Outdoors


A brace of drake green-winged teal taken opening day. Courtesy John Kruse
Between fall hunting, fishing, bighorn sheep and news from our state parks there’s a lot to cover this week:   HUNTING: There were no official deer check stations set up last weekend for the modern firearm opening of deer season in Northeast Washington due to Covid-19 concerns but checking with...

Courtesy USDA Forest Service/Meshach Padilla Firefighters ignite a prescribed fire on national forest public lands to help restore dry forests and better protect nearby communities from high intensity wildfires.
NCW - This fall, firefighters across Central Washington will once again be using fire to help restore watersheds and better protect nearby communities. Excluded from the ecosystem for nearly 100 years, frequent, low-intensity fire is essential for restoring public lands and the communities who...

A bighorn sheep herd – Courtesy J. Kruse
On Oct. 1, a domestic sheep was seen at the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park mingling with several wild bighorn sheep. So why is it a big deal for a domestic sheep to be hanging around wild sheep, you ask? Two words…Mycoplasma bacteria. Domestic sheep can carry it and pass it on to wild...

Courtesy John Kruse Rusty Johnston with a nice 3-pound largemouth bass
Rusty Johnston is my best friend of 40-plus years. We met bass fishing as kids and have never stopped fishing together since that time. The two of us had been practicing this spring and summer to fish the Berkley Big Bass Tournament at Potholes Reservoir, scheduled to happen Oct. 3. Seven hourly...

A rainbow trout caught and released from the Yakima River. Courtesy John Kruse
If you are looking for a high-quality stream fishing experience for trout, look no further than the Yakima River, Washington’s only Blue Ribbon trout stream. Flowing from Keechelus Lake near Snoqualmie Pass into the Snake River at the Tri-Cities, the river offers cold water fisheries in the upper...
  Some of Washington's most popular hunting seasons get underway in October, when hunters take to the field for deer, elk, ducks, geese, and other game birds.    Meanwhile, anglers are catching salmon in areas of Puget Sound, while razor clam digs are tentatively scheduled this month on...
 Sedro Woolley – Effective Friday, September 25, the burn ban on all lands within North Cascades National Park Service Complex was  lifted. This includes all National Park Service lands and campgrounds in Stehekin, along State Route 20 and the Ross Lake area.    Campfires are allowed in...
WENATCHEE - Campfire restrictions have been lifted on national forest lands in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima and Okanogan Counties. This means that forest visitors can once again enjoy campfires in all locations where campfires are normally allowed on the Methow Valley, Tonasket, Chelan, Entiat,...
OLYMPIA–The Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which awards about $80 million biennially to projects to improve salmon habitat, will see a change in leadership. Jeff Breckel, 70, from Stevenson, is the new chair of the funding board. Breckel has more than 20 years of experience in salmon recovery,...

Brown trout close up. J. Kruse
I didn’t realize how much I missed catching brown trout until I hooked a 14-incher that immediately launched out of the water three feet into the air. Tough, hard fighting and beautifully colored, brown trout are a true treat to catch whether you hook them on the Jefferson River in Southwest...

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