Last chance general deer and elk seasons for archers and muzzleloaders started mid-week in selected game management units around the state.
For the primitive smoke-pipe set, late black-tailed options, in GMUs west of the Cascades predominate, with more limited white-tailed and muley opportunities in Northeast near the Tri-Cities. Gender and antler-point minimums apply.
Archers have a greater selection of GMUs throughout the state on which to sit for their final go-round. Included are several Region 2 units in the Okanogan and dryland wheat/shrub steppe lands east of the Columbia breaks.
NEXT RAZOR DIG GREENLIGHTED
The next razor clam dig - a six-day set starting Monday, Nov. 26 - has been given the final nod by state health officials.
Diggers faced windy and rainy conditions on the opening earlier this month and weather forecasts predict more of the same, say shellfish managers.
After this, two more tentative Pacific Ocean beach openings are left on the fall 2012 calendar.
For more information about late deer and elk options for primitive weapons and up-to-date info on razor digs plus more fishing and hunting news, read the Outdoors Column in the Sunday Herald.
Doug Huddle, the Bellingham Herald's outdoors correspondent, since 1983, has written a weekly fishing and hunting column that now appears Sundays. Read his blog and contact him at http//pblogs.bellinghamherald.com/outdoor.
Reach DAVID RASBACH at email@example.com or call 715-2271.