600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
January 06, 2004
Contact: Dave Ware, (360) 902-2509
Hunter reports required by Jan. 31; bonus tag drawing possible for early filers
OLYMPIA - Hunters are reminded they must file hunting activity reports by Jan. 31 for each 2003 elk, deer, black bear or turkey tag they purchased.
Hunters who submit their reports by Jan. 10 will be entered in a special drawing for one of nine deer or elk special permits valid for next year's hunting seasons.
All hunters who purchased a tag-whether they hunted or not-are required to submit their report.
Hunters may report by either telephoning toll-free at 1(877) 945-3492 or on the Internet at http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.
In order to file the report, each hunter will need to provide his or her birthdate, the individual Washington Interactive Licensing Database (WILD) number, which is printed on license documents; and the number of the game management unit where hunting occurred.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) relies on data from hunter reports to aid in wildlife management activities. Information provided by hunters is used to develop future hunting seasons and regulations, by helping wildlife managers determine the number of animals taken, the level of hunter participation, wildlife population trends, and impacts of hunting regulation changes.