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, . . , ,~ , wil Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-5 STAFF REPORT news@masoncounty, com With a record number of ducks counted on the northern breeding grounds this year, the Washing- ton state Fish and Wildlife Commission approved migratory waterfowl hunting seasons for this fall and winter during a public meeting in Olympia Aug. 8-9. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Depart- ment of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), also approved a new regulation that requires hunters to leave on site the hooves of any elk taken in southwest Wash- ington to help minimize the spread of a disease that affects the region's herds. Under the waterfowl hunting package, most hunt- ing opportunities in Washington will be similar to last year. That includes a statewide duck season that will be open for 107 days, starting Oct. 11-15 and continuing Oct. 18-Jan. 25. A special youth hunting weekend also is scheduled Sept. 20-21. Limits for mallard, pintail, scaup, redhead, gold- eneye, harlequin, scoter and long-tailed duck will re- main the same as last season. But the commission reduced the daily bag limit for canvasback to one per day because of decreasing numbers throughout North America. Goose hunting seasons will vary among manage- ment areas across the state, but most open mid-Oc- tober and run through late January. Limits for most geese did not change, except the commission did in- crease the daily bag limit for cackling geese in south- west Washington from three to four. The commission also increased the overall harvest quota for dusky Canada geese in southwest Wash- ington from 45 to 85 birds. As in previous years, hunters are limited to one dusky Canada goose a season in southwest Washington. The goose and duck hunting seasons approved by the commission are based on state and federal wa- terfowl population estimates and guidelines. Accord- ing to those estimates, a record number of ducks - 49 million- were on the breeding grounds this spring in Canada and the United States. Details on the waterfowl hunting seasons will be available later this week on WDFW's website at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regul ations. In other action, the commission approved sev- eral land transactions, including the purchase of two parcels totaling nearly 2,900 acres of shrub- steppe in Yakima County. The land, about 5 miles west of Naches, serves as critical habitat for a va- riety of wildlife, and is an important connection between summer and winter range for the Yakima elk herd. The two parcels will be acquired through a part- nership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Cowiche Canyon Conservancy and the state Depart- ment of Ecology (DOE). The 2,588-acre property will be purchased for $1.38 million, while a 305-acre property will cost $170,000. DOE and the Kennewick Irrigation District are providing the funding to acquire the two parcels to mitigate for the loss of shrub-steppe habitat that was converted to agricultural land. The properties will be managed as part of WDFW's Oak Creek Wildlife Area. The commission also received a briefing on a sci- entific panel's determination that the disease that leaves elk in the St. He!ens and Willapa Hills areas of southwest Washington with misshapen hooves likely involves a type of bacterial infection. Members of the panel, composed of veterinar- ians and researchers throughout the state, agreed that the disease closely resembles contagious ovine digital dermatitis in sheep. The panel's diagnosis is consistent with the findings of the USDA National Animal Disease Center and four other independent diagnostic laboratories that have tested samples of elk hooves submitted by WDFW since last year. For more information on elk hoof disease, see WDFW's recent news release at wdfw.wa.gov/news/ jun2314a/ and the department's wildlife health webpage at wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/health/hoof_ disease. In other business, the commission conducted pub- lic hearings on the 2015-2021 Game Management Plan and proposed updates to the state Hydraulic Code. The commission also received briefings on the de- partment's legislative proposals for 2015, proposed 2015-2017 operating and capital budget requests, and new potential revenue sources. In addition, the commission was briefed on the impacts of a possible reduction in state general funds. The potential cuts are in response to Gov. Jay Inslee's directive to state agencies to rank their activities and identify reductions totaling 15 percent. This Week Non-Members Welcome AT THE RANGE MembershipsAvailable August 14, Thursday Winchester .22 Pistol Marksmanship 100 plus rounds Any .22 pistol in safe operating condition Self-paced awards based program. $6.00 members $8.00 non-members. August 15, Friday 6:00 p.m. Bullseye .22 Pistol at 50 feet on 6 targets. Skill building at it's finest. Shoot runs about an hour, 60 rounds. Beginners welcome. $300 for members $5.00 for non-members. August 16, Saturday 10:00 am New Member Applicants Orientation Persons interested in joining MCSA meet at the range for approximately an hour and half safety and range operations session. No appoinunent needed. August 19, Tuesday 6:00 P.M. USPSA classifier practice. 9mm or larger, 48 round count. Shooting clinic, timed and scored for practice. Come on in and hone your shooting skills. $6.00 members, $8.00 non-members. August 21, Thursday Winchester Defensive Pistol Marksmanship Program Develop shooting skills with your concealed carry firearm. 50 rounds or more, self paced awards style shooting program. $6.00 members, $8.00 for non-members. Next month back to normal schedule for this event. Coming up: September 6, Saturday 10:00 am First Steps Pistol Class $50.00 Fundamental gun safety and knowledge course including the basics of shooting a pistol. Firearm and anuno provided. Allotted time after the class to work with students who would like to shot their personal firearm. We have fund raiser gun raffles, tickets are $2.00 per ticket. See the Rager Camp rifle or American Classic 1911 and buy tickets at Renegade Guns in Shelton. they are open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday or contact a club member. Did you know: Women make up the largest group of new shooters at ranges though out the country. MASON COUNTY SPORTSMAN' S ASSOCIATION W. 521 Business Park Rd., Shelton Message Phone 427-1102 IT] www.masoncountysa.com for the week of Auc ust 14 through Au! ust 21, 2014 Hunt, fish and explore private land less than 30 minutes from Olympia. Secure your access to big game and bird hunting and fishing on 24,000 acres of forest land. Motorized permits are only $250. 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