Deer hunting season kicks off on Saturday in Washington state, but that’s not the only hunting season that begins.
According to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, this year’s modern-firearms deer season includes cougar hunting. Hunters with a valid cougar license and transport tag, can hunt cougars during the season in all 39 counties.
Originally, cougar hunting in Okanogan, Chelan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille and Klickitat was delayed because of a 2004 pilot program that allowed hunters with special permits to track cougars using dogs. The program expired in August restoring full general hunting seasons in those counties.