I purchased a new fishing rod the other day. Not that that is any earth-shattering news. Members of my family are used to my occasional splurges on a piece of equipment to further my enjoyment of the outdoors.
Much of the time the Virginia rails slink unseen through the marshes, but their loud, grunting and sometimes pig-like calls betray their presence. Instead of the usual rotund shape of most bird’s belly, this and other rails are laterally compressed (jargon for squished sideways), an adaptati…
Registration available for Kids Fish-In
State says take down feeders to help birds
After watching the weather turn around this past weekend, with warm winds blowing the ice off of the local lakes, it’s time to start thinking about doing some fishing.
It was 30 years ago this week that a young man with writing aspirations wandered into the offices of the Yakima Herald-Republic and pitched an idea to then-city editor Spencer Hatton, about writing a column for the paper that focused on hunting, fishing and other outdoor endeavors.
Shields perfect to win at Button Shoot
Last week was a good week for fishing. The weatherman cooperated for the most part, and thanks to some friends who extended the invites, four out of six days were spent on the water.
Elms earns Week 6 win at Button Shoot
Washington State Parks opened three temporary Sno-Parks in Kittitas County last week to better accommodate a surge of visitors to the Cascades this winter as local residents seek outdoor recreation options during the colder months.
Many anglers, hunters, campers and other outdoor enthusiasts look forward to this time of year, because it is when all the different sportsmen shows in the Northwest get underway. The shows are anticipated and welcomed as a respite to the sometimes never-ending winter, when there is just not…
Through most of the year the gray partridge moves unseen through the bunchgrasses on the higher ridges surrounding Yakima. Winter snow makes it harder for this “chicken” to hide and only then does it become much easier to spot.
Trout Unlimited leasing water rights
Just like that we are back to winter. While most of us enjoyed the few 50-degree days of a week or two ago, there is a group of anglers who are quite happy to see the new snowfalls and the mercury dropping in the thermometers.
Sportsmen shows canceled
The almost spring-like weather we’ve been enjoying the past week has definitely been appreciated. While there is good snow in the mountains for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and sledding, down in the valleys the warmer temperatures have kept many of the lakes ice-free and open for fishing.
I have never been accused of being overly bright. In fact, a few teachers in my past may have willingly confirmed my lack of smarts. I don’t remember the marks I received in grade school as being anything to excite my parents, making them believe their son might become a surgeon or an astron…
Mitchell, Klingele perfect at Button Shoot
As a society we’ve learned a great deal since the coronavirus hit in early 2020. There have been some dark times for sure, but the pandemic has created opportunities for some good things to happen as well.
Surely this diving duck rates as one of the snazziest birds of our region with its artistic black-and-white patterns. It resides in south-central Washington all year, but changes its habitat through the seasons.