Big year for deer in NCW and across Washington

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OLYMPIA — The year 2020 proved to be a big one for deer harvests in Washington.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife reports nearly 10,000 more hunters went into the field last year, compared to 2019, and brought back more than 29,000 whitetails, blacktails and mule deer.

That’s 2,000 more deer than the year prior, and the most since 2016. The agency says the increases occurred mostly east of the Cascades: Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties all saw bigger numbers, likely due to increased deer population, and the general urge to get outdoors during the pandemic.