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Fishing

New fishing regulations take effect July 1

The state’s new fishing regulation pamphlet is now available online.

The pamphlet can be downloaded at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.

It also will be available at state Fish and Wildlife offices and at license vendors in the coming weeks.

The rules included in the pamphlet will take effect July 1.

Getting a booklet is crucial for fishermen so they can avoid violating some of the state’s complex fishing regulations. The rules can vary from lake to lake, and from section to section of rivers.

For example, South Sound recreational anglers will need to know that the Nisqually River, from the mouth to the military tank crossing bridge, will be closed 26 days in August and September. That is five more days than that stretch was closed in 2014.

On the Puyallup River, the stretch from the 11th Street Bridge in Tacoma to Freeman Road will be closed 24 days in August-October. That is the same number of days as last season.

Priest Point Park

Learn to camp during Backyard Campout

Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation will host a Great American Backyard Campout event June 27 and June 28 at Priest Point Park.

This will be a rare opportunity to camp inside the park while also learning basic camping skills including setting up camp, outdoor cooking and nature-based activities for all ages.

The campout will run from 3 p.m.-10 a.m. A dinner entree and breakfast will be provided. Tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads are available upon request.

The cost is $20 per person, with children 2 and younger admitted free.

You can register by calling 360-753-8380 or going to olympiawa.gov/experienceitonline.

The Great American Campout is part of the National Wildlife Federation’s summerlong campaign to get people camping and connecting with nature and wildlife.

Education

Toledo man named instructor of the year

Steve Mills of Toledo has been named the 2014 International Hunter Education Association Volunteer Instructor of the Year.

The Washington hunter education instructor was named at the 2015 IHEA-USA Annual Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. The award was presented to Mills at the state Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting June 12.

In 2014, Mills taught 32 student classes and six new instructor classes, certifying 800 students and 45 additional hunter education instructors. He also has been instrumental in assisting the state Department of Fish and Wildlife in developing new statewide program enhancements, including the online field skills evaluation course and the chief instructor training guide.

“Steve is a persistent, dedicated and humble man who relentlessly pursues improvement to our program and its delivery,” Dave Whipple, hunter education division manager, said in a department news release. “His integrity, commitment to service and significant contributions serve as an inspiration to all instructors.”

The association annually recognizes one volunteer instructor who represents excellence in hunter education and benefits hunter education nationally, according to the release.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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