The Field & Streamer

The newsletter of the Kittitas County Field & Stream Club

“Working Today For Tomorrow’s Wildlife”

Next Meeting, April 8th, 2024

7:00 PM at the Hal Holmes Center

Erin Wampole

District 3 Fish Biologist WDFW

Erin Wampole, WDFW District 3 Biologist will be speaking to us about the health of the Bighorn sheep herd in the Yakima Canyon and the 2024 Elk Surveys of the Colockum elk herd in Kittitas County.

Bighorn Sheep
Chukar Run Banquet 2024 Poster

Chukar Run Banquet

Over 100 friends attended!

The 2024 Chukar Run Banquet was awesome — we had over 100 friends attend and generously participate in all the games and raffles. Our Treasurer Betty will have the final numbers for us at the April 8th General Meeting. Please be sure and thank all the businesses that donated so many incredible items that folks were able to bid on, we couldn’t do it without their support. The money all stays right here in Kittitas County to support our many annual projects — Scholarships for local High School Seniors, habitat restoration work, Hunter Education, Durr Road Clean-Up, wildlife/outdoor programs for kids, and representation on many local and State agency committees advocating for hunters and anglers (to name just some of the things we do). Thank you to all that came and made this year’s Chukar Run Banquet a success.

Durr Road
Clean Up

No clean-up this year!

There will be no Durr Road Clean-Up this year as WDFW is currently constructing the planned development of the shooting area on our north end. This should be completed around June 1st. Past President Bill Essman was on the WDFW Wenas WLA committee that helped with the planning of this range. Hopefully folks will have more respect for this beautiful area once it’s complete — perhaps the Durr Road Clean-Ups in the future will be easier! And we’ll have a better (and safer) place to target practice.

Durr Road

Hunter Education Committee

Our Hunter Education team finished their third class in March, graduating 24 students. Our team (Aaron Kuntz, Neil Hauser, Bill & Deb Essman, John Entwistle, and Steve Douglas) is so proud of all our students.

Membership Committee

It’s never too late to renew your membership for 2024 — and if you’re not already a member we’d love to have you join! Send a check to PO Box 522, Ellensburg, or pay online at Membership is still only $25! If you are receiving a mailed copy of this newsletter and would rather be getting it by email please contact Deb Essman at 509-899-1046.

Scholarship Committee

Our 2024 $1,500 Scholarship will be awarded in May to a graduating High School Senior who is planning on majoring in a Wildlife Management, Wildlife Enforcement or other Environmental discipline as outlined in our application. The applications have been sent to all the High Schools in Kittitas County and must be submitted to us no later than April 15th, 2024.

Next Board Meeting

Monday, April 29th, 7 PM upstairs at the First Christian Church, 600 N Ruby St

2024 Officers & Board Members

President: Jim Huckabay
Vice President:  John Entwistle
Secretary: Crystal Smith
Treasurer: Betty Douglas
Past President: Bill Essman
Board of Directors: Buzz Chevara, Aaron Kuntz, Robert Weyna, Kevin Clements, Bret Hollar, Steve Douglas