoir, site
of the weekend's Northwest Bass
Challenge Circuit
event

8PLUS!!!!
Bill Herzog lays down the law with a
"Skagit Summer Kings A to Z"


Tune In

June 13 Show Preview Graphic

SHOW PREVIEW: Les Stroud survives the Wild Country this Saturday, June 13 @ 7:30 a.m.
POSTED June 10, 2009 / 12:30 p.m.

SEATTLE, Wash. - What does it take to survive for seven days in the harshest, most dangerous geography in the world?

If you're Les Stroud, you can get it done with a few corn chips, a piece of leather, a rusty fish hook and a multi-tool. Welcome to the intriguing world of "Survivorman".

I first stumbled across "Survivorman" about 4 years ago, while flipping through eleventy-jillion cable boob-tube stations in a vain attempt to find something interesting to have on as background noise during an all-night writing marathon. I stopped at this intriguigingly stark, simple program involving a Canadian survivalist performing all manner of grueling tasks in an attempt to stay warm/dry/nourished/hydrated/alive in the middle of the Canadian arctic.

I was hooked in 2 minutes flat. So, apparently, is the rest of the world.

TUNE IN: The multi-talanted Les Stroud will join the Wild Country crew live this Saturday, June 13 from 7:00 to 7:30 for a round-robin Q&A about the "Survivorman" phenomena.

nLIVE EVERY SATURDAY, 6 to 8 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!


June 13 Guest List


8LES STROUD, Survivorman
Host, producer, cameraman,
heck, he writes the "Survivorman"
theme music, too!

8KEITH COLBURN, Wizard
The latest captain in our
"Deadliest Radio"series. High drama
last night on the Wizard!
8CHRIS MOHR, Van Riper's
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NWWC May 23: Hansen conducts "job interview" Deadliest Catch style
NEW May 24, 2009 / 9:10 a.m

SEATTLE - Forget the resume. If you ever interview for a job on the FV Northwestern, just bring your a bag of herring.

Sportsradio 950 KJR update ace Brian Abker took part in a Norwegian fishing tradition Saturday, May 23 when "Deadliest Catch" personality Edgar Hansen joined us live in studio of America's No. 1 rated outdoors radio program. Abker, who had earlier in the week expressed a desire to fish aboard the FV Northwestern, got a job interview he'll never forget, "Deadliest Catch" style.

"We really don't do interviews," Hansen told Abker. "It's more of a feeling, you know?"

X CLICK HERE to listen to the full podcast as Hansen joins Abker in the beheading of a baitfish.


NWWC May 23: Edgar Hansen in studio this Saturday for "Deadliest Radio"
NEW May 20, 2009 / 12:00 p.m
Edgar Hansen Live
We're thinking about changing the name of the show to "NORTHWESTERN Wild Country". As in F/V Northwestern. As in, another member of the most popular television show on cable, Discovery's "Deadliest Catch".

Last week, Northwestern skipper Sig Hansen visited the Wild Country. This week, it's the Northwestern's deck boss: Edgar Hansen LIVE IN STUDIO from 7 to 8 a.m!

CALL IN!!! - Got "Deadliest Catch" questions? LET'S HEAR 'EM!! Stow these numbers away:

(800) 829-0950 or (206) 286-9595

PLUS - Jim Stahl of J&J Guide Service joins the crew, a complete preview of Vancouver Island salmon, and more!


MAY 16 NWWC: Capt. Sig Hansen fires away on May 16 NWWC
NEW May 16, 2009 / 5:30 p.m

Phil Harris of Deadliest Catch on NWWCSEATTLE, Wash - Good luck carving 5 minutes out of Capt. Sig Hansen's ridiculously busy schedule ... oh, wait, except that the Wild Country crew got 30 minutes of it Saturday morning!!!

Our multi-part "Deadliest Radio" string hit high gear from 7:00 to 7:30 a.m. when Seattle's favorite Norwegian fisherman spent 30 minutes on the NWWC airwaves, discussing everything from Bering Sea 40-foot waves to the finances of America's deadliest job.

Because he grew up in Seattle and owns a boat - the Northwestern - that's docked in Ballard whenever it's not fishing in Alaska, you'd expect Capt. Sig to be a pretty popular figure among NWWC's faithful Pugetropolis audience.

You'd be right.

We solicited questions from members of various Seattle and Pacific Northwest fishing boards in the weeks prior to Sig's on-air appearance, and got some GREAT questions to throw at the man who turned the words "Shut up and fish!" into a catch-phrase for anglers throughout the West.

X CLICK HERE to listen to our exclusive interview with Capt. Sig.


Deadliest Catch Hillstrands on NWWC
NWWC FLASH:
"Deadliest Radio" hits the bleep button with Andy & Johnathan Hillstrand May 9

NEW May 13, 2009 / 1:30 p.m

NWWC Deadliest Radio GraphicSEATTLE, Wash - The jokes started flying last Saturday, May 9, even before we sat down with Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand, the brother co-captains of the Time Bandit on Discovery's "Deadliest Catch".

And then the "bleeps" started flying soon after.

The Northwest Wild Country Deadliest Catch Series shifted into third gear when Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand joined the NWWC crew for 15 minutes of kickass radio on Sportsradio 950 KJR. You want to hear about high-seas pranks? On-camera fistfights? Off-camera near-death experiences?

X CLICK HERE to hear our exclusive interview with two of the baddest Bad Boys of the Bering Sea!

8 Join in the Q&A!!!: We know you have questions for these guys, so log onto your local fishing forums and chime in on the various "Deadliest Catch" threads!


MAY 2 NWWC: Pranks, the Elbow Room and "s*it catching on fire" as "Deadliest Radio" sets sail with the crew of the Cornelia Marie
NEW May 2, 2009 / 12:30 p.m

Phil Harris of Deadliest Catch on NWWCSEATTLE, Wash - The "Aw shucks" tone of Phil Harris' voice hides the fact that the Deadliest Catch captain is a certified superstar: "We're just dumb-ass crab fishermen," Harris told the NWWC audience on Saturday, May 2 on Sportsradio 950 KJR.

Hardly.

With the whole world watching, Capt. Phil and his counterparts on the Northwestern, Time Bandit and Wizard have become bigger than the Beatles, thanks to the "Deadliest Catch" on Discovery.

As they enter their fifth season aboard the nation's No. 1-rated cable program, Harris and the other "Catch" captains find themselves in the rarified air of Paris Hilton and Brad Pitt.

Well ... you get my drift.

Harris and his son Josh gave us 15 of the best radio minutes you'll ever hear, as part of Northwest Wild Country's exclusive "Deadliest Radio" lineup. "DR" continues this week with the Hillstrand Brothers, but in the meantime ...

X CLICK HERE for the podcast of our Q&A with Capt. Phil


Deadliest Catch Hillstrands on NWWC
NWWC FLASH:
"Deadliest Catch" Series continues May 2 with Phil & Josh Harris of the Cornelia Marie

NEW April 27, 2009 / 9:30 a.m

NWWC Deadliest Radio GraphicSEATTLE, Wash - We gave you a little taste of things to come this Saturday, April 25 when we welcomed "Deadliest Catch" captain Andy Hillstrand to Northwest Wild Country for a brief chat before CatchCon.

Clear the deck and don the rain gear, "Catch" fans, as America's No. 1-rated outdoors radio show welcomes the No. 1-rated television show on cable TV to the studios for a six-part series.

The Northwest Wild Country Deadliest Catch Series hits second gear next Saturday, May 2 as Capt. Phil Harris and his son Josh from the Cornelia Marie join the NWWC crew on Sportsradio 950 KJR.

Turns out that Capt. Phil is a Sportsradio fan from way back!

8 Questions for the captains?: Let's hear 'em. Log onto your local fishing forums and chime in on the "Deadliest Catch" threads!


SHOW PREVIEW: Previewing the '09 trout opener this Saturday on NWWC
NEW April 12, 2009 / 1:30 p.m

2009 NWWC Trout PreviewARLINGTON, Wash. - Over 250,000 trout anglers can't be wrong.

Come April 25, the biggest single-day crowd of anglers of the year will spread out over the trout waters of the Evergreen State in search of a limit of the good ol' rainbow trout

And, as has been our 6-year tradition here at America's No. 1 outdoors radio program, we'll be right along with them, with multiple live reports from the best fisheries in the state.

BEFORE THAT, however, we'll get the trouters of our great state geared for Opening Day success with our official Trout Preview this Saturday, April 18 on Northwest Wild Country.

We'll bring you pre-season information on the top 10 trout fisheries in western Washington, and critical information on trout-stocking schedules, water temperatures, etc. We have the deepest list of trout sources on the West Coast, and will gladly open it up this weekend to help Y-O-U catch more Opening Day limits!

More to come: I'll post more info on our '09 Trout Preview soon - including the details of our Opening Day Survival Pack giveaways sponsored by Pautzke Bait, Yakima Bait and Dick Nite.

Send your requests: If you have a specific trout fishery you'd like to know about, click on this Gamefishin thread and submit your suggestions!

-JS


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SHOW REVIEW: Barta talks Pacific NW tuna on March 14 Wild Country
NEW March 15, 2009 / 12:40 p.m

Tred Barta March 14 guest

SEATTLE, Wash. - Love him for his honesty or hate him for his brashness, there's no denying that Tred Barta knows a thing or two about tuna fishing. So when Barta proclaims the Pacific Northwest albacore fishery is "one of the most exciting in the world", it's time to sit up and take notice.

The unsinkable host of "The Best & Worst of Tred Barta" brought 30 minutes of high-octane tuna enthusiasm to the Northwest Wild Country airwaves on March 14.

X CHECK OUT Part I of our 30-minute interview with Hurricane Barta here. You'll find Part II of II in the WildCast Center.

-JS


Skeet Show Review

SHOW REVIEW: Skeet on the Classic: "I'm finally earning the respect ..."
NEW Feb. 28, 2009 / 5:30 p.m.

SEATTLE, Wash. - You could hear it in Skeet Reese's voice the second he answered his first question on his Feb. 28 visit to the Northwest Wild Country: pride mixed with wonder, with a little bit of exhaustion thrown in.

Such is the life of the new Bassmaster Classic champion.

X CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast of our exclusive interview with the new king of bass fishing.


Feb. 7 Iaconelli Show Preview

SHOW PREVIEW: Iaconelli enters Wild Country City Limits on Feb. 7
NEW Feb. 6, 2009 / 10:30 p.m.

SEATTLE, Wash. - I badgered Mike Iaconelli for 2 years to bring his Versus hit City Limits Fishing to Seattle to tackle salmon and smallies in the shadow of the Space Needle. Late summer of last year, the City Limits cameras started to roll on Elliott Bay while the summertime equivelant of The Perfect Storm hit Puget Sound.

Ike will tell the story tomorrow morning on Northwest Wild Country. Also on the show:

Jack GlassnTony Floor, NMTA: "The Truth" will join us live from the waters of the San Juan Islands, where the Roche Harbor Classic is going on even as I write this. With $10,000 cash on the line, how will Friday's norwester affect the fishing? "The Truth" will be heard.

nKen Pinnell, Qcove Fishing Tackle: The owner of Qcove - creator of Jim's Breakaway Flasher - will join us in studio, and he'll bring some giveaway swag!

nRyan Heitz, Michael & Young Fly Shop: Heitz and the M&Y crew are hosting a Queen Charlotte Island steelhead adventure of a lifetime. Check the Destinations page for info, and tune into hear firsthand about the wild steelhead of Haida Gwai.

nJack Glass, Hook Up Guide Service: Spring Chinook are suddenly part of the equation on the Willamette and lower Columbia. Jack will tell you where to go for your first shot at springer glory.

nSeth Bone, Kingfisher Charters: Spring Chinook are suddenly part of the equation on the Willamette and lower Columbia. Jack will tell you where to go for your first shot at springer glory.

nPLUS: The Wooldridge First Water with Bonner Daniels on the Snoqualmie River; the Auburn Sports & Marine Fringe Fishery with Chet Mullen on the Green River; the Blast Off Round and a whole lot more. Tune in!

-JS

nLIVE EVERY SATURDAY, 6 to 8 a.m. PDT on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

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SHOW PREVIEW: Linde in studio; Tiffany Haugen, Ed Iman stop by, too
UPDATED Jan. 23, 2009 / 4:30 p.m

Tiffany Haugen booksSEATTLE, Wash. - Two weeks ago, I told the Northwest Wild Country listenership that, if I had to choose one guy to kill a big game critter to save my life, I'd choose Scott Haugen.

Well, if I had to choose one person to COOK that game, it'd be Scott's wife, Tiffany.

Keep a pen and paper handy tomorrow morning as cookbook author Tiffany Haugen checks in with the crew to talk grilling, smoking, planking, roasting, baking and otherwise turning your hard-earned fish and game into the kind of vittles that people fight over.

The Haugens have become household names for Pacific Northwest hunters and anglers: in addition to Scott's Energizer-bunny duties in front of the camera and behind the typewriter, Tiffany has stepped quietly into the kitchens, grill pits and smokehouses of the West with several excellent cookbooks based on steelhead, salmon and big game. She's a regular contributor to STS, Oregon Hunter and a handful of other publications, and the proud author of a new tome on cooking with non-traditional flours.

The Haugens are at the Washington Sportsmen's Show in Puyallup through the weekend, with copies of all their books (including Scott's kickass new blacktail-hunting book) on sale.

Tune in on Saturday as Tiffany shares some prep tips for winter blackmouth, then drop by and say hi to the Haugen family.

Eric LindeLinde in Studio: Eric Linde of Linde's Sportfishing didn't stand a chance. The conversation went something like this:

JS: "Hey Linde, what's your schedule this week?"
EL: "I have seminars on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Puyallup."
JS: "So you're in town on Saturday?"
EL: "Uh, yeah, but ..."
JS: "Alright, I'll see you at 5:59 and 59 seconds on Saturday. We'll have a microphone ready for you. The address is ..."

I'm joking, of course. Linde was only too happy to accept the invitation to sit in with the Wild Country crew this Saturday, Jan. 24. We'll have one of the Columbia River's best anglers in the house for the full two hours, so set your alarms and get the salmon and sturgeon questions ready.

Also on board: Columbia River walleye Yoda Ed Iman; Glen Wooldridge of Wooldridge Boats, with some new show-season promotions that'll knock your socks off; an update on Friday's Columbia River allocation meeting in Oregon; the Auburn Sports & Marine Fringe Fishery; and check-ins from the duck and goose blinds of the Columbia Basin and Skagit Bay.

TUNE IN!

-JS

nLIVE EVERY SATURDAY, 6 to 8 a.m. PDT on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nDOWNLOAD THE PODCAST at our ON DEMAND CENTER!


SHOW PREVIEW: Basin waterfowl, Westside steel & more on Jan. 17
NEW Jan. 16, 2008 / 4:00 p.m

Show Preview GraphicSEATTLE, Wash. - You could say that 2009 came in like a lion. We appear to have survived the floods and deep freezes, but what are the best fishing and hunting opportunities in the aftermath?

We'll find that out this Saturday, Jan. 17 on Northwest Wild Country:

nLarry Carpenter, Master Marine: We've been operating under a new international salmon agreement since Jan. 1, and longtime FOS (Friend of the Show) Larry Carpenter will review the important points of the new US/Canada agreement, which should theoretically put several hundred thousand more Chinook within reach of Washington anglers in the next few years.

nJohn Martinis, John's Sporting Goods: If you fish in Puget Sound, you have to have a copy of Martinis' Saltwater Fishing Journal, published by Evergreen Pacific. We'll ask John about the latest version of this local saltwater bible.

nBill O'Loughlin, O'Loughlin Trade Shows: Get a preview of the upcoming Washington Sportsmen's Show in Puyallup from one of the event's organizers, and win one of 10 free pairs of tickets we'll give away on air!.

nJack Glass, Hook Up Guide Service: Speaking of the Puyallup Show, Wild Country will announce the winners of three free fishing trips with Jack Glass on our Jan. 24 show. You have to register for this giveaway at the Puyallup show, so get down to the show hall!

nAlso on the show: Bob Mahitka of Pacific Wings Guide Service; Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service; Robert Campbell of Fisherman's Marine; Joe Superfisky of Superfly's Guide Service, the Wooldridge First Water; the Auburn Sports & Marine Fringe Fishery, and the return of the Blast Off Round!

Don't miss a minute ... but if you do, check out the podcasts in the WildCast Center!

nLISTEN LIVE, 6 to 8 a.m. PDT on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nDOWNLOAD THE PODCAST at our ON DEMAND CENTER!


SHOW RE-WILD: Richey goes BOOM (Cowboyz) on Jan. 3 Wild Country
NEW Jan. 3, 2008 / 5:00 p.m

Show ReviewSEATTLE, Wash. - Note to Wild Country producer Curtis Crabtree: put "Cut It Up" on the intro-msuic button bar right next to "Stranglehold", "Whiskey In The Jar" and "Electric Eye".

I'm confident in saying that we're the only radio show in America with the Boom Cowboyz in rotation. Never heard of the Boom Cowboyz?

Neither had we ... until northern California guide/author J.D. Richey joined the show.

X Richey's comical explanation of his former life as an almost-country-rap-superstar was one of the highlights of the first Wild Country of 2009.

CLICK HERE for the complete audio rundown of our on-air Q&A's for this Saturday, Jan. 3, including interviews with author Scott Haugen, WDFW shellfish manager Dan Ayers and North Sound saltwater skipper Gary Krein.


SHOW PREVIEW: 0 to 75 in 2.2 seconds on first Wild Country of 2009
NEW Jan. 2, 2008 / 1:00 p.m

Show Preview GraphicSEATTLE, Wash. - I won't bore you with the New Year's resolutions to eat better, exercise more and drink less beer ... because, frankly, I fully plan to break those by the end of the week.

I will, however, let you in on this, the one and only official 2009 resolution for America's No. 1-rated outdoors radio show: Northwest Wild Country will be faster, tighter and smarter in '09 and beyond.

Our new credo: "Talk less, say more."

Listeners will find that out this Saturday, Jan. 3 as we blast off the '09 show schedule on America's No. 1 outdoors radio newsmagazine. Here's who you'll hear on Jan. 3, as the Wild Country goes live from 6 to 8 a.m. PDT on Seattle's Sportsradio 950 KJR:

Haugen Trophy BlacktailsnBen Holten, North Flight Waterfowl: Our first live report of the morning will take us to the frozen tundra of the upper Columbia Basin, where the weather forecast is shaping up perfectly for an early-January thaw that should translate into the best shooting of the year.

nDon Talbot, Hooked on Toys: The ice fishing Yoda of Wenatchee serves up a course in Ice Fishing 101 to an ... eh ... admittedly under-educated Wild Country crew.

nBob Barthlow, Rivers Northwest: Bob has been pounding the Cowlitz for the past month, but river flows and visibility have been a challenge. No worries!: the best winter fishing of the year is coming. We'll get a peek at some new hatchery scheduling that should translate into great February and March fishing on the Cowlitz.

nDan Ayers, WDFW: The first razor clam digs of 2009 happen Jan. 8-11 in Long Beach, Mockrocks, Copalis and Twin Harbors. Ayers, the WDFW's coastel shellfish manager, lays out the clamming drill from A to Z.

nScott Haugen, Trijicon's Game Chasers: The Oregon-based Haugen is one of the most prolific outdoors writers in the West, and one of the most experienced hunters on the planet. He's the author of THE definitive new book on blacktail hunting, "Trophy Blacktails: The Science of the Hunt" (a copy of which we'll give away to a lucky listener).

nCraig Riche, Columbia Basin Waterfowl: Where would I be on Saturday if I wasn't in front of a mic? Sitting in a blind near Tri-Cities, where the best goose-hunting on the West Coast is going on right now. Riche will join us from the pit, and I expect the guns to be blazin'.

nGary Krein, All Star Charters: With Marine Area 8-1 and 8-2 open for business as of New Year's Day, the North Sound's most productive blackmouth waters are fair game again.

Boom CowboyznJD Richey, Fish With JD.com: The author and creator of one of my favorite West Coast fishing websites, longtime Salmon, Trout, Steelheader columnist "Joe Dakota" Richey (at right, wearing the pink shirt and Brad Pitt glare) has some 'splaining to do about his checkered past (hint: bovine-patterned guitar). We might talk a little steelhead, too.

nChet Mullen, Auburn Sports & Marine: This week's Auburn Sports Fringe Fishery takes us to an urban steelhead fishery - the Green River - that's hardly on the Fringe. However, with current water levels pumping into the lower river, the best fishing on the Green is DEFINITELY on its fringes.

nBill Swann, Swanny's Guided Fishing: Our Wooldridge First Water scout will check in from the Chehalis River system, where the winter steelhead fishing should be entering its peak ... right ... about ... NOW!

nLISTEN LIVE, 6 to 8 a.m. PDT on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nDOWNLOAD THE PODCAST at our ON DEMAND CENTER!


SHOW PREVIEW: Clausen, Carpenter, Columbia x 3 on Dec. 5 NWWC
NEW Dec. 4, 2008 / 5:45 p.m.

Show Preview GraphicSEATTLE, Wash - Set your alarm clocks for 5:59 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and have your speakers turned up to 9, because Northwest Wild Country is prepared to blow your doors off with a show for the ages.

How does this sound: THREE COLUMBIA JACKETS to give away; bass-fishing's biggest superstar; a new director for the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife; and the official introduction of the 2009 Wild Country Christmas Crash.

Luke Clausen bucknLuke Clausen, FLW: Washington's bass-fishing superstar has swapped his flippin' stick and trolling motor for a bow and tree stand this month. As the photo at left demonstrates, Coolhand knows a little about whitetail hunting, too. We'll get caught up with Luke's meteoric bass-fishing career, and get a little advice on wintertime bass techniques.

nLarry Carpenter, Master Marine: Monday's announcement of Jeff Koenings' resignation as director of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife was one of the biggest outdoors news stories in 5 years. But now it's time to focus on the rest of the story: who will follow Koenings as the DFW's chief, and what can we expect from interim director Phil Anderson until a new apointee is named? Carpenter will offer some suggestions.

nDave Vedder, Salmon, Trout, Steelheader: Heavy D. will join our own Bill Herzog Saturday for 3 Rivers Marine's annual Winter Steelhead Seminar. Before he does, though, he'll give the Wild Country some words of wisdom.

nJack Glass, Hook Up Guide Service: Dueling steelhead seminars: Glass is in town this Saturday for the annual Steelhead University seminar in Kent. We'll pick Jack's brain about steelhead fisheries in the Portland metro area.

nCOLUMBIA GIVEAWAY: Columbia Sportswear - one of the Pacific Northwest's most revered companies - is opening a new store in the Seattle area, and they're celebrating their grand opening by giving us THREE JACKETS to give away to Wild Country listeners over the next two weekends. Pay close attention to the interviews on Saturday! We'll base our giveaways on your ability to answer questions from the rest of the show.

PLUS: The Wooldridge First Water; the Auburn Sports Fringe Fishery; and the usual lineup of on-the-water and in-the-field reports from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

nLISTEN LIVE, 6 to 8 a.m. PDT on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nDOWNLOAD THE PODCAST at our ON DEMAND CENTER!


SHOW RE-WILD: Gregoire, Rossi finish campaign on Wild Country
NEW Nov. 9, 2008 / 6:45 p.m.

SEATTLE, Wash - For the first time in Evergreen State history, fish were a factor in the election of a governor.

Rossi liveWith the 2008 gubernatorial race apparently bound for another photo finish, both candidates for the governor's mansion - incumbent Chris Gregoire and Republican challenger Dino Rossi - paid a little respect to the fishermen of the state by appearing live on Northwest Wild Country in the two Saturdays prior to the Nov. 4 general election.

The 2004 election was decided by a microscopic 133 votes, and with a weekly Wild Country audience of some 15,000 anglers listening in, both candidates laid out their platforms for fisheries management.

Rossi calls in Oct. 25: Rossi appeared to be focused on the angling public earlier in the race then Gregoire: the Republican candidate published an official position on Washington fisheries, dutifully answered a questionnaire submitted to both candidates by The Reel News (NOT answered by Gregoire), fished with Cowlitz River guide Lee Barkie, and enthusiastically accepted our invitation to join us on the air.

Gregoire liveHis on-air highlights: a promise to call a "Salmon Summit" to solve existing management issues, and a pledge to review the Fish & Wildlife Commission appointees.

Gregoire answers our questions on Nov. 1: It took a fair amount of legwork to book the governor for our Nov. 1 interview, and, but as soon as the questions started rolling, we were instantly impressed by Gregoire's sincerity. Several members of the sportfishing community - including in-studio guest Mark Spada of Yakima Bait Co. - had convened with Gregoire the previous week, coming away convinced that she was the better candidate for sport anglers.

Gregoire's on-air highlights: her assertion that the current Commission apointees MUST be confirmed, and that her extended salmon plan demanded a "re-education" of the Washington legislature to be more attentive to sport fishing interests.

The bottom line, as expressed by Spada: "It's refreshing that both candidates seem to care about sportfishing issues in this election."

Gregoire's win means that she'll have a chance to back up her on-air statements. Stay tuned in coming months as we track the Gregoire Salmon Plan.

-JS


SHOW RE-WILD: Rico & Friends join us in studio for Oct. 25 Wild Country
UPDATED Oct. 30, 2008 / 6:45 p.m.

Eli RicoSEATTLE, Wash - Those of you who tuned in to Northwest Wild Country on Oct. 25 had your salmon and steelhead learning curves accelerated by about 500%.

That thanks to Eli Rico of Hot Shot Guide Service (left), Mark Spada of Yakima Bait Co. and Jim Mercier of Fetha Styx who joined us in studio for two hours of full-throttle Q&A about salmon techniques, gear (and even a little politics).

Rico was the headliner at the "Eli Rico & Friends" seminar that afternoon at Outdoor Emporium, and he, Spada and Mercier were already in prime teaching mode when they hit our Elliott Ave. studio.

Spada - Yakima Bait's western sales manager - gave us the inside story on YBC's kickass M2SP FlatFish and FatFish lures, both of which will be prime chum baits over the next month.

Rico gave us the skinny on the skinny water on the Skykomish RIver, and how best to attack it.

And gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi checked in with his sportfishing-management platform on the eve of the 2008 election.

nLISTEN LIVE, 6 to 8 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nDOWNLOAD THE PODCAST at our ON DEMAND CENTER!

-JS


SHOW RE-WILD: Oct. 18 Wild Country bags bass, sturgeon, salmon, birds
UPDATED Oct. 20, 2008 / 9:00 p.m.

Adrienne SturgeonSEATTLE, Wash. - Choices, choices, we had nothing but choices.

Setting up the guest list for our Oct. 18 show, I was faced with the following question: "Do we talk about fall Chinook, smallmouth bass, sturgeon, landlocked Chinook, early fall chums, quail, pheasant or blackmouth?"

So, we didn't choose: we went after all of the above.

October is Harvest Month in the Pacific Northwest, one of the richest, most productive time of the years for farmers throughout Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.

Not a bad time of year to be a hunter or angler, either. With fall runs of three species of salmon going strong, upland bird and big game seasons in full swing, and an aggressive fall bite going on in nearly every lake in the region, you almost can't go wrong, no matter which direction you head. Here are some highlights from Oct. 18:

Jordan DoucetnAs Adrienne Comeau of Women Sportfishing (above) reported, the Fraser Valley is rockin' for sturgeon, Chinook and chums. X Just remember to load up on the stink bait!

nDropping temperatures mean that X Lake Washington smallies are in a fall feeding frenzy, as Jordan Doucet of 3 Rivers Marine reported (right) on his way to the Bob Mikelsen Memorial Tournament.

nBird populations appear to be on a slight downswing in the Yakima Valley, but Rob Phillips of Yakima Bait Co. offered several suggestions on X where to look for pheasant and quail.

nALSO COVERED: Area 10 blackmouth with Randy Doucet of Northwest Fishing Charters; South Sound chums with Tom Pollack of Auburn Sports & Marine; Bonneville sturgeon and Chinook with Eric Linde of Linde's Sportfishing; Lake Chelan Chinook with Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Guide Service; Tillamook Bay with Terry Mulkey of Mulkey's Guide Service.

If you missed us this week, remember to tune in every Saturday!

nLISTEN LIVE, 6 to 8 a.m. PST on SPORTSRADIO 950 KJR!

nCATCH IT STREAMING ONLINE at www.950kjr.com!

nDOWNLOAD THE PODCAST at our ON DEMAND CENTER!

-JS


SHOW RE-WILD: Hunting season opens in the Wild Country on Oct. 11
Oct. 10, 2008 / 2:15 p.m.

Del Stephens muley

SEATTLE, Wash. -
Hunting season just kicked off throughout the West Coast, and as the photo of Del "Tuna Dog" Stepens (above) attests, there have already been some big, big bucks on the ground. With that in mind, the Oct. 11 version of Northwest Wild Country carried the smell of gunpowder and a whiff of fish scales.

Here are some highlights from the Oct. 11 Northwest Wild Country:

nMike Kelly, Fish Reaper Guide Service: With over 144,000 steelhead over Little Goose Dam already, the Snake River steelhead bite is about to go through the roof. X As Kelly told us on the air, it's time to brace yourself for an epic two months on the Snake.

Duck TaxinMark Evans, North Sound Waterfowl: Opening morning found Evans hunkered down near a pit blind on one of his properties near Padilla Bay, X surveying some of the best early-season bird numbers he's seen in years.

nMike Meseburg, Meseburg Duck Taxi: Who needs sound effects when you have the Columbia Basin's best hunters blowing calls and the X first shots of the season going off in the background at Potholes Reservoir (pictured at left)?

nEli Rico, Hot Shot Guide Service: We expected to catch up to our wandering Wooldridge First Water river rat as he fished for Chinook at Priest Rapids. Lo and behold, Rico Suave had already blown out of that fishery and headed to the X mouth of the Klickitat River.

nWILDCAST CENTER: Check out the rest of the show in the Wildcast Center as Chris Ferry, Nick Kester and Bill Swann also join us on the air.

-JS


SHOW RE-WILD: Michael Waddell, FLW's Evans guest on Sept. 20 show
Sept. 25, 2008

Waddell antelopeOne was the president of perhaps the most powerful bass organization in the world. The other was - in his words - a "guitar pickin’, blue jeans wearin’, backstrap grillin’ good ol’ boy who was born to hunt."

In addition to their Southern accents, FLW president Charlie Evans and Realtree TV personality Michael Waddell had one more thing in common on Sept. 20: they were both guests on Northwest Wild Country.

Waddell, the garrulous host of Realtree Roadtrips and We Live Outdoors, phoned in from the sidelines of his son's youth football game in Georgia to talk about early season hunting techniques, the power of good calling, and taking advantage of a buck or bull's "sexual frustration".

Pause here for wise cracks.

Listen to Waddell's full interview here, and be sure to spend a little time checking out Waddell's adventures and blogs at his home website.


SHOW RE-WILD: Tom Knapp, Andrew Skurka make Wild Country tour
Sept. 4, 2008

The Benelli Wizard: We caught up to "America's Shooting Star" Tom Knapp in the Memphis airport last Saturday, just before he hopped on a plane headed to Seattle, and an afternoon shooting exhibition at the Seattle Skeet and Trap Club. In the course of a 15-minute interview, Knapp reviewed some basics about his behind-the-back, one-handed trick shots (it's all about "sight planes"), and explained the history of his three world-record clay-shooting feats.

Check out the interview in the Hour 1 block at our Sportsradio 950 KJR podcast center, and check back later this week for the individual segment.

The Walking Man: Before you read further, go take a look at the resume of Andrew "Who Needs a Car, I Have My Feet" Skurka on the All Hikes link on his website. Get a load of the mileage this cat has covered in hiking boots: 7,778 miles on the Sea-to-Sea Route, 6,875 on the Great Western Loop ...

Never again will I bitch about my feet hurting after a chukar hunt.

Skurka's "Aw shucks" attitude about his accomplishments is refreshing, to say the least. As you'll hear during the course of our 15-minute interview with the 27-year-old Massachusetts native (Hour 2 in the KJR podcast center), his amazing cross-country strolls are 100 % about the adventure of it all. Skurka graduated with a degree from Duke, and immediately passed on a career in a business suit for a life in hiking boots.

Skurka is one of the keynote speakers at the Sept. 13-14 Adventures In Travel Expo in Seattle. He's a dynamic speaker, and will supplement his presentation with photos and videos from his journies. If you're in the Seattle area that weekend, go catch his presentation.

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