Pheasant hunting at Lake Terrell may not wind down with the coming, a week early this year, of Thanksgiving Day.
Customarily, the last release of the season _ at most Western Washington sites in most years _ is made Wednesday evening for next morning Turkey Day gunners to chase then and through the end of the month.
Whatcom Wildlife Area Manager Richard Kessler reports that he has birds sufficient to do a Wednesday, Nov. 21 evening release for Turkey Day gunners as well as one planting on the weekend thereafter.
Belinda Rotton, manager of Skagit Wildlife Area, says she also has enough birds for a Thanksgiving Eve release on the Bow Hill Designated Release Site in Skagit County, but no more at this time.
Both managers are awaiting word as to whether there are sufficient birds at the Bob Oke Game Farm in Lewis County for two complete weekend (Friday and Saturday) releases plus a mid-week plant just before the bulk of the westside season closes Thursday, Nov. 30.
EXTEND YOUR BIRD HUNTS
Upland bird gunners unwilling to call it a season at the end of November, have several options within striking of Bellingham.
These westside pheasant release sites are among those staying open an extra 15 days since there is virtually no chance there will be clashes on them between competing camps of disguised duck hunters and frenetic pheasant chasers.
For more details about plans for the end of the pheasant hunting season here and possibilities for stretching your upland options plus more fishing and hunting news, read the Outdoors Column in the Sunday Herald.