OLYMPIA – Choosing a last-minute gift for anglers and hunters is easy– annual Washington recreational licenses can be purchased over the Internet or by telephone, or from hundreds of license vendors and seven Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) offices statewide.
New fishing and hunting licenses are valid from April 1, 2003 through March 31, 2004.
To purchase a license, only the license holder's name and birthdate are required if the individual is currently licensed in the Washington Interactive Licensing Database (WILD). If the recipient is not currently licensed, the purchaser needs to provide that information, as well as the license holder's address, telephone number, social security number, height, weight and eye color, at the time of purchase.
To purchase a license electronically visit http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ on the Internet. Licenses can also be purchased by telephone by calling 1 (866) 246-9453. For those interested in buying a license in person, a list of license vendors is available on the WDFW website.
The rates for fishing and hunting licenses remain unchanged from last year. Including transaction fees, the resident adult freshwater fishing license is $21.90; saltwater is $19.71; shellfish/seaweed is $7.67; and a combination license is $39.42. Resident hunting licenses vary with package options, ranging from a small game license at $32.85 to a deer/elk/cougar/bear combination license for $72.27.
Also available for purchase is the $10 WDFW vehicle use permit, which is required for use of WDFW water access sites and wildlife areas. The decal is free with the purchase of a fishing or hunting license.
For those who prefer to enjoy the outdoors closer to home, WDFW Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary packets are available for $5. The packets include tips on plant selection, bird feeding and attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. In addition, the packets include applications for registering a yard as a backyard wildlife sanctuary.
To order a BWS packet send the recipient's address with a $5 check payable to WDFW. On the eastside of the state, mail to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program, N. 8702 Division St., Spokane, WA 99218 . On the westside, mail to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program,16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek, WA 98012.