OLYMPIA – Fifteen lucky hunters will have an opportunity to hunt for deer this fall on more than 6,000 acres of public and private rangeland in northeastern Okanogan County.
Hunters can submit an application for the “limited-entry” deer hunt on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/special_hunts/drawings/deer_hunt_scotchcreek.html or by contacting the department at (509) 754-4624 or (360) 902-2515.
The deadline to apply is midnight Aug. 20.
Fifteen applicants will be chosen during a random drawing scheduled Aug. 22. Winners of the drawing will receive access permits to the Charles and Mary Eder Unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area near Oroville. Part of that property was acquired by WDFW in 2007, with the rest remaining under private ownership, said Matt Monda, WDFW regional Wildlife Program manager.
“This private-public partnership is part of a concerted effort by the department to preserve hunting opportunities in Washington,” Monda 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 15 access permits available this year, five will be reserved for bowhunters, five for muzzleloaders and five for hunters using modern firearms.
Hunters are allowed to take only one deer, as authorized by their general hunting license. The access permit does not allow hunters to take additional deer, nor does it allow them to hunt for other species on the property, Monda said.
Area deer-hunting seasons are Sept. 16-30 for bowhunters, Oct. 4-10 for muzzleloaders and Oct. 11-19 for hunters using modern firearms.
The results of the drawing will be available on WDFW’s website the last week of August. Hunters who are drawn will receive an access permit and a boundary map in the mail.