OLYMPIA – Wildlife biologists with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have compiled the best information available to help hunters have a successful hunting season.
Those reports, which include information for every region of the state, can be found on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/prospects/ .
“This is one of the best planning resources available for hunting in Washington,” said Dave Ware, game manager for WDFW.
The reports include information on deer, elk, waterfowl, turkey, upland birds and other species, as well as suggestions on techniques and places to hunt, and other details that will help hunters improve their chances in the field.
“We encourage hunters to spend time reviewing all the information, not just familiar hunting areas,” adds Ware. “Washington has an incredible diversity of habitats and game populations. These prospects provide insights into all the locations and species to hunt.”
Staff reports are available for all 17 wildlife districts in the state. Each district has at least one biologist responsible for monitoring local wildlife populations and recommending appropriate seasons, based on criteria such as past hunter success and typical weather patterns.
Hunters should pay attention to reports from districts, such as District 6, that were affected by this summer’s wildfires. Those reports include information on hunter access and adjustments to hunting permits.
Additional resources at WDFW’s website include:
- How to Prepare for the Hunting Season: http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/huntered/prepare/index.html
- Let’s Go WaterFowling: http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/waterfowl/index.html
- Upland Bird Hunting: http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/upland_birds/
- Hunter Education: http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/huntered/
- GoHunt mapping application: http://apps.wdfw.wa.gov/gohunt/