Spring black bear hunt applications due Friday

Staff reportFebruary 23, 2014 

Permits Hunters face a Friday deadline for buying and submitting an application for a 2014 spring black bear hunting permit.

To be eligible for a permit applicable to specific areas of Western and Eastern Washington, hunters must purchase and submit an application to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife by midnight Friday.

A drawing will be in mid-March for 383 permits in Western Washington and 314 permits for the east side of the state.

Permit winners will receive notification in the mail no later than March 31. Applicants also can check the results of the drawing at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting.

To apply for a permit, hunters must buy a special permit application and a 2014 hunting license that includes bear as a species option, according to a department news release. Hunting licenses, bear transport tags and bear permit applications can be purchased at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, by calling toll-free 866-246-9453 or at any license vendor in the state.

Special permit applications, which require a correct hunt choice number, can be submitted at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov or by calling toll-free 877-945-3492.

Hunters hoping to hunt on the Kapowsin Tree Farm should contact the tree farm before submitting an application to find out what areas are open. Those selected for the Kapowsin Tree Farm hunt must then purchase an access permit from Hancock Forest Management by calling 800-782-1493.

Hunters selected for the Copalis hunt must obtain a recreational use permit and should contact Rayonier at 855-729-4868 during regular business hours or at rayonierhunting.com.

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