Out and About: Rifle deer season opens Oct. 14

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Rifle deer seasons to open Oct. 14

Rifle deer seasons will open across Washington on October 14. Blacktail season in Western Washington is set for Oct. 14-31, and Nov. 16-19. Eastern Washington mule deer season will run from Oct. 14- 24.

Some units require a three-point or better buck. Always check the regulations before hunting.

Washington duck season opens Oct. 14

The Washington duck season will open statewide on Saturday, October 14. The limit is seven ducks to include not more than two hen mallards, one pintail, and two redheads. In western Washington limits also may not include more than one harlequin, two scoter, two long-tailed ducks, and two goldeneye. Hunters may not take any scaup until Nov. 3, when three scaup a day will be allowed.

Atlantic smolt plan OK’d

Andy Walgamott, NW Sportsman Magazine, reports that the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife has approved the shipment of one million juvenile Atlantic salmon into another fishing enclosure in Puget Sound – despite the catastrophic failure of a similar netpen system in August.

WDFW stated that Cooke Aquaculture’s facilities in the Bremerton area’s Rich Passage “met structural, water quality, and fish health requirements.”

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has banned permitting new netpens during investigations into the previous netpen failure. However, Cooke Aquaculture applied in late August to transport the Atlantics from its rearing ponds in Rochester to Clam Bay and state laws didn’t preclude moving the “healthy” fish.

Clark/Skamania fly fishers meeting

The Clark/Skamania Fly Fishers will hold their monthly meeting next Wednesday, October 18 at 6 pm at the Camas Meadows Golf Course. From 6 to 7 pm is the Wet Fly Hour. The main meeting will be held at 7 pm.