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October 2018

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 salmon in areas of Puget Sound, while razor clam digs are tentatively scheduled this month on the coast.

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Popular outdoor opportunities this month include:

  • Waterfowl: Hunters can expect another good hunting season for ducks and geese in areas of the state.
  • Razor clams: Diggers should have a couple opportunities to hit the beaches this month, beginning with the season opener tentatively planned Oct. 11-13.
  • Puget Sound-area salmon: Salmon fishing continues this fall in several marine areas of Puget Sound.
  • Big game Hunting prospects in many areas of the state 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 posted on WDFW's website at These reports are updated throughout the month to provide current information about recreational opportunities around the state.

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