Hunter education required, time remains

Print Article

Yes, we have pounded this drum time and again in recent weeks. Fish and Wildlife sent another press release, so there is still time to attend the classes or go the deferral route.

Here is the info: Fish and Wildlife hunter education classes are available now. Classes are scheduled statewide and about one-third are already full. Hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972 must show proof of completion of hunter education before buying their first Washington hunting license.

Fish and Wildlife offers both traditional and online options to complete the hunter education requirement. The traditional classroom experience includes direct person-to-person instruction from certified volunteer instructors. This format can be beneficial to younger students, as well as those seeking more time with our highly qualified and passionate instructors, who are available to answer questions in real time.

The online course offers the same content, but with the convenience of meeting a student’s schedule. Students who take the online course are required to complete an in-person field skills evaluation led by certified instructors. As hunting season approaches, field skills evaluation classes can fill very quickly.

To learn about hunter education requirements or find a course, new hunters should visit the WDFW hunter education web page at

Washington honors all 50 states hunter education certifications. Those who are unable to complete a hunter education course before the fall hunting seasons may qualify for a hunter education deferral. For more information on the deferral, visit

Women’s outdoor workshop deadline is approaching

Don’t want anyone to miss out on this opportunity. I know there are people who will thrive on the outdoor skills presented at this workshop. Read on.

A workshop designed to introduce women to fishing, hunting and other outdoor skills is scheduled for Sept. 13 through 15 near Ellensburg. The registration deadline is Sept. 1.

Certified and experienced instructors will teach 20 classes throughout the weekend on skills such as archery, basic freshwater fishing, fly-fishing, fly-tying, big-game hunting basics, survival, garden for wildlife, Dutch oven cooking, backpacking, outdoor photography, map and compass, and more.

More information about the workshop, including attendance fees and registration, is available at Partial scholarships from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are available for first-time participants.

Northern Leopard frogs released at wildlife refuge

This is an interesting development. Now I’m wanting to find and observe these creatures.

Hundreds of endangered Northern Leopard frogs have been released at the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge south of O’Sullivan Dam.

Fish and Wildlife collected Northern Leopard Frog eggs earlier this spring, and after months of growing in the Oregon Zoo’s conservation lab and at WSU, the frogs were ready for release in recent weeks.

Once abundant throughout North America, Northern Leopard Frogs are rapidly disappearing from their native ranges in Washington, Oregon and western Canada.

The species has been listed as endangered in the Evergreen State since 1999, and with only one known population remaining in Washington, there is still a long path to recovery for the frogs.

By raising eggs through tadpole stage to froglets at the Oregon Zoo and WSU, the partners are working to bypass these threats and grow the population of Northern Leopard Frogs in the region.

Funding for the Northern Leopard Frog reintroduction is being provided through a competitive state wildlife grant awarded to Fish and Wildlife from U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program.

Print Article

Read More Clay

The Game Transport Form will help local hunters

September 09, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald Page 94 of the Washington Big-Game 2019 Hunting Seasons & Regulations states: “Transporting game or portions of meat taken by somebody else (WAC 220-200-120): If you transport or possess wildlife...


Read More

First-hunt-of-the-year suggestions

September 03, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald There is a time when anglers and hunters can combine both consumptive sports in one day. The time is now. Hunting dove in the morning and evening is a good prospect, as is fishing for walleye in t...


Read More

Big-game youth hunts and more

September 02, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald We recently discussed youth hunts. Big-game hunts for youth use permits and special seasons to offer quality excursions. Having a one- or two-day hunt for deer, elk, sheep, goat or moose wouldn’t b...


Read More

Youth seasons beneficial

August 28, 2019 at 8:09 pm | Columbia Basin Herald This is the third of a multi-part series about the upcoming hunting seasons. A relatively recent development, within the past several years, is a series of youth hunts have been listed in the huntin...


Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2019 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy