Elk Season: Heavy rains made it difficult for hunters to establish camps and access traditional
areas at the beginning of the season. In the Columbia Gorge units elk were dispersed
due to high snow levels in the Cascades. Extremely high harvest last season
reduced the number of elk available in 574 and 578. In the Trout Lake area the
majority of elk reported taken were from unit 560, Lewis River. Late muzzleloader
season elk is predicted to be slow in the Gorge units due to lower population
levels from last years harvest.
SW Washington Canada
Goose Season Area 2a: Canada goose season opened November 11th in Area
2A. Opening weekend saw average success among those choosing to participate
in the hunt. Four check stations where hunters are required to bring their geese
for species identification are operated on each hunt day. The stations report
a total of 86 hunters having harvested a total of 161 geese during opening weekend
(November 11 and 12).
Hunting continues each Saturday,
Sunday and Wednesday through November 26th. The season then closes briefly,
opening again on December 6th and running on the 3-days per week schedule until
January 28th 2007. Those interested in participating in the Area 2A goose hunt
are encouraged to review the special requirements that are detailed in the Waterfowl
Hunting Pamphlet. The special seasons in 2A are designed to protect populations
of the dusky Canada goose.