Outdoors

MOLSON -   On January 16, the Oroville Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 2021 17th Annual NW Ice Fishing Festival, which focused on raising funds to support the other events and advertising we do throughout the year. The tournament was open to the public and well over 200 were in attendance...
    WINTHROP – Several areas near Washington Pass, located on State Route 20 within the Methow Valley Ranger District, will be closed to snowmobile and snow bike use January 1 through June 30, in order to provide for the safety of winter recreation users. The three areas covered by the...

Russell Johnston with a nice carp caught last winter in the Columbia Basin. Courtesy John Kruse
Wondering what to do on the water this month? Due to the mild temperatures this winter many Eastern Washington lakes don’t have safe ice for hardwater fishing and most anglers have their boats put away until spring. Never fear, Carpe Diem, or “seize the day”, as they say and target carp in a...
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)’s new fish, wildlife, and natural resource-themed lesson plan program for elementary, middle school, and high school students is launching its first live event on Friday. The Wild Washington lessons are developed for teachers,...

Courtesy Steve Brady Barb Brady with a Potholes Reservoir walleye caught Jan. 9
A WARNING ABOUT BACKYARD BIRD FEEDERS   The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a press release last week after receiving reports of sick and dead birds near backyard bird feeders in several Western Washington locations. According to WDFW veterinarian Kristin Mansfield, the die-off,...

Whitewater rafting on the White Salmon River. Courtesy Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys
Call it the silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic…People are discovering or rediscovering the great outdoors. This means the outdoors will likely be a crowded place in 2021 as well. This means now is the time to plan your outdoor adventures for the year. With that in mind, what will you resolve to...
Call it the silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic…People are discovering or rediscovering the great outdoors. This means the outdoors will likely be a crowded place in 2021 as well. This means now is the time to plan your outdoor adventures for the year. With that in mind, what will you resolve...
OKANOGAN COUNTY – Biologists from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will employ helicopters to capture and collar about 125 mule deer in three study areas including Okanogan County in mid-January. A WDFW media release said the “captures and collaring in Okanogan County will...
OLYMPIA– The Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program and regional park staff are reporting record visits at Sno-Parks across the state. As COVID-19 restrictions continue to limit indoor entertainment and gatherings, people are flocking to the outdoors, despite dropping temperatures...

An orca whale off of San Juan Island. Courtesy John Kruse
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has enacted new rules, meant to help resident orca whales, that will impact commercial whale watching boat operations in Puget Sound.   The endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) numbered as high as 98 in 1995 but declined to 74 orcas...

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