Westy’s Outdoor Report

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Outdoor Report for July 13th, 2017

Baker Lake Sockeye Fishers, check this out. With larger transfers having occurred the last few days the total is up to nearly 3000 fish and surely some more will be added before you hear this so it’s time to get going. We’re hearing of some good catches already and we have the gear and the experience here to get you set up.

Learn to catch them now and be ready for the CCA Sockeye Shoot Out on the 28th thru the 30th and maybe be a big winner there. This is the second annual Baker Lake Sockeye Derby put on by the Coastal Conservation Association and promises to be even bigger and better than last year. We have details and tickets here at the store.

Crabbers alert, your season in Area 7 South which is right here, opens on this Saturday the 15th, and, we have the largest selection of crab pots ever and they are on sale at our big tent sale running through this Sunday.

River fishers, the Nooksack opens on Sunday the 16th for Pink Salmon, or Humpies as we call them around here. It’s a four fish limit and you have many miles of river to fish from the Lummi boundary all the way to the FFA barn in Deming. It’s a one single hook rule with no more than a half inch gap from point to shaft, to reduce snagging. And guess what, we have smokers on sale outside at the tent.

Bear hunters, your season opens on August 1st and I hear second hand from some loggers that they are seeing lots of bears this year. As you know, black bears are omnivores and they’ll eat anything that doesn’t eat them first so be thinking of food sources when you go hunting. They love skunk cabbage shoots early in the spring, shifting to other plants and forbs and then to berries as they ripen. They love blackberries, huckleberries and blueberries seem to be their favorite.

By the way, bear hunting isn’t just about a bear skin rug, the meat is delicious. I corned most of my last bear and it made for some great eating when prepared just as you would corned beef. Corning is something you can do yourself with just a crock like we sell here at Yeager’s and some pickling salts and spices It takes a few days and some care is need to keep the whole process cold but I can tell you how to do that.

There is also a local company that will smoke your hams for you and bear ham is amazing. We have their cards here for you. Of course, some care must be taken in the cooking of bear meat as there is the remote possibility of Trichinosis but it’s easy to prevent so don’t worry about it.

I’ve given you two reasons today to visit our tent sale and there are hundreds more out there waiting to be discovered so get on in for this final weekend of the sale.

Our Summer Shooting Sale continues through this Sunday the 16th and we still have a good selection, especially in the MSRs, formerly known as ARs, at $100 off of every make and model. Most of the stuff for this sale is in the store of course but there are some great hunting bargains out in the tent such as knives and several kinds of flashlights, headlamps and lanterns. We also have clay targets on sales out there.

Until next week, Thanks for visiting.