Doves, Forest Grouse, Archery Season for Deer and Cougar Open Sept. 1

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle Summer has barely made an appearance and it’s already hunting time again. Several of the more popular early fall hunts — early archery deer and forest grouse and dove — are just around the corner. The fall black bear season began quietly on Aug. 1 on the coast and two weeks later in the southern Cascades. Bear season will remain open through mid-November. The early archery hunts for deer get under way Sept. 1, continuing through Sept. 18…

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It’s High Salmon and Wildflower Season

Summer may have gotten off to a slow start here in the Pacific Northwest — the corn isn’t even close to being as high as an elephant’s eye — but we seem to be making up for lost time. A week of scorching hot weather seems to have brought out the summer blooms all over Lewis County. It’s a great time to take a drive and enjoy the view. I took a little tour around Chehalis on Sunday to see if I could get some…

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Fishing Report: Westport Down to Five Days a Week

A Catch: River Fishing for Salmon Is Hot By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle Effective immediately, the salmon fishery off Westport will once again be restricted to five days a week — Sundays through Thursdays. Anglers have been allowed to fish daily off Westport (Marine Area 2) since early August, but a significant increase in the recreational catch prompted a return to the Sunday-through-Thursday schedule, said Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Since opening ocean waters off…

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Hang Gliding: Soaring With Eagles on Dog Mountain

By Victoria Stewart / For The Chronicle The glider sat, unfurled and resting on the ground, poised for flight like a colorful butterfly at the top of Dog Mountain east of Morton. Larry and Tina Jorgensen zipped around the craft carefully performing a pre-flight check. The weather was perfect for flying: warm summer sun and thermals. Riffe Lake stretching out glistening below, and hawks, ravens and vultures — the inspiration for flying — wheeled overhead. For Larry, a tandem instructor at Dog Mountain, learning to…

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Sharing the Outdoors, Chasing Butterflies

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle As you read this I hope to be hooking into my fourth pink salmon or second king of the day. I’m in a “silver slump,” as my son calls it. I haven’t hooked a salmon or a steelhead all year — though I’ve seen plenty caught and landed and have the pictures to prove it. Today I’ll be setting down my camera and concentrating on pulling in a silver beauty. I don’t care if it’s large or small,…

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