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October 2017

Head outdoors for deer, waterfowl and salmon

Some of Washington's most popular hunting seasons get underway in October, when hunters take to the field for deer, elk, ducks, geese and other game birds. 

Meanwhile, anglers are catching fall chinook salmon in areas of the Columbia River, Snake River and Puget Sound.

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Popular outdoor opportunities this month include:

  • Waterfowl: Migratory waterfowl are expected to make a strong showing this year. Hunters should expect great hunting this year, depending on weather.
  • Columbia River salmon: The bulk of this year's Columbia River fall chinook run has now moved past Bonneville Dam, invigorating fisheries at Drano Lake, the Klickitat River and farther upstream. But there are still opportunities to catch some nice fish in the lower Columbia River.
  • Puget Sound-area salmon: Salmon fishing continues this fall in several marine areas of Puget Sound, as well as rivers throughout the region.
  • Big game: The harsh winter of 2016-17 appears to have taken a toll on some elk and deer populations - especially in parts of eastern Washington. But hunting prospects in many areas still look promising as hunts get underway this fall.
  • Fall migration: Migrating birds, such as sandhill cranes and Canada geese, can be spotted by wildlife-watchers at a variety of spots across Washington.

For more information about fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities available this month, see the Weekender Regional Reports. These reports are updated throughout the month to provide current information about recreational opportunities around the state.

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