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“I expect to see more deer next weekend, with a greater chance for checking a 30-incher,” says Fitkin.
It’s an amazing comeback for a species that was declared extinct in the mid-1980s.
Only 20 deer for 106 hunters were checked, down from 30 for 107 in 2013, and that was with the granting of additional antlerless permits …
Anglers would be obligated to keep every hatchery steelhead they caught out of four other Southeast Washington rivers in the coming years, but those working the über-fishy lower end of the Ronde would apparently get a pass from doing their duty — protecting native summer-runs.