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Waterfowl hunting website compiles watershed of info

Kent Contreras calls in a flight of ducks while hunting out of his boat blind with Allen Riggs on the Pend Oreille River during the opening of Washington’s waterfowl season. Tank, Contreras’ black Lab, looks on from his retrieving station at the end of the boat.  (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Kent Contreras calls in a flight of ducks while hunting out of his boat blind with Allen Riggs on the Pend Oreille River during the opening of Washington’s waterfowl season. Tank, Contreras’ black Lab, looks on from his retrieving station at the end of the boat. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

WATERFOWLING — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has a new waterfowling website ready for hunters to take advantage of the best forecast fall flight of ducks since 1955 — and the foul weather that's ushering them southward and into our region.

The site has information for new or returning waterfowl hunters, ranging from the basics of duck and goose identification to details on hunting locations, equipment, licensing requirements and handling harvested waterfowl.

One portion of the site is devoted to helping hunters zero in on places to hunt waterfowl. The information isn't necessarily specific. Hou'll still have to go out and do your homework. 

The site also is a quick stop for hunters checking on waterfowl regulations and seasons, especially for the more confusing seasons for Canada geese. Goose management in much of Estern Washington restricts hunting to Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, but late fall and winter bring added opportunity on holidays including the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 24-25, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16.




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