Westy’s Outdoor Report

Outdoor Report for February 8th, 2018

No recording available this week.

Well here we are in February, the month whose only purpose seems to be to make for an even twelve month year. But Wait, as they say on those annoying TV ads. It’s Westy here at Yeager’s with some ideas to take the boredom out of February.

If you’re a hunter, you can still pursue rabbits and a rabbit stew in winter is a bowl full of heaven, especially with my recipe.

If you’re a fisher, there are lakes that are open and you still have a shot at Steelhead in a few places.

Birdwatchers, the place for you to be is up on the north fork of the Nooksack watching eagles or in the northern part of the county getting some great pictures of those wintering swans.

And, if being outside on some of these winter days to too daunting, February is a good time to go through all your spring and summer gear and make sure it is ready to go. If anything needs replacing, now is a good time to do it. If that ice chest you haven’t used since you brought it home full of fish or crabs is stinking up the garage, we have special cleaning products for that.

Inventorying fishing gear is always a good thing to do in late winter. Every time I do it, I find things I’ve forgotten I even have. One thing I learned the hard way is to change the line on my reels more often. Right now while things are a little slow in our tackle department is a good time to bring them all in and get them done at once.

And last but certainly not least, winter hiking is a great way to start stretching those leg muscles before spring. It’s also a way to start getting rid of those holiday pounds that snuck up on you in December. Whatcom County has many miles of trails built just for or you can head up the 542 and find a place to hike in the snow.

I love hiking in snow. It’s quiet, peaceful and beautiful, three things that are good for the soul. When you get back to the car, a cup of hot coffee or cocoa is good for the belly and when you get home perhaps a shot of peppermint schnapps will set things right for a good nap.

Thanks for visiting.