Outdoors


Courtesy J. Kruse A brace of drake green-winged teal taken opening day.
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...
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...
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...
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 the...
 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...

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