Fire hall construction topic of special meeting
A special meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Okanogan County Fire District No. 6 will be held on Monday, No. 24, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the District No. 6 training/conference room at the Twisp Fire Hall located at 434 W. 2nd Ave. in Twisp. The topic will be a the construction of a new fire hall in Winthrop. The special meeting will be right after the 2015 Budget Hearing. The public is welcome to attend.
Late archery, special anterless seasons just ahead
Mule deer seasons will open this week for both bow hunters and those modern firearms hunters who still have unfilled permits for antlerless deer.
The late archery season in Game Management Units (GMUs) 209 (Wannacutt), 215 (Sinlahekin), 233 (Pogue), 243 (Manson), and 250 (Swakane) opens Friday (Nov. 21) and continues through Nov. 30.
The second half of the modern firearms special split season for antlerless mule deer also reopens Nov. 21 and continues through the end of the month in the three GMUs most affected by this summer’s Carlton Complex fire. Those units include Alta (242), Chiliwist (239) and Pearrygin (224).
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife biologist Scott Fitkin said the special antlerless season was adopted and 1,900 permits issued in an effort to encourage hunters to harvest more does and reduce the stress on local herds during the coming winter months.
Seth Thomson of Thompson’s Thomson’s Custom Meats in Twisp said the antlerless results as gauged by the number of carcasses brought into their facility was far below season expectations for the first half of the split season.
“Many hunters who had two tags and got a buck elected not to shoot a doe,” Chris Thomson said. He added that in a hard winter with reduced habitat to support local herds, “nature will take its course.”