Cowlitz Wildlife Refuge: Kosmos Release Site Fosters Pheasant Hunting Fun

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle Remington and Hoover: a boy named after a gun manufacturer and a bird hunting dog named after a vacuum cleaner. When I heard that those two were teaming up for the youth pheasant hunt weekend at the Kosmos site east of Morton, I couldn’t help but giggle at what I sincerely hoped would be a prophetic pair of names. It was Remington’s first pheasant hunt and the start of Hoover’s second season in the field. I was invited to…

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Fishing & Hunting Report: Razor Clam Season Tentatively Scheduled; Anglers Hope for Rain

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle WDFW has tentatively scheduled a razor-clam dig in mid-October, the first of the fall season, for Oct. 13 at four ocean beaches, provided upcoming marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. They will announce final approval of that plan about a week before the dig is set to start, said Dan Ayres, WDFW’s coastal shellfish manager. “We’re still in the process of determining additional fall and winter digging opportunities, but we wanted to give people a…

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WDFW, DNR, Weyerhaeuser Fire Restrictions Issued; Fall Chinook Picks Up

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle Effective immediately, WDFW has issued restrictions prohibiting campfires, smoking, target shooting, power tools and equipment, and vehicles on all WDFW-managed lands due to severe fire danger across the state. Greg Schirato, deputy director of WDFW’s wildlife program, said these restrictions are part of a larger effort by state and federal agencies to reduce the risk of further wildfires in Washington. That effort includes a burn ban issued for all forestlands protected by the state Department of Natural Resources, and…

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Under the Open Sky: Take up the challenge of Ember Days: Learn, Reflect, Give

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle Ember Days are a very old and mostly forgotten tradition of the Christian religion. It is a practice that began as early as the third century as a replacement for the seasonal Roman or “pagan” feasts. Celebrated four times a year, Ember Days were a time of fasting and prayer, a time to give thanks for the gifts of nature in the changing of each season, and a time to give alms to the poor. The Ember Days of…

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Under the Open Sky: Try Birding from Your Mobile Bird Blind

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle After cashing my monthly paycheck on Monday, I headed straight for a local fast food joint to enjoy my monthly treat of a bacon cheeseburger. (For those of you that live near “town” — as we in the rural areas call Chehalis or Centralia — you might not think of a cheap and fast burger as a “treat.” But since I’m a country living girl, fast food is a rarity in my diet.) I parked the car, rolled down…

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