Outdoors


Russell Johnston caught this winter walleye fishing the waters around Potholes State Park. Courtesy John Kruse
The new year marks the kick-off to sportsmen’s show season in the Pacific Northwest and there is no shortage of them in the Evergreen State. The shows have evolved over the years. It used to be crowds went there to book trips with the outfitters, guides, resorts and lodges who are exhibitors....

Christina Gibson takes her dog team on a training run. - Courtesy Emily Gibson
  CARLTON – When The Quad first profiled musher Christina Gibson in November 2017 the then 16-year-old was training to complete in Alaska’s Junior Iditarod for teenage racers and their dog teams. The Junior is the 150-mile version of the famous 1,000-mile Iditarod that runs from Anchorage to Nome,...
  There’s more than one way to put a turkey on your table for Thanksgiving. Rather than head to the grocery store, thousands of hunters plan to get their birds during the hunting season for wild turkey already underway in eastern Washington. Then again, who says turkey has to be the center of...

This 9.6-pound lake whitefish was caught this month during a pike netting survey at Lake Roosevelt. Pictured are Ashley Caldwell and Randy Osborne with WDFW. - Courtesy WDFW
    Call them the Rodney Dangerfield’s of the Pacific Northwest. The whitefish, whether it be the mountain whitefish found in streams or the lake whitefish found in Eastern Washington reservoirs and the Columbia River, are fish that like Rodney, “Don’t get no respect”. It’s a shame, because in the...
WENATCHEE - Forest visitors will be able to enjoy campfires in most areas of the national forest soon.  Stage 1 public use fire restrictions, namely restrictions on the use of campfires in dispersed recreation areas, that have been in effect in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will be lifted...

Prescribed fire helps restore the forest and remove unhealthy woody fuel build-up near N acreshes, WA in 2016 on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
OKANOGAN/CHELAN COUNTIES - From the Canadian border to south of Yakima, firefighters in Central Washington are planning to burn thousands of acres this fall to increase forest health and protect nearby communities. Excluded from the ecosystem for nearly 100 years, frequent, low-intensity fire is...
OKANOGAN – The National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are hosting a public meeting on the Draft North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS).  Meeting participants will have an opportunity, through a lottery...
OLYMPIA – Marine law enforcement agencies on Washington state’s marine and fresh waterways will conduct safety emphasis patrols over Labor Day weekend — specifically targeting stand up paddleboarders. The goal is to educate them about laws and safe practices. “Stand up paddleboarders need to know...

Beaver restoration site tours will be offered on Sunday morning Sept. 15. Sign up at Saturday’s event and choose an easy, moderate, or more strenuous option. Courtesy Methow Beaver Project
WINTHROP - The Methow Beaver Project will hold its first Beaver Celebration on Sept. 14 and 15, 5-9:30 p.m.  Come join in the fun at this free event, starting with a social in Mack Lloyd Park at 5 p.m. on Saturday the 14th.  Mingle and share in the excitement around beaver ecology and restoration...

A bounty of dungeness crab. Courtesy of WDFW and Laura Coyle
Summer is slipping away.  If you have a family and haven’t gotten out to fish, hike, paddle or camp do so before the kids head back to school. Saltwater Fishing Crabbing is a great option and you don’t need a boat to get in on the action.   The marina at Westport is a fun place to go crabbing and...

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