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Fort Lewis Hunting

Hello, I've recently been assigned to Fort Lewis and have purchased my WA license. I've hunted Whitetail in western Pennsylvania my entire life and want to take advantage of the oppurtunities that are offered on post. I was wondering if any of you have hunted on Fort Lewis and what game is realistically huntable?

I've gotten mixed answers on this question. Some people have told me Elk is plentiful while others have said very few if any are ever on post. I'd like to get involved in Mule Deer, Cougar and Black Bear as well and heard that Deer and Black Bear are plentiful, but haven't heard too much about Cougar.

So again, if anyone has any advice on what is available in this area please let me know as I'd like to get out and start scouting ASAP.

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For mule deer you will need to head east.

There are alot of blacktails and bears on base and you will be able to find them fairly easy. There are elk and cougars as well, but they will be harder to find.

I have never hunted the military rez, but have been around it most of my life.

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Thanks for your response! I'm trying to find someone who knows the area and wildlife rather well to point me in the right direction, so if you know where on post certain game migrates (I Heard Elk were in the South) I'd appreciate. An older gentleman who's a DA civilian has asked me to go out with him as he wants to get back into hunting, so I'd like to be as informed as possible to make both our hunts enjoyable.

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Welcome to the site dude. Wish I could help you out up there but have never hunted Washington much less Ft Lewis. If you find out more, let us know if you would. There's a disabled Vet in Vancouver looking for a place. Wounded in Irac and can't walk a long ways.

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As was mentioned in an earlier post. The southern end of the fort is Blacktail country. Elk will be few and far between. Blackbear is a possible
It's necessary to check in at a gate. They used to set up a date, furnish a map of the areas that are open and direct you.
As of now. Security is at it finest. It would be best to contact them and check on the conditions.
I would be sure to check on firearms allowance. I do know there were no restrictions on archery and muzzleloader. As long as you met the state requirement.

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So do I need to purchase another tag to hunt blacktail? I purchased the big game combo package and although I always considered blacktail and mulies seperate, I've read that they're considered one in the same now. Thanks again for the responses.

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If you bought the big game package deer/elk/bear/cougar you can kill one deer. It can be a blacktail, whitetail (but not Columbia Whitetail) or mule deer. Blacktails and Mule deer are two seperate critters.

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