SEATTLE - The state's elk numbers are looking good and hunters should enjoy a healthy harvest this year as the modern-firearm season sets to open this weekend, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Game managers said last year's elk harvest was the best since 1997 and they are forecasting this year should be just as good.
Dave Ware with Fish and Wildlife said calf recruitment and adult survival for the state's elk population has stayed steady the last few years and all the state's major herds are either at or above population management numbers.
The modern-firearm general elk season opens this Saturday.
More information on the state's elk herds can be found online.