Mostly Trapping

The First Flat Notes of Spring
Mar 8, 2019 08:02 ET

(Reprinted from above link)

...Trapping snippet from the article:

In just a few days the onslaught will finally be over for area wildlife when the sand runs out on the very last of the general season waterfowl hunts. Goose season will end in the inland portion of Area 2 on March 9.

However, most cougar hunts remain open but hunters should be sure to check with the WDFW before heading out. That extra effort has been recommended since the New Year when cougar areas became subject to restrictions based on cumulative harvest numbers from the fall and winter season. In areas where the take remains below the quota hunting will continue through April 30.

Additionally, bobcats, fox, raccoons, snowshoe hares and cottontail rabbits will continue to exercise caution through March 15 when those seasons close. Trapping seasons for beaver, badger, weasel, marten, mink, muskrat and river otter will continue through the end of March. And, as always, coyotes are fair game all year round.

Looking forward, general spring turkey hunts are set to begin on April 15.

Roadkill salvage is also legal in Washington with the use of an emergency permit provided by the WDFW. Permits are available online and must be obtained within 24-hours of any deer or elk salvage. Permits can be found at

Hunters who wish to obtain a multiple-season hunting tag for next fall and winter have through the end of March to submit their applications. Successful entries will be entered into a drawing for a limited supply of multiple-season tags. Those drawings will be used to award 8,500 extended tags for deer and 1,000 bonus tags for elk.

Those hunters who are selected will be able to purchase a special tag that would allow them to hunt during archery, muzzleloader, and modern firearm general seasons for their particular animal.

"With the multiple season tag, hunters have the opportunity to extend their seasons this fall," explained Anis Aoude, WDFW game division manager, in a press release. "Winners do not need to choose one hunting method over another, so they have more options and flexibility."

Additional information can be found on the WDFW website or by calling 360-902-2464.