Hunting Seasons Signal The Beginning Of Fall

Hunting Seasons Signal The Beginning Of Fall

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Washington –-(Ammoland.com)- Some of Washington's most popular hunting seasons will get under way Oct. 16, when hunters will take to the field for ducks, geese, deer and elk.

Other hunting seasons opening this month include those for pheasant, quail, chukar and gray partridge.

Big game populations have benefitted from a mild winter, and recent rainfall should also improve hunters’ success in the field, said Dave Ware, game manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

“Fall hunting seasons generally look very promising,” said Ware. “All we need now is a little more wind to knock more leaves off the trees for better visibility.”

All hunters must carry a valid 2010-11 hunting license for the species they are hunting. Detailed information on upcoming hunting seasons is available in WDFW’s Big Game Hunting pamphlet and the Waterfowl and Upland Game Regulation pamphlet, both available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/ .

For more information on these and other fishing, hunting and wildlife-viewing opportunities available in the next few weeks, see the regional reports below:

Hunting: The region’s popular waterfowl hunting season gets under way in mid-October. The duck season will be open from Oct. 16 through Oct. 20, and then re-open again Oct. 23. Goose hunts will be open Oct. 16 through Oct. 28 in the region, and then start again Nov. 6. However, snow, Ross and blue geese seasons in Goose Management Area 1 (Skagit and Snohomish counties) will run from Oct. 16 through Jan. 30 without a break.

Hunters who would like to participate in the Snow Goose Quality Hunt program on Fir Island and in the northern Port Susan Bay area should visit WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/snow_goose/ for information on the rules and requirements.

Meanwhile, the muzzleloader-only season for deer runs through Oct. 3, while the cougar hunt is open through Oct. 15. Beginning Oct. 2, muzzleloaders can go afield for elk . The modern firearm season for deer gets under way Oct. 16, when hunters using any weapon can go afield for cougar.

Hunting seasons are under way in the region for bear and grouse , while the California quail, bobwhite and pheasant seasons get started Oct. 2.

Before heading out, hunters should check the Big Game Hunting pamphlet and the Waterfowl and Upland Game pamphlet online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/ for details. Also, area-by-area summaries of the hunting prospects throughout the state are available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/prospects/ .