Outdoors briefs: Youth-only hunting season is today, Sunday

OLYMPIA -- Young hunters in Washington will get a jump on adults this weekend with the annual two-day, youth-only season for waterfowl, pheasant, quail and partridge.

The special youth-only season is open to hunters under age 16 who are accompanied by an adult.

The adult is not allowed to hunt during the special youth season today and Sunday.

Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife has joined the Washington Waterfowl Association, Pheasants Forever and other hunting organizations to arrange adult mentors for young people who want to hunt but don't have anyone to teach them.

Young people 16 or under, or their parents, can get more information about this program by calling the department at 360-902-2515.

Other hunting seasons scheduled to open:

-- Today: Early muzzleloader season for deer in selected game management units statewide.

-- Oct. 3: Early muzzleloader season for elk in selected game management units statewide.

-- Oct. 3: Season opener for quail, chukar and gray partridge in Eastern Washington.

-- Oct. 17: General hunting seasons for ducks and geese (except in specific areas of southwest Washington).

-- Oct. 17: Deer-hunting season with modern firearms in selected game management units statewide.

-- Oct. 24: General hunting season for pheasant in Eastern Washington.

Refuge area to open for youth waterfowl hunt

BURBANK -- Columbia National Wildlife Refuge will open an area south of O'Sullivan Dam for the annual youth Canada goose and duck hunt today and Sunday.

The area, Marsh unit I, includes eight ponds created by diverting Lower Crab Creek into shallow wetlands.

Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older who is not hunting. For more information, call 509-488-2668.