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.
Don't assume that when fall comes, or hunting season, that the big bucks, and big bulls leave. Whitetail deer bucks especially, simply hide. And they hide very well. Mule deer bucks may leave a little. Bull elk may leave, but don't assume they do. Don't assume any of them do. I mean - where would they leave to? (Just another place where, for the most part, they would be hunted.) These big animals have the ability to hide in very small, very obscure places. So, embrace the fact (...