The opening of the Bow Hill designated release site for Saturday's start to the Western Washington general pheasant season has been postponed.
The off-road parking area originally destined to serve hunters this fall is not available after all. Department personnel have secured an alternative parking area but will require additional time to prepare it so the site will be closed this weekend.
No pheasants will be released for this weekend as well. Stay tuned.
THE RAZOR DIGS OF OCTOBER
Two sets of evening digs involving four of the five management beaches in Washington's coast have been penciled into the October calendar.
Both are on low tide sequences that occur about or after sunset, so diggers will need to bring their own illumination.
Also, they're contingent on marine toxin levels staying low. Testing, followed by an announcement will occur a week in advance of each.
For more details about the general pheasant hunt opening including the status of Bow Hill, further information on October razor clam openings 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://pblogs.bellinghamherald.com/outdoors.