600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
August 27, 2014
Contact: Kevin Robinette, 509-892-7859
Colville meeting on 2015-17 hunting seasons Sept. 10
An additional public meeting to discuss Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) proposals for 2015-17 hunting seasons is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7 - 9 p.m. in the Colville Ag Trade Center at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds, 317 West Astor Ave, Colville.
WDFW conducted a series of meetings on the hunting proposals last week in Spokane, Moses Lake and Ellensburg; western Washington meetings are underway this week.
WDFW Eastern Region Wildlife Program Manager Kevin Robinette said the Colville meeting will be conducted by regional staff only, with emphasis on northeast Washington hunting issues.
The proposals are available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/seasonsetting/, where comments can also be provided through Sept. 22. The Game Management Plan and scoping criteria for the 2015-17 season-setting process are also available on the website.
Hunting issues currently being discussed include:
- antler point restrictions on white-tailed deer;
- antlerless deer opportunity for youth, senior, and disabled hunters;
- spring and fall black bear seasons;
- special permit drawings;
- baiting of big game; and
- hunting equipment, including non-toxic ammunition, expandable broadheads and crossbows.
Comments received will be used to develop specific recommendations for 2015-17 hunting seasons, which will be available for further review in January. Final recommendations will be presented to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for adoption next spring.