Putt for the Lions
Help out the Liberty Bell High School Booster Club by playing in the fourth annual Mountain Lion Mini-Open on Sunday (Sept. 20) on the miniature golf course at Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe in Winthrop. Entry forms are available at the high school office or from booster club members. Registration is at 3:30 p.m., tee time is 4 p.m. Entry fee is $25 for a four-person team. All proceeds benefit Mountain Lion activities.
Hunting prospects look good
Wildlife biologists with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have compiled information to help hunters have a successful hunting season. The reports include information on deer, elk, waterfowl, turkey, upland birds and other species, as well as suggestions on techniques and places to hunt, available at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/prospects.
Hunting seasons will continue despite several wildfires but hunters should be aware of land access restrictions around Washington due to fire, said Mick Cope, WDFW game division manager.
“There’s some good hunting to be had this year, but hunters need to check current conditions before heading into the field,” Cope said. “Some hunters may need to find alternate hunting locations or different routes to their selected hunting locations.”
WDFW will update its hunting prospects for areas affected by the wildfires after the fires subside and the impact on hunting opportunities becomes clear.
“Waterfowl surveys indicate an even higher population of birds than we saw last year,” Cope said. “We anticipate an excellent duck hunting season this year.”
Other points of interest for hunters:
- Two more days have been added to the modern firearm mule deer season.
- Archery elk season started later this year, on Saturday (Sept. 12), in response to concerns raised by hunters in past years.
- There are more days and extended hours to hunt geese in southwest Washington.
Forest campfire ban modified
The ban on campfires in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has been partially lifted. Campers may now have campfires in all federally designated wilderness areas in the forest. Conditions are still dry in lower elevations so campfire restrictions remain in place in all other areas of the forest. Campfires are still not allowed in any portion of wilderness areas.
Comment on DNR trails policy
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is inviting public comments on a draft policy that will guide the future development of recreation trails on DNR-managed lands. The agency oversees about 5.6 million acres of state land, much of which offers opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and off-road vehicle riding. These lands must also generate sustainable revenue for public school construction and maintain Washington’s rich natural heritage, according to the state constitution. To view the draft policy and learn more, visit www.dnr.wa.gov/TrailsPolicy for a narrated slideshow about the recreational trails policy process. You can comment on the draft policy through Sept. 28 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.