October 10, 2012
Washington Drought, Fire Danger Blocking Access to Popular Hunting Land
By Chad Love
What's going to rain on Washington state deer hunters' parade this season? Well, actually, a lack of rain. An ongoing severe drought is expected to shut a lot of Washington state deer hunters out of the woods this fall.
From this story on tdn.com:
Unless weather forecasters are way off and rain soaks the woods in the next few days, hunters should expect to have few opportunities when the modern rifle deer season opens Saturday. It's the single most popular hunting season: last year, more than 11,000 modern rifle hunters sought deer in Cowlitz, Lewis and Wahkiakum counties. Because of the record drought, most private timberlands in Southwest Washington are closed to all entry, including walk-in. Weyerhaeuser Co. has closed all of its lands in Washington and Oregon. With 420,000 acres around Longview, Weyerhaeuser is the largest private timber holder in Southwest Washington. "We want to make our lands available to hunters," said company spokesman Anthony Chavez, but the fire danger won't allow it.
According to the story, although most private timber company lands are closed because of dry conditions, state DNR lands remain open, but with campfire bans or restrictions. Anyone else's season being affected by dry conditions or drought?