The application period is now open for unique lottery-allocated deer hunts in the northern Okanogan.
The 18 permits to be issued by no-fee drawing are for access to the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area's Charles and Mary Eder Unit located east of Oroville.
Six each will be allocated to holders of archery, modern rifle and blackpowder deer tags, each batch good for consecutive early or general seasons this fall.
WEB-FOOT PANEL CANDIDATES SOUGHT
Advisers to the fish and wildlife department's migratory bird program are being sought.
The nomination period for possible appointment to the 15-member Waterfowl Advisory Group ends Wednesday, July 31. WDFW Director Phil Anderson will make selections in early August from the slate of nominees to fill three-year terms.
For more details about the special Okanogan deer hunt drawing plus more fishing and hunting 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://pbogs.bellinghamherald.com/outdoors.