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Luckless deer hunter counts his blessings

A fork-horn mule deer buck -- to small to be legal game for hunters in most of Eastern Washington. (Adam Lynn)
A fork-horn mule deer buck -- to small to be legal game for hunters in most of Eastern Washington. (Adam Lynn)

HUNTING -- Former Spokanite Adam Lynn returns from the West Side every fall to hunt with friends on the opening weekend of Washington's modern rifle deer hunting season.  He routinely shows up everyone in his group with his uncanny instinct for where the game will be.  

But he's human.

Here's his report from last weekend:

Totals for four days of hunting: Four sunrises, four sunsets, 52 hours in the field, 28 bluebirds, 22 downy woodpeckers, 17 flickers, three owls, one kestrel, one northern harrier, six red-tailed hawks, too many crows, juncos, chickadees and other songbirds to count, eight coyotes, one praying mantis and 41 deer, not a legal buck among them.

My past has finally caught up with me.

According to Washington Fish and Wildlife Department check station reports, more than 90 percent of the hunters out for the opening weekend shared Lynn's inability to put their crosshairs on a legal buck.

I hope they at least had as much fun.



Rich Landers
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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