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Category: Hunting


Inslee reappoints Wecker to commission, also appoints commercial fishing proponent

The current chairwoman of the state Fish and Wildlife Commission has been reappointed, while the executive director of the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association has been named to fill a vacant position.

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointments this morning.

The governor reappointed Miranda Wecker of Naselle to the Western Washington position she has held since 2005. Her new term will run through Dec. 31, 2018. Wecker, who has been chairwoman since 2008, is the director of the Marine Program at the University of Washington Olympic Natural Resources Center.

Inslee also appointed Robert Kehoe of Seattle to a vacant at-large

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Bass Pro Shops coming to Tacoma in summer 2014

Huge news for the fishing, boating and hunting crowd, Bass Pro Shops announced just a short time ago that it was opening a store in Tacoma.

The outdoor retailer will be moving into the former Lowe’s location near South 72nd Street and Interstate 5.

The store will be 170,000 square feet and is scheduled to open in summer 2014.

This will be the first Bass Pro Shops retail store in the Northwest. The nearest store to the South Sound is in Manteca, Calif., south of Stockton.

This will certainly set up some interesting competition with Cabela’s, which has a large

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Grays Harbor Outdoor Adventure & Travel Expo takes place this weekend

The third annual Grays Harbor Outdoor Adventure & Travel Expo will take place this weekend at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds.

Among the highlights will be appearances Sunday by Edgar Hansen and Nick Mavar Jr. of the MV Northwestern, from the Discovery Channel television series “Deadliest Catch.” Also appearing will be Glenn Hall of Hawg Quest both days, and Nick Mundt of “The Bone Collector” show, who will appear Saturday.

Also at the expo, vendors and exhibitors will tout the outdoor experiences, products and recreational destinations that make the Grays Harbor County a worthy destination. Exhibitors include fishing guides and lodging

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Get your outdoor club’s info into our special section

We are preparing a special section on summer outdoor recreation options in Western Washington. One element of the content will be a listing of outdoors groups in the South Sound.

So, here’s the deal. Your group can get a free mention in the section, but you have to send us the information.

Here is what we would you like to send us: club name, main activity you participate in, major event club hosts; general meeting time and location; website and/or phone number.

Here is an example: South Sound Chapter-Puget Sound Anglers: Salmon fishing; hosts the South Sound Salmon Derby in

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Fish and Wildlife Commission changes meeting location

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission has changed the location of a public meeting scheduled Friday and Saturday.

To allow for more seating, the commission is now scheduled to meet at the Comfort Inn Conference Center, 1620 74th Ave. SW, Tumwater.

Department staffers are scheduled to brief the commission on a number of issues, including a proposed plan to restructure salmon and sturgeon fisheries on the Columbia River.

Click here for an agenda for the meeting.


Search continues for missing hunter near White Pass

From the Associated Press:

More teams are joining the search Monday for a hunter on horseback who has been missing since Saturday near White Pass.

The Yakima County sheriff’s office says the man’s hunting partner reported him missing Sunday evening. The 49-year-old Cashmere man was on horseback.

The search area is on the border of Lewis and Yakima counties, between Dog Lake and Dumbbell lakes and including the Pacific Crest Trail north of Highway 12.



Deep snow above 3,000 feet in Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Officials at Gifford Pinchot National Forest are reporting there is 14-18 Inches of snow above the 3,000-foot elevation line.

Substantial amounts of snow have fallen at higher evevations all over the forest, said a news release. This can be an issue for anyone planning to hunt, fish or camp on the forest.

Remember toe take chains or other traction devices when heading into the forest. Carry shovels, water, food and extra clothing. Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.


WDFW lifts emergency fire restrictions, but urges caution

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced it was lifting emergency fire restrictions on the land it manages throughout the state. Department officials, however, urged anyone visiting those lands to continue using caution when doing anything that could spark a wildlfire.

Greg Schirato, deputy director of the wildlife program, said the action is consistent with those of the Governor’s Office and the state Department of Natural Resources, which have lifted statewide burn bans in recent days.

“Wildfire risks are easing, particularly after the recent rains in western Washington,” Schirato said in a news release. “But it’s important that

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