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Curlew Lake taps food, fishing, music Sept. 25-26

FISHING – Business in the Republic, Wash., area are creating what may be the closest thing in the region to a complete fishing tournament weekend.  Bass/Blues/BBQ & Brews will debut Sept. 25-26 at Curlew Lake based out of  Black Beach Resort.

Bass fishing in the Ferry County lake can range from good to shockingly good if a tiger musky attacks your lure.

Music from four blues bands will be free. The brew pub in Republic is involved and the resort is offering discounts on cabins, camping and RV hookups, said spokeswoman Mary Masingale.

Bass teams of two anglers a $60 entry.

These and other anglers can compete for prizes in contests for tiger musky and pike minnow.

Kids attending will be encouraged to join the lake associations “perch purge” to reduce numbers of the illegally introduced species.

“We’ll have some special contests for kids – mostly focusing on Sunday, with some prizes like rods and tackles,” Masingale said.

  • Info: (509) 775-3989.

Arrow removed from deer’s neck in Republic

HUNTING — Washington wildlife officials are looking for ways to reduce the number of mule deer that congregate in the city limits of Republic, Wash. But in this one case, local officials felt the poor doe deserved a second chance.

Fish and Wildlife biologists Wednesday removed an arrow stuck in a mule deer doe that wanders the Ferry County town with her two fawns.

The wounding comes just a week after state officials requested local residents help them figure out ways to cull the deer.

Republic Police Chief Jan Lewis requested WDFW help for the deer, which apparently wasn’t critically wounded by the arrow lodged through the skin of its neck. 

Republic has long had many deer living in town – both enjoyed and considered a nuisance by residents —  and local authorities have worked with WDFW to lethally remove many of them.  

But with two fawns still in tow, and the insult of the arrow through its neck, Lewis asked for help in catching, treating and releasing this deer.

WDFW biologists easily found the trio in a Republic backyard and shot a tranquilizer dart into the doe to handle her safely. While her fawns watched not far away, the doe was blindfolded to keep her calm, the arrow was removed and the wound treated with antibiotics. The deer also received a bright orange ear tag marked with the number “7” so she could be monitored easily. 

After a reversal drug took effect, the doe rejoined her fawns.  A day later Lewis reported that “lucky number seven” was doing well.

WDFW estimated cost of the operation, including staff time, fuel, drugs and equipment, was about $1,000.

Information about how the deer was shot with the arrow can be reported by calling 1-877-933-9847, or e-mailing reportpoaching@dfw.wa.gov, or completing an on-line report form at http://wdfw.wa.gov/enforcement/violation/.

Depending on the circumstances, the incident could be considered unlawful hunting of big game second degree, or harming/harassing wildlife, both gross misdemeanors which could carry penalties of up to $1,000. 

Help needed for Gibraltar Trail construction

TRAILS — Mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians are gathering in November for another blitz to build an epic trail east of Republic, Wash., — and they can use more help.

"Last October, over a dozen volunteers from Conservation Northwest, Spokane Mountaineers, Washington Trails Association and the Ferry County Trails Association broke ground on the new Gibraltar trail," said Derrick Knowles of Conservation Northwest. "The trail, the product of a five-year effort between recreation groups, conservationists and the Colville National Forest, will provide new recreation opportunities close to the town of Republic."

The last two work parties of the season will be held Nov. 5-6 and Nov. 19-20.

E-mail derrick@conservationnw.org to sign up or call 509-435-1270 for more info on what to bring, where to meet, and where to camp/stay.

Read on for more details about the trail.