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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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Archived documents do not reflect current WDFW regulations or policy and may contain factual inaccuracies.

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August 19, 1997
Contact: Margaret Ainscough, (360) 902-2408

Hunting season rules modified

OLYMPIA -- Several rules and locations for the upcoming archery and muzzleloader deer and elk hunting seasons, which open Sept. 1 in most areas of the state, have been modified since the state's 1997 hunting regulation pamphlet was issued earlier this year.

Most of the changes were adopted last April by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to protect deer and elk populations which were affected by last winter's severe weather. The modifications include:

  • Archery hunting for mule deer and blacktail deer (Sept. 1 - 30) in all open 100, 200 and 300 game management units (GMUs) is restricted to three- point minimum antlered bucks, except in GMUs 130, 133, 139, 142, 145, 149, 163, 178, 248, 254, 166, 169, 172, 184, 306 and 308. Either three- point minimum buck or antlerless deer may be taken from Sept. 6 - 15.
  • Late archery deer season (Nov. 26 - Dec. 8) in 200 and 300 GMUs is open for three-point minimum mule and blacktail deer. The exception is in GMU 272 where hunting is allowed for three-point minimum or antlerless blacktail or mule deer or any whitetail deer.
  • Early season (Oct. 4-10) muzzleloader hunting in 400, 500 and 600 GMUs is for bucks only.
  • Late muzzleloader hunting (Nov. 26-Dec. 15) will be allowed for antlerless deer in GMU 136.
  • GMU 130 has been added to the list of locations where late muzzleloading hunting is allowed for three-point minimum or antlerless whitetail deer.
In addition to the modifications, hunters should also be aware that the early archery season (Sept. 1-14) for spike-only or antlerless elk in GMU 554 (Yale) was inadvertently omitted from the hunting rules pamphlet.

Hunters should refer to the pamphlet for other details about hunting rules and seasons.