Wildlife Commission adopts new hunting rules, reduces cost of some special permits

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission took action to expand the number of big-game hunting permits available this year and reduce the cost of several types of permits during

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Rain or shine, 2014 holds promise for hunting and fishing in Washington

With the new year dawning, thousands of hunters and anglers across Washington state were quietly hoping for a winter storm. Duck hunters and steelheaders, in particular, had come to see the

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WDFW: Public comment sought on state game management plan

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is conducting a public opinion survey to help identify key wildlife issues to be addressed in the department’s 2015-2021 Game Management Plan.

The information gathered from the survey will help WDFW update its current plan, originally developed in 2003 and updated in 2009. The plan guides the long-term management of game species, and is used to develop three-year hunting packages that set annual regulations for hunting seasons.

The survey is available on WDFW’s website through Jan. 3 at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/game/2015/ . Paper copies of the survey also are available by contacting the Wildlife Program at (360) 902-2515.

WDFW seeks public comment on draft white-tailed deer plan

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comment on a draft plan to guide management of the state’s white-tailed deer populations.

Developed by WDFW over the past year, the five-year plan outlines strategies for sustainably managing the game animals throughout their range in eastern Washington.

Other key goals include maintaining stable deer-hunting opportunities for state citizens and reducing deer-related damage to crops and other personal property. 

WDFW seeks applicants for positions on game management advisory council

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations for its Game Management Advisory Council.  WDFW Director Phil Anderson will appoint five new members to the 20-member council to advise the department on issues including hunter access opportunities, allocation, funding options, research projects and implementation of the department’s Game Management Plan.

Nominees do not have to be affiliated with an organized group.