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Olympia, WA 98501-1091

Phone: 360-902-2267
Fax: 360-902-2448
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Miranda Wecker, Chair
Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Vice Chair

 

Meeting Minutes & Agendas

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March 6-7, 2009 Agenda | Meeting Minutes

AGENDA*

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
March 6-7, 2009
Quality Inn
1700 Canyon Road
Ellensburg, Washington

* Times are approximate and subject to change.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6

8:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER

  • Approval of Meeting Minutes
  • Commissioners' Discussion
  • Director's Report (Phil Anderson and Joe Stohr)

2. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT
The Commission is a direct link between citizens of Washington and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Comments on Department programs and topics of concern are welcome during this portion of the meeting. (NOTE: The public is encouraged to comment only on those issues not on this agenda for a decision.)

  BREAK
 

3. SALMON FORECAST DATA OVERVIEW – BRIEFING:
At the request of the Commission, Department staff will brief the Commission on a summary of the 2009 salmon abundance forecast and provide some initial general observations about fishery opportunities and the potential problems that may be presented by expected run size predictions.

- Greensheet - PDF format (916 KB)

Staff Report:
Jeff Haymes, Planning and Verification Manager, Fish Program; and
John Long, Statewide Anadromous Fishery Manager, Fish Program

4. PROPOSED LAND TRANSACTION - DECISION:
The Commission will consider approval of a proposed acquisition of a 423-acre property in Okanogan County that will help address protection of critical wildlife habitat.

- Greensheet - PDF format (458 KB)

Staff Report:
Budd, Real Estate Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

5. SPECIAL SEASONS AND HUNTING RESTRICTIONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments and proposed new section to the following WAC rules which would generate funding to expand the hunter access program into priority areas of the state:

  • WAC 232-28-294, Multiple season permits;
  • WAC 232-28-291, Special hunting season permits;
  • WAC 232-12-055, Hunting – Hunter orange clothing requirements; and
  • WAC 232-12-062, Party hunting.

The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rules at its April 3-4, 2009, Commission meeting in Olympia.

- Greensheet - PDF format (1.5 MB)
- Supplemental recommended adjustments - PDF format (65 KB)

Staff Report:
Dave Ware, Game Division Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

6. HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR HUNTERS WITH DISABILITIES AND THE TERMINALLY ILL – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to the following WAC rules which would authorize the Department to develop criteria for issuing special-use permits:

  • WAC 232-12-840, Hunting and fishing opportunities for terminally ill persons; and
  • WAC 232-12-828, Hunting of game birds and animals by persons with a disability.

The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rules at its April 3-4, 2009, Commission meeting in Olympia.

- Greensheet - PDF format (981 KB)

Staff Report:
Dave Ware, Game Division Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
12:05 P.M. LUNCH BREAK
1:15 P.M.

7. HUNTER EDUCATION TRAINING PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-12-227, Hunter education training program requirements, which would ensure only eligible hunter education graduates or individuals currently identified as hunting-license buyers may purchase a license. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rules at its April 3-4, 2009, Commission meeting in Olympia.

- Greensheet - PDF format (827 KB)

Staff Report:
Chief Bruce Bjork, Assistant Director, Enforcement Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

8. SMALL GAME SEASONS – RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-342, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 Small game seasons, which would provide hunting opportunities for small game species. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rules at its April 3-4, 2009, Commission meeting in Olympia.

- Greensheet - PDF format (1.75 MB)
- Summary of supplemental written comments - PDF format (41 KB)

Staff Report:
Mick Cope, Upland Game Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

9. LANDOWNER HUNTING PERMITS – RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-295, Landowner hunting permits, which would help address deer and elk damage problems and provide hunter access to private lands. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rules at its April 3-4, 2009, Commission meeting in Olympia.

- Greensheet - PDF format (1.06 MB)
- Summary of supplemental written input - PDF format (27 KB)

Staff Report:
Mick Cope, Upland Game Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

10. DAMAGE PREVENTION PERMIT HUNTS – RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-266, Damage prevention permit hunts, which would help address turkey damage problems and provide hunter access to private lands. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rules at its April 3-4, 2009, Commission meeting in Olympia.

- Greensheet - PDF format (866 KB)

Staff Report:
Mick Cope, Upland Game Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

11. TRAPPING SEASONS AND REGULATIONS – RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-516, Trapping seasons and regulations, and repeal of WAC 232-28-515, Trapping seasons and regulations. These changes would liberalize trapping restrictions and bag limits consistent with reduced harvest resulting from passage of the voter Initiative 713. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rules at its April 3-4, 2009, Commission meeting in Olympia.

- Greensheet - PDF format (743 KB)
- Summary of supplemental written input - PDF format (30 KB)

Staff Report:
Donny Martorello, Ph.D., Carnivore, Furbearer, and Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

12. BIG GAME AND WILD TURKEY AUCTION, RAFFLE AND SPECIAL INCENTIVE PERMITS – RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-282, Big game and wild turkey auction, raffle, and special incentive permits, which would establish seasons for all big game auction and raffle hunts and expand the bighorn sheep raffle permit consistent with population status. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rules at its April 3-4, 2009, Commission meeting in Olympia.

- Greensheet - PDF format (1.16 MB)
- Summary of supplemental written input - PDF format (30 KB)

Staff Report:
Donny Martorello, Ph.D., Carnivore, Furbearer, and Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
  BREAK
 

13. SPECIAL CLOSURES AND BOUNDARY REGULATIONS – RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to the following WAC rules which would provide means to address wildlife damage issues by modifying or creating new deer and elk areas:

  • WAC 232-28-248, Special closures and firearm restriction areas;
  • WAC 232-28-333, Game management units (GMUs) boundary descriptions—Region three;
  • WAC 232-28-335, Game management units (GMUs) boundary descriptions—Region five;
  • WAC 232-28-336, Game management units (GMUs) boundary descriptions—Region six; and
  • WAC 232-28-337, Deer and elk area descriptions.

The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rules at its April 3-4, 2009, Commission meeting in Olympia.

- Greensheet - PDF format (5.60 MB)
- Supplemental recommended adjustments - PDF format (130 KB)

Staff Report:
Jerry Nelson, Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

14. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT
The Commission is a direct link between citizens of Washington and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Comments on Department programs and topics of concern are welcome during this portion of the meeting.

4:20 PM

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SATURDAY, MARCH 7

8:30 AM

15. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT
The Commission is a direct link between citizens of Washington and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Comments on Department programs and topics of concern are welcome during this portion of the meeting. (NOTE: The public is encouraged to comment only on those issues not on this agenda for decision.)

16. NON-TOXIC SHOT REQUIREMENTS – RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-12-068, Nontoxic shot requirements, which would expand non-toxic shot requirements to address concerns associated with lead. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rules at its April 3-4, 2009, Commission meeting in Olympia.

- Greensheet - PDF format (1.23 MB)
- Summary of supplemental written input - PDF format (160 KB)

Staff Report:
Mick Cope, Upland Game Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

17. SPRING BLACK BEAR SEASONS AND REGULATIONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-286, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Spring black bear seasons and regulations. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rules at its April 3-4, 2009, Commission meeting in Olympia.

- Greensheet - PDF format (862 KB)

Staff Report:
Donny Martorello, Ph.D., Carnivore, Furbearer, and Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

18. MOOSE, BIGHORN SHEEP AND MOUNTAIN GOAT SEASON AND PERMIT QUOTAS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-273, Moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat seasons and permit quotas, which would allow hunting through a permit-only system. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rules at its April 3-4, 2009, Commission meeting in Olympia.

- Greensheet - PDF format (1.35 MB)
- Supplemental recommended adjustments - PDF format (127 KB)

Staff Report:
Donny Martorello, Ph.D., Carnivore, Furbearer, and Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
  BREAK
 

19. BLACK BEAR AND COUGAR HUNTING REGULATIONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments and a proposed new section to the following WAC rules which would establish 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 seasons:

  • WAC 232-28-272, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 Black bear and cougar hunting seasons and regulations; and
  • WAC 232-28-287, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 Cougar permit seasons and regulations.

The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rules at its April 3-4, 2009, Commission meeting in Olympia.

- Greensheet - PDF format (1.45 MB)
- Supplemental recommended adjustments - PDF format (165 KB)

Staff Report:
Donny Martorello, Ph.D., Carnivore, Furbearer, and Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

20. HUNTING EQUIPMENT RESTRICTIONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to the following WAC rules which would amend hunting equipment regulations.

  • WAC 232-12-051, Muzzleloading firearms;
  • WAC 232-12-054, Archery requirements—Archery special use permits; and
  • WAC 232-12-047, Unlawful methods for hunting.

The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rules at its April 3-4, 2009, Commission meeting in Olympia.

Staff Report:
Jerry Nelson, Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
11:45 A.M. LUNCH BREAK
12:30 P.M.

21. DEER GENERAL SEASONS AND SPECIAL PERMIT REGULATIONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC.HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed rule amendments that would make minor adjustments to deer and elk general seasons to address emergent issues and fine-tune hunts designed to alleviate agricultural damage.

  • WAC 232-28-351, 2009-2011 Deer general seasons and definitions; and
  • WAC 232-28-353, 2009 Deer special permits

The Commission will consider adoption of these amendments at its April 3-4, 2009, meeting in Olympia.

- Greensheet - PDF format (4.79 MB)
- Supplemental information - PDF format (377 KB)

Staff Report:
Jerry Nelson, Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

22. ELK GENERAL SEASONS AND SPECIAL PERMIT REGULATIONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC.HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed rule amendments to WAC 232-28-352, 2009-2011, Elk general seasons and definitions; and WAC 232-28-354, 2009 Elk special permits, which would make minor adjustments to deer and elk general seasons to address emergent issues and fine-tune hunts designed to alleviate agricultural damage.

The Commission will consider adoption of these amendments at its April 3-4, 2009, meeting in Olympia.

- Greensheet - PDF format (4.84 MB)
- Supplemental recommended adjustments - PDF format (198 KB)

Staff Report:
Jerry Nelson, Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

23. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT
The Commission is a direct link between citizens of Washington and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The public is encouraged to share views of Department programs and topics of concern during this portion of the meeting.

24. MISCELLANEOUS AND MEETING DEBRIEF:
The Commission will discuss items that arise immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda is published.

 

ADJOURN

* Times are approximate and subject to change.

Contact the Fish and Wildlife Commission Office for further information:
Phone (360) 902-2267
Email: commission@dfw.wa.gov