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Wildlife officers note gray area in elk hunting clientele

John Williamson of Spokane was 83 years old as he headed out for the 2012 elk hunting season in Washington's Blue  Mountains. (Rich Landers)
John Williamson of Spokane was 83 years old as he headed out for the 2012 elk hunting season in Washington's Blue Mountains. (Rich Landers)

HUNTING -- There's sad news in this comment by Capt. Dan Rahn in the weekly Washington Fish and Wildlife police report for far-eastern Washington following the opening weekend of elk hunting season:

Every officer commented on the overall decline in hunter numbers combined with an apparent aging of the hunter population as a whole.

On the other hand, it's good news for the hunters who continue to pursue elk -- less competition overall, and especially in the hard-hunting spots where many elk tend to hide during the season.

 




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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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