Sports

SPORTS BRIEFS Nov. 14, 2001, issue

Pheasant site re-opens for hunting

The Whidbey Island pheasant-release site adjacent a Navy air base that had been closed to hunting following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will open for hunting Nov. 10, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced on Nov. 2.

Outlying Field, Coupeville, pheasant release site, part of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, will be open for hunting through Nov. 30, said Mick Cope, WDFW upland game manager.

Cope said hunters are required to use non-toxic shot at the Coupeville site, and must have a NASWI hunting permit from air station security before hunting. Base permit information is available at 257-3122.

The Seaplane Base pheasant-release site, also part of NASWI, remains closed because of security concerns. Cope said it's unlikely that any additional sites would open this year.

Late buck season

As set by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, the late buck season on the westside of Washington is Nov. 15-18. This is for modern firearms. The bag limit is one buck.

For more information, go to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website at http://www.wa.gov/wdfw/wlm/

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Sport fishing rules for 2002-03

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting public comment on a proposed package of sport fishing rules for the 2002-03 fishing season.

The proposed rules, governing the recreational harvest of game fish, food fish and shellfish, will be the focus of a public hearing before the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission during the commission's Dec. 7 and 8 meeting in Vancouver. The commission is scheduled to vote on adoption or modification of the rules package at its February meeting.

Among changes in the new rules package are proposals to:

1. Eliminate exceptions to wild steelhead release rules or, alternately, to standardize bag limits to one wild steelhead (10 per year) in areas where exceptions to wild steelhead release rules are allowed.

2. Create new underwater marine protected areas to protect or enhance fish species at Rosario Head, Zees Reef near Fox Island, and Fort Casey State Park, Scatchet Head and Admiralty Head on Whidbey Island.

3. Allow anglers to use two poles in freshwater with the purchase of a second freshwater fishing license.

Written comments may be submitted during the Dec. 7 commission meeting, or mailed before the meeting to Evan Jacoby, WDFW Rules Coordinator, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia WA 98501-1091, or emailed to Jacoby at jacobesj@dfw.wa.gov. Verbal comments may also be presented at the Dec. 7 commission meeting.

Crabbing update

Crab fishing in the southern portion of Marine Area 8-2 (Everett/Port Susan) re-opened to sport crab fishing Nov. 5.

Fishing for Dungeness and red rock crab will be open seven days a week until further notice. The area opened is south and east of a line that extends from Camano Head to Sandy Point located south of Langley. This includes Glendale, Port Gardner, Everett, Tulalip Bay and Port Susan, including Kayak County Park.

All other marine areas are currently open to sports crab fishing seven days a week with a daily limit of six male Dungeness crab (6.25-inch minimum size) and six red rock crab (5-inch minimum).

More information can be found online at www.wa.gov/wdfw or on the WDFW fishing hotline (360) 902-2500. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call 796-3215.

Registration for youth basketball

A youth basketball clinic and registration for the upcoming 2001-2002 youth league will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 for boys and girls grades 3 through 6. Registration forms can be obtained from all neighborhood schools and both 7-Eleven convenience stores. For more details call Dwight Lundstrom at 279-8717 or Bryan Schulle at 279-8786

Basketball coaches needed

Volunteer coaches are needed for the North Whidbey Youth Basketball League. Openings are available at level grades 3 through grades 6. The season runs Jan. 5 through Feb. 16. For further information contact Brian Schulle at 279-8786 or Dwight Lundstrom at 279-8717.

Turkey shoot to benefit WAIF

The Central Whidbey Sportsmen's Association will hold a Turkey Shoot on Nov. 17 to benefit Whidbey Animals Improvement Foundation.

The shoot will be held from 9 to 1 p.m. at the club range. Entry will be by purchasing four tickets for $5. One ticket will be used to enter or re-enter each event. Entrants may compete as many times as they like.

The public is welcome to this match, which will be held under covered shooting positions. Turkeys will be awarded at the end of the event at 1 p.m.

The club house and range is located south of Coupeville on Safari Road, just south of the corner of Highway 20 and Morris Road.

Events will consist of:

1.Pistol or revolver, any sight, fired offhand at 25 yard bullseye target. Highest 2 scores win a turkey.

2.Pistol or revolver, iron sights only, at briquettes at 25 feet. Best 2 shooters win a turkey.

3.Shotgun at turkey target, 25 yards, 2 shots. Most pellets in white center wins. Highest 2 scores win a turkey.

4.Pistol or revolver, iron sights, at Jug Head target at 25 yeards. Most rounds in bottle per target without hitting the Jug Head winsa turkey. 2 turkeys to be awarded.

5.Shotgun shooting on the Trap Range, games to be announced, so bring your shotgun, with low base loads only, any gauge, and shoot for turkeys.

Any shoot-offs as needed will be held at 12:30 P.M. Anyone wishing to participate who does not own a firearm will be supplied with a .22 pistol and ammunition. The net proceeds will bo to the Whidbey Animals Improvement Foundation.

The public is always welcome at CWSA events, membership is not required. For more information call 678-0960.

Adult hoops league results

Here are the results for the SWPRD adult men’s basketball league games played on Nov. 3.

In the first game, American Beauty defeated Smitty’s Paints 64-55. High scorer for Smitty’s Paints was Tony Peplinski while John Brandt led American Beauty with 15 points.

In the second contest Island Athletic Club defeated Payless Foods 64-51. Jay Bryan was the high scorer for Island Athletic Club, while Dave Bull paced Payless Foods with 18 points.

2001 Seattle Marathon nears

The 32nd annual Seattle Marathon is scheduled to be held on Nov. 25. The marathon will benefit the Candlighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Western Washington. The Candlighters mission is to educate, support, serve, and advocate for children with cancer, their famalies, and the professionals who care for them.

Besides runners, the Seattle Marathon is also looking for volunteers to help stage the event. If you are interested in volunteering, call 206-729-3660 or look online at www.seattlemarathon.org.

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