To give hunters the best information available on the prospects for a successful hunting season, district biologists for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's Wildlife Program have consulted their local sources and contributed their 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. These recommendations are based on past hunter success, weather, fire, and changing ownership policies. The professional observations are rolled into district predictions, aka prospects, for what this year's hunting seasons may bring.
The prospects also feature the inclusion of detailed information on accessing private lands, as well as forest ownership information. Major timber company landowners have varied approaches to allowing hunters access to their properties. These unique conditions are highlighted under the appropriate district.
We encourage hunters to spend some time reviewing the information for every district, not just those that are your traditional hunting areas. Washington has an incredible diversity of habitats and game populations. You can explore these pages for insights into new locations and new species to hunt. It is your best source for planning your 2014-15 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. Finally, get yourself ready by studying "How to Prepare for the Hunting Season." We wish you a productive and enjoyable 2014-15hunting season!
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