The sun is setting earlier and the leaves are beginning to turn color – signs of another change of season.
Fall is in the air, and hunters are heading out for the first major hunting seasons of the year. Archery hunts for deer get under way around the state Sept. 1, when hunting seasons also open for forest grouse, mourning dove, cottontail rabbit, and snowshoe hare.
Other seasons set to open this month include archery hunts for elk, muzzleloader hunts for deer, and a turkey hunt in some areas of eastern Washington. A youth-only hunt for ducks, geese, pheasant and other game birds runs Sept. 20-21 statewide. To participate, hunters must be 15 years old or younger and be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old who is not hunting.
“Hunting seasons look very promising this year,” said Dave Ware, statewide game manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
“Deer and elk populations definitely benefitted from mild weather last winter, and there should be plenty of local ducks available early in the season, followed by a record number of birds expected from the north later this year.”