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Hunters throughout he state are gearing up for this weekend. And the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says hunters can expect an average year when it comes to elk and deer.

Starting this Saturday, modern firearm deer hunters and waterfowl hunters take to the field.

Brock Hoenes, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife deer and elk section manager, said overall, hunters should expect good opportunities for mule deer along the east slopes of the Cascades in Chelan and Okanogan counties, white-tailed deer in northeast Washington and black-tailed deer throughout western Washington. But he added some deer and elk populations are rebuilding, with elk hunting limited in Eastern Washington.

Waterfowl season takes flight in mid-October as well, with duck, goose, coot and snipe seasons also opening Saturday.

Hunters can purchase their licenses at, at any WDFW’s 600 license dealers, or by calling WDFW’s licensing customer service number 360-902-2464.

Photo: Eric Wyatt

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