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WDFW invites public comment on spring black bear hunting seasons

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) invites the public to submit written comment on a proposed spring black bear season rule change by Oct. 29. The proposed rule modifies season dates, permit numbers... — Updated 10/22/2020


State Parks opens winter camping, day-use schedule

OLYMPIA -- Washington State Parks announced its 2020-21 winter schedule Oct. 13, with more than 100 parks remaining open for camping or day-use activities. The winter schedule is available online. More than 100 parks will remain... — Updated 10/22/2020


Edwall man nabs buck with bow

Rocky Warwick of Edwall got his buck during archery season Sunday in Lincoln County. Warwick had been hunting in the area north of Davenport.... — Updated 10/16/2020


Former Davenport resident nabs bull moose in Alaska

Former Davenport resident Josh Fitzpatrick, the son of Mike and Peggy Fitzpatrick of Davenport, took this big bull moose during a recent hunting trip in Alaska. To have your... — Updated 10/15/2020


Camping, boat improvements not environmentally 'detrimental'

COULEE DAM – The National Park Service has found that a planning effort for nine sites along Lake Roosevelt will not have any significant environmental impact. The finding, released Sept. 20, concludes that efforts to diversify... — Updated 10/8/2020


WDFW lifts target shooting ban

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s ban on target shooting on agency-managed lands in North-Central and Northeast Washington has been lifted. “We welcome people to build campfires and responsibly sight in... — Updated 10/8/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

Hunting prospects for GMU's 133 and 136

LINCOLN COUNTY – The crisp fall air is beginning to arrive, and with it comes hunting season. The hunt is well under way for many animals, while others are just about to start. Lincoln County hunting areas fall under Game... — Updated 10/7/2020


WDFW hatcheries remain closed to public

OLYMPIA – With salmon spawning season in full swing at many state hatcheries, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reminds the public that hatchery facilities remain closed statewide due to the continued spread... — Updated 9/30/2020


DNR reopens Eastern Wash. recreation lands

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reopening all recreation lands east of the Cascades to recreation beginning Friday, Sept. 18. Eastside recreation was initially closed on Sept. 8 due to crit... — Updated 9/25/2020


State celebrates Hunting and Fishing Day virtually

OLYMPIA -- The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day all month long with a virtual event each day in September. “In previous years, we’ve worked with volunteers, sponsors, and... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

A guide to District 2's hunting options

The pandemic may have put an axe in many sporting activities this fall, but nothing is stopping hunters in Eastern Washington from enjoying the outdoors and trekking down some wildl... — Updated 9/11/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

DNR shutters east-side recreation land due to fires

OLYMPIA—The Department of Natural Resources closed all recreational land it manages in Eastern Washington effective immediately in response to widespread fires Tuesday, the department said in a press release. The closure will... — Updated 9/11/2020


Grant applications open to conserve forests

OLYMPIA – On Sept.1, eligible organizations may begin applying for state grants to conserve community forests. The new state Community Forests Program will offer grants of up to $3 million. But organizations need to hurry.... — Updated 9/8/2020


Information sought on mule deer poaching

SPOKANE – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking help from the public to solve a poaching case in eastern Washington. A local rancher recently found a mule deer that was illegally shot on private land... — Updated 9/4/2020


Target shooting ban to go into effect

OLYMPIA – To help prevent wildfires, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is alerting the public of a temporary target shooting ban on all department-managed lands statewide. The Department of Natural Resources also... — Updated 9/1/2020


Fish and Wildlife Commission wrestles with possible COVID-19 related cuts

OLYMPIA – The Fish and Wildlife Commission, on Friday, approved $17 million in budget requests for needed enhancements to manage fish and wildlife in Washington state. Commissioners also provided a list of potential service... — Updated 9/1/2020


Crystal Cove boat-in campground closed

COULEE DAM – Effective immediately, and remaining until further notice, the Lake Roosevelt Recreation Area Superintendent has closed all federal land located within the Crystal Cove boat-in campground under the authority granted... — Updated 8/28/2020


WDFW director authorizes lethal action in Leadpoint wolf pack

OLYMPIA – Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind has authorized the incremental removal of wolves from the Leadpoint pack in northeast... — Updated 8/26/2020


Public asked to provide feedback on 2021-2023 hunting season

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking comments on proposed alternatives for 2021-23 hunting seasons. The comment period runs from Aug. 17 to Sept. 15. The public can learn more from WDFW’s w... — Updated 8/25/2020


Next State Parks free day is Aug. 25

OLYMPIA – In recognition of the National Park System’s 104th birthday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks on Tuesday, Aug. 25. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover... — Updated 8/24/2020


Eastern Washington increasing campfire restrictions

OLYMPIA – Due to the continuous dry, hot weather, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today more changes in campfire restrictions and industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected... — Updated 8/21/2020


Washington State Boating Program reminds public to be safe on the water

OLYMPIA – Aug. 11, 2020 – As summer heats up, the Washington State Parks Boating Program urges boaters and paddlers to take important steps to safely and responsibly recreate on the water, including wearing a life jacket at... — Updated 8/19/2020


White sturgeon fishing expands on Lake Roosevelt

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently announced addition harvest opportunities for white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt upstream of the China Bend Boat Ramp. The department noted that survival of hatchery-produced... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

Lake Roosevelt campgrounds to remain closed

LINCOLN COUNTY – The Department of the Interior (DOI) has responded to a letter written by Lincoln County Commissioner Rob Coffman concerning public access to Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. Coffman’s original letter,... — Updated 8/18/2020


WDFW seeks candidates for non-native gamefish and fisheries policy advisory committeee

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations for candidates to serve on a new ad-hoc committee that will advise the Department in developing a non-native gamefish and fisheries policy.... — Updated 8/17/2020


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