Winter months are normally the time of year when purveyors of outdoors vehicles, gear, guided trips and accommodations bring their wares and offerings into warm indoor environs of regional trade shows.
The Seattle's winter boating extravaganza often leads off the schedule during the last part of January with other events including one in Puyallup generally following in February and early March.
LATE JANUARY COASTAL DIG SET
State health authorities have given the go-ahead for a three-day dig on the weekend of Jan. 25-27.
Shellfish managers report that though it was quite cold out, the early January dig yielded a lot of razor clam limits.
For a rundown of the 2013 outdoors show schedule, additional details on the next razor clam dig plus more hunting and fishing news, read Sunday's Outdoors Column.
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.belinghamherald.com/outdoors.