OLYMPIA – Twenty lucky hunters will have an opportunity to hunt for deer on 6,300 acres of Okanogan County rangelands that will open to public hunting for the first time this fall.
Hunters who want to apply for the limited hunt should contact the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) at (509) 754-4624 or (360) 902-2515 from Aug. 15 through Sept. 4.
Twenty applicants will be chosen through a random drawing to receive access permits to the property in the Ninemile Creek area near Oroville. Part of that property was recently acquired by WDFW, with the rest remaining under private ownership, said Mick Cope, WDFW upland game manager.
“This private-public partnership is part of a concerted effort by the department to preserve hunting opportunities in Washington state,” Cope said. “This is a quality hunt, open to the general public, without any additional fees beyond the cost of a hunting license and the standard tags.”
Of the 20 access permits available this year, five will be reserved for bowhunters, five for muzzleloaders and 10 for hunters using modern firearms. Cope noted that only deer may be hunted on the property, and that the access permits do not allow hunters to harvest more than the one deer allowed per year by their hunting license.
Area deer-hunting seasons are Sept. 15-30 for bowhunters, Oct. 6-12 for muzzleloaders and Oct. 13-21 for hunters using modern firearms.
WDFW will hold the drawing for access permits Sept. 6. Hunters who are drawn will receive an access permit and a boundary map in the mail.