Posts tagged: Okanogan
HUNTING/FISHING — Poaching is a live and well in the region's mountains and streams, and state fish and wildlife officers in Washington and Idaho are looking for help making cases. Two in particular include:
Entiat bucks: A $2,000 reward is being offered by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for substantial information leading to charges filed against the person(s) involved in poaching trophy class deer.
Two mule deer bucks were shot from Mud Creek Road in the Entiat Valley during the first two weeks of January 2014. The poacher(s) attempted to hide the deer, leaving the antlers and meat to waste (though they likely planned to return later to retrieve the antlers).
Clearwater steelhead: On Friday, Feb. 28, poachers left their mark at the Ahsahka boat ramp on the North Fork of the Clearwater River, according to Idaho Fish and Game oficials.
A call to the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline led an Idaho Fish and Game officer to the scene where six steelhead had been left to waste. Six female fish were all over the 28 inch length limit and one still had an adipose fin indicating it was most likely a wild fish. All fish had been gutted and thrown alongside the boat ramp near the water’s edge. The persons reporting the crime said they had been fishing earlier in the day at that same location and the fish were not there. They returned to go fishing in the afternoon and found the fish that had been left to waste.
One of the people reporting the crime stated, “Those fish could have feed my family for quite a while… but instead someone saw it fit to catch and kill illegal fish and then waste the meat.” Someone knows who did this. It was likely more than one person. Without the help of a responsible honest person, these dishonest violators will get away with stealing the wildlife resource that belongs to the people of Idaho.
HUNTING — Mule deer numbers seem to be improving, as predicted, in the Okanogan County area as indicated by the number and size of bucks that came into check stations on opening weekend.
Some deer checked in and checked out voluntarily (click Continue reading to see both photos).
Here's the initial report from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife… more to come:
General Deer Opener –Biologists Fitkin and Heinlen ran the Winthrop deer check station for opening weekend of the general modern firearm season. We checked 107 hunters with 30 deer. These numbers suggest a reduction in hunting pressure, but a significant increase in success as compared to last year’s opening weekend. Thus far, we’re also seeing a higher than average percentage of the harvest in the >4 ½ year old age class as expected including one nice 30” wide buck (see photo). Prospects for the rest of the season remain good, although mild weather will likely keep deer well distributed on the landscape. Hunters who harvest animals on the weekend are encouraged to bring their deer to the WDFW Deer Check Station located at the Red Barn in Winthrop (some are even showing up on their own).
HUNTING — Hunters have until midnight Aug. 14 to apply for a permit to hunt deer this fall on the 6,000-acre Charles and Mary Eder unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area near Oroville in northeastern Okanogan County.
Submit an application for the “limited-entry” deer hunt on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website or by contacting the WDFW northcentral region office, (509) 754-4624.
Eighteen applicants will be chosen during a random drawing scheduled Aug. 15.
“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.”
Of the 18 access permits available this year, six will be reserved for bowhunters, six for muzzleloaders and six for hunters using modern firearms.
Hunters are allowed to take only one deer, and must follow general hunting rules in effect for this area.
Deer-hunting seasons for the area are Sept. 1-27 for bow hunters, Sept. 28-Oct. 6 for muzzleloaders, and Oct. 12-20 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.