The early duck-hunting season in the lower Columbia River got off to a slow start, mainly because of poor water levels in the field and an incompatible tide series. WDFW Regional Wildlife Manager Fred Dobler said hunter participation had increased from previous opening seasons, despite the less-than-ideal hunting conditions this year.

Hunters contacted soon after the opener reported slightly more than one-third of their harvest had been mallard, followed by widgeon, green wing teal and pintail. Pheasant hunter numbers were up slightly over last year at the Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Dobler said.

The modern firearm season for deer got under way Oct. 12, and early reports are that hunters had a hard time finding their prey. Dobler said most hunters attributed their lack of success to the generally dry forest conditions. Hunter check station numbers show the Pe Ell check station with the highest success rate, with about 10 percent of the hunters getting a deer.

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