Outdoors


Courtesy John Kruse A rainbow trout caught at Putters Pond in Rock Island by Faith Kruse.
Fishing Reports: Bob Loomis, Sales Director for Mack’s Lure, went out with three friends to Banks Lake recently to try their luck for walleye. Their short afternoon of fishing went very well. Fishing metal Sonic Baitfish lures as blade baits they caught over 35 walleye averaging 20 inches in size...

Courtesy John Kruse Shooting trap at the Cashmere Sportsmen’s Association Range during the annual November Turkey Shoot.
Call it a slice of normalcy in this otherwise surreal year dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic, politics and innumerable sad and stressful events that have plagued 2020. This event is a fun one. It’s the annual Turkey Shoot put on by the Cashmere Sportsman’s Association and this year, it took...

Courtesy Guy Miner. Pheasant hunters can provide a non-traditional holiday meal offering. John Kruse with a limit of roosters.
Turkeys are running scared across the nation and for good reason, a lot of them are going to be consumed for dinner on November 26! The vast majority of these Thanksgiving birds are store bought turkeys but have you considered some wild game alternatives?   The first option of course is...

A Washington State gray wolf from the Teanaway Pack. Courtesy WDFW
Wolf news, trout fishing, an update on razor clam closures and news from our state parks makes for an interesting round-up of outdoors news in Washington this week.   WOLVES: On Oct. 29 the U.S. Department of the Interior declared victory on the effort to recover Canadian gray wolves in the...

A child pulls a small tree behind him over the snow. Courtesy USDA Forest Service
WENATCHEE – People desiring to purchase Christmas tree permits will have three options to do so starting Nov.  1. Permits may be purchased online through Recreation.gov, at some Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offices, and from local vendors. The Forest Service decided to move permit...
OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) strategic plan, three land transactions, and a target shooting rule update during its Oct. 23-24 meeting. The Commission also helped recognize seven WDFW award recipients who...

Sunset Razor Clam Dig Courtesy Dan Ayres, WDFW
Editors Note: A press release from the WDFW on Nov. 4 states: Washington's ocean beaches will remain closed to razor clam harvest until at least December after test results on razor clams dug at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Kalaloch and Copalis indicate levels of domoic acid that exceed the...
LEAVENWORTH – Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Access Fund, the only nationally accredited land trust dedicated to protecting America’s climbing, are pleased to announce that 11 acres in Icicle Canyon outside Leavenworth, Washington, are now permanently protected as public land. This...
OLYMPIA – Due to recent rainfall and decreasing risk of large wildfires, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has lifted its temporary ban on the lawful discharge of firearms.   The restriction, initially enacted Aug. 15, applied to state forests, community forests and...

Courtesy USDA Forest Service/Eireann Pederson. Overlooking the project area from McClure Mountain.
WINTHROP -  The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is proposing a variety of treatments across the approximately 77,000 acre Twisp Restoration Project project area. A primary focus of this project is thinning overstocked areas to improve stand health and prescribed fire treatments to restore good...

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