Get outside for deer, waterfowl, razor clams, and fall foliage this October
Some of Washington's most popular wildlife viewing and hunting seasons get underway in October, when ducks, geese, salmon, and other migratory animals are on the move. Meanwhile, 16 days of razor clam digs with increased bag limits are tentatively scheduled this month on the coast, Puget Sound anglers are still reeling in salmon, and hunters head to field in pursuit of ducks, geese, game birds, elk, and deer.
Where to see salmon
It’s salmon SEEson! This time of year, salmon are making the long journey back from sea to return home to spawn in Washington’s rivers and streams. To witness their amazing journey, visit our website to find a viewing location near you.
Razor clam digs
The first razor clam digs of the season kicked off in late September, and shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled over 50 additional digging days before the end of the year, with an increased limit of 20 clams at open beaches. Keep an eye on our website for more approved digs in October.
Columbia River salmon
Though the peak of the run typically occurs in September, there's still plenty of opportunity for coho on the lower Columbia River in October, including at Buoy 10. After a brief closure in early September, several sections of river have reopened to hatchery coho retention, and anglers should keep an eye on our emergency rules page to stay up-to-date as the month goes on.
The weather might be cooling off, but hot fishing can still be found this month as we continue to stock lakes with trout across Washington. October is also your last chance to win some of the hundreds of remaining prizes for catching tagged trout in our annual trout derby, which comes to a close Oct. 31.
Puget Sound salmon
Reel in coho salmon in select Puget Sound marine areas. Check out the Sport Fishing Rules for additional details on salmon fishing opportunities and locations.
Fall foliage at Sinlahekin Wildlife Area
The Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in Okanogan County – the oldest wildlife area in Washington – is a beautiful place to visit in the fall. Western larch, Douglas-fir, Ponderosa pine, and shrubsteppe cover most of the units, and visitors can potentially see hundreds of wildlife species, including birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and unique insects.
Elk hoof disease incentive permits
During this year's hunting season, we are starting a pilot program to evaluate the how hunters can help reduce the prevalence of elk hoof disease. There are two opportunities for hunters to help us with this important pilot project – follow the link to find out how you can help contribute to elk conservation.
Deer seasons have begun!
Many deer hunters have taken to the field in pursuit of this season's harvest. Hunting prospects in many areas of the state look promising as hunts get underway this fall. (Tip: Even non-hunters enjoy reading these summaries on some of Washington’s most memorable landscapes.)
Fall is in the air, and so are birds!
As temperatures cool, crisp air blows from the north, and precipitation finds its way back to the Pacific Northwest. October marks one of the greatest wildlife phenomenon, bird migration, and your backyard may soon play host to a number of these remarkable voyagers as it contains all the key ingredients to providing a much-needed pitstop for these weary travelers.
Washington hunters talk climate change
Wild Washington lesson plans
Search for a K-12 lesson plan themed around the state’s diverse flora and fauna. Wild Washington lesson plans are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to think critically and problem solve around natural resource issues. Activities encourage students to explore various points of view and collaborate with others to find ways to move forward on real-world challenges.
Bringing back the birds
Bird populations in the U.S. and Canada have declined by approximately 3 billion since 1970. Habitat loss, window collisions, and outdoor cats are primary culprits and we want your help to share the world of birds by participating in the Partners in Flight #BigYearAtHome monthly challenges in birdwatching, getting family and friends involved, and exploring the outdoors. Get updates on next month’s challenges.
Each year, Bat Week takes places Oct. 24-31 to celebrate the important role bats play in nature. Bats are amazing creatures that are vital to the health of our natural world and economy. Although we may not always see them, bats are hard at work all around the world each night – eating tons of insects, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds that grow new plants and trees. Join WDFW as we celebrate bats on social media all week long!