Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Portland ski show scheduled this weekend at Expo Center

PORTLAND — The 33rd annual Portland Ski and Snowboard Show is scheduled Friday through Sunday at the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive.

Show hours are 1 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Winter sports retailers, ski manufacturers and Northwest ski areas will have displays.

Admission costs $13 for adults and $3 for juniors ages 6-12.

Vancouver Wildlife League to hear enforcement officer

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

Officer Isabel Van Vladricken will be the guest speaker.

The public is welcome.

Oregon to penalize hunters who fail to report results

SALEM — Oregon will penalize hunters $25 if they fail to report deer and elk hunting results by a deadline.

The penalty will begin with the purchase of 2014 hunting licenses. Hunters who fail to report their 2012 deer and elk tags by the deadline of Jan. 31, 2013 for most tags will have to pay a $25 fee to buy a 2014 license.

Hunters can report online or by calling 1-866-947-6339. The automated system used for hunters who report by phone will soon be replaced by customer service representatives who can take hunt results over the phone, which should make things easier for any hunters who had trouble with the automated system.

Reporting hunt results for all deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, cougar, bear and turkey tags purchased (even when tags go unfilled or the buyer never went hunting) has been required for several years.

Last year, the fourth year of “mandatory reporting” with no penalty, results were reported on only 41 percent of tags purchased.

Deer and elk tags are some of the most under-reported and information from these hunts is critical for setting tag numbers and seasons.

Land trust acquires property near Mount Rainier park

OLYMPIA — The Nisqually Land Trust has bought a 520 acres of environmentally sensitive land near the main entrance to Mount Rainier National Park.

The trust bought the property for Hancock Timber Resource Group. It completes a 2,500-acre, $10.5-million corridor.

The land is north of Ashford between the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Elbe Hills State Forest in eastern Pierce County.

Joe Kane of the Nisqually Land Trust said the corridor is habitat for spotted owls, marble murrelets, bald eagles, elk, cougar and other species.

The state Department of Natural Resources will hold a conservation easement in perpetuity to prevent future development.

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