The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission steered around a petition that would have expanded the list of species that can be salvaged off the state’s roads as well as legalized allowing citizens to dispatch vehicle-struck critters.
Parties to a long-running lawsuit over federal Columbia River system hydropower operations have agreed to another stay of litigation so they can continue working toward a long-term solution that recovers the region’s salmon and steelhead and more.
Idaho Fish and Game commissioners voted to allow hunting, fishing and trapping in a 36-square-mile wildlife preserve near Bonners Ferry, a mountain valley home to “nearly all big and small game species in the Panhandle” and “a variety of trout species.”
Oregon state wildlife troopers report on the successful prosecution of two Western Oregon men who pled guilty to a total of eight counts of failure to register as an outfitter/guide and were sentenced to pay fines and restitution, with one also ordered to write a letter of apology to hunters and licensed guides.
WDFW announces that Area 9 hatchery Chinook retention will close beginning Friday, August 5, while there won’t be another king opener in Area 7 as harvest quotas in both parts of Puget Sound are essentially expected to be filled.
Following withering pushback from hunting and other conservation organizations, the outdoor press and more, five Republican Congressman have now withdrawn their consponsorship from a bill that put the highly regarded Pittman-Robertson Act in the crossfire of the culture war over guns.
At a time of changing theories in fish and wildlife management and conservation and the funding thereof, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has a new senior natural resource policy advisor and hunters and anglers as well as close watchers of WDFW and its oversight commission should take notice.
Bass anglers caught 2,000-plus smallmouth during the first weekend of a new derby on the Coquille, but a specially tagged fish worth $1,000 escaped capture on the Oregon South Coast river where round two will occur on the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend.
Thanks to a big run of sockeye, Washington salmon managers are opening both the lower Wenatchee River and Lake Wenatchee for retention of the species in the coming days, with four-sockeye daily limits.
With halibut still available in the quota, WDFW announces August and September openers for coastal waters, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and elsewhere, as well as upcoming meetings to talk about 2023 season structure and proposed dates.
Washington game wardens will hand-deliver criminal charges against a Hood Canal trio found with nearly 15 times the limit of spot shrimp, the latest example of bad behavior by shellfish swine, folks who grossly exceed the rules and steal natural resources from those who follow the regs.
Chinook retention will close in Marine Area 2, off Westport, on Fridays and Saturdays starting July 22, WDFW announces, a measure meant to stay within the “modest” king harvest guideline and stretch the season and tap into abundant hatchery coho.
Hunters will be able to take a second cougar in Southeast Washington’s Blue Mountains this season after Fish and Wildlife Commissioners narrowly approved WDFW’s proposal to try and reduce mountain lion predation on a hard-bitten elk herd.
With Coquille River fall Chinook runs at an extreme low and as another example of how far fishery managers are going to save the run, ODFW and the Coquille Tribe are proposing a conservation hatchery to rear up to 100,000 smolts to rebuild the stock, though they would not be available for fisheries.
Applications are now being taken for a free mentored youth deer hunting weekend at a Northeast Washington wildlife area in late August, and it’s geared to kiddos 12 to 16 who’ve never hunted before and don’t have anybody to show them how.
Oregon wildlife managers share more details on the sentencing of two Harney County residents involved in the vehicular pursuit of 100-plus elk last December and firing of “30-40 shots into the fleeing herd.”
A 2- to 3-mile-wide strip of nearshore waters along Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula will close to salmon fishing starting July 16 after strong Chinook catches bit into the guideline, preserving opportunity for coho and kings later in the season.
With the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission set to make a possibly momentous decision against the limited-entry spring black bear hunt this Friday (not to mention second Blue Mountains cougar tags), the state chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is calling on the panel to abide by elements in WDFW’s standing game management plan.