53 Deer Counted At Vail Station

Blacktail deer harvest and effort was down at the Vail check station over the opening weekend of rifle season, according to regional wildlife manager Greg Schirato.

He says that 53 deer were checked on the Weyerhaueser tree farm in south Puget Sound, 15 percent fewer than on 2009’s opener.

A total of 821 hunters came through on Saturday, 715 on Sunday, Schirato says.

That’s also down 25 percent compared to last year, he says.

Success was better for goose hunters, he says. Fifty were checked at other stations, including “lots of limits,” says Schirato.

A number of cacklers and white-fronted geese made interior hunts better than coastal ones, he adds.

Sportsmen also brought a cougar, a bear, a bobcat and 10 grouse through the Vail station.



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