Out & About

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Vancouver Wildlife League to meet on Wednesday

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

A video on sea lions in the northern Pacific Ocean will be shown.

The public is welcome.

Vintage fishing gear show slated April 7 in Kelso

KELSO — Vintage fishing tackle will be on display and for sale beginning at 9 a.m. April 7 at the spring meeting of the Northwest region of the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club at the Red Lion Hotel here.

Admission costs $5 and the event continues until about noon. The hotel is at exit 39 off Interstate 5.

For more information, call Monte Martinsen at 360-274-8045.

Oregon raffle hunt tickets available until May 7

PORTLAND — Raffle tickets for deer, elk, mountain goat, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep hunts in Oregon are on sale until May 7.

Prices range from $4.50 for one deer hunt raffle ticket to $11.50 for one bighorn sheep, goat or antelope raffle ticket. Multiple ticket packages are available with a price-per-ticket discount.

Tickets can be bought online at https://or.outdoorcentral.us/or/license no later than May 7.

Mail or fax orders must be received by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife by 5 p.m. May 17. That mailing address is ODFW Raffles, P.O. Box 7760, Salem. Ore., 97303.

Winning tickets will be drawn at the Oregon Hunters Association convention at the Deschutes County Fairground in Redmond on May 19.

Registration open for Gorge Ride scheduled on June 16

THE DALLES — Registration is open for the sixth annual Gorge Ride on June 16 through the Columbia River Gorge.

The 38.5-mile ride will begin at the Columbia Gorge Discover Center and include the Columbia River Highway State Trail to Rowena Crest and through the Mosier Twin Tunnels.

The west end of the route is the Hatfield trailhead just east of Hood River.

The cost is $15 for riders ages 6 to 11 and $35 for riders age 12 and older. A sack lunch for $12 and a T-shirt for $15 are available.

More than 400 riders participated in 2011.

Registration is available online at www.gorgeride.eventbrite.org.

Registration open for Mount Adams cycling event on June 30

TROUT LAKE — Registration is open for the 10th annual Mount Adams Country Bicycle Tour here on June 30.

The events includes an 11.5-mile family fun ride, plus tours of 51, 54 and 105 miles. Registration for the tours costs $55 by June 1 and $65 after June 1. The family ride costs $15 by June 1 and $20 after June 1.

Registration and more information are available online at www.troutlakewashington.com. The email address is troutlakebiketour@gmail.com and the telephone number is 509-395-2468.

The non-profit Trout Lake Area Business Association organizes the event. In 2011, more than 300 riders participated. Money raised from the ride is used to support community charity and service groups including school programs, fire departments and the local grange.

The 51-mile loop includes 2,700 feet of elevation gain. The 54-mile loop includes 3,800 feet of elevation gain.

Night hikes to be offered at Ridgefield wildlife refuge

RIDGEFIELD — Five full moon hikes on the Oaks to Wetlands trail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge begin on April 6.

The April 6 hike begins at 7:30 p.m.. The hikes on May 6 and Aug. 2 begin at 8 p.m., while the hikes of June 4 and July 3 start at 8:30 p.m.

Space is limited for the night hikes and reservations are required. For more information, call Sarah Hill at 360-887-3883 or email her at Sarah_Hill@fws.gov.