Get Ready for Pheasant Hunting

Prime Spots: Lewis County Features Several Well-Stocked Public Hunting Grounds By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle There is good news for Western Washington pheasant hunters: license fees have been reduced from last year’s $90 to just $82.50. While most hunting and fishing license fees increased on Sept. 1, this is one of the few that actually decreased. There are nine weekends in the general hunting season — from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 — and an additional two weekends at pheasant release sites local…

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Happy Hooker Eats Sea Kittens

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle Anyone who knows me well knows that I avoid controversial topics like the plague. Just give me the good news and let me live in my happy, bad-news-free world, that’s all I ask. I stopped watching the evening news a long time ago and I avoid engaging in debate over hot-topic issues. I figure if it’s important I’ll read about it in The Chronicle or hear about it on Facebook. But a recent Associated Press headline caught my…

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Fishing and Hunting Report: Unclipped King Leads to Big Trouble

CAUTION: Read Your Regs or Risk Your Rig By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has finally released the 2011 Game Animal Population and Hunting Information reports this week. You can find the reports online at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/prospects/. News isn’t good for forest grouse hunters, mainly due to the cold and wet spring we experienced on this side of the mountains, putting chicks at risk. The news is better for deer hunters. “Deer populations seem to be increasing west…

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Time to Give Back to the Land

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle On National Public Lands Day Saturday, volunteers will be gathering at parks, trails, gardens, historic sites and other public lands for a day of service. National Public Lands Day is the country’s largest single-day effort to spruce up parks and other open spaces. National Public Lands Day is also a free-fee day at national parks. In addition to free admission on Saturday, participating volunteers at National Park Service sites will receive a coupon for a fee-free return visit.

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Contemplating a New Season of Beginnings and Endings

Fall is already well started here in Lewis County. Foggy mornings, late sunrises and the drip, drip, drip of heavy, falling dew mark the end of our summer and the beginning of a downward spiral that will lead us, eventually and inevitably, into the depths of winter. There is an excitement that arises from within as each new season begins. But as I stop to contemplate the next season’s gifts and beauties, there lies, just beneath a happy heart filled with optimism, a pulling dread…

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