To give hunters the best information available on the “prospects” for a successful hunting season, district wildlife biologists for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Wildlife Program have consulted their local sources and personal observations to make predictions for what the upcoming seasons may hold.
For management purposes, the Department has six regions and a total of 17 Wildlife Districts (see map). Each District has at least one biologist who is responsible for monitoring local wildlife populations and recommending appropriate seasons, based on past hunter success, weather, fire and changing ownership policies. These professional observations are rolled into district observations, aka “prospects,” for what this year’s hunting seasons may bring.
New this year is the inclusion of detailed information on accessing private lands and forest ownership information. Major timber company landowners have varied approaches to allowing hunters to access their properties. These unique conditions are highlighted under the appropriate District.
We encourage hunters to spend some time reviewing all Districts’ information, not just those that are your traditional hunting areas. Washington has an incredible diversity of habitats and game populations; and we recommend that you explore these pages for insights into new locations and new species to hunt. It is your best source for planning your 2013-14 hunts.
We have also developed detailed “how-to” articles on several hunting subjects. For information on how and where to hunt waterfowl in Washington, visit “Let’s Go WaterFowling.” If your interests are more toward upland bird hunting, you don’t want to miss “Upland Bird Hunting In Washington.” If you are looking for places to hunt, start with our “Hunting Access” page. And, of course, get yourself ready by studying “How to Prepare for the Hunting Season.” We wish you a productive, enjoyable 2013-14 hunting season!
As you explore this year’s hunting prospects for information about your favorite areas and new hunting opportunities elsewhere, consider bringing a camera on your trips. The winning photo submitted in our third-annual “2014 Big Game Regulations Pamphlet Contest” will adorn the cover of 475,000 pamphlets next year! This year's contest theme focuses on scenes from hunting camps.