Fall pheasant hunts are just around the corner and Whatcom Wildlife Area manager Richard Kessler is now planning the release end of things that, in part, make the opportunities here possible.
He has called a meeting of both veteran and would-be volunteer bird releasers for Monday, Sept. 9, to organize the work and set schedules.
If you're interested in donating an evening or two between late September and the end of November to liberate ring-necks west of Ferndale, call Kessler at 360-384-4723. Leave your name and telephone number if he doesn't answer directly.
TUCANNON STEELHEADING RETOOLED
Changes were implemented at the beginning of this month to rules governing steelheading on Southeast Washington's Tucannon River.
These emergency orders establish a closed-waters reach as a sanctuary for initial incoming wild steelhead, reduce the bag limit and compel anglers to keep any hatchery-origin (fin-clipped) steelhead they bring to hand.
For more details on the volunteer pheasant release effort at Lake Terrell, Alcoa Intalco and BP Cherry Point designated release sites as well as the Tucannon and other fishing rule changes as of the first of September, 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.