MONTESANO -- Beginning next year, elk hunters on the Olympic Peninsula will
be allowed to take only bull animals with antlers of three points or more.
Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission members approved the antler
restrictions today in Olympia when they adopted a new, three-year hunting seasons and
The commission's action was taken because of concern over declining numbers
of elk on the peninsula. The three-point minimum antler restriction is aimed at reversing
Wildlife managers had recommended that a more stringent, spike-bull only elk
season be adopted, but commissioners opted for the less restrictive, three-point
No hunting for cow elk was authorized for the peninsula.
In previous years, there have been three-point minimum and general bull elk
seasons on the peninsula.
The commission also restricted elk hunting in the Quinault Valley (Muzzleloader
Area 963) to graduates of the Advanced Hunter Education (AHE) program. All elk
hunters must complete the training to hunt in the area.
Olympic Peninsula Game Management Units north of Highway 12 were affected
by the commission's actions.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife's Hunting Seasons and Rules pamphlet for
1997 will contain complete information on the new seasons and regulations approved
by the commission. The pamphlet is expected to be available by mid-February at
department offices and businesses where hunting licenses are sold.