Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



DU banquet slated Saturday in Ridgefield

RIDGEFIELD — A dozen guns, fishing rods, firewood, wildlife prints, gift baskets and more will be auctioned and raffled Saturday at the annual banquet of the Lewis River chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. at Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave.

Tickets cost $50 for a single, $75 per couple and $30 for youth age 17 and younger, A dinner of barbecue pork and beef will be served.

The banquet is a family event and each youth gets a ticket guaranteeing a prize. There will be a duck-calling contest for youth who choose to participate.

For tickets, contact Bruce Wiseman at 360-887-4582 or Rod Logue at 503-209-2265.

Long Beach to open for razor clams

LONG BEACH — Razor clam digging will be open on the Long Beach Peninsula Friday through Sunday.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday was added to scheduled digging on Saturday and Sunday because diggers harvested fewer clams than expected there in February.

Low tide will be 0.0 feet at 4:01 p.m. on Friday, -0.2 feet at 4:50 p.m. on Saturday and -0.2 feet at 6:33 p.m. on Sunday.

Daylight savings time begins on Sunday.

“If you forget to set your watch ahead, you could miss an hour of prime digging,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager. The best digging is an hour or two before low tide.

Digging on morning tides tentatively is slated for March 29-30 at Long Beach.

Low tides those dates will be -0.6 feet at 8:40 a.m. on March 29 and -0.7 feet at 9:26 a.m. on March 30.

Safe boating class offered March 23

Registration is open for a boating safety class on March 23 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.

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.

Mount Hood Meadows shifting ski lift schedule

Mount Hood Meadows has announced changes in its operational schedule as winter shifts into spring.

Night skiing will be open March 15-17 and March 22-24. Extensions of night operations after March 24 will depend on snow conditions and skier demand.

Meadows’ cross-country center will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays until April 7, except open daily March 21-31.

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