It takes a wage-free work-force to make a success of the fall pheasant season at Lake Terrell. Specifically, three late-afternoon/evenings a week for around two months, people are needed to gather up, transport and release birds on the three main upland venues west of Ferndale.
Whatcom Wildlife Area Manager Richard Kessler is calling a meeting of both veteran and interested new volunteers at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, to schedule activities for the upcoming hunts that start with releases for the youth hunt the fourth weekend in September.
AREA DUCK HUNTERS DINE
The Bellingham Chapter of Ducks Unlimited holds its annual banquet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in Bellingham.
Last-minute tickets are still available at several county outlets.
A FEW GOOD BURNS
A scorched earth strategy can weaken enemies and win wars, in forest and shrub-steppe habitat-management fire can forestall greater tragedies and reinvigorate landscapes.
But it must be controlled so there's a time and place for its ignition.
Later this fall, when hunters visit the Sinlahekin and Sherman Creek wildlife areas, they'll see the results of beneficial burns.
CRAB REPORTING STARTS MONDAY
Except for our local waters that close at the end of September to personal use gathering of crab, all other inland Washington marine areas shut down at midnight Monday, Sept. 3, so managers can do summer non-treaty personal use catch tallies to determine which areas may have sufficient allocation percentages remaining to allow fall/winter openings.
While holders of summer crab catch record cards may get a jump on the rest by mailing today, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's online reporting portal goes up Monday, Sept. 3, and will stay open for a four-week period.
WDFW must get reports from everyone who bought or obtained free of charge (kids) a 2012 Puget Sound Dungeness Crab Endorsement.
For more details about volunteering as a pheasant releaser, the DU dinner, eastside controlled burns and crab reporting, read the Outdoors Column in the Sunday Herald.
Doug Huddle, the Bellingham Herald's outdoors correspondent since 1983, has written a weekly fishing and hunting column that now appears Sundays. Read his blog and contact him at http://pblogs.bellinghamherald.com/outdoors