Washington Hunting News

Boundary Extension Provides Elk Hunting Opportunity
An extension to the boundary of an elk hunting area in Lewis and Thurston counties will allow opportunity for senior and disabled hunters on more than 4,000 additional acres of land during upcoming modern firearm hunting seasons.
Four Arrested for Poaching Endangered Deer
Four young men from the Cathlamet area are scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow (Dec. 17) in Wahkiakum County District Court for allegedly poaching three Columbian whitetailed deer listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Hunting Reports Due by January 31st
As most of the year's major hunts draw to a close, deer, elk, bear and turkey hunters are reminded they are required to report their hunting activity to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
DFW Collecting Cougar DNA
With the help of experienced hound hunters, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is collecting DNA samples from cougars in northeast Washington through the end of the year to learn more about the population of the big cats.
Hunters Warned of Tularemia in Small Mammals
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and state Department of Health (DOH) warn hunters and trappers to take extra precautions in handling small, wild mammals, after a snowshoe hare recently found dead in Eastern Washington's Stevens County was confirmed to have tularemia.
Elk Hunter Fends Off Cougar Attack
An elk hunter in the Blue Mountains of southeast Washington fended off an attack by a cougar while starting to field dress a dead elk this week.
North Cascades Receives 41 Elk
A cooperative effort to bolster a weak population of elk in the North Cascades resulted in the successful transfer of 41 animals from the Mount St. Helens area Oct. 4-5.
General Deer Hunting Season Open
Washington's modern firearm general deer hunting season opens statewide Saturday, Oct. 11. With participation expected to at least match last year's 147,000-hunter turnout, the general deer season is by far the state's most popular hunting season.
Wildfires May Limit High Buck Hunters
Deer hunters planning to participate in the high buck season Sept. 15-25 may find access limited in several northcentral Washington areas due to wildfires or extremely dry conditions.
Hunters Heading Out of State Reminded of CWD Precautions
Washington residents heading out of state to hunt deer and elk in areas affected by chronic wasting disease (CWD) are reminded to have their game processed before bringing it back home.