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.
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.
- GMU 130 has been added to the list of locations where late
muzzleloading hunting is allowed for three-point minimum or antlerless
Hunters should refer to the pamphlet for other details about hunting rules and