Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Forest Service announces fee-free days for 2013

Fees will be waived on lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service on Jan. 21 plus five other dates in 2013.

The other fee-free days will be June 8, National Get Outdoors Day; Sept. 28, National Public Lands Day and Nov. 9-11, Veterans Day weekend.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest has 31 trailheads, interpretive sites, picnic sites and boat ramps were day fees are charged.

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area has 12 fee sites, five on the Washington side of the river.

Portland Boat Show continues through Sunday at Expo Center

PORTLAND — The 53rd annual Portland Boat Show continues through Sunday at the Portland Expo Center.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission costs $10. Children age 12 and younger are admitted for no charge. Parking costs $8, or $7 for carpools of three or more.

Parking is free from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight and Friday.

Two-for-one discount coupons are available online at www.otshows.com.

The show features hundreds of sailboats, sport boats, fishing boats, personal watercraft and boating accessories.

Safe boating class offered Jan. 26 at county public works center

Registration is open for a boating safety class on Jan. 26 at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operations Conference Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St., Room B-1.

Offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Clark County Marine Patrol, the class is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $10 per person for $20 for a family of three or more.

Boating safety, navigation rules and skills, equipment requirements and more are covered in the class.

In Washington, boaters younger than age 50 are required to have a boater safety card.

To register, call 360-256-2991 or 503-799-5250.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation unveils hunting application

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has unveiled its new “Lethal Shot” hunting application for iPhones and iPads.

Not a game, the application lets a user navigate 360 degrees around the elk and choose any angle to gauge a shot’s effectiveness.

Three-dimensional images allow the hunter to see an elk’s body structure, both internally and externally. The application is designed to improve a hunter’s ability to be proficient on shot angles when making split-second decisions in the field.

To download the application for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lethalshot/id534998138?ls=1&mt=8

For iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lethalshot-pocket-edition/id582722272?ls=1&mt=8

An Android version is coming soon.

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