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600 series unit information

As more and more information is added to each individual unit's information, we will dedicate full pages to them. 

Hunting success requires significant planning and preparation.  Very few hunters can be successful without properly scouting an area or preparing well before the season starts.  The most serious (and successful) hunters "hunt" year-round.  That is to say, they are continually improving their woodmanship, marksmanship, and knowledge of their quarry.  The most successful hunters are in the field every month of the year.  They know their quarry and their hunting areas very well.  Hunting is an activity that is directly affected by the amount of front-end work a person puts into it.

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WAC 232-28-336 Game management units (GMUs) boundary descriptions -- Region six

("opportunity" = relative harvest of that species based on general season harvest statistics as compared to the state average. Special permits greatly increase the opportunity).

WDFW Wildlife Areas Region 6
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GMU 601-HOKO (Clallam County):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - fair) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Lake Ozette Road and the Neah Bay Rd are the only ways to get to this unit.  Be prepared for lots and lots of rain.  But, if the logging continues in this area, the clearcuts around Seiku mtn  will provide great hunting opportunity.  5000 and 7000 lines are gated, but, great clearcuts are available to those who want to bike or boot in.
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GMU 602-DICKEY (Clallam County): 

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - good) (Bear - fair) ( Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Stolezberg Mountain and Dickey Creek are good bets for active clearcuts.  Be prepared for lots and lots of rain.  The area off of Hwy 112, around the prison holds a lot of deer.  The area also has some active logging.  Tyee hill just above Lake Pleasant can provide a bit of access as well.  Before getting into the town of Mora you can find some roads leading North that will provide access to the interior of this unit.
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GMU 603-PYSHT (Clallam County): 

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - fair) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

This unit has been one of the most productive units on the peninsula.    Most of the unit is owned by the Merril Ring Timber company.  Access is by permit only.  From their website Merrill Ring:

The Pysht Tree Farm has long been known for its excellent hunting. Deer, elk, cougar and bear provide great sport for all levels of skill. Acquired before Washington became a state, the Tree Farm has a long history of stewardship. Managing the Tree Farm for over 100 years has come to require increased intensive management of all the Tree Farm's resources. The Tree Farm is more than trees: it is also river and stream systems, wildlife, fish and recreation. These resources must be managed together for each to be at its best.

Recreational access to the Pysht Tree Farm is subject to the purchase of an annual access permit. The permit fee is $200, and permits are limited to the first 100 applicants. For 2006 permits may be purchased at M&R offices in Port Angeles and Pysht beginning March 31. All hunters and fishers must have a valid Washington State hunting and/or fishing license.

Special Elk Hunting Access Permit Drawing

Access to the Pysht Tree Farm during elk hunting season will be limited to several individuals whose names are drawn from among the annual permit holders.For additional information, please contact our office at Pysht:

1-800-998-2382 / pysht@olypen.com

Jim Creek Drainage holds significant numbers of big deer.
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GMU 607-SOL DUC (Clallam County):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - fair) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Deer can be found by getting up into the drainages around Hunger mountain.  Look in the flats around Calawah and Sitkum rivers.  East of Bogachiel State Park and Forks holds great potential especially around the National Forest boundary.

Soleduck river area holds some road closure areas as designated by the WDFW.  A boot or bike hunter can get themselves away from quite a bit of the crowds if you utilize these areas.
 
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GMU 612-GOODMAN (Jefferson and Clallam counties):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - fair) (Elk - fair) (Bear - fair) ( Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

 

 Goodman Creek drainage flows straight though this unit.  There is only one road access on the south side on the lower Hoh Rd.  This unit has no other roads and is thick, thick, thick.  No clearcuts or logging roads here. 

 

Hoh River trust map
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GMU 615-CLEARWATER (Jefferson County):

 

General Season Opportunity (Deer - fair) (Elk - good) (Bear - good) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)


Go up the Clearwater rd and hunt the logging roads of Miller Cr, Christmas Cr. and Snaphapish River.  Also do not neglect the areas just North of the Queets River, the Elk and Deer know the park boundary but will move in and out of the park on occasionIf you have a boat you can drift the Hoh.  A number of elk will be in the flats along the river and will sometimes  be seen crossing the shallower portions.

The upper clearwater area holds some road closure areas as designated by the WDFW.  A boot or bike hunter can get themselves away from quite a bit of the crowds if you utilize these areas.

Hoh River trust map
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GMU 618-MATHENY (Jefferson and Grays Harbor counties): 

General Season Opportunity (Deer - poor) (Elk - fair) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Matheny Ridge (FR 2170) holds good numbers of Elk and some deer.  You can also spot elk and deer down low in the flats.  The elk often move back and forth from the Queets area of the Park.  Pay attention where the Park boundary is.  You cannot hunt the park.

Most of the Ridge area is closed to motorized travel... Boots and Bikes work really well in this area.
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GMU 621-OLYMPIC (Jefferson, Clallam and Mason counties):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - special) (Bear - good) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Permit only elk unit.  Deer can be found in the lower elevations of the Olympic National Forest.  Duckabush and Dosewalips drainages will have decent numbers of deer in the lower elevations.  You may also want to check out clearcuts up FR 24 just North of Shelton.  The areas around the Buckhorn wilderness up North in the unit will also hold some deer.  The lower elevation areas hold lots more deer than the higher elevation, but, in this unit, most of the lower elevation areas are privately owned lands.  You might be able to knock on some doors and hunt a green belt. 

Liliwap, Quilcene, and Burnt hill have road closure areas that will provide some uncrowded access for the hunter with a bike or wants to hike.

Early Season High Buck Hunt Info WARNING! These areas are rugged and should only be hunted by those with  extensive experience in mountaineering and wilderness travel!!!

The Buckhorn Wilderness  Size: 44,258 acres (USFS website)
Key Access Points: FS Road #2750, FS Road #2870
Dungeness Trail #833, Big Quilcene Trail #833, Tubal Cain Trail #840
Elevation Range: 1,000' to 7,134'
Wilderness Permit: None Required

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The Buckhorn Wilderness is located in the northeast portion of Olympic National Forest. A patented mining claim involving 216 acres of private land is within the Wilderness. This Wilderness, the largest on the Forest, includes very steep terrain ranging in elevation from 1,000 feet near the Gray Wolf River, to the summit of Mt. Fricaba at 7,134 feet. Other major peaks include Buckhorn Mountain 6,988', Iron Mountain 6,950' and Tyler Peak 6,350'. Barren ridges and steep, rocky cliffs and peaks are common in the higher elevations.  Stands of old-growth Douglas-fir, western hemlock and western redcedar occur on the lower slopes. At the higher elevations, subalpine fir and western white pine give way to alpine flowers.  The Gray Wolf, Dungeness and Big Quilcene Rivers are the major streams flowing through the Wilderness. RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES
The Buckhorn Wilderness has excellent opportunities for camping, backpacking, horseback riding, hunting, and mountain climbing.  Over 58 miles of trail provide access to this Wilderness. The following trails are considered moderate: Dungeness #833, 8.1 miles; Tubal Cain #840, 8.6 miles; Big Quilcene #833, 5.3 miles; Silver Lake #842, 2.5 miles; and Mt. Townsend #839, 6.7 miles. The Tunnel Creek trail #841, 7.6 miles, is very difficult due to very steep grades on the Dosewallips side of the ridge. Most of the trails are open to pack and saddle stock. Check with the ranger station for trail closures.  Wilderness visitors should always carry rain gear and adequate clothing, food, and backpacking equipment. Proper boots and clothing should be worn. NOTICE

Fires are prohibited above 3,500 feet elevation within the Wilderness. FIRES AT BUCKHORN, SILVER, GOAT, HARRISON AND CHARLIA LAKES ARE PROHIBITED. STOVES ONLY.

The Brothers Wilderness  Size: 16,682 acres (USFS website)

Key Access Points: FS Road #25 (Hamma Hamma Road), FS Road #2510 (Duckabush Road)
Lena Lake Trail #810, The Brothers Trail #821, Duckabush Trail #803, Mt. Jupiter Trail #809
Elevation Range: 600' to 6,866'
Wilderness Permit: None Required

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The Brothers Wilderness is located on the east side of Olympic National Forest, north of Lena Lake in Jefferson County. Except for a relatively gentle valley area in the East Fork of Lena Creek, the entire Wilderness is quite precipitous with tree covered slopes extending to about 5,000 feet. Elevation ranges from 699 feet near the Dosewallips River to the 6,866 foot summit of The Brothers. Other major peaks include Mt. Jupiter Ridge, and St. Peter's Dome. Western hemlock, Douglas-fir and western redcedar dominate the lower slopes. Pacific silver fir and mountain hemlock cover the upper slopes before giving way to subalpine fir and mountain meadows and rock outcrops.  The Duckabush River is the only major stream flowing through the Wilderness. Jupiter Lakes and several small ponds are located on Jupiter Ridge. RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES
The Brothers Wilderness has excellent opportunities for backpacking, mountain climbing, hunting, and camping. The Brothers trail begins at the end of Lena Lake trail and provides access to popular climbing routes to The Brothers. The trail is 3.0 miles in length and ranges in difficulty from easy to difficult. The Duckabush trail follows the Duckabush River and enters the Olympic National Park in 6.2 miles and ranges from easy to difficult. The Mt. Jupiter trail is 7.2 miles in length and provides access along Jupiter Ridge to Jupiter Lakes. This trail is hot and dry during the summer months and is considered most difficult.  Wilderness visitors should always carry rain gear and adequate clothing, food, and backpacking equipment. Proper boots and clothing shoud be worn.

NOTICE

Fires above 3,500 feet elevation and groups consisting of more than 12 persons and/or 8 livestock are prohibited within the Wilderness. FIRES ARE PROHIBITED AT JUPITER LAKES AND PONDS. STOVES ONLY above 3,500 feet elevation.

Mt. Skokomish Wilderness Size: 13,015 acres (USFS website)
Key Access Points: State Route 119 (Lake Cushman), FS Road #25 (Hamma Hamma Road)
Mildred Lakes Trail #822, Mt. Rose Trail #814, Putvin Trail #813
Elevation Range: 800' to 6,612'
Wilderness Permit: None Required

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The Mt. Skokomish Wilderness is located in the southeast portion of the Olympic National Forest, north of Lake Cushman in Mason County. This Wilderness includes very steep terrain ranging in elevation from 800 feet near Lake Cushman to the 6,612 foot summit of Mt. Stone. Other major peaks include Mt. Skokomish 6,434', Henderson 6,000', Pershing 6,154, and Washington 6,255'. Barren ridges and numerous steepfaced rock outcrops are present throughout this Wilderness.  Stands of old-growth occur on the lower slopes consisting primarily of Douglas-fir, western hemlock and western redcedar. At the upper elevations, subalpine fir and western white pine give way to rock and scattered alpine vegetation commonly found in the subalpine and alpine zones.  The Hamma Hamma River is the only major stream flowing through the Wilderness. Mildred Lakes are a popular destination in the Wilderness. RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES
The Mt. Skokomish Wilderness has excellent opportunities for backpacking, mountain climbing, fishing, and camping.  There are over 13 miles of trail inside the Mt. Skokomish Wilderness. The Mildred Lakes Trail is a primitive trail that has extremely steep pitches and is the major access into the Wilderness. The elevation gain on this trail is 2,100 feet and it is 4.5 miles in length. The Mt. Rose Trail, 4.8 miles, provides steep access to the summit of Mt. Rose at the southern end of the Wilderness. The Putvin Trail, 3.0 miles, accesses the north portion of the Wilderness and is also very steep. All three trails are most difficult.  Wilderness visitors should always carry rain gear and adequate clothing, food, and backpacking equipment. Proper boots and clothing should be worn.

NOTICE

Fires above 3,500 feet elevation and groups consisting of more than 12 persons and/or 8 livestock are prohibited within the Wilderness. FIRES ARE PROHIBITED AT MILDRED LAKES. STOVES ONLY. Apply "Leave No Trace" techniques.

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General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - poor) (Bear - good) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Check out the numerous clear cuts along Hwy 104 just West of the floating bridge.  There are available clearcuts on both private timber lands and state trust land.  It is well marked.  Remember to get as far away from the road as you can, but, the variable age of clearcuts in this area makes for exceptional deer hunting!
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GMU 627-KITSAP (Kitsap, Mason, and Pierce counties):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - poor) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Green Mountain State Forest is open to hunters and holds some deer. 

Green Mountain

Best way to hunt this GMU is to scout out residential green belts and ask for permission to use a bow.  The deer in these areas have never been hunted and grow big.  However, the biggest issue with the Kitsap unit is the rapid growth of development.  There are still some stands of 20 acres here and there, but, at the rate the building is going, there will be little hunting going on in this unit in the next 10 years.  Banner forest holds deer, but, is a very popular mountain biking and hiking spot.  You will see lots of trails and sign, but, because of the high public use, most deer are nocturnal.

If you are an archer, a good way to get into some lightly pressured deer is to look at areas and homes that back up to a green belt or a drainage.  These drainages hold big deer and some bears.  The trick is to know who and when to ask for permission.  As the area becomes more an more popular, these pockets will be less available.
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GMU 633-MASON (Mason and Kitsap counties):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - poor) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Tahuya State Forest has good public access to some deer.  Very popular hiking and mountain biking trails, however.  Most of the deer in Tahuya are nocturnal due to the heavy usage.  There are some spotty clearcuts of varying ages between the areas of Dewatto and Tahuya and relatively little pressure from hunters.  Most of the areas around Shelton have great deer numbers, but public access is unknown.  There are numerous 5-10 acre homesites spread out all over the area and deer can be found in all of them.  A number of these deer have never been hunted before.  There have been some landowners in this area where in the past willing to let a few bowhunters trim the herd as the deer do quite a number on gardens.
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GMU 636-SKOKOMISH (Grays Harbor and Mason counties): 

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - poor) (Bear - good) ( Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Skokomish Valley rd, FR 2270 (along the east side of Wynoochee lake are access points to hundreds of miles of logging roads.  This is a popular area, but, use the crowds to your advantage by getting out of your rig and finding closed or gated areas to hike into.  The other hunters will push the deer into those areas.  Permit only elk unit.

Look for the road closure areas around Lake Cushman, Humptulips River, and the upper Wynoochee River to hold opportunity for non motorized hunting.

Early Season High Buck Hunt Info WARNING! These areas are rugged and should only be hunted by those with  extensive experience in mountaineering and wilderness travel!!!

Wonder Mountain Wilderness Size: 2,349 acres (USFS website)
Key Access Points: FS Roads #2355 & #2451-100
NOTE: Cross-country access only. There are no constructed trails in the Wonder Mountain Wilderness.
Elevation Range: 1,740' to 4,758'
Wilderness Permit: None Required

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
This 2,349 acre Wilderness is one of the smallest wildernesses in the Western United States. Wonder Mountain Wilderness borders the Olympic National Park and is located west of Lake Cushman in Mason County. Terrain is generally rugged and ranges from a low of 1,740 feet in McKay Creek to the summit of Wonder Mountain at 4,758 feet. The lower slopes are heavily timbered with dense stands of Douglas- fir, western hemlock, and Pacific silver fir. Massive rock outcrops and precipitous pinnacles are common in the higher elevations.

Wonder Mountain is the highest peak in the Wilderness. Wonder Ponds and several other ponds are located in the high headwaters of McKay Creek. There are no rivers or major streams in the Wilderness. The two major access roads have seasonal closures from October 1 to May 1 to protect wildlife. RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES The Wonder Mountain Wilderness has good opportunities for backpacking, mountain climbing, fishing, and camping in a primitive setting. Opportunities for solitude are excellent.  There are no trails within this Wilderness. Access is only by cross-country travel. Wilderness travelers should carry map and compass for route finding.  Wilderness visitors should always carry rain gear and adequate clothing, food, and backpacking equipment. Proper boots and clothing should be worn.

NOTICE

Fires above 3,500 feet elevation and groups consisting of more than 12 persons are prohibited within the Wilderness. FIRES AT WONDER PONDS AND ALL OTHER PONDS IN THE WILDERNESS ARE PROHIBITED. STOVES ONLY.


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GMU 638-QUINAULT RIDGE (Grays Harbor and Jefferson counties):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - fair) (Elk - fair) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Quinault Ridge Rd will get you close to “the Bob”  There will be elk and some deer migrating along this ridge line depending on how heavy the area gets hit by hunters.  FR 2220 will get you into the valley of this area.  Look for Deer and Elk moving through the thick underbrush.  A technique used in this area is to see where elk have recently crossed the road (they travel in significantly sized herds) stop your vehicle and chase after them.  They spend little time in the open but can be found just inside these open areas.

Early Season High Buck Hunt Info WARNING! These areas are rugged and should only be hunted by those with  extensive experience in mountaineering and wilderness travel!!!

Colonel Bob Wilderness Size: 11,961 acres (USFS website)
Key Access Points: South Shore Quinault Lake Road, FS Road #2204
Colonel Bob Trail #851, Pete's Creek Trail #858, Fletcher Canyon Trail #857
Elevation Range: 300' to 4,509'
Wilderness Permit: None Required

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Colonel Bob Wilderness is located east of Lake Quinault in the southwest corner of Olympic National Forest. This 11,961 acre wilderness contains steep, rugged topography. Elevations range from 300 feet in the Quinault Valley to 4,509 feet along the eastern boundary.  Most of the Wilderness lies above the 1,500 foot elevation level. The lower slopes are moderately to heavily forested with stands of western hemlock and Pacific silver fir, mixed with western redcedar, Douglas-fir and Sitka spruce. The Colonel Bob Wilderness has temperate rain forest conditions with an annual precipitation that exceeds 150 inches. Lush ferns, shrubs, moss, wild flowers and lichens carpet the forest floor.  At higher elevations, subalpine and alpine vegeation, green meadows, rock outcrops and rugged peaks dominate the wilderness landscape. The view of Lake Quinault is spectacular. RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES The Colonel Bob Wilderness presents excellent opportunities for hiking, nature study, hunting, mountain climbing, and camping. There are no lakes or major rivers in the Wilderness. There are 12 miles of trail in the Colonel Bob Wilderness. The elevation gain from the Pete's Creek trailhead to the summit of Colonel Bob is about 3,300 feet, with a round trip distance of 8 1/4 miles. The elevation gain on the Colonel Bob trail is about 4,200 feet, with a round trip of about 14.5 miles. Trail access to the summit of Colonel Bob is steep and very strenuous. Both of these trails are difficult. Wilderness visitors should always carry rain gear and adequate clothing, food, and backpacking equipment. Proper boots and clothing should be worn.

NOTICE

Fires above 3,500 feet elevation and groups consisting of more than 12 persons and/or 8 livestock are prohibited within the Wilderness. STOVES ONLY above 3,500 feet elevation.

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GMU 642-COPALIS (Grays Harbor County):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - fair) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Lots and lots of deer in this area.  However, most of the prime areas are private and inaccessible.  You can find great clearcuts out towards the coast.  The private lands around Ocean Shores have some amazingly big deer.  You will need to secure landowner permission to get in on these deer.  There are also some deer on the Oyhut Wildlife area.

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GMU 648-WYNOOCHEE (Grays Harbor County):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - fair) (Bear - good) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Forest Rd 22 will get you into the top part of this unit.  The area is relatively flat and provides for some great opportunities to hunt different clear cuts of different ages.  Do not dismiss the small stands of trees which are in the middle of some of the bigger clearcuts.  These spots can hold some pretty big deer.

West of Wynoochee lake holds a ton of roads and clear cuts to hunt in.  Anderson Butte around the gated or tank trapped areas can be great.

Cooperative Road Management Areas abound in this unit.  Look at the areas aound Fulough Creek, Jones Creek, Polson, Hoppers, East Wishkaw River, East Hoquiam.  These road closures will provide good access for those who are not afraid to bike or hike into their hunting areas.
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GMU 651-SATSOP (Grays Harbor, Mason and Thurston counties):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - fair) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Lots of agricultural land in this unit.  Best bets are going to be the private timber areas in the East of the unit just south of Gosnell Creek.  Bingham creek will have a few areas to get in.  But, one of the best ways to get on deer is to do some scouting and knocking on doors of the local landowners. 
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GMU 652-PUYALLUP (Pierce and King counties):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - good) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Fort Lewis has the only “public access” in this unit.  You can contact them at the base at 253-967-5415.  They can get you the information to hunt the military base.  There are quite a few deer on the base and is actually a pretty popular hunt for some of the locals.  The rest of the Puyallup unit holds good numbers of deer.  But, they are scattered around on small land parcels.  These land parcels are rapidly disappearing due to huge land developing going on.  There will be virtually no hunting in this unit in the next 10 years. _______________________________________________________________________

GMU 653-WHITE RIVER (King and Pierce counties):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - permit) (Bear - good) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Huckleberry ridge contains miles and miles of various clearcut stands.  FR 73 or 74 feeds the surrounding drainages.  Permit only elk unit.

Greenwater River and Dalles Ridge can hold some animals once the snow starts flying.
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GMU 654-MASHEL (Pierce County): 

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - good) (Bear - good) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Elbe hills just north of Elbe offers boot, bike or horseback riders a plethora of great hunting areas.  Fr 59 (outside Elbe) winds up and over the unit and provides for tons of logging road access.  There are deer and elk all over this unit.  It is also a very popular unit.  Get off the roads when you see a good clearcut and wait.  The deer and the elk move through these areas back and forth dependent on hunting pressure.  As the snow starts falling on higher elevations, you can hunt the Puyallup river and the Deer Creek drainages for migratory deer and elk coming out of the park.

Hwy 165 out of Carbonado will get you into huge land holdings of timber and clearcuts... tons of access.  However, realize that a number of the timber lands are owned and managed by Hancock Timber who require a trespass fee to access the lands.  Champion/Plum Creek has extensive holdings in this unit and require a trespass fee to hunt these very productive areas.  Plum Creek Website  or call 1-800-782-1493.
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GMU 658-NORTH RIVER (Grays Harbor and Pacific counties):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - good) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Lots of access can be had in this unit.  Try the roads leading west along Hwy 6 between Raymond and the Hatchery.  There are miles and miles of roads in the unit.
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GMU 660-MINOT PEAK (Grays Harbor and Pacific counties):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - fair) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Lower Chehalis State Forest just West of Oakville and South of Elma holds quite  a bit of property for the prepared hunter.  There are gates along the Q line, the V line, and the North and South T- line.  These roads may or may not be gated.   Great clearcuts in the southern portion off the Oakville Brooklyn Rd.  Also the northern part of the forest coming in from the South bank rd has lots of good clearcuts.  If you see gates, get your bike out or go for a hike.  You will find great habitat. 

Lower Chehalis area and Williams Creek area has road closure areas availble for those hunters not afraid to hike or bike into their hunting areas.
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GMU 663-CAPITOL PEAK (Grays Harbor and Thurston counties): 

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - fair) (Bear - good) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

This unit has excellent public land access in the Capitol State Forest.  Hunt the lower areas in the alder stands, especially after the leaves are down in the fall.  The forest has lots of public use including hikers and mountain bikers.  Stay off the trails and hike up some of the forest roads on the Southwestern section of the forest.  Just south of the D and E lines will get you into little traveled areas.
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GMU 666-DESCHUTES (Thurston County):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - fair) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Almost all of this unit is private and mostly residential.  However, Fort Lewis Military Reservation holds a nice population of deer.  Obviously since this is a military base, there are a number of restrictions on hunting there.  NW Adventure center at 253-967-5415 will give you more information.

There are some road closure areas around the Scatter Creek/Black River area which could provide a non motorized hunter some opportunity for crowdless hunting.
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GMU 667-SKOOKUMCHUCK (Thurston and Lewis counties): 

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - good) (Bear - good) (Cougar - fair) (Turkey - fair)

This area is mostly Weyerhauser land.  Access is limited because most of the unit is gated.  However, there are huge amounts of deer in this unit.  Hunt the gated and closed roads off the Centralia-Alpha road (HWY 508).  You can also access from the west by any one of the Access roads like Big Hanaford or Lucas Creek rd.  There are also some decent populations on the east side of 667.  Just north of Morton and just south of Mineral up FR 74 or 70.  There are some really nice road systems in there.  Again, look for the gated areas and do not pass up those benches set up between two taller hills.  You will find deer traveling these benches at all times of the day.
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GMU 672-FALL RIVER (Pacific, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties): 

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - good) (Bear - good) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - fair)   

Along Hwy 101, between Aberdeen and Raymond,.  Go West on Smith Creek Rd.     Hunt the gated and closed roads to the south.  There are also a number of logging roads along Hwy 6.  Look for 10 yr old clear cuts and hunt the fringes.

Pe ell area has a number of Cooperative Road management Areas closed to motorized vehicles.
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GMU 673-WILLIAMS CREEK (Pacific County):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - good) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

This unit has deer and elk everywhere.  The logging in this area is spotty. Naselle Rd just NE of Naselle will put you through the State owned lands.  Most of the private timber lands are gated and have great numbers of roads which will hold all ages of clearcuts.  Get on a mountain bike and ride way back past one of the gates and you should have amazingly lonely hunting.
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GMU 681-BEAR RIVER (Pacific and Wahkiakum counties):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - fair) (Elk - good) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

Clearcuts are available just east of Hwy 401.  Get in to some of the locked areas and walk or bike in.  There are not a lot of hunters in this area
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GMU 684-LONG BEACH (Pacific County): 

General Season Opportunity (Deer - good) (Elk - good) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor)

No information at this time as the entire unit is private land.  Lots of deer are in this unit.
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GMU 699-LONG ISLAND (Pacific County):

General Season Opportunity (Deer - poor) (Elk - good) (Bear - fair) (Cougar - poor) (Turkey - poor) 

2007 General Harvest = (Deer - 0)  ( Elk - 8)( Bear -4)  ( Cougar - ?)(Turkey -0)

2008 General Harvest = (Deer - 1) ( Elk - 14) ( Bear - 3) (Cougar - ?) (Turkey -0)

2009 General Harvest = (Deer - 0) ( Elk - 15) ( Bear - ?) (Cougar - ?) (Turkey -0)

2011 General Harvest = (Deer - 0) ( Elk - 4) ( Bear - 1) (Cougar - 0) (Turkey -?)*

One of the most unique hunting experiences you will have.  This unit is only accessible by boat.  The boat launch is right off of 101  Watch the tides and be careful of currents going through the channel.  The island holds significant amounts of Deer and Elk  The whole island is productive.  It is important to note that this unit can be quite crowded despite its difficulty to get to. 

*Harvest data from WDFW website

 

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