Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Wildlife League meets Wednesday

The Vancouver Wildlife League will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2108 Grand Blvd.

Danny Gabriel, program manager for the wounded veterans fishing program, will be the guest speaker.

Boating safety class Jan.28

Registration is open for a boating safety class offered Jan. 28 at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operations conference center, 4700 N.E. 78th St.

Taught by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 and Clark County Marine Patrol, the class will begin at 8:30 a.m., continue until 5 p.m., and costs $10 per boater.

Safety, equipment requirements, navigation rules and more will be covered.

To register, call 360-256-2991 or 503-799-5250.

Charity archery shoot scheduled Jan. 21-22

CAMAS — More than 40 targets will be set up afield on Jan. 21-22 in the Chinook Archers 3-D Charity Shoot for the Clark County Food Bank.

The 56-acre range at 6101 N.W. Nightshade St. will open at 8 a.m. both days. Registration will close at noon on Jan. 22.

Entry will cost $15 for adults age 18 and older for one day and $20 for both days. Fees for a family are $30 for a day and $45 for both days.

All of the proceeds will go to the food bank.

For more details, call Joe Millicoat at Archery World, 360-693-7510.

Master Hunter enrollment to open

OLYMPIA — Enrollment applications will be accepted Jan. 1 through Feb. 15 for Washington’s master hunter permit program.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife enlists master hunters for controlled hunts to remove problem animals that damage property or threaten public safety. Master hunters also participate in volunteer projects involving private land access, habitat enhancement and landowner relations.

“This program was designed to create a pool of highly qualified hunters who can help the department manage wildlife in sensitive situations,” said Sgt. Carl Klein, manager of the Hunter Education division. “This is a great opportunity for conscientious, committed hunters to assume a leadership role among their peers.”

Hunters enrolling in the program must pay a non-refundable $50 application fee, pass a criminal background check, pass a written exam and meet other qualifications described on the Master Hunter website (http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/masterhunter/).

The application form is also available on that website.

 Klein urged hunters who enroll in the program to prepare thoroughly for the written test, because applicants are allowed only one chance to re-take the exam.