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Centralia Game Farm Raises Thousands of Birds for Hunting Season

A pheasant glides in a pen at the state rearing farm in Centralia. The birds are released throughout the state for hunters’ enjoyment. (Bill Wagner / The Longview Daily News) By Tom Paulu / The Daily News Joe Schierscher’s Labrador, Dash, flushed a pheasant hiding in roadside brush. A couple of quick pops from Schierscher’s shotgun brought down the bird, and man and dog braved the Woodland Bottoms thicket to retrieve it. For such opportunities, hunters can thank the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s pheasant…

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Backyard Naturalist: Wildlife Around the Mountain Passes Start Preparations for Coming Winter

Editor’s Note: Outdoors Writer Russ Mohney died Aug. 31. The loss is staggering. His writing and insight into the outdoors of Southwest Washington was unmatched. We will be publishing his popular column each week in the coming months from his abundant body of work created throughout the past decade for The Chronicle. This column was originally published Oct. 27, 2006. By Russ Mohney / For The Chronicle The first hesitant snifters of snow fell on the mountains of the east county this week. There was…

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Weather Keeps Deer Hunters Unlucky

Looking Up: Hopes High for the Coming Week in the Woods By The Chronicle The early deer season for modern firearm hunters has definitely had its difficulties. Opening weekend the clear skies and dry leaves underfoot made for a beautiful days outing in the woods. But every buck and doe could hear a hunter coming from a mile away without having to pay too much attention. This weekend’s hunt had its own troubles and for different reasons.

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Cowlitz River Fish Run Still Producing

By The Chronicle Fishing is still strong on the Cowlitz River in Lewis County. “We’re still getting some Chinook up toward Barrier Dam,” said Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Joe Hymer. “We’re still getting quite a few coho back to the hatchery. With the sports catch, get ‘em while you can.” Hymer said some fish are being caught in the lower parts of the river, but the muddy waters are making for slow going. Hymer said about half of the coho run has…

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Razor Clam Dig Looks Promising for Early November

Beaches: WDFW Plans Toxicology Tests By The Chronicle The last razor clam opening on the coast was a bit of a washout due to unpleasant weather conditions toward the end of the dig. Clammers will have another opportunity to dig up their 15 clams again on Nov. 5-8, if toxicology tests come up positive, as is expected. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will take samples tomorrow if the high surf cooperates. The tests should come back by Friday or on Monday at the latest,…

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