Youth hunters can enter a drawing for a one-day guided hunt on the C2 Ranch, a 10,000-acre property near Eagle Point. Five lucky applicants will have an opportunity to harvest a southwest Oregon blacktail deer.
The future of Washington’s permit-only spring black bear hunt took a beating during a public hearing before the Fish and Wildlife Commission this afternoon, with the overwhelming majority of 53 callers saying it should end or asking that the vote on 2022’s season be delayed.
Today U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Washington state Governor Jay Inslee issued the following joint statement on next steps for a joint federal-state process on salmon recovery in the Columbia River Basin and the Pacific Northwest.
The National Wildlife Federation and a coalition of fishing and conservation groups jointly requested, with the Biden Administration, Oregon, and the Nez Perce Tribe, a pause until next summer in litigation challenging the latest federal plan for hydropower operations on the Snake and Columbia Rivers.
WDFW’s carnivore section manager has rolled out a bevy of information on spring black bear permit hunting ahead of Friday’s Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission discussion of the 2022 season proposal.
The annual pikeminnow fishery on the Columbia and Snake wrapped up this past Sunday and managers are reporting a down year for the program that pays anglers to catch and remove the salmonid smolt eaters, though there are silver linings.
Salmon need cool, clean water to survive. That includes enough oxygen and healthy habitat. To address these two needs, and support salmon recovery in the state, the Department of Ecology is proposing to revise state water quality standards.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to make decisions on land acquisitions and hunting rules regarding importation of dead wildlife and firearm restriction areas during its Oct. 21-22 virtual meeting. In addition, the Commission will discuss the 2022 spring bear special hunting permits, non-native game fish policy development, and other topics.
Sec 1 (Bonneville) – 75 bank anglers kept eight Chinook, three Chinook jacks, 22 coho, two coho jacks and released one Chinook and three coho. 6 boats/16 rods kept five Chinook, one Chinook jack and six coho.
Poachers shot a white-tailed buck deer in NE Oregon and a bull elk in SW Oregon in a one-week timespan. Rewards stand at $500 (or four hunter preference points) in each instance for a call to the Turn in Poachers (TIP) Line that leads to a citation or arrest.
A Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation article outlines what the pro-hunting, -wildlife and -habitat organization believes is misuse of the Equal Access to Justice Act by highly litigious environmental groups.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is looking for applicants to serve on a fishing guide advisory committee to provide input on broad fisheries and conservation issues as well as specific projects like guide logbook reporting.
A federal judge has dismissed portions of a lawsuit filed by a North Sound fishing organization over Washington salmon seasons the past two years and how they’re set, but will entertain further arguments on some elements of it.
The Department will select up to 20 qualified individuals to serve two-year terms on the advisory group, which provides guidance to WDFW on topics affecting recreational fisheries for salmon, rockfish and other marine fish species in Puget Sound.
A new lawsuit aims to halt a Washington initiative that’s increasing hatchery Chinook production so that more are available for starving southern resident killer whales, with shirttail benefits for fishermen.
Fishing effort declined by 18% compared to the week prior but harvest increased by 7%. Boats averaged 1.4 salmon per boat, 13 hours per salmon,. Bank anglers averaged 32 hours per salmon at the Ringold Springs access.
Traice Lundberg was at home watching the Seahawks game when he received a series of phone calls that would change his life. It started with a call from a fishing friend, which was shortly cut off by a call from another fishing friend, many other missed calls, and then Karsten McIntosh of the Northwest Marine Trade Association and Northwest Fishing Derby Series.
Lower Granite Dam on Southeast Washington’s Snake River isn’t the only peculiar place pinks have popped up this fall. A handful of humpies have also been helped around a diversion dam on the lower Wenatchee River.
“So much good will come from this funding across nearly 4,500 acres of elk habitat including noxious weed treatment, installing wildlife-friendly fencing and aspen, meadow, wetland and grassland restoration work,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “There are also three important research projects that will help shape the future of elk management as well as a number of projects that support and promote hunting.”
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fishery managers are inviting the public to join them at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, for a virtual town hall to gather feedback ahead of the 2021-2022 coastal steelhead season. It marks the second meeting in a suite of public engagement opportunities this fall.
On October 5, 2021, OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers out of the Roseburg Office were notified that a 5-point bull elk was left to waste on a BLM road between Turkey Creek and Upper Cow Creek Road in South Douglas County just east of Interstate-5 and Canyon Mountain.
Good fall Chinook and coho salmon fishing is occurring in Tillamook Bay alongside commercial clam divers targeting butter clams in the channels. Interactions between anglers and clam divers can create a safety concern for divers.
Returns of Hanford Reach Upriver bright fall Chinook and upper Columbia River-bound coho salmon are sufficient to meet conservation objectives and to provide an additional weekend for sport angler harvest in the upper section of the Hanford Reach, which was originally scheduled to close at the end of the day Oct. 15.
Construction work to restore habitat in the Satsop, Skookumchuck, and Wynoochee rivers has wrapped up for the year. This summer, crews worked to restore 12,700 feet of river shoreline and treat 288 acres for invasive plants to benefit salmon and other aquatic species in the Chehalis Basin.
On September 25, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Troopers were notified by a local citizen that a 3×3 whitetail buck deer was poached along School Flat Rd near the intersection with School Flat Ln within the Sled Springs Wildlife Management Unit sometime prior to 8:00 A.M.
Fishing effort and harvest was similar to the week prior. From September 27 through October 3, WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 717 boats (1,883 anglers) and 109 bank anglers with a harvest of 669 adult chinook, 65 jacks, and 20 coho.