Duck blind party

Published on Thu, Oct 17, 2002
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Duck blind party

In coordination with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the NW Chapter of the Washington Waterfowl Association (www.waduck.org) sponsored and organized a recent work party to build six duck hunting blinds on property recently purchased by the WDFW.
Twenty volunteers, including state representative Doug Erickson showed up and made a day of it, with a fresh dungeness crab lunch. The blinds were constructed and camouflaged for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season that begins October 5.

The property, referred to as the Marietta Unit of the Lake Terrel Wildlife Area, was purchased in two transactions over the past several years using federal and state money. Partners in the purchase and planning for the property include WDFW, the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Ducks Unlimited.

The southern parcel has been placed into a conservation easement that limits some of its uses. The northern parcel has been farmed for many years and wildlife area manager Tom Reed negotiated a lease with a local farmer who planted corn this year. The farmer will harvest most of the corn, but approximately 20 acres will be left in the field as food for ducks, geese, and other wildlife. Both the southern and northern parcels are open to public hunting from the newly placed blinds or elsewhere in the fields.

The Marietta Unit is located south of the Tenant Lake area, along the eastern shore of the Nooksack River, just south of Lummi Island/Slater Road. For more information, contact Tom Reed at the Lake Terrell Wildlife Area or Rone Brewer of the Washington Waterfowl Association 360/629-4213..

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