Good News, Bad News For W WA Hunters

THE GOOD NEWS: WDFW today announced that an area near the mouth of the Dungeness River will be open for duck and goose hunting for the first time in over a century.

The 140-acre Lower Dungeness Unit will be open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays when the statewide season gets under way Oct. 16 through a three-year agreement with Dungeness Farms Inc.

The area is on the west side of the river off of East Anderson Road near Sequim.

A state biologist says it’s important that hunters follow the rules for the site.

The nearby Dungeness Recreation Area will also be open for waterfowl hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays for the duration of the waterfowl season as well as pheasant hunting three days a week and holidays through Nov. 30, thanks to a new three-year agreement there. However, deer hunting has been banned.

THE BAD NEWS Deer hunting has also been banned on Center Forest, on Vashon Island, effective Oct. 15. It’s the only real public land available to hunting on the island in southern Puget Sound.

King County DNR, which owns the land, “is temporarily suspending its authorization allowing the discharge of weapons in Vashon Island’s Island Center Forest while County officials assess past and current uses on the land, and collect citizen input about future uses. The effect of the County’s action is to suspend deer hunting in Island Center Forest.”

The Vashon-Maury Beachcomber recently did a good long article on hunting and nonhunting uses at the forest.

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