Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staff in the Colville office gets a lot of questions from the public and one we’ve heard recently is- we’re hearing that we are
supposed to “hunt and fish locally” and continue practicing social distancing. What does that mean when outside?
WDFW is encouraging people to hunt and fish in their direct community if possible, to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus. There are many great places to do this in northeast Washington so that isn’t a challenge.
Be aware though that if you do use WDFW boat launches, wildlife areas or other facilities, there could be limited access to restrooms and docks at this time. Come prepared with soap and water or sanitizer, toilet paper, and masks or bandannas for times when you can’t avoid encountering others such as at boat launches and trail heads. And be prepared to change plans if sites appear congested. If that happens, or other COVID-19 related public safety concerns develop, some areas could be closed again to protect public health.
Also, remember that all WDFW facilities are day use only for now.
Please enjoy the outdoors responsibly. There are tips on how to do so, and a lot of other information on what is currently open, on the Department website at WDFW.WA.GOV. If you have a question for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-563-5495. One question a week will be answered.