Hunting seasons on the horizon

Some of Washington’s most popular hunting seasons get under way this month, when hunters take to the field for deer, ducks, geese and other game birds.

Release punched fish

Columbia River anglers are required to release hatchery steelhead with a ¼-inch diameter hole punch in the upper lobe of the tail fin from Oct. 1-Dec. 6 from the U.S. Highway 395 bridge to the old Hanford townsite wooden powerline.

Hunting seasons to open

The biggest day of deer hunting is slated for Oct. 15 with the opening of modern firearms season.

Sheriff to close river

Salmon fishermen and other boaters will be prohibited from using a 400-yard stretch of the Columbia River on Wednesday and Thursday and again Oct. 3 and 4.

Winter lock schedule in effect

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has started its winter recreational vessel lock schedule.

Hunters application tracks deer

Powderhook and QDMA released the 2016 update to “Deer Tracker,” a popular free application that allows hunters to monitor deer activity and harvests in their neck of the woods and across the country.

Bowling Report


Send us your hunting photos

With the fall season under way, the Daily Sun News is looking for photos of successful hunts.

Bowling Report

Week #1

Chinook fishing open

Fishing for chinook is open now through Sept. 20 on the Columbia River.

State allows some campfires this weekend

Parks commission OKs use of most fire pits west of Cascade crest

Campfires allowed in Western Washington campgrounds; fire ban continues east of the Cascades

State: Deer, elk hunting prospects decline

Hunters should head to higher elevations

State officials say last summer’s heat, last fall’s hunt and last winters cold will likely mean a downturn for elk prospects this season.

Tease photo

Wahclella Falls offers ‘Gorge’-ous hike

Forest Service: ‘Memorable waterfalls’

If you’re looking to be really efficient with a Gorge hike and want to cram in a lot of different elements of local trails into one outing, consider making a trip to Wahclella Falls.

Fishery under new rules

Chinook, Coho catch affected

Columbia River anglers should be aware of several new rules that the state Department of Fish and Wildlife set at the beginning of the month.

Restrictions on eastern Washington

The arrival of hot, dry weather has prompted the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to restrict fires and other activities.