Hunters have until Aug. 18 to apply for an chance to hunt deer this fall on the 6,000- acre Charles and Mary Eder unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in northeastern Okanogan County.
Applications for the “limited-entry” deer hunt can be submitted on the state Department of Fish and Wildlife website or by contacting the the department’s northcentral region office at 509-754-4624 or Olympia headquarters at 360-902-2515.
The deadline to apply is midnight Aug. 18.
Eighteen applicants will be chosen for the hunt opportunity during a random drawing scheduled Aug. 19. Winners of the drawing will receive access permits to the Charles and Mary Eder Unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area near Oroville. The results of the drawing will be posted on the agency’s website the last week of August. Hunters who are drawn will receive an access permit and a boundary map in the mail.
This drawing is open to the general public without any additional fees beyond the cost of a hunting license and the standard tags, said Matt Monda, northcentral regional wildlife manager.
Of the 18 access permits available this year, six will be reserved for bowhunters, six for muzzleloaders and six for hunters using modern firearms. Each hunter will be allowed to take only one deer, as authorized by their general hunting license.
Deer-hunting seasons for the area are Sept. 1-24 for bowhunters, Sept. 25 – Oct. 3 for muzzleloaders, and Oct. 16-24 for hunters using modern firearms.