Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Tickets available for Elk Foundation banquet

Firearms, hunting trips and more will be auctioned and raffled March 1 at the Vancouver chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s annual banquet.

The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay at the foot of Columbia Street.

Tickets cost $80 for an individual or $125 for a couple and include a membership in the organization. Tickets can be bought by calling Stacey Kinnan at 360-576-8103 or online at events.rmef.org/laxr.

A year ago, the chapter raised more than $84,000 for elk habitat.

Boater classes scheduled Feb. 22 in Vancouver

Registration is open for a boater safety class beginning at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operations Conference Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St.

Offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Clark County Marine Patrol, the class costs $10 and continues until 4:45 p.m.

The course is designed to meet the needs of both the Washington and Oregon boat card requirements. Topics will include safety skills, navigation rules, equipment requirements and more.

Completion of the course can reduce the cost of boat insurance.

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

Also offered on Feb. 22 will be a course on using marine charts beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the same location. The charts class will cost $10 per person.

To register for the charts class, call 503-799-5250.

Kokanee, walleye, spring chinook seminars set

Three free fishing seminars are scheduled in late February and early March at Pacific Northwest Sporting Goods, 212 N.E. 164th Ave., Suite 4.

Guide Cameron Black will discuss kokanee on Feb. 20. Guide Steve Leonard will discuss walleye fishing on Feb. 26 and spring chinook on March 4.

All three programs begin at 6 p.m.

Wildlife habitat added to Malheur National Forest

PRAIRIE CITY, Ore. — More than 13,000 acres of elk, deer and other wildlife habitat at the headwaters of Oregon’s John Day River have been added to Malheur National Forest.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation purchased the land in the Strawberry Mountains of Grant County from the D.R. Johnson family and sold it to the Forest Service at a bargain price.

The acreage was a checkerboard of alternating private and public sections south of Prairie City. It has been consolidated to a block.