WDFW Question of the Day: Why isn’t WDFW allowing the harvest of does for young people and senior citizens any longer?
(WDFW/For The Independent)
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) gets a lot of question about fish, wildlife and habitat in northeast Washington. Staff in the WDFW Colville office is partnering with KCVL/KCRK radio in Colville and The Chewelah Independent to answer them. The Department is asking members of the public to call in with their questions and will answer them once a week on the air.
This week’s questions is, why isn’t WDFW allowing the harvest of does for young people and senior citizens any longer?
The answer is that WDFW removed all antlerless hunting for white-tailed deer in northeast Washington in 2019 because we heard from hunters and saw in our harvest data that deer harvest has been going down for several years. By stopping doe harvest, does and fawns are being protected, which will allow the population to increase over time. Biologists don’t believe this will be permanent and will use harvest and survey data along with input from the public to help decide when doe harvest will be possible again.
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 per week will be answered on the air. In the meantime, you can find a lot of answers on fish, wildlife and habitat questions at wdfw.wa.gov.