Outdoors Blog

  • 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)


  • Brief early resident Canada goose hunt starts Wednesday, Sept. 10

    Posted on September 9, 2014

    A six-day hunt for non-migratory Canada geese, in advance of the general waterfowl season, begins in Goose Management Areas 1, 2A, and 3 including Whatcom County Wednesday, Sept. 10. The last day is Monday, Sept. 15.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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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