Passing it on: Youth and Beginner Hunts (Feature Article)
Dittos on the public image thing.
It's true Southeastern Washington is chock full of deer, even more so up northeast in the Selkirks, where Whitetails are perhaps overpopulated on aggie land. As the author indicated, private land is far and away the more productive for hunting. In fact, you may not be able to find decent public land to hunt in out here without looking far and wide. Sadly most of the private land is posted or is fee hunting with pricing too exorbitant for most people. The scarce number of doe permits the state puts out nowadays almost makes the application for same like trying to pick 6 for a lottery win.
I expect that, with a 1.6 billion dollar deficit in the state' finances, and given that most of the population in this state is west of the Cascades and fundamentally liberal and eco-centric, we will see our beloved fish and wildlife dept gutted yet again. If Gregoire does get sworn in as Governor, which is all but a sure thing now, I suspect our hunter education program will be turned into a correspondence course, and the certified instructor program will be eliminated, or at least severely reduced due to budget cuts. I also expect to see license and tag fees go up exponentially as the dept scrambles to replace lost funding somehow.
First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in...