Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



State selling poached antlers via online auction

OLYMPIA — Almost 1,000 antlers seized from poachers in the past decade by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife can be bought via an online auction through Tuesday.

Items available include 22 trophy deer racks, 33 trophy elk racks, five trophy moose racks, 450 pounds of single large and medium elk antlers; about 250 pounds of single small elk antlers and more.

Photos of the antlers and more information about how to view the antlers in person are available online at www.publicsurplus.com/sms/state.wa/browse/home?tm=m.

“This auction also highlights the fact that poaching is a serious problem in Washington,” said Mike Cenci, deputy chief of enforcement.

Money from the antler auction will be used to fight poaching, which includes paying rewards to people who report fish and wildlife violations that lead to a conviction.

Mount Hood Meadows to open for cross-country skiers

Mount Hood Meadows will offer groomed cross-country skiing Friday through Sunday and June 8-10 at its base area.

The ski area is closed until fall for downhill operations.

The cross-country track will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a $10 daily fee. Parking will be at the main lodge lot.

Demonstration skis from Madshus will be available for a lap or two on Saturday and Sunday, but skiers will need their own equipment for additional laps.

Washington state parks needs help from volunteers

OLYMPIA — Volunteers are needed to serve as hosts at state parks in Washington.

Hosts greet the public, assist park staff and perform a variety of tasks depending on the park and assignment. They receive free camping and hookups in exchange for their duties.

Typical host assignments are 30 days, but may be extended up to 90 days at the park manager’s discretion. Hosts must provide their own recreational vehicle and camping equipment.

For a list of volunteer and host openings, visit www.parks.wa.gov/volunteers.

Mount Adams conference scheduled for Nov. 3

TROUT LAKE — The second annual Flora and Fauna of Mount Adams conference will be Nov. 3 at Trout Lake School.

The fee is $25 if paid by Oct. 17.

Speakers and topics include:

Keith Aubry of the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station and Jocelyn Atkins of the Cascades Carnivore Project on long-term studies of wolverine and Cascade red fox.

Gina King and Gabriel Swan of the Yakama Indian Nation on mountain goat biology and genetics.

Susan Hummel of the Pacific Northwest Research Station on forest dynamics and wildlife habitat after wildfires on Mount Adams.

Authors Susan McDougal and David Biek on the diversity and uniqueness of Mount Adams vegetation.

For more information, visit the Friends of Mount Adams website at mtadamsfriends.org or call Bob Vocke in Husum at 509-493-2232.

Registration open for hunter education class in Camas

CAMAS — Registration is open for a hunter education class beginning June 11 at Journey Community Church, 304 N.E. Fourth Ave.

The class will be from 6 to 9 p.m. June 11, 13, 18 and 20 with a range day scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon on June 23.

To register, go online to https://my.register-ed.com/panel/statelanding/WA. Then, send full name, age, address, zip code, email address, phone number and a $25 refundable deposit to: Hunter Education, 2818 N.E. 292nd Ave., Camas, 98607.

Confirmation of registration will be emailed.

Registration must be complete by June 9. There will be no walk-in registration. Students need to be at the church by 5:30 p.m. on June 11.

The class is designed for students age 8 to 25. All sessions must be attended. Students age 12 and young must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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