18 hunters will win entry in deer hunt

Eighteen hunters will win a drawing for the chance to hunt for deer this fall on the 6,000-acre Charles and Mary Eder unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in northeastern Okanogan County.

Hunters can submit an application for the “limited-entry” deer hunt at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/permits/scotchcreek or by contacting the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s northcentral region office at 509-754-4624 or department headquarters at 360-902-2515.

The deadline to apply is midnight Aug. 14.

The winners will be chosen during a random drawing and will receive access permits to enter the unit.

Of the 18 access permits, six are reserved for bow hunters, six for muzzleloaders and six for hunters using modern firearms. Hunters are allowed to take only one deer, as authorized by their general hunting license.

Deer-hunting seasons for the area are Sept. 1-30 for bow hunters, Oct. 3-11 for muzzleloaders, and Oct. 17-27 for hunters using modern firearms.


Fly casting class offered in Federal Way

A class on the fundamentals of fly casting is being offered Aug. 9.

Sportsman’s Warehouse in Federal Way is presenting the single-day class on angling equipment, leaders, knots and fly casting. The session combines instruction, demonstration and practice on a local, private lake.

In addition, there is instruction on rod assembly and care, hook removal as well as various casting techniques.

A casting guide is free. Additional fly-casting materials are available to the students at a modest cost.

Instructors include Darrel Martin, certified by the International Federation of Fly Fishers (United States) and The Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors (United Kingdom), and Michael Martin, experienced guide and instructor.

The class will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

If you have your own equipment, you should bring it. All equipment is available for free day-loan during this class. Students should also bring rain gear, brimmed hat, protective eyewear, lunch and drink.

The cost is $50 (cash only, and includes a $30 deposit to reserve your class spot). The class size is limited.

For registration and more information, contact Sportsman’s Warehouse at 253-835-4100.


Idaho angler sets Washington tiger trout record

An 18.49-pound tiger trout caught by Kelly Flaherty of Priest River, Idaho, is a new state record for Washington.

The 53-year-old angler caught the fish, which was 32.5 inches long, May 5, while bait fishing with a worm and egg from a boat launch at Bonaparte Lake, near Tonasket.

“The fish skyrocketed out of the water,” Flaherty said in a news release from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. “As soon as I hooked it, I was whooping it up, while a crowd gathered around the whole time.”

It took Flaherty about 15 minutes to land the fish.

According to the department, Flaherty’s record catch broke the previous record tiger trout record by 3.45 pounds. That record was held by Kirk Herrin on a fish caught in Roses Lake, in Chelan County, in 2012.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com