Budding wingshooters will take to the fields of Washington and Oregon tomorrow while Willamette Valley families can get in on a free fishing event and thousands of salmon anglers take to Puget Sound in hopes of catching a derby-winning coho.
Those are just some of the outdoor activities Northwest sportsmen will partake in on Saturday, which is also National Fishing & Hunting Day.
Created by an act of Congress and signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1972, the 40th anniversary does find large swaths of hunting land closed to access because of fires or fire danger, notably much of central Chelan County and eastern Kittitas Counties, Wash., and many of Weyerhaeuser’s tree farms in both states.
But lots more state and federal ground remains open, and the waters are full of fish.
This weekend will find hundreds of birds released for kids on state wildlife areas in Washington, including in the North Sound, as Doug Huddle writes in the Bellingham Herald.
Kids, would you rather chase wilier birds?
Head for Washington’s Snake River breaks — or more precisely, head up the breaks, for chukar — or marshes, ponds and other waterways across both states for ducks. Both hunts are open this weekend to youths.
National Fishing and Hunting Day isn’t just for the kids, of course. Evergreen State High Buck hunters will return to Cascades and Olympic wilderness areas while bowmen may continue to pursue deer across Washington and Oregon.
For season previews, see these blogs:
Then there’s the fishing — plenty to do there too:
For more ideas on both front, feel free to pick up a copy of the September issue of Northwest Sportsman — if any are left on the newsstand, that is!