If you are feeling lucky — And what hunter doesn’t? — you might win a chance to hunt for deer this fall on the 6,000-acre Charles and Mary Eder unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area. The state will choose 18 winners in a drawing to hunt in the area in northeastern Okanogan County.
Hunters can apply for the “limited-entry” deer hunt on the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/permits/scotchcreek or by contacting the WDFW northcentral region office at 509-754-4624 or headquarters at 360-902-2515.
The application deadline is midnight Aug. 13.
Winners will be chosen in a drawing to be held later that day. They will receive access permits and a boundary map to the hunting area.
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Of the 18 access permits available this year, six will be reserved for bowhunters, six for muzzleloaders and six for hunters using modern firearms.
Hunters will be allowed to take just one deer, as authorized by their general hunting license.
This is part of the effort by the department to provide quality hunting opportunities in the state, said Matt Monda, Northcentral regional wildlife manager.
Monda pointed out the drawing is open without any additional fees beyond the cost of a hunting license and the standard tags.
Deer-hunting seasons for the area are Sept. 1-26 for bow hunters, Sept. 27-Oct. 5 for muzzleloaders and Oct. 11-19 for hunters using modern firearms.