OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and its Master Hunter citizen group are offering orientation classes in February and March for those interested in enrolling in the 2008 Master Hunter program.
The orientation meetings will focus on the Master Hunter program application process, requirements for certification and the role of the master hunter. The meetings are open to the public and no pre-registration is required.
The meetings will be held:
- Feb. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Ballroom A at the Central Washington University Student Union Building in Ellensburg.
- March 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 172 of the Natural resources Building (NRB), 1111 Washington St., Olympia.
Presentations at both meetings will begin at 1:15 p.m., followed by a question and answer session.
The Master Hunter program is a voluntary program sponsored by WDFW. Formerly known as the Advanced Hunter Education program, the program has been redesigned to promote the highest standard of hunter ethics and help assure continued hunting opportunity in the future. Master hunters participate in controlled hunts to eliminate problem animals that damage property and/or threaten public safety. In addition to providing certification, the program emphasizes safe, lawful and ethical hunting practices.
The deadline for enrolling in the 2008 Master Hunter program is April 16. Details on the program and enrollment procedures are available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/masterhunter.
WDFW also reminds current members of the Advanced Hunter Education program that they must complete and send in new forms in order to retain certification in the new Master Hunter program. These forms are due by Feb. 29, 2008 and are available online at the website above. For more information, visit the website or call 360-902-8410.