Montesano, WA – Mandatory reporting on local goose hunting and a number of other items on 2019 Hunting Prospects are now available for hunters.
The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife is reminding residents that hunting seasons for deer, elk, waterfowl, and upland game birds starts this month in many areas of the state.
To assist hunters, department has released its annual Hunting Prospects, which provide guidance and hunting information for each district.
In addition to their report, WDFW has also launched a hunting regulations web map, allowing hunters to find permit and general season hunts based on location, date, weapon choice, and more. The web map is available at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/.
Recent surveys indicate 2019 should be another good year of hunting, according to the department, despite some game populations still recovering from the harsh winter of 2016-17.
The state’s waterfowl populations continue to rebound from lows in 2015, and aerial surveys and banding operations indicate a good hatch for mallard and Canada geese in Washington this season, said Kyle Spragens, WDFW waterfowl manager.
Aoude asks that hunters pay special attention to the following items for the upcoming season:
These and other hunting regulations are described in WDFW’s Big Game Hunting pamphlet or Migratory Waterfowl and Upland Game pamphlet, available at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife, and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities.