The start of the modern firearms deer hunt is eight days away, but there's still time to do some last-minute scouting.
The government shutdown is not expected to affect practical vehicular access to the national forest for area hunters, nor will the major landowner change on the private timberland side.
FLY FISHERS PLAN FUND RAISER
The Fourth Corner Fly Fishers, whose efforts on behalf of modern era fishing and fish habitat in Whatcom County are substantial, are planning to infuse their coffers with more funds to do good further works.
The group's annual conservation auction is set for Saturday, Oct. 26.
More about last minute scouting and access for the general buck deer season and the fly club's fundraiser 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.