Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Mazamas to sell used ski, backcountry gear on Friday night

PORTLAND — Used climbing gear, cross-country and telemark skis, snowshoes, backpacking equipment, boots and more will be on sale beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at the Mazamas Mountaineering Center, 527 S.E. 43rd Ave.

The Mountain Shop and REI also will have gear for sale. The event continues until 9 p.m.

For additional information, call 503-227-2345 or go online to www.mazamas.org.

Razor clam digging scheduled for Saturday, Sunday

LONG BEACH — Four Washington beaches will be open for razor clam digging on Saturday and three on Sunday.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said marine toxin tests confirmed the clams are safe to eat.

Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks will be open Saturday. Low tide is +0.3 feet at 8:25 a.m. Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks will be open Sunday. Low tide is +0.3 feet at 8:59 a.m.

No digging is allowed after noon during spring seasons. Diggers can take 15 razor clams, but must keep the first 15 dug.

Each digger’s clams must be in a separate container.

This will be the final dig where the 2011-12 license is valid. Washington’s recreational licensing is on an April-to-March cycle.

Three more digs are scheduled, contingent on marine toxin tests.

Those digs are:

April 7, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Kalaloch (7:36 a.m. -1.2 feet);

April 8, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Kalaloch (8:23 a.m., -1.5 feet) and

April 9, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Kalaloch (9:11 a.m., -1.5 feet).

Registration open for CSFF’s beginner fly fishing school

CAMAS — Registration is open for the 15th annual Clark-Skamania Flyfishers Beginning Fly Fishing School on April 28 at Camas Meadows Golf Club, 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Drive.

The event begins at 9 a.m., ends at 5 p.m. and costs $34. Two snacks and lunch are provided.

Enrollment is limited to 40 individuals. For more information, or an enrollment form, contact Don or Sherri Starkin at 509-637-4405 or 360-608-5916, email them at dstarkin@msn.com or go online to www.clark-skamania-flyfishers.org and follow the links to the school.

Topics will include equipment, casting, knots, insects, water safety, fishing etiquette and more.

Deadline nearing to apply for multiple-season hunt tags

OLYMPIA — Deer and elk hunters in Washington have until March 31 to enter the drawing for 2012 multiple-season permits.

In mid-April, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will draw randomly names for 8,500 deer permits and 1,000 multiple-season elk permits. Winners are eligible to buy a special tag allowing them to participate in archery, muzzleloader and rifle general hunting seasons for deer or elk in 2012.

Winners who buy the multiple-season tag by Aug. 31 can participate in general elk-hunting season in both eastern and western Washington.

The tags can be used only during general seasons in game units open during a general season. Hunters can apply once for each species and are limited to harvesting one deer or elk.

Multiple-season applications may be bought at license dealers or by calling 866-246-9453. The permit application is $6 for residents and $100 for non-residents. A 2012 hunting license is not required to apply, but winners of the drawing must purchase one before they can get their multiple-season tag.

Including transaction fees, multiple-season deer or elk tags cost $180.50. This does not include the cost of an annual hunting license.

For more information, call the agency’s licensing division at 360-902-2464.

Bowhunting education class set for Saturday, Sunday in Orchards

A bowhunting education class will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Wholesale Sports, 11505 N.E. Fourth Plain Road.

The class will continue until 4 p.m. on Saturday, then from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chinook Archers range off Northwest Payne Street in Camas.

The cost is $20. To register, contact Annette Crews at aneoakleaf@scattercreek.com