Outdoors


Shooting trap at the Cashmere Sportsmen’s Association Range during the annual November Turkey Shoot – J. Kruse
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...
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 the...

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...
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced razor clam digs in Washington are closed through November 12 and it’s possible the closure could extend to December.   The reasons are twofold. One of them has to do with domoic acid. It’s a toxin found in shellfish and at high levels can...

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

A bighorn sheep herd – 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 sheep,...
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 other DNR...
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...
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...
REDUCING VEHICLE COLLISIONS WITH DEER AND ELK – Many of our readers are familiar with the lonely, barren stretches of highway and roads running along the Hanford Nuclear Reservation towards the Tri-Cities. Much of this area encompasses not only the Hanford Nuclear Reservation but also the Hanford...

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