600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
November 12, 1996
Contact: Madonna Luers 509-456-4073
Public can comment on 1997-99 hunting seasons on Friday and Saturday
SPOKANE -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will take public
comment on the state's proposed 1997-99 hunting seasons when it meets here Friday
The public meeting is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Glacier
Rooms at Cavanaugh's Fourth Avenue, 110 E. 4th Ave. Friday's meeting is scheduled
to recess at 6 p.m. The public meeting resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Department briefings on general deer and bear hunting proposals will occur
Friday. Hunting seasons for other species, including general elk and permit elk and
deer, will be discussed on Saturday.
Major changes being considered include:
- Statewide spike bull elk only hunting, with branched-antler bulls by permit
- Landowner damage hunt permits for deer and elk
- Consolidated modern firearm deer hunting seasons
- Longer bear hunting seasons and increased bag limits
- Longer general (non-permit cougar) hunting seasons
The commission will take public comment and vote on the 1997-99 hunting
seasons and rules at its Dec. 6-7 meeting in Bellingham.
- Earlier Canada goose seasons to address damage problems
On Friday the Commission also will be briefed on Private Lands Wildlife
Management Areas (Champion on the westside, Wilson Creek on the eastside), and
amendments to Game Management Unit and Special Game Area boundary