600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
April 07, 2017
Contact: Commission Office, (360) 902-2267
Commission will meet to consider
hunting rules for upcoming season
OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to take action on proposed changes to state hunting rules for deer, elk, waterfowl and other game species during a public meeting April 14-15 in Spokane.
The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene at the Red Lion River Inn in Spokane, 700 N. Division Street. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. both days.
A complete agenda for the meeting is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/
Most of the hunting proposals address changes that would reduce harvest of antlerless deer and elk in several areas of the state – especially in eastern Washington – where harsh winter conditions took a toll on those populations.
However, one change proposed by WDFW would significantly increase the daily limit for white-fronted geese and white geese throughout the state in response to the growing abundance of those species. Another would allow the department to restore points to hunters who draw permits for damage hunts administered by a hunt coordinator but are not called to participate.
All the proposed changes are available for review at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/seasonsetting/
The commission also will be briefed on a few of other topics, including the operation and maintenance of WDFW-owned wildlife areas and livestock grazing on department lands.