Hunting awareness: what’s open and how to stay fire-safe this season

Muzzleloader hunter prepares for a day's outing.
Tom Prior sets out for a day of elk hunting on DNR-managed lands. Photo: Herb Gerhardt/DNR Volunteer.

It’s hunting season and many outdoor enthusiasts across the state are packing up their rigs for an adventure on lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With nearly a million acres of land burned, Washington has had its worst wildfire season ever. And it’s still not over in eastern Washington.

Before you head out, get the lowdown on what is open or closed and how to be fire safe this season. Be sure to check with the appropriate landowner for any restrictions before recreating on public or private land. If you’re wondering what public lands you can visit this time of year, check out the pages listed under DNR-managed lands to see if any restrictions exist.

Important: Burn ban in effect east of the Cascade Mountains

Due to the dry conditions that persist, DNR still has a burn ban throughout eastern Washington.

DNR is asking hunters to be cautious and follow the following fire restrictions when on DNR-protected lands.

According to the Northwest Coordination Center, Washington state has had 1,462 reported wildfires. Out of those, only 451 were caused by lightning. This leaves 1,011 wildfires that were human-caused and could have been prevented.

For information on hunting, visit Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Also, don’t forget your Discover Pass – your vehicle access pass to millions of acres of state managed recreation sites.

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