Three-day brant hunting season approved
The Skagit County hunting season for brant geese will once again be short this year.
The state Department of Fish & Wildlife announced Tuesday a three-day season in the county.
This year’s brant season in Skagit County will occur Saturday, Wednesday and Jan. 19 and is based on criteria set in April by the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission.
Brant hunters must possess a valid migratory bird authorization as well as a brant harvest report card.
“The reduced schedule was necessary after aerial bird counts conducted in Skagit County indicated numbers fell short of the 6,000 birds required for a full eight-day hunting season for high arctic brant,” Kyle Spragens, Fish & Wildlife waterfowl section manager, said in a news release.
Surveys conducted over Padilla, Samish and Fidalgo bays this winter tallied 5,203 birds, according to the release.
This is the third restricted Skagit County brant season in the past four years.
Whatcom and Clallam counties will also have three-day seasons on Saturday, Wednesday and Jan. 19.
Counts in those two counties have increased in recent years and have remained above the 1,000 brant threshold for the past three years, the state criteria required to consider seasons in these areas.
Meanwhile, a 10-day brant season will be held in Pacific County on Jan. 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26 and 27.
Information on brant seasons is available in Fish & Wildlife’s hunting pamphlet at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/.