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December 6, 2016

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Start planning for 2017

The 2017 Big Game Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations are in stores this week and 2017 licenses and tags are on sale.

First winter steelhead arrive in some coastal rivers

Thanksgiving is the traditional “start” of the winter steelhead fishing on many coastal rivers. Rains and higher water levels will bring fish into the rivers but the best fishing will be when water levels start to drop. Keep an eye on water levels and the weekly Recreation Report, and be ready to hit the water when conditions are right.

See elk herds in the meadows now at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. Best viewing has been in the mornings and evenings until dark. The elk breeding season or “rut” is over for the season and elk have gathered into larger groups. With the cooler and wetter weather, elk are spending more time in the open fields and recently some elk have been visible throughout day.

Winter range closures, motor vehicle restrictions in effect

New this year, White River Wildlife Area lands north of Forest Rd 27 are closed to the public from Dec. 1-March 31 and Wenaha Wildlife Area is closed Jan. 1-March 30 (with some exceptions including designated camping areas). See the 2017 Big Game Hunting Regulations pages 108-111 for a full list of closures.

Report big game hunt results by Jan. 31, 2017

Remember to complete a report for each 2016 deer, elk, bear, cougar and pronghorn tag you purchased—even if you didn’t hunt or weren’t successful. Report online at or call 1-866-947-6339.

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