WASHINGTON

Deer Forecast 2003

Look for blacktails west of the Cascades; their populations have declined due to habitat changes caused by restrictions on timber harvesting. There are still productive areas in the southwest, particularly in Lewis and Pacific counties. The best mule deer hunting will be in the north- central region in Okanagan, Chelan and Douglas counties. Whitetail populations are stable to increasing, with the top areas in the northeastern counties of Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille. Here, second antlerless tags are available by drawing. Contact: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (360-902-2515; www.wa.gov/wdfw).

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