Outdoors briefs: Moses Lake man forfeits boat for violations

A Moses Lake man cited earlier this year for having too many fish in his daily catch recently forfeited his boat and other equipment to the state.

Washington Fish and Wildlife officers cited Pedro Martinez, 46, on two counts July 26 at Rufus Woods Lake on the Okanogan-Douglas county line in north central Washington.

Martinez was cited for possessing 13 rainbow trout -- 11 over the legal daily catch limit of two -- and for failing to display his catch for inspection to officers when requested.

The criminal violations cost Martinez a $250 fine and the loss of his boat, boat motor, boat trailer, cooler, and fishing rod and reel.

A Washington state hearings officer recently finalized the forfeiture of the equipment, valued at an estimated $2,500.

"This case is a good example of how a fish and wildlife violation can end up costing much more than a standard fine," said WDFW Sgt. Jim Brown of Okanogan.

Brown credits other arrests to concerned anglers who are reporting violations they see by cell phone to WDFW's poaching hotline (877-933-9847) and then testifying to their observations.

Oregon big game drawing tickets on sale

SALEM -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has a holiday gift idea for hunters -- big game drawing tickets. The tickets offer winners the opportunity to hunt an extended 2009 season for deer, elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope or Rocky Mountain goat.

The winning tickets will be drawn at the Oregon Hunters Association state convention in Grand Ronde on May 16.

Winners may still purchase tags and hunt in general or controlled seasons, in addition to hunting with their raffle tag. Raffle tickets can be purchased online, from hunting license agents or by mail or fax.

Idaho requires 'restricted vehicle' license on ATVs

A new law passed in the Idaho Legislature earlier this year requires a "restricted vehicle" license plate for all off-highway motorcycles, ATVs and utility vehicles starting Jan. 1.

The restricted vehicle plate and the traditional off-highway vehicle registration sticker will both be required to operate your vehicle, even if you never ride on roads.

The new license plate is through the Idaho Department of Transportation and is separate from the traditional OHV sticker program through Idaho Parks and Recreation.

According to Troy Elmore, OHV program manager at Parks and Recreation, the new plate was developed because Idaho Transportation Department did not want to issue red, white and blue motorcycle plates to ATVs because ATVs don't meet federal motor vehicle standards, which could jeopardize federal funding for Idaho's state highways and interstates.

Mission Ridge open for skiing

WENATCHEE -- The latest winter storm blast has allowed one ski area to open its doors today, and others may soon follow suit.

Mission Ridge Ski Area will be open through Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with an 18-inch snow base, boosted by snow-making machines.

The area will operate Chair 1 and the Liberator Quad Express serving four runs on 50 acres of skiable terrain.

Crystal Mountain Resort is on the verge of opening, and it could be as early as Saturday depending on how much snow coverage occurs.