Outdoors


Illegal off-road vehicle usage is a problem south of Moses Lake. Courtesy John Kruse
One weekend this January, Richard Smith and Chris Anderson were hunting ducks near Crab Creek, south of the Moses Lake Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Area, in a region known as the mud flats or the Yellow Zone. That’s when several loud ORVs came into the immediate sector they were trying to lure ducks into...

David Kruse on an upland bird hunt in Douglas County. Courtesy John Kruse
The forest grouse season opened on September 15 and general upland bird seasons for chukar, quail and gray partridge (formerly known as Hungarian partridge or Huns before the PC police changed the name) opens October 2 across Eastern Washington. Upland bird hunting, also known as going for a long...
SPOKANE— Most wildlife areas managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in Eastern Washington are now open for extended day use hours (4 a.m. to 10 p.m.). In July, WDFW closed wildlife areas in Eastern Washington to overnight use amid high wildfire danger, limiting public...
PORTLAND, OREGON - The National Forests of Oregon and Washington in Region 6 of the USDA Forest Service are transitioning their firewood program to become a free use firewood program to the public. Those who receive free use firewood permits may use firewood for cutting, manufacturing, handling, or...
Action: Opens retention of coho.  Species affected: Salmon.  Effective dates, locations and rules:  Priest Rapids Dam to Rock Island Dam: Sept. 18 through Oct. 15. Daily limit six (6) salmon. Up to two (2) may be adult Chinook and up to four (4) may be coho. Minimum size 12 inches. Release...

Guide Aaron Peterson (left) and a Fish Camp attendee with a typical Chinook salmon. Courtesy Rob Iman
After a 2020 hiatus because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, it was wonderful to head back to the Peach Beach RV Park in the Columbia River Gorge this week to participate in Ed Iman’s annual Fish Camp. This event has been going on for almost 20 years now and brings together a combination of outdoors...

Hydros like the Advance United GP-111 that competed in the Terry Troxel Memorial Regatta at Pateros last August may be among those that come to Brewster in October. Mike Maltais/QCH
BREWSTER – Hydroplane races took a step closer to becoming an annual event in the Columbia River off Columbia Cove Park when the city council, at its regular monthly meeting last Thursday, Sept. 16, approved a public event application for an exhibition race next month. What the Tacoma Inboard...
Fishing Reports: Columbia River Gorge: At Gorge Outfitters Supply in Rufus, Megan Eshleman reports anglers are catching Chinook salmon off the mouth of the Deschutes River but winds have kept anglers off the water for several days during the past week. Walleye fishing remains consistently good...

The Buccaneer was hard to miss on sporting its distinctive skull and crossbones. Mike Maltais/QCH
PATEROS – After missing 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, the 11th annual Terry Troxell Memorial Hydro Classic returned to Pateros August 21-22 with thrills, more spills than usual, a new racing class, and an added venue to its annual summer racing circuit. A second crane was staged at the Lakeshore...

Courtesy USFS
Wenatchee - Due to prolonged, extreme fire conditions the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is expanding current fire restrictions to include recreational shooting effective immediately . The expanded fire restrictions prohibit discharging a firearm on all lands, roads and trails within the...

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