Hunters planning their next expeditions might find that some of their favorite places are no longer available to them or are no longer affordable to visit.
In areas lacking access to public lands, many hunters and anglers rely on commercial forestlands so they can pursue their sports, but this becomes complicated when private landowners close popular spots or begin charging fees.
Private landowners have the right to put rules on their land, which is why programs like the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and the state Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program are so essential to ensure public access for all.
These programs protect wildlife refuges, state and national forests, water access and more so every Washingtonian can continue to pursue these traditional pastimes.
If you’re looking for public land near you, try these resources:
Where is your favorite public place to hunt or fish? Email us your stories and photos so we can showcase them on our blog.
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