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Deadline looms to apply for Okanogan deer hunts

Washington Fish and Wildlife Department (WDFW) agency logo. (Courtesy photo)
Washington Fish and Wildlife Department (WDFW) agency logo. (Courtesy photo)

HUNTING -- Eighteen lucky hunters will have an opportunity to hunt for deer this fall on the 6,000-acre Charles and Mary Eder unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in northeastern Okanogan County.

But the deadline to apply for the opportunity is midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Hunters can submit an application for the “limited-entry” deer hunt on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website  or by contacting the agency's northcentral region office, (509) 754-4624.

Winners of the random drawing will receive access permits to the area near Oroville. Of the 18 access permits available this year, six will be reserved for bowhunters, six for muzzleloaders and six for hunters using modern firearms.

“This is part of our effort to provide quality hunting opportunities in Washington,” said Matt Monda, WDFW northcentral regional wildlife manager. “This drawing is open to the general public without any additional fees beyond the cost of a hunting license and the standard tags.”

Hunters are allowed to take only one deer, as authorized by their general hunting license.

Deer-hunting seasons for the area are Sept. 1-26 for bow hunters, Sept. 27-Oct. 5 for muzzleloaders, and Oct. 11-19 for hunters using modern firearms.

The results of the drawing will be available on WDFW’s website the last week of August. Hunters who are drawn will receive an access permit and a boundary map in the mail.

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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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