The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adopting 17 new hunting rules for the upcoming season when it meets Friday and Saturday.
Among the proposals is one that would allow bow hunters to use illuminated arrow nocks, which can be helpful in finding and retrieving arrows. This change was meant to encourage public discussion of new technologies and whether these advances are considered acceptable fair chase and ethical standards for hunting.
Another would restore antlerless elk opportunities for archery hunters in Yakima County, specifically in game management units 352 (Nile) and 356 (Bumping).
One proposal would add the states of Texas and Missouri to those states where additional processing of deer, elk, and moose carcasses is required before they can be brought into Washington.
These and the other proposals scheduled for a vote are available online at tinyurl.com/cjuw83f.
Octopus protection: The commission also will receive a briefing on options for extending protection to Puget Sound’s giant Pacific octopus population. Fishery managers will discuss recommendations from an ad hoc advisory group for increasing protection. Last November, the commission received three petitions requesting amendments to sportfishing rules after a giant Pacific octopus was legally harvested from the waters of a popular dive site at Seacrest Park in West Elliot Bay. The commission is not scheduled to take action at this meeting.
Hunter education: Nate Pamplin, assistant director of the wildlife program, and law enforcement chief Bruce Bjork will brief the commission on transferring management of the state’s hunter education program from the Enforcement Program to the Wildlife Program.
Crab update: Rich Childers, Puget Sound shellfish manager, and deputy chief Mike Cenci of the Enforcement Program will provide a briefing on the outcome of the 2012 Puget Sound crab-fishing season.
When: The meetings begin at 8 a.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Room 172, Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St., Olympia.
Agenda: Available at wdfw.wa.gov/ commision /meetngs /2013.