Outdoors Blog

  • Nooksack and other rivers now open for fall salmon fishing

    Posted on September 2, 2014

    Reaches of the Nooksack, Skagit and Stillaguamish rivers opened Monday, Sept. 1 for fall salmon fishing.

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  • Last minute hunter education options here

    Posted on August 22, 2014

    With black bear hunting season already underway and more nimrod options coming up the first of September the need to get licenses for first-time hunters becomes more pressing. Washington law requires all seekers of first-time hunting licenses in this state born after January 1, 1972 to successfully take and pass a sanctioned hunter education course either here or in another state. With the advent of the self-paced on-line hunter education course, traditional three- or four-day traditional hunter education classroom courses held  hereabouts  this time of year are becoming more difficult to find. As of Friday, Aug. 22 there are no classes scheduled in Whatcom County, though unofficially there may be one or two more that are being organized but not yet officially posted. The closest of these confirmed two- to three-day sessions listed for September and early October are in Marysville, Arlington and Coupeville. Steve Dazey, hunter education and volunteer coordinator for WDFW’s Region Four, said

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  • Proposed 2015-17 hunt season rules on the table

    Posted on August 15, 2014

    Starting Monday, Aug. 18 hunters and other interested citizens may log on to the fish and wildlife department's Web portal at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/seasonsetting/ to read and comment on preliminary hunting season alternatives that will lead to creation of a set of hunting regulations for the three year period between 2015 to 2017.

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  • Remaining inland waters personal use crab fishery opens Friday, Aug. 15

    Posted on August 15, 2014

    The catching of Dungeness crab for personal use in the waters of the U.S. portion of the Strait of Georgia (Marine Sub-Area 7 North) begins today, Friday, Aug. 15.

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  • General black bear hunting season opens Friday, Aug. 1

    Posted on July 31, 2014

    The 2014 general black bear hunting season  starts with the onset of official shooting hours at 5:17 AM, Friday, Aug. 1  throughout Northwest Washington .

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  • Special Okanogan deer hunt permits offered by lottery

    Posted on July 25, 2014

    Eighteen special permits, six each to bowhunters, muzzleloaders and modern rifleers, each good for access to a limited entry hunt on the heights east of the Okanogan Valley, are again being offered by lottery by the state fish and wildlife department.

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