Oh. My. God — sorry to sound like I’m a junior high schooler, but that’s all I can say about the size of this Okanogan County mule deer.
Here’s more on it from WDFW:
Okanogan Deer Harvest: Biologists Scott Fitkin and Jeff Heinlen ran the Winthrop deer check station for the second weekend of the general modern firearm season. For both weekends combined we checked 253 hunters with 49 deer. These numbers are both slightly higher than last year. More noteworthy, one the last deer we checked for the season turned out to be a very large 9×10 point mule deer with a 33+ inch antler width. This is likely the largest set of antlers seen at the check station in at least the last 17 years. The lucky hunter harvested the estimated 4 ½ year-old animal in the Tripod Burn area which appears to be producing excellent summer deer forage 6 years after the fire.
Lucky Hunter, whomever you are, contact me, email@example.com, 206-382-9220, tell me your story!!!!
As for Northeast Washington, here’s the report according to WDFW’s Madonna Luers:
Deer Park check station (both Sat., 10-20 and Sun., 10-21) saw 196 hunters with 53 deer (44 whitetails (24 of which were antlerless harvest by seniors, disabled or youth hunters), 9 mule deer) for a 27% success rate. That compares to last year’s two-day check station at same location, same weekend of 177 hunters with 29 deer for 16% success rate; difference may be last year’s initial reaction to new 4-pt minimum in two units (117, 121) and possible misunderstanding about antlerless hunting still being available to seniors, disabled, youth hunters. (This year that season for “any deer” for those hunters ran Oct. 18-21 in GMUs 101, 105, 108, 111, 113.) In any event, the total measure (including the 10-14 check station) showed an overall success rate for this early season of 21% (compared to last year’s 12%). We also conducted another Chattaroy check station over the weekend so Woody could get more body condition info for whitetail study, and that saw total of 67 hunters with 7 deer (12%); nothing to compare that to as we didn’t conduct that station last year. White-tailed deer hunting continues through 10-26 in 101, 105, 108, 111, 113, 124 for any buck and in 117, 121 for 4-pt. min., but no more check stations until late season (Nov. 10-19) when we’ll be back at Deer Park on 11-17 and 11-18. Let me know if you have any questions.