Strong Deer Hunting Forecast For North Central Washington 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

In spite of the devastation caused by the wildfires in Okanogan County this year, wildlife biologists report published by Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the following factors contributed to their stronger hunting forecast:
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are predicting a strong deer hunting forecast for our region (District 6). According to a

  1. "Greater than normal fall green up and mild winter" (Fitkin and Heinlen, p.9)
  2. "Better than average mule deer fawn winter survivorship." (Fitkin and Heinlen, p.9)
  3. Furthermore, "the ratio of 23 bucks per 100 does." (Fitkin and Heinlen, p.9).

Okanogan Highlands continuous to enjoy healthy populations of both Mule Deer and White-Tailed Deer. Our hunting grounds are located in Game Management Unit 204 (GMU 204). As of September 2015, there has been no incidence of Blue Tongue disease in our area (see press release by Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife). Blue Tongue Disease were Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla and Whitman counties.

Our guest cabins and hunting areas remained safe from the Okanogan Wildfires of 2015. Of course we remained vigilant all throughout summer, our area was blessed (lucky) enough to only be on Evacuation Level 1. Friends from Aenas Valley, Omak Flats and Tonasket were evacuated. Sadly, some did have their property burn. As for Okanogan Highlands, we had about 10 continuous days of hazardous air quality. It was smoky. Visibility was extremely limited. It even "rained" ashes on a number of occasions. During that time, we mostly stayed indoors. If we had to go outside, we wore masks.

Modern Firearm's opening day was Saturday, 17th October 2015. Today is the third day. Excitement and anticipation still ring true locally.
View From Hunting Cabin (dusk)
It's fun to see deer hunters driving around in camo clothing with their hunters' orange vests or jackets. While in town driving, we wave happily to hunters  visiting the Okanogan. We're also checking out truck beds for any signs of antlers and give out a "thumbs up" or a nod of approval. Now being a weekday, it is generally more quiet.

Are you going deer hunting this year?

What is the forecast for your hunting grounds?

Please share your experience with us or send us a picture of your trophy buck.

Web Publication. 2015 Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife District 6 Hunting Prospects Okanogan County by Scott Fitkin in and Jeff Heinlen. Web. October 1, 2015.

Press Release: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife September 18, 2015 by Dr. Kristin Mansfield. Web. October 15, 2015

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