August 22, 1997
Contact: Madonna Luers, 509-456-4073
Hunting season rules modified -- clarification
OLYMPIA -- Several rule changes have been made since the 1997 hunting
regulation pamphlet was issued earlier this year. A news release issued earlier this
week regarding these changes needs the following clarification:
- Early archery deer hunters are advised that the areas where mule and blacktail
antlerless deer may be legally taken during the Sept. 6-15 season has been
changed. Antlerless mule and blacktail deer is now only allowed in GMUs 130,
133, 139, 142, 145, 149, 163, 178, 248, 254, 266, 269, 272, 284, 306 and 308.
Whitetail deer season, units and legal deer descriptions remain the same as
written in the pamphlet.
- In the late archery deer season (Nov. 26-Dec. 8) for mule and blacktail deer a
change was made to restrict hunting to three-point minimum buck only in
GMUs 209, 215, 233, 300, 316, 346, 352 and 364. Only GMU 272 remains, as
written in the pamphlet, open to hunting for three-point minimum buck or
antlerless deer. Whitetail deer hunting is allowed for either sex in all of these
units, as written in the pamphlet.
- The early muzzleloader season (Oct. 4-10) in GMUs 407, 410, 520, 530, 564,
568, 603, 612, 624 and 672 was changed to any blacktail deer buck, rather
than just three-point minimum.
In addition to the changes, hunters also should 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.
- The late muzzleloader season (Nov. 26-Dec. 15) in GMU 136 was changed to
mule or whitetail deer, three-point minimum or antlerless. Also, GMU 130 was
added as an open area for mule or whitetail deer, three-point minimum or