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Miranda Wecker, Chair
Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Vice Chair

 

Meeting Minutes & Agendas

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March 9-10, 2012 Agenda| Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

Preliminary AGENDA*
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FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
March 9-10, 2012
Moses Lake Civic Center
401 S. Balsam, Moses Lake, Washington 98837

Times are approximate and subject to change.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2012

8:00 A.M.

1. Call to Order

  1. Commissioners' Discussion
  2. Director's Report (Phil Anderson)
    • Legislative Update
    • Wolf Plan Update
    • Committee Report
    - Director's Report - PDF format (3.7 MB)
  3. Budget & Operations Update (Joe Stohr)

9:00 A.M.

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: During this portion of the meeting, the public is encouraged to comment on issues that are not on the agenda for decision action.

9:30
A.M.
BREAK

* Note: For items 3-11 there will be an opportunity for a Staff Report, a Wildlife Committee Report, and Commission discussion prior to action being taken..

9:45
A.M.

3. Hunting Practices – Rule Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will brief the Commission on Hunting Practices. The Commission will consider final adoption at its April 13-14, 2012 meeting.

Amendments:
WAC 232-12-047 Unlawful methods for hunting
WAC 232-12-054 Archery requirements –archery special use permits
WAC 232-12-257 Use of decoys and calls
WAC 232-12-264 Baiting of game birds –unlawful;
Proposed Adoption:
WAC 232-12-063 Hunting at night-regulations-penalties

- Summary - PDF format (1 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (1.3 MB)

Staff Report:
Dave Ware, Game Division Manager, Wildlife Program
Don Kraege, Waterfowl Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
11:15 A.M.

4. 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15 Small Game Seasons – Rule Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will brief the Commission on small game seasons. The Commission will consider final adoption at its April 13-14, 2012 meeting.

Amend:
WAC 232-28-342 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15 Small game seasons

- Summary - PDF format (982 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (283 KB)

Staff:
Dave Ware, Game Division Manager, Wildlife Program
Don Kraege, Waterfowl Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
11:35
A.M.

5. Landowner Hunting Permits – Rule Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will brief the Commission on Landowner Hunting Permits. The Commission will consider final adoption at its April 13-14, 2012 meeting.

Adopt:
WAC 232-28-296 – Landowner hunting permits
Repeal:
WAC 232-28-295 – Landowner hunting permits

- Summary - PDF format (993 KB)
- Commission Policy Decision C-6002 - PDF format (636 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (3.3 MB)

Staff:
Dave Ware, Game Division Manager, Wildlife Program
Kevin Robinette, Region 1 Program Manager, Wildlife Program

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

6. 2012-2014 Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Mountain Goat Seasons and Permit Quotas – Rule Briefing, Public Hearing & Rule Action
Department staff will brief the Commission on moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat seasons. The Commission will consider final adoption at its April 13-14, 2012 meeting.

Amend:
WAC 232-28-273 Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Mountain Goat seasons and permit quotas

- Summary - PDF format (936 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (1.3 MB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
1:50
P.M.

7. 2012-2015 Cougar Seasons and Regulations  and Public Safety Cougar Removals – Rule Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will brief the Commission on cougar seasons and public safety cougar removals. The Commission will consider final adoption at its April 13-14, 2012 meeting.

Amend: 
WAC 232-12-243 Public safety cougar removal
Adopt:
WAC 232-28-297 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015 Cougar hunting seasons and regulations
Repeal:  
WAC 232-28-287 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 Cougar permit seasons and regulations
WAC 232-28-272 2009 Black bear and 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 Cougar hunting seasons and regulations.

- Summary - PDF format (1 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (9 MB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
3:00
P.M.

8. 2012-2015 Black Bear Seasons and Regulations – Rule Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will brief the Commission on black bear seasons and regulations. The Commission will consider final adoption at its April 13-14, 2012 meeting.

Amend:
WAC 232-28-286 2012-2014 Fall black bear hunting seasons and regulations
WAC 232-28-288 2013, 2014, 2015 Spring black bear seasons and regulations

- Summary - PDF format (972 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (1.3 MB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
4:00
P.M.

9. Deer and Elk Boundaries – Rule Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will brief the Commission on deer and elk area boundaries. The Commission will consider final adoption at its April 13-14, 2012 meeting.

Amend:
WAC 232-28-337 Deer and elk area descriptions

- Summary - PDF format (999 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (3.9 MB)

Staff: 
Jerry Nelson, Ph.D., Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
4:25
P.M.
BREAK
4:40
P.M.

10. 2012-2014 Deer General and Special Permit Seasons – Rule Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will brief the Commission on deer general and special permits seasons. The Commission will consider final adoption at its April 13-14, 2012 meeting.

Adopt:
WAC 232-28-357 2012-2014 Deer general seasons & definitions
WAC 232-28-359 2012 Deer special permits
Repeal:
WAC 232-28-351 2009-2011 Deer general seasons & definitions
WAC 232-28-355 Deer special permits

- Summary - PDF format (1.2 MB)
- Summary of written public input - PDF format (12 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (893 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
5:40
P.M.

11. 2012-2014 Elk General and Special Permit Seasons – Rule Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will brief the Commission on elk general and special permits seasons. The Commission will consider final adoption at its April 13-14, 2012 meeting.

Adopt:
WAC 232-28-358 2012-2014 Elk general seasons and definitions
WAC 232-28-360 Elk special permits
Repeal:
WAC 232-28-352 2009-2011 Elk general seasons and definitions
WAC 232-28-356 Elk special permits

- Summary - PDF format (1.42 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (862 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
6:40 P.M.

RECESS

SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2012

8:00
A.M.

12. Proposed Water Transfer - Decision
The Commission will consider a proposal for the transfer of Future Interest in Water Rights in Okanogan County:

  • Proposed transfer of Future Interest in Water Rights in Okanogan County

- Summary - PDF format (381 KB)

Staff Report:
Dennis Beich, Regional Director, Region 2

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
8:15
A.M.

13. Commission's Position Statement "Wolves in Washington" - Briefing
The Commissioners will discuss a draft wolf position statement.

- Presentation - Wolf Update - PDF format (3.2 MB)

9:15
A.M.

14. Commission Work Session -
Commission staff and Assistant Attorney General Office Staff will present information and members will discuss various aspects of serving on the Fish and Wildlife Commission.

- Presentation - Legal Overview - PDF format (376 KB)

Staff Report:
Bill Frymire, Assistant Attorney General

9:50
A.M.
BREAK
10:05
A.M.

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: During this portion of the meeting, the public is encouraged to comment on issues that are not on the agenda for decision action.

10:35
A.M.

16. Commission Committee Reports
The Commissioners will discuss recent activities of the various Commission committees.

10:55
A.M.

17. Summary Commission Requests:
The Commission will discuss items that arise immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda is published.

  • Delegation of Authority
  • Performance Agreement, Commission Role & Strategic Planning
12:00 P.M.
ADJOURN

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