Prepare by sighting in rifle
The Paul Bunyan Rifle & Sportsman’s Club is offering hunters the opportunity to get their rifles properly sighted before the key hunting seasons open.
The cost is $6 per firearm. Shooting benches, rifle rests, sandbags, targets and spotting scopes will be provided. Bore sighting is available. Participants just need to bring their rifle and ammunition. There will be knowledgeable club members to provide assistance.
The remaining dates and times are:
Sunday: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Oct. 2: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Oc.t 6: 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Oct 7-8: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Oct. 11-13: 3:30-7:30 p.m.
The club is at 17902 Meridian Ave. E., Puyallup. To learn more, go to pbrsc.org.
Speaker discusses climate, salmon runs
Aaron Dufault of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will talk Wednesday’s meeting of the Olympia Chapter of Trout Unlimited about how climate and ocean conditions are impacting salmon runs.
Dufault is the pink, chum, sockeye salmon specialist with the department, where he has worked for four years.
In his presentation, Dufault will talk about key climate-change concepts, the impact on 2015 salmon returns by changing ocean conditions, and give the current outlook on 2016 climate and environmental conditions and their potential impact on salmon survival.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia. There will be refreshments and an equipment raffle after the presentation.
Comments sought on Puyallup-White program
The National Marine Fisheries Service is asking for public comments as it works to prepare an environmental impact statement on salmon and steelhead hatchery programs in the Puyallup-White River basin.
The national agency will be working the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe as it looks at eight hatchery and genetic management plans submitted by the three entities.
The hatcheries release of Endangered Species Act-listed chinook salmon and winter-run steelhead, as well as nonlisted coho and fall-run chum salmon into the two rivers.
The statement will identify direct, indirect and cumulative impacts created by the hatchery programs.
Comments must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 12. They can be sent by email to PuyallupHatcheriesEIS.email@example.com, using Puyallup Hatcheries Scoping in the subject line. They also can be mailed or hand delivered to NMFS West Coast Region, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 510 Desmond Drive SE., Suite 103, Lacey, WA 98503. Comments also can be sent by fax to 360-753-9517.
You can learn more about the plan at tinyurl.com/j7ao447.
Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor,