A drake and hen blue-winged teal take to the skies over the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.
A drake and hen blue-winged teal take to the skies over the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. (Larry James)

Don’t let gloomy weather hem you in

Here are ideas for getting outside despite dreary seasons

Safety first

A girl hoists a stringer of trout she caught at Battle Ground Lake in Clark County.
A girl hoists a stringer of trout she caught at Battle Ground Lake in Clark County.
Young Violet came away from Battle Ground Lake in Clark County with quite a haul of trout in a November 2018 fishing trip. The lake was stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout this year ahead of Black Friday. (Joshua Myers)

Fishing opportunities

Razor clam diggers work by the light of headlamps in pursuit of a limit of razor clams at a beach near Ocean Shores.
Managers with WDFW have set dates for razor clam digs on the Washington coast in December. Here clammers take to the beach near Ocean Shores for a night dig. (Serni Solidarios)
A boy shows off a pair of Dungeness crabs caught in the waters off Mukilteo.
Several Puget Sound marine areas are open for recreational crab fishing seven days a week through Dec. 31. Here William Young shows off a pair of Dungeness crabs caught after soaking a crab pot for just 15 minutes off Mukilteo. (Claire Young)
A woman holds up a squid she caught in 2018 during a WDFW squid fishing derby for Joint Base Lewis-McChord families at the Point Defiance Boathouse/Marina in Tacoma.
A woman holds up a squid she caught in 2018 during a WDFW squid fishing derby for Joint Base Lewis-McChord families at the Point Defiance Boathouse/Marina in Tacoma.
It’s a good time to jig for squid at certain piers along Puget Sound. Here a woman holds up a squid she caught in 2018 during a WDFW squid fishing derby for Joint Base Lewis-McChord families at the Point Defiance Boathouse/Marina in Tacoma. (Alex Biswas/WDFW)

Hunting seasons

A girl displays the whitetail buck she harvested at Lake Roosevelt in Northeast Washington during a recent late archery season.
A girl displays the whitetail buck she harvested at Lake Roosevelt in Northeast Washington during a recent late archery season.
Late deer seasons for archery and muzzleloader take place across the state at various times this month. Brett Elizabeth Berry, then 16, harvested this whitetail buck at Lake Roosevelt in Northeast Washington during a recent late archery season. (Brett Elizabeth Berry)
Volunteers release pheasants at a Klickitat County private property enrolled in WDFW’s Feel Free to Hunt program.
Volunteers release pheasants at a Klickitat County private property enrolled in WDFW’s Feel Free to Hunt program.
Volunteers release pheasants at a Klickitat County private property enrolled in WDFW’s Feel Free to Hunt program. (Tara Meyer)
A drake wood duck takes flight over the waters of Hicks Lake in Lacey.
A drake wood duck takes flight over the waters of Hicks Lake in Lacey.
A drake wood duck takes flight over the waters of Hicks Lake in Lacey. (Larry James)

Watchable wildlife

Two young mule deer bucks engage in light sparring to sort out the pecking order in Republic.
Two young mule deer bucks engage in light sparring to sort out the pecking order in Republic.
These young mule deer bucks engage in some light sparring to sort out the pecking order in Republic. This important social behavior among bucks helps establish dominance and breeding rights within a particular area. (Genie Cary)
Canada geese feed in a farm field in Winthrop.
Canada geese feed in a farm field in Winthrop. (Scott Fitkin/WDFW)
A rainbow arches over hillsides under gloomy skies in the Wenas Wildlife Area in Eastern Washington.
WDFW Wildlife Areas still have plenty of impressive scenic vistas to offer — like this view of the Wenas Wildlife Area in Eastern Washington — even when the weather gets dreary in fall and winter. (Justin Haug/WDFW)

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WDFW fish biologists Danny Garrett and Randy Osborne show off rainbow trout they caught at Fourth of July Lake in Lincoln County during a November outing.
WDFW fish biologists Danny Garrett and Randy Osborne show off rainbow trout they caught at Fourth of July Lake in Lincoln County during a November outing. The lake was stocked with 80,000 rainbow trout this year ahead of Black Friday. (WDFW)

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