Commission considers hunting rule changes

Staff reportMarch 2, 2014 

Hunting seasons for big-game and other animals will dominate the discussions when the state Fish and Wildlife Commission meets Friday and Saturday in Moses Lake.

The commission will accept comments on proposed changes in state hunting rules for deer, elk, moose and other game species.

On Friday, the commission will be briefed and hold public hearings on proposed changes to rules and season dates for 2014 and 2015. Those changes, available at wdfw.wa.gov/about/regulations/development.html, include:

• Reducing fees for multiseason deer permit holders, master hunters with special permits for deer or elk damage tags, special permit holders who purchase a second deer tag, and hunters who are issued damage prevention or kill permits for second deer tags.

• Decreasing elk hunting permits by more than 400 in the Mount St. Helens area now that the elk population is more in balance with area habitat.

• Boosting the number of antlerless elk hunting permits by 620 for the Colockum area, where the population exceeds management goals.

• Streamlining the process for issuing hunters with disabilities special use permits, which enable them to use modified hunting equipment.

The commission is scheduled to consider adoption of all the proposals at its April 11-12 meeting in Olympia.

In other business, wildlife managers will update the commission Saturday on how the department in 2013 implemented the state wolf conservation and management plan.

GET INVOLVED

  • When: The meeting begins at 8 a.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • Where: Moses Lake Civic Center, 401 S. Balsam St., Moses Lake
  • Agenda: Available at wdfw.wa.gov/commission

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