Head outdoors in October for deer, waterfowl, and crab

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Some of Washington's most popular hunting seasons get underway in October, when hunters take to the field for deer, elk, ducks, geese, and other game birds. 

Meanwhile, anglers are still catching salmon in areas of Puget Sound, while razor clam digs are tentatively scheduled this month on the coast.

Popular outdoor opportunities this month include:

  • Waterfowl: Hunters can expect another good hunting season for ducks and geese in areas around the state.
  • Razor clams: Diggers should have several opportunities to hit the beaches this month.
  • Puget Sound salmon: Salmon fishing continues this fall in several marine areas of Puget Sound.
  • Puget Sound crab: A number of Puget Sound marine areas reopened for recreational crab fishing Oct. 1.
  • Big game: Hunting prospects in many areas of the state look promising as hunts get underway this fall.
  • Fall migration: Migrating birds, such as sandhill cranes and Canada geese, can be spotted by wildlife watchers at a variety of locations across Washington.

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