April 22, 2014 6 a.m. - Updated: 8:31 a.m.
HUNTING — Washington's new 2014 Big Game Hunting Seasons & Regulations pamphlet has been posted on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website — with hard copies showing up at dealers.
The month-long special permit application period for deer, elk, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep and wild turkey starts today.
The deadline is May 22.
- IDAHO'S 2014 BIG-GAME PAMPHLET also is available today.
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Note the cover photo: Jason Raines won the WDFW hunting camp photo contest for the braggin' rights of getting his camp featured on the cover of the 2014 pamphlet. The photo shows his his 2009 elk camp near Mount St. Helens in the general area where he's hunted elk for more than a decade. Raines reported he bagged a “raghorn” 3x4 bull on the last day of that season.
That's the beauty of a good hunting camp: It keeps you comfortable enough in the right place for as long as it takes to put the odds of success in your favor.
“It’s a place that calms the mind and soul,” he told WDFW about the photo entry. “It is so tough to describe, it just has to be experienced.”
Here's a tip of the blaze-orange hat to Raines who, since 2010, has been bringing wounded veterans out to enjoy the camp and the big-game hunting experience it fosters.