WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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February 06, 2003
Contact: Jack Smith, (360) 249-1222

Meeting planned in Shelton on new hunting rules

MONTESANO - Hunters and others interested in game management on the Olympic Peninsula and southern Puget Sound will get an opportunity to review proposed state hunting rules for 2003-05 before a final plan is adopted in April.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled a special meeting Feb. 22 in Shelton to discuss "preferred options" for regional hunting rules before making final recommendations to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The meeting will be held from 1-5 p.m. in the auditorium of Public Utility District No. 3 at West Cota and Third Street in Shelton.

Jack Smith, regional WDFW wildlife manager, said the meeting in Shelton is designed to follow up on meetings held throughout the state last month to discuss proposed hunting rules for the next three-year cycle. Meetings held in Fife and Aberdeen drew more than 150 people, who offered comments on issues ranging from the timing of elk-hunting seasons for archers to a proposed restriction on the type of rifles used to hunt grouse.

"We want to give people an opportunity to see how their comments translate into season recommendations for this region of the state," Smith said. "This is still a work-in-progress, and we want everyone to feel welcome to come and share their views."

Smith noted that the public will also have an opportunity to comment on WDFW's recommendations prior to final action by the commission, which will meet April 11-12 in Moses Lake to approve hunting seasons for 2003-05.

For additional information on hunting season options, see WDFW's website on the Internet.