Black bear become fair game in the late or general fall season in selected areas throughout Washington beginning the first of August.
It's a staggered start with bruins in the Puget Sound lowlands, the coast and North Cascades first on the menu. Other black bear management sectors around the state open in mid-August and the first of September.
SO FAR, SO MUDDY
The fishery is on, as of July 16, for Nooksack pinks but with all the hot dry weather and high freezing levels the lower river's visibility and flow volume have made it difficult for anglers to get their gear in front of fish.
Anglers at Baker Lake after adult sockeye are fairing somewhat better with 4,700 of the 9,700-fish return so far already in the reservoir.
For more details about the coming black bear season and updates on area salmon fisheries 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.