Outdoors

  OLYMPIA - Today, May 5, some fishing, hiking, and hunting opportunities are reopening, and WDFW staff are working across the state to open gates and welcome you back to your public lands. It’s a very exciting day. With your attentiveness, I believe we can safely spend spring and summer in the...

Wendy Herrera with a nice walleye caught in the Columbia River Gorge. Courtesy John Kruse
Hunters and anglers are heading out to the water and into the woods again beginning May 5th following announcements by Governor Jay Inslee’s and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife that these activities are once again legal. In Central and Eastern Washington, all seasons will open...

National Wildlife Refuge boundary sign – Courtesy John Kruse
On April 8, David Bernhardt, the Secretary of the Interior, announced his intention to open up more than 2.3 million acres across America for increased fishing and hunting opportunities. This would occur as early as this fall on 97 national wildlife refuges and 9 national fish hatcheries managed by...

Backyard house finch. Courtesy John Kruse
  Washington is the first and only state to outlaw recreational fishing and spring hunting in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  This was done to comply with Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” mandate emphasizing social distancing and discouraging travel away from home...

Inland Empire Pistol Match   D class gold metal winners for the 2018 2019 season are:  left to right    Darrin Cavadini,   Sam Shaw,   Steve Cox,   D J Reynolds,   Ryan Smith, and   Pat McGuire. They shoot for the Omak Fish and Game club. They shoot 10 sets of three targets. Slow Fire,  Time Fire, and Rapid Fire.   They shoot once a week starting in December and ending in March and It is a correspondence  match. They email the scores in and they compete against teams from Arizona Idaho Montana Oregon Alaska. /Courtesy Sam Shaw

A Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly / Jason Wettstein
OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking the public’s help to provide information on 19 wildlife species as part of a periodic review of native wildlife populations.   WDFW’s review process includes the following species: Steller Sea Lion, Killer Whale, Lynx,...
PORTLAND, OREGON - Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon on Wednesday approved a sport fishery for spring Chinook salmon on the Columbia River that reflects continued low numbers of fish available for harvest this year. According to preseason projections, about 81,700 upriver spring Chinook...
OKANOGAN COUNTY - Annual controlled burns on Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) lands in eastern Washington start in March, as conditions allow. Prescribed fire on WDFW wildlife areas reduces the risk of wildfire, reduces risks to community safety and health, and improves habitat for...
BREWSTER – Sign-ups for the 2020 Brewster Youth Baseball will be held at the Brewster High School Commons on Tuesday, March 17, 5-6 p.m. Must be no younger than 5 and no older than 12 on May 1, 2020.  

Mary Holmberg hauled this monster rainbow trout out of Quincy Lake a few years ago. / Courtesy J. Kruse
The first day of March brings a host of fishing opportunities for both salmon and trout anglers across Washington State.  Here’s a round-up of what’s in store: SEKIU SALMON:  A special winter/spring season for hatchery Chinook salmon opens March 1 off Sekiu and the Olympic Peninsula in Marine Area...

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