MONTESANO – For the first time in over a hundred years, an area near the mouth of the Dungeness River will open for waterfowl hunting when the statewide season gets under way Oct. 16.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will open the Lower Dungeness Unit to public waterfowl hunting under a recent three-year agreement with Dungeness Farms Inc.
Located on the west side of the Dungeness River off of East Anderson Road near Sequim, the 140-acre unit will be open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the hunting season.
Signs will be posted outlining the rules for hunting in the area, said Kyle Guzlas, a WDFW regional wildlife biologist.
“The public currently has very little access to quality waterfowl hunt locations in Clallam County,” Guzlas said. “This is a great new hunting opportunity, and it’s important that hunters follow the rules posted at the site so we can maintain this agreement with Dungeness Farms.”
As part of that agreement, WDFW granted exclusive public access to Dungeness Farms to a parcel off Three Crabs Road. That site will no longer be open to public access and will be posted accordingly.
In a separate action, WDFW recently extended its lease with Clallam County at the Dungeness Recreation Area for three years. The site will be open for pheasant hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through Nov. 30 and for waterfowl hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays for the duration of the waterfowl season.
Deer hunting is no longer allowed at the Dungeness Recreation Area. For more information, contact the WDFW Region 6 office at (360) 249-4628.