With April around the Corner, Fishing and Hunting Prospects About to Improve

By The Chronicle The mark of a skilled hunter or angler is a boatload of patience, and although there are some worthwhile prospects, the real fun is still a couple of weeks off. Relax a bit, will ya? “April really marks the start of the new year for fishing and hunting,” said Joe Stohr, deputy director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Some winter fisheries are still going strong, but the annual cycle is beginning again with a new year of outdoor activities.”…

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Mushrooms Make for a Tasty Outdoor Treat

By Jim Byrd For The Chronicle One of the first edible forest mushrooms to appear in the Pacific Northwest is Verpa bohemica, commonly called “early morel” or “spring morel.” They look similar to the true morels (except for how the stalk and cap are attached), and are in the same taxonomic family but a different genus, so you might consider them “cousins.” They are not generally considered as choice an edible as the true morel, and can cause digestive and other problems in some people.…

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Hunting, Fishing Report: Riffe Lake Starting to Produce Silvers

By The Chronicle Despite the low levels on Riffe Lake as Tacoma Power anticipates a snow melt, anglers are hitting on a few nice silvers on the U.S. Highway 12 side of the Mossyrock Dam. Reports include two nice 16-inch silvers taken this week; Karen Glaser of Barrier Dam Campground said she heard of one angler getting his limit in 15 minutes on Riffe Lake. Mayfield Lake is pretty low, but there are other possibilities for the lake plunker. Offutt Lake in south Thurston County…

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Planning Banquet

By The Chronicle The Chehalis Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold its 21st annual banquet and auction on Saturday. Doors will open at 4 p.m. Held at the Blue Pavilion of the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, the banquet is the primary fundraiser for chapter activities and contributes heavily to the group’s wildlife protection and habitat enhancement work. The event is billed as a family affair.

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Bird Feeder Diseases and Challenges

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle  In early spring wild bird feeders have an interesting — and sometimes heartbreaking — challenge. As feeders become overrun with new birds migrating through our area and our ever active population of local year-round birds continue to dine, bird feeding stations are overrun with challenges. One of the issues that I have found most challenging is the recent influx of owls, hawks and other meat-eating birds to my backyard. There are no less than five different species of hawks…

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