Big-game hunters are shifting their sights from deer to elk, while bird hunters look forward to new flights of ducks and geese. Anglers, meanwhile, are reeling in an assortment of coho, chinook and chum salmon from waters around the state, and crab fishing is reopening in Nov. 1 in two areas of Puget Sound.
Temperatures are dropping and more rain is in the forecast, but that is welcome news for many hunters around the state, said Don Don Kraege, waterfowl manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
"Hunters did well during the first couple weeks of the season because the weather distributed the birds throughout the area," Kraege said. "There’s more blustery weather in the forecast, and that should continue to improve hunting prospects on both sides of the Cascades."