SPOKANE — Extreme winter weather stressing deer and elk populations has prompted closure of several wildlife areas in Southeastern Washington.

The areas, all located in Asotin and Garfield counties, will remain closed to public access until April, Washington Department

of Fish and Wildlife

officials said. The specific areas are the 4-O Ranch and Grouse Flats wildlife areas, along with the Weatherly Unit, Shumaker Unit and all Asotin Creek wildlife area units south of the North Fork of Asotin Creek and Campbell Grade.

Wildlife officials said the closures will mostly impact “shed hunters,” who use the approximately 27,190 effected acres to recover antlers dropped by deer and elk this time of year.

Adjacent U.S. Forest Service public lands are still open for winter recreation activities at this time.

More information on WDFW wildlife areas can be found at bit.ly/2XJsH7h.

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