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The hunting wildlife differs from the east and west side of Hunting Klickitat County. The west side is good for elk where the east side is better for deer and turkey. Klickitat County is the only county is washington you can take 2 turkeys per year, yes we have a lot of them! Quail is very popular and easy to find throughout the county. Bear and Cougar are in the northern parts. Pheasant are commonly found on the southern portion of the county. Ducks, geese are found around ponds, water sources and the columbia river. Rabbits, grouse and other wildlife is found all around the Klickitat County Washington.
State and Blm hunting land is limited here but we do have a few timber companies who allow public hunting. Many hunters buy property that adjoin the Timber company, state or blm land for additional hunting land and privacy.
Klickitat Wildlife Area for WDFW:
- Dillacort Canyon Unit: The 340-acre Dillacort Canyon unit is located within the Klickitat River Canyon. WDFW and BLM jointly manage portions of the property. Habitat types include oak woodlands, grasslands and riparian areas. A water access site along the Klickitat River is popular for camping and fishing.
- Fisher Hill Unit: Fisher Hill consists of several parcels over roughly 500 acres. It is located on the Klickitat River, downstream from the Dillacort Canyon unit. This segment of the river flows through a narrow channel that was fished by the Yakama Tribe and remains an important fishing site. Habitat types at Fisher Hill are pine-oak woodlands and open grasslands similar to those at Dillacort Canyon.
- Goldendale Hatchery Unit: Goldendale Hatchery Unit is located along Spring Creek adjacent to WDFW’s Goldendale Fish Hatchery. The 240-acre unit historically was a farm and its agricultural fields are now being cultivated under a sharecrop agreement. A portion of the wheat produced is left in the field as supplementary feed for upland game birds. Pen-reared pheasants are released for fall hunting. Other public uses include waterfowl hunting and trout fishing.
- Mineral Springs Unit: Mineral Springs is located in the Klickitat River Canyon. The 1,108-acre area is mostly Oregon white oak, ponderosa pine woodlands and some Douglas fir. Grasslands occur on south slopes. Wildlife species include deer, grouse, turkeys and many songbirds associated with the riparian habitat. The chimney of an old water bottling plant on the property is a roost site for Vaux’s swifts. Public use is primarily for fishing and hunting, with a boat access site and overnight camping.
- Soda Springs Unit: The Soda Springs unit consists of about 13,000 acres in mostly contiguous parcels. About 2,100 acres are managed jointly between WDFW and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This unit is managed to preserve and enhance habitat for game species, primarily black-tailed deer and wild turkeys. Western gray squirrels, which are a threatened species in the state, also can be found on this unit. Hunting, camping, hiking and wildlife watching are popular activities.
- Sondino Ponds Unit: The Sondino Ponds unit is considered the most important western pond turtle habitat in Washington. WDFW bought the 219-acre area near Lyle to protect this species. The parcel historically was used for agriculture and contains seasonal and year-round wetlands. Access to the unit is restricted in order to maintain the turtle population and restore the native habitat.
- Swale Creek Unit: The 516-acre Swale Creek unit straddles Swale Creek, west of Centerville. The habitat is mostly steppe with riparian areas along two creeks, offering upland game bird hunting opportunities. Open hillsides support stands of native short grasses, balsamroot and several species of lupine. Gray partridge, golden eagles and western meadowlark can be found on the wildlife unit. Hiking and wildlife watching are popular activities at Swale Creek.
Its best if you know where your at, I use onXmaps. https://www.huntinggpsmaps.com/
they have chips for GPS and even apps for your phones. It shows the private property owners, state, fed and so on.
Quick links for Hunting Information:
- Big Game Hunting Tips from Field and Stream
- Washington Black Tail Deer Hunting Tips
- Washington Elk hunting tips
- Washington Game Harvest Reports
- State Site For Klickitat County Game Management Unit
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