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Upcoming: WDFW hosts meetings on target shooting options for Wenas Wildlife Area

~ PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ~

Wenas Wildlife Area
Wenas Wildlife Area

WDFW NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

http://wdfw.wa.gov/

April 19, 2016

Contact: Cindi Confer Morris, (509) 697-4503

WDFW hosts meetings on target shooting options for Wenas Wildlife Area

YAKIMA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold public meetings this month to discuss target shooting options for the Wenas Wildlife Area located between Ellensburg and Yakima. The meetings will focus on the department’s plans to develop designated shooting areas to improve public safety and reduce fire risk while preserving target shooting opportunities at the wildlife area.

The meetings are scheduled for:

  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, at the Hal Holmes Center, 209 N. Ruby St., Ellensburg.
  • 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, at Selah Middle School, 411 N. First St., Selah.

Unregulated target shooting is a chronic problem throughout the 105,000-acre wildlife area, said WDFW Wildlife Area Manager Cindi Confer Morris. Target shooting at a number of informal locations at the north and south ends of the wildlife area have caused several fires in recent years, endangered public safety and created significant litter issues.

After gathering input from target shooters, residents and wildlife area recreation users at public meetings last year, the department focused on two possible locations to develop a designated shooting range on the south end of the wildlife area.

One possible location is the existing Sheep Company site along Sheep Company Road. The second option, located about a mile north, is the Bull Pasture site.

The agency’s preferred option is development of a shooting range at the Bull Pasture site, which will include:

  • Construction of a 25-yard and 100-yard shooting alley with safety berms;
  • Creation of a shotgun/trap shooting area; and
  • Graveled parking area for 40 vehicles.

Confer Morris said the Bull Pasture site is the agency’s preferred location because it has the greatest potential for reducing fire risk and improving safety for recreational users. Fill material onsite would allow for 20-foot safety berms, making it the more cost-effective site option, she said.

“The visible location of the Bull Pasture site would also help reduce illegal activity and enforcement challenges at the Wildlife Area,” Confer Morris said. “We expect this new location for target shooting would provide a positive environment for shooters of all ages and levels.” 

If the department decides to move forward, construction would start early next year.

In addition to developing a new shooting range, the department proposes to:

  • Restrict recreational target shooting to the existing Durr Road West shooting area on the north end of the wildlife area, and the selected site along Sheep Company road on the south end.
  • Close Buffalo Road to motorized access to reduce user conflicts.
  • Maintain fire season shooting restrictions during late spring and summer.

The public meetings will include a presentation with details of the shooting range site options. After the presentation, the public will have the opportunity to provide input to WDFW staff.
More information about the Wenas Wildlife Area is available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/wenas/.


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Photos: 1st Annual Go Play Topless Weekend!

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Yakima River Canyon/Wenas Wildlife Area
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Friday September 7th, 2012 we had an Eastern Washington Adventures club meeting. TJ40, Avalanche and Guido camped out for Saturday’s event. AlwayswrenchN and family pulled into camp Saturday morning.

Around 10 AM Saturday September 8th, 2012 we hit the road from the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House for the “Go Play Topless” backroads run through the Yakima River Canyon and across the Wenas Wildlife Area.

We convoyed to the Yakima River Canyon from Selah and headed north toward Ellensburg.

We stopped at an historic marker for the first break. As we were there we watched paragliders jumping off Baldy Mountain.

Moving on up the road we stopped at the Ellensburg end of the Yakima River Canyon for a short break.

Next we stopped in Ellensburg to top off our fuel and get some snacks.

We regrouped and headed up Umtanum Road toward the Wenas Wildlife Area. We turned up Durr road and aired down. Next we headed south on Durr Road.

We stopped at the Umtanum Creek Crossing for a short break in the shade.

Up at the top of Umtanum Ridge we headed southeast toward the Yakima River to check out the view. At the end of the Green Dot we took a break and watched the paragliders jumping off Baldy Mountain.

Next we back tracked, cross Durr Road and took a break at the towers.

From the towers we headed down toward the Wenas Valley by the way of Bell Tel road and out Bull Pasture road.

About the time we hit Durr Road, it started raining. We got in a little rush to get back to the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House. We did not get to wet.

We had a potluck dinner in the Club House and visited late into the night.

Sunday morning we had a potluck breakfast in the Club House.

This was a very fun event thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of our event:

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Photos: Wenas Wildlife Area 4×4 Snow Run

Wenas Wildlife Area 4×4 Snow Run
Report by Clay Graham

On Thursday December 30th, 2010 we met up with three rigs at the Sheep Company Road entrance of the Wenas Wildlife Area for an All Wheelers Off Road Club snow run. The drivers on this day were Havo in his Toyota, BlindPilot in his TJ and myself “Ceg” in my CJ5. Havo was our trail boss on the run. We made it up to the towers and back down through some deep snow drifts and icy roads. A long the way we saw a few herds of elk and some of the guys saw a coyote. The skies were blue so we had a great view of the valleys and the mountains. Both Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams could be seen. Two of the three rigs had some mechanical failure but were able to drive back home on their own. I would say this was the best wheelin’ I ever done at the Wenas Wildlife Area. The snow was great, my kids had fun and some good friends were there to share the adventure. Here are some pictures of our day.

Airing down at the Sheep Company Road entrance of the Wenas Wildlife Area.

BlindPilot ready to hit the trail.

Heading up Durr Road. The road was iced over and very slick

Turning onto Bull Pasture Road.

My Co-pilot Bubz.

Doc and Odo

Nice view of Cleman Mountain

Here we stop to see a few herds of elk.

Here are a few of the elk.

Moving on through a fun section of trail.

We lucked out that this section was not iced over or we could have been stuck at the bottom. No Trees to winch from.

My view from the CJ5.

Here is where some saw the coyote. The kids and I never could see the coyote since it was the color of it’s surroundings.

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Somewhere along this section of trail my tranny started a loud noise as I was in third gear low range. I pushed in the clutch and the noise was gone. I started back off in first gear and found it was loud too. I hit second and all was good. I tried to go into third and could not get it into gear. It would just grind.

The snow was getting deeper.

We took a short break before dropping down this next section. You can see the towers where we were headed.

And we are off again.

Walking back to the CJ.

A little deeper snow.

I stopped here to wait since the other two rigs were having a hard time breaking trail.

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Moving on up so I don’t get left I find Havo having a hard time.

Havo finally made it and then I had the hard time because of Havo’s tracks. I found that reverse was making a bad noise too. I was able to use reverse enough to rock the rig back and forth. With rocking it between second and reverse with some high RPMs I made it through.

Havo letting more air out. I took this time to drop my rear tires down to 5 PSI from 9. They aired up 1 PSI since the parking area.

We moved on and I had a hard time getting through another section. The tires threw snow on the windshield. The snow melted fast and then froze as you can see in this picture.

The snow drifts were deep up by the towers. BlindPilot giving Havo a pull.

Looking back.

Both Mt. Adams and Mt Rainier are in this picture.

Havo stuck again.

Havo doing a great job breaking trail through the deep snow and BlindPilot finding a better route.

Here we are at the top!

The kids ran and played.

Moving on to go back down Havo gets stuck again. BlindPilot giving him a pull.

Havo gets on it to break though another deep area.

Well that did not work so well.

BlindPilot pulled Havo out again and then we were on our way.

These guys were way ahead of me since I only had second gear.

I caught up to the other rigs since Havo had to stop because he lost an u-joint cap. Havo had to run 2 wheel drive on out.

On down Durr Road we drove on ice for miles.

We stopped for a break and to do a little target practice.

Doc and Bubz swapped seats.

Getting up the next hill was not to bad if you had 4 wheel drive. Havo was running in 2 wheel but had to go into 4 and limp with a bad u-joint. This picture was right after he unlocked his hubs to prevent any more damage.

Here back where we started, the Sheep Company Road entrance of the Wenas Wildlife Area.

We aired up and headed out. Lucky my CJ5 is high geared and I only live a few miles away since I had to drive home in second gear.

Later that night we met at Brats N’ Brews in West Valley to talk about our day over food and a few brews. Link

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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On January 16th, 2010 Eastern Washington Adventures members meet at the Club House in Selah and convoyed to the Wenas Wildlife Area.

On Tibbling Road just North of my house you can see the Wenas Wildlife Area.
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We took South Wenas Road out then over to the end of the pavement on North Wenas Road where we aired down.
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Just up the road we turned up W6000.
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Here I stopped and open the gate.
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We took a short break once we topped the Umtanum Ridge.
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Waiting at the top of a slick hill climb.
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Good time for lunch.
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We stopped to regroup just before The Oasis.
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Passing though The Oasis
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Here I park after an off camber area on the road.
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Havo making it through.
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Mrs. Jeepscum making it happen.
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A little help.
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Next we turned down Bell Tel. Road.
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Here is a fun area of the road.
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The climb was real muddy.
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I guess I should have had the window rolled up.
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Odo thought that was fun.
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Turning on Bull Pasture Road
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Once we hit Durr Road we headed back up and ran Rosa Creek Road and up Buffalo Ridge Road.

We stopped at the end of Buffalo Ridge Road to take a picture before turning around.
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Down at the bottom of Buffalo Ridge Road at Rosa Creek Road.
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Coming down Rosa Creek Road.

We ran Durr Road down and headed for home.
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This was a fun run thanks to all who came.