Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Tickets remain for Friends of NRA banquet scheduled March 9

Tickets are available for the 21st annual Southwest Washington Friends of NRA banquet on March 9 at the Clark County Event Center.

The event begins at 4 p.m. In 2012, the banquet raised more than $42,000 with the money used for a variety of events including range improvement at the Vancouver Rifle and Pistol Club and Wolverton Mountain Gun Club plus youth hunter education and junior shooting programs. Eighty-six percent of the proceeds are spent on youth programs.

Tickets cost $50 per person.

For tickets, call Shoshana Higgins at 360-263-4628. The email address is swwfnra@gmail.com.

Final hearing Friday in Olympia on Washington sport-fishing rules

OLYMPIA — The public’s final chance to comment on the proposed 2013-14 sport-fishing regulations is scheduled Friday before the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The panel will meet beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Room No. 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. The public hearing on the fishing regulations tentatively is slated to begin at about 2 p.m.

The process of adopting sport-fishing rules has been under way since last fall. Among the proposed changes is increasing the limit for kokanee at Merwin Reservoir to 10 fish per day.

Commission members are scheduled to adopt the regulations in March.

Other topics on the Friday agenda include a briefing on the staffing of the Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement program, a briefing and public hearing on the Puget Sound recreational clam and oyster seasons and a briefing on climate change affects on resource management in Washington.

Comments due Feb. 15 on proposed hunting rules

OLYMPIA — Sportsmen and others have through Feb. 15 to comment on proposed hunting rule changes in Washington.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting written comments on 17 proposals. They are posted on the agency’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regulations/2013/wsr_13-03-152.pdf.

Among the proposals are:

Expanding spring black bear hunting opportunities in the northern Puget Sound area to reduce bear damage to trees in commercial timberlands.

Allowing the use of illuminated arrow nocks for archery equipment.

Restoring antlerless elk opportunities for archery hunters in Yakima County, specifically in game management units 352 (Nile) and 356 (Bumping).

Comments may be emailed to wildthing@dfw.wa.gov or mailed to: Wildlife Program Commission Public Comments, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, 98501.

A final round of public comments will be accepted by the state Fish and Wildlife Commission at a meeting March 1-2 in Moses Lake.

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