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Tri-Cities hunters are preparing for hunting season

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A lot of preparation goes into hunting season, which is no joke here in the Tri-Cities.

"I would want to plan accordingly whether I would want to go after one species versus another based on knowing that species may have declined or the numbers of this population may be up this year," said Caleb Brown, a lifelong hunter.

That's the exact kind of information that a local biologist shared tonight at the 2016 Hunting Forecast Presentation.

"We will give an update from our most recent survey data, look at the populations in trends and harvest and game numbers to give people an idea on what they might expect and where to put their efforts in the upcoming season," said Jason Fidorra, Biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Some of the species Jason has been keeping an eye on are elk, mule deer, doves and game birds.

Wildfires are also something he is keeping tabs on.

"These larger fires will definitely change movement patterns and food availability," said Fidorra.

However, if there is one piece of information to take away from the presentation, it is to be as informed as possible before a hunt.

"If you want to be well prepared going into a hunting or a fishing season, I definitely know my success rate is going to be higher because I have this prior information," said Brown.