Washington – Western Triple Threat

Forecast: Washington is a western triple threat with opportunities for bobwhite, California and mountain quail. Joey J. McCanna, upland game bird specialist with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, says in the past few weeks reports have turned up good quail numbers throughout eastern Washington and that he expects the overall harvest to increase again. Last year, 11,221 hunters harvested more than 92,631 quail in Washington.

A warmer-than-normal winter with less snow on the ground created favorable conditions for quail this year. The wet and cool spring that followed yielded the moisture necessary to provide quality nesting habitat for quail. The premiere area of Washington, accounting for almost one-third of the total harvest alone, is Yakima County. Making up another third of the harvest is north central Washington, which may also be the best for hunters looking for a mixed bag. Okanogan and Grant counties in north central Washington have also produced some quality quail hunting in previous years.

Season Dates: Bobwhite & California quail:
October 1, 2011 through January 16, 2012 in Eastern Washington
October 1, 2011 through November 30, 2011 in Western Washington
Mountain quail:
Closed throughout Eastern Washington
October 1, 2011 through November 30, 2011 in Western Washington
Daily Bag Limit: 10 mixed bag (Bobwhite & California); 2 Mountain quail
Possession Limit: 30 mixed bag (Bobwhite & California); 4 Mountain quail

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