Black-tailed deer hunting season now open on the western side of Mount Grant Preserve
Posted September 2, 2022 at 11:15 am by Jeff Arnim
A two-month hunting season for black-tailed deer opened on the western side of Mount Grant Preserve yesterday, according to the San Juan County Conservation Land Bank. The season includes specific periods for early archery (Sept. 1–23), muzzleloaders (Sept. 24-Oct. 2), and modern firearms (Oct. 15–31).
“The remote nature of the western portion of Mount Grant Preserve makes it a good candidate for hunting access and provides an opportunity to continue the recreational and cultural tradition of hunting on San Juan Island,” says Tanja Williamson, outreach and volunteer coordinator for the Land Bank. “The parking area only allows for one vehicle and a hunting party is limited to three individuals. As extra precautions, hunter orange vests are provided at trailheads and notice is posted.”
Hunters must review and follow all Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hunting regulations. Written permission to hunt at Mount Grant Preserve is also required. To obtain permission, hunters can use WDFW’s online reservation system, which allows for one hunting party per day.
The Land Bank has also opened hunting access at the Lopez Hill Preserve for the same two-month season.
“Hunting at Lopez Hill was happening prior to Land Bank management; it was a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) property,” Tanja says. “With the history of hunting already occurring, and the size and condition of the property, [Land Bank] staff believed limited-season deer hunting could continue without compromising other management objectives, and included it in the management plan. Management plans are created through a thoughtful process that includes completed draft plans made available to the public and the Land Bank Commissioners for comment. Those comments are then reviewed and incorporated where appropriate, and a final plan is then submitted to Commission for approval.”
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