Deer hunters have until Aug. 14 to apply for a chance to hunt deer this fall on a unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in northeastern Okanogan County.
Eighteen applicants will be chosen in a random drawing scheduled for Aug. 15. Winners of the drawing will receive access permits to the 6,000-acre Charles and Mary Eder Unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area near Oroville.
Of the 18 access permits available this year, six will be reserved for bow hunters, six for muzzleloaders and six for hunters using modern firearms, a state Department of Fish and Wildlife news release said.
Hunters are allowed to take only one deer and must follow general hunting rules in effect for this area.
Deer-hunting seasons for the area are Sept. 1-27 for bow hunters, Sept. 28-Oct. 6 for muzzleloaders and Oct. 12-20 for hunters using modern firearms.
“This is part of our effort to provide quality hunting opportunities,” Matt Monda, north-central regional wildlife manager, said in the release. “This drawing is open to the general public without any additional fees beyond the cost of a hunting license and the standard tags.”
Applications for the drawing must be submitted by midnight Aug. 14.
Hunters can submit an application for the hunt on the department’s website at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/permits/scotchcreek or by contacting the regional office at 509-754-4624 or headquarters at 360-902-2515.
The results of the drawing will be available on the website the last week of August. Hunters who are drawn will receive an access permit and a boundary map in the mail.