Outdoors Blog

  • Young steelhead from halted plants bolster lake fishing anyway

    Posted on October 14, 2014

    Young hatchery-born steelhead that the state fish and wildlife department was ordered by a federal court to withhold from release into Puget Sound streams back in May will serve a good purpose after all.


  • General hunting seasons for deer and waterfowl begin Saturday

    Posted on October 10, 2014

    Across Washington Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 main event or general season hunts kick off for deer and waterfowl.


  • Recreational crabbing reopened in most Washington inland waters

    Posted on October 3, 2014

    Personal use or recreational crabbing resumed Wednesday, Oct. 1 in all but two of Washington's inland water management zones.


  • Reporting period for summer personal use Dungeness crab ending

    Posted on September 29, 2014

    Personal use (sport) catch reports of Dungeness crab caught during the summer 2014 season must be filed with the state fish and wildlife department before midnight Wednesday, Oct. 1.


  • More deer controlled-hunt permits to be issued for parts of Okanogan

    Posted on September 19, 2014

    Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife managers in an effort to reduce deer numbers on wildlife habitat and agricultural areas in the Methow and Okanogan ravaged by the Carlton Complex fire say they will proceed cautiously to issue more controlled hunt permits. However, instead of calling new lotteries, the department has extended the issuance of controlled hunt permits out of  the regular annual special hunt permit application process this past spring  to hunters who previously applied but where not drawn for special hunt permits. Unsuccessful applicants as they appear on drawing results lists who entered hunt drawing categories including youth, senior, hunters with disabilities and antlerless that involve game management units 224 (Pearrygin), 239 (Chilliwist) and 242 (Alta) will be called and awarded the extra permits. Though plantlife is already regrowing on the breadth of scorched lands _ close to 400 square miles _ in the Okanogan, biologists say it can be difficult to gauge the habitat regeneration


  • Youth and senior bird hunters take to field starting this weekend

    Posted on September 18, 2014

       The 2014 two-day special September youth (under age 16) bird hunt is this weekend (Sept. 20-21), then beginning Monday, Sept 22 pheasant hunters age 65 and older have a five-day stint in upland game-bird venues to themselves. The youth hunting weekend is open at all licensed hunters under the age of 16 but they must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older who is not hunting. For this young gun opportunity, besides pheasants, forest grouse, doves (both the native mourning and deleterious Eurasian collared species) and band-tailed pigeons (with special written authorization) with their seasons already open  are fair game as are most  waterfowl (coot, ducks and geese). Quail and partridge game species are 'huntable' by youthful hunters in Eastern Washington, but are off-limits to them west of the Cascades. The species known as common snipe are not on the fair game list either. All Washington bird hunting grounds,  especially for ducks and geese,  on both public and private (with permission)


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