Outdoors briefs: Commission sets 2009 waterfowl seasons

OLYMPIA -- Eastern Washington goose hunters will have two extra days late in the season as a result of the elimination of the two-day September season, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has announced.

Commissioners set waterfowl hunting seasons and rules at their meeting last week in Colville and public comments on a variety of fish and wildlife issues at its Aug. 6-8 meeting in Colville.

Details of the new rules will be available next week on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regs_seasons.html.

The commission also raised statewide bag limits for pintail, scaup and canvasback due to higher breeding populations of those duck species.

Central Basin Audubon to have field trip Sunday

MOSES LAKE -- Central Basin Audubon Society will have a field trip to observe shorebirds from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The carpool will depart from the Moses Lake Grocery Outlet parking lot on Stratford Road just north of Highway 17 and proceed north to Soap Lake, down Dodson Road to Highway 26, to Othello and Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, and returning to Moses Lake via Lind Coulee, Perch Point and possibly northern Potholes Reservoir.

Contact leader Randy Hill at 509-488-9418 for more information or to reserve a spot.

Two-pole endorsement takes effect today

OLYMPIA -- Anglers can use two poles while fishing most lakes in the state starting today under a new law, but it will cost them a little more.

A $20 fee ($5 for senior resident anglers) is required for the two-pole endorsement on their recreational fishing license, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The list of excluded lakes and ponds is available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/twopole.