Sports Briefs for Saturday, Aug. 27

Sports Briefs: Hole in one, free fishing

  • Sat Aug 27th, 2016 8:30am
  • Sports

Parker Jr. hits an ace at Grays Harbor Country Club

Aberdeen’s John Parker Jr. recorded his fourth career hole in one on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the Grays Harbor Country Club.

Hitting a 4-iron, Parker Jr. aced the 204-yard 18th hole. Tom and Dick Isaacson, Kim Kuhn and Rex Johnson witnessed the shot.

Fish &Wildlife offers free fishing days

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering “free fishing” days through Tuesday while the agency’s license sales system is down.

Earlier this week, Fish &Wildlife temporarily suspended the sale of fishing and hunting licenses. The agency is working with the state Office of Cyber Security (OCS) to investigate a vulnerability in an outside vendor’s license sales system and is working to restore sales as soon as possible.

In the meantime, Fish &Wildlife will not require anglers to have a fishing license to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state, beginning today through Tuesday, Aug. 30, said Jim Unsworth, Fish &Wildlife director. Likewise, the department will not require anglers to have a vehicle access pass to park at Fish &Wildlife water access sites. Other rules, such as seasons, size limits, bag limits, and closures, will remain in effect.

Before heading out, anglers should also check the current fishing regulations at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Requirements for all anglers to have fishing licenses, catch record cards, and endorsements will be back in effect on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Hunters will have to wait to buy licenses until the sales system can be restored, Unsworth noted. The agency anticipates having a sales channel available before major hunting seasons – such as archery deer, elk and cougar – begin in September, he said.

Fish &Wildlifewill provide updates about license sales on its webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/, and through its Facebook site at www.facebook.com/WashingtonFishWildlife.

Discover Pass sales will continue at local dealerships and at state parks locations. More information on Discover Pass sales locations is available on Fish &Wildlife’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/discoverpass/.

Daily World staff reports