OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will conduct a public meeting in Colville on Sept. 18 to provide hunters and others an additional opportunity to help shape future hunting seasons.
The open-house style meeting will be held from 7 - 9 p.m. in the Dominion and Monumental rooms of the Colville Center of the Community Colleges of Spokane, 985 S. Elm St. in Colville.
The meeting was added to a series of seven meetings scheduled through Sept. 4 at locations across the state, including Spokane Valley on Sept. 3, to help develop hunting seasons and regulations for 2009-11.
WDFW will consider comments received at the meetings in developing a final set of recommendations for 2009-11 hunting seasons for adoption by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission next spring.
Dave Ware, WDFW game program manager, said the meetings would focus on local hunting issues as well as statewide issues, such as non-toxic shot restrictions, shooting hours, muzzleloader seasons and possible changes to permit drawings. Many of those issues were included in an online opinion survey conducted through mid-July by WDFW to gauge public interest in various alternatives.
“Results of the online survey were used to shape the various alternatives that will be available for comment at the upcoming meetings,” Ware said. “We want everyone interested in future hunting seasons to have an opportunity to comment before we move forward with any proposals.”
Additional information on the process for developing hunting seasons for 2009-11 is posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/seasonsetting/index.htm.