Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Help needed for St. Helens elk hunting access

TOUTLE — Volunteers are needed to help provide elk hunters with access to 250,000 acres of private timber land near Mount St. Helens.

Weyerhaeuser Co. is prepared to give hunters holding special elk permits from September through January additional motorized access to a large portion of the St. Helens Tree Farm if enough volunteers can be found to ensure an orderly hunt.

Tasks for the volunteers include orienting hunters, staffing access points and maintaining safety buffers between hunters and Weyerhaeuser operations, said Sandra Jonker, regional wildlife manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The effort has attracted 50 to 60 volunteers per year since 2007.

Volunteers may sign up at the department’s office at 2108 Grand Blvd., Vancouver; Bob’s Sporting Goods, 1111 Hudson St., Longview, or online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/volunteer/sainthelens.

Participants must attend one of three orientation sessions. The sessions are Aug. 23 in Olympia, Sept. 12 at the wildlife agency office or Oct. 10 at the Cowlitz Public Utility District, 961 12th Ave., Longview.

Money is available to reimburse volunteers for mileage accrued participating in the program.

The partnership between the department, Weyerhaeuser and many sportsmen’s groups is designed to expand hunter access to areas of the tree farm in the Winston 520, Margaret 524, Coweeman 550 and Toutle 560 game units.

Chinook Archers range open Saturday, Sunday

CAMAS — Archers can hone their skills on Saturday and Sunday at the Chinook Archers Bow Hunter Warm Up at the club’s range, 6101 N.W. Nightshade St.

Registration opens at 8 a.m. and ends at noon both days.

Forty three-dimensional targets will be available. The club’s campground will be open on Friday and Saturday nights. To find the range, enter on Payne Street.

For more information, call Bob Christensen at 360-903-8689 or John Heuvel at 360-521-2488.

Oregon bass group to meet Aug. 23

PORTLAND — The Oregon Bass and Panfish Club will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

Jan Jenkins of Rodgers Marine will discuss marine electronics.

Buoy 10 salmon derby slated for Aug. 24

WARRENTON — The 13th annual Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge is scheduled for Aug. 24 at the mouth of the Columbia River.

The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association event costs $100 to enter per person. The prize for the biggest fish is $1,000, with $500 for the second largest salmon.

Open waters include from Buoy No. 10 east to the upper end of Rice Island.

Registration and a cocktail party are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23 at Camp Rilea’s Warrior Hall, 91372 Rilea Pacific Road, Warrenton.

Fishing will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 24. The weigh-in will be from 1 to 4 p.m. The awards and dinner will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24.

Raffles and auctions also are planned. For more information, contact Craig Ernst at 503-631-8859 or 503-880-4585. The email address is outreach@nsiafishing.org.