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‘Nookie News, Rule Changes

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First the bad news: ” … anglers will be required to release all Chinook beginning Sept. 22 in Grays Harbor Area 2-2 (east of the buoy 13 line) where the fishery will close for nearly a week the following day (Sept. 23). The salmon fishery will reopen Sept. 29 with a daily limit of three salmon, but anglers will be required to ... Read More »

Out of the Pink: Puyallup River Closure Dates

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We made plans to hit the Puyallup for pinks on Friday, but after Thursday night’s big rain we figured that was a no-go. Sure enough, I heard this morning that the Puyallup River was blown out from the storm, although it should be falling back into shape quite soon with the good weather we are expecting. Problem is, the lower ... Read More »

Puyallup River Salmon Dates Set

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Recreational salmon fishing will open in August and September on the Puyallup River. Pink salmon have been seen in small schools at the Dash Point, according to reports from Gamefishin.com. May I say, “WOO HOO!!” The upper portion of Puyallup River will open Aug. 1 while the lower stretch opens Aug. 16. Earlier this year, WDFW and Puyallup Tribe of ... Read More »

Okanogan County limited-entry deer hunt applications due Aug. 14

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Hunters have until Aug. 14 at midnight to apply for an opportunity to hunt deer this fall on the 6,000-acre Charles and Mary Eder unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in northeastern Okanogan County. Hunters can submit an application for the “limited-entry” deer hunt on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/permits/scotchcreek/  or by contacting the WDFW northcentral region office at ... Read More »

Public Meeting on Cowlitz River Fisheries, May 29, Centralia

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WDFW and Tacoma Power are hosting a public meeting regarding Cowlitz River fisheries and hatchery programs May 29 in Centralia. If you don’t attend the meeting, you’ve lost your right to complain about what WDFW and Tacoma Power are doing to our fish, in my opinion. The meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Centralia College in Washington ... Read More »

Deadline to Apply for Special Hunt Permits, May 22

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Hunters have through May 22 to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep, and turkey seasons in Washington state. Permit winners will be selected through a random drawing conducted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in late June. The special permits qualify hunters to hunt at times and places beyond ... Read More »

State Biologists Research Elk Hoof Rot

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State wildlife biologists plan to kill and collect samples from elk calves in several locations to help determine the cause of hoof disease in elk in southwest Washington. Starting this month, up to five young elk will be taken from industrial forestland in Pacific County for a comparative study of elk from the Cowlitz River Basin, where the disease has ... Read More »

Release ALL Chinook, Lewis & Kalama Rivers

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Effective Feb. 15, 2013 until further notice: Lewis River Actions:   Lewis River anglers must release all spring Chinook, and the North Fork Lewis will close to all fishing upstream from Johnson Creek. Effective date and locations:   Effective Feb. 15, 2013 until further notice. Until further notice, all Chinook must be released on the mainstem Lewis River from the mouth upstream to the ... Read More »

Comment on Proposed Hunting Rule Changes

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You have until Feb. 15 to comment on 17 different hunting rule change proposals offered up by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The proposed rule changes are posted on WDFW’s website. A few of the proposals that may be of interest to ADNews readers include: Expanding spring black bear hunting opportunities in the northern Puget Sound area to ... Read More »

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