LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) —With deer season approaching, wildlife officials in southwest Washington say hunters will have a better shot if they find out where the bucks are heading for water.

The Daily News reports the manager of the Klickitat Wildlife Area, Sue Van Leuven, says low elevations will likely provide for much better hunting this fall. She says more deer have been attracted to water sources, like stock ponds and irrigation water collection ponds on ranches and farms.

Deer season is Oct. 17-31, with a late hunt from Nov. 19-22 throughout much of southwest Washington.

A survey of the 14,700-acre Klickitat Wildlife Area, released in March, counted 61 fawns per 100 adults, an increase from the 36-year average.

State wildlife officials say deer populations in low-elevation areas are generally stable this year.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com