“Strong deer numbers are forecast in many areas of Washington, and hunters have been scouting and planning their hunt for weeks now,” said Mick Cope, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) game manager.
Duck, coot, and snipe seasons also open Saturday. In addition, goose seasons open in all goose management areas except for Southwest Washington’s Goose Management Area 2A (Wahkiakum, Cowlitz and Clark counties). The exception is the brant season, which will open on selected dates in January.
“We are expecting another great year,” said WDFW waterfowl manager Don Kraege. “A record number of ducks–about 49.5 million–were present on northern breeding grounds this spring, which bodes well for waterfowl enthusiasts so long as weather cooperates.”
WDFW has created a hunting prospects webpage (http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/prospects/) with the best local information available on what upcoming seasons may hold, said Cope. The reports are written by WDFW district biologists and are organized by game species.
Information on access to more than 1 million acres of private land can be found at the “Private Lands Hunting Access” page (http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/hunting_access/private_lands/). Hunters can also find information on public or private lands open to hunting by visiting WDFW’s interactive mapping program GoHunt (http://apps.wdfw.wa.gov/gohunt/).
Hunting licenses can be purchased at any WDFW license dealer (http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/), online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/) or by calling (866) 246-9453.