Posts tagged: Okanogan
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.