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February 10, 2003
Contact: Dinah Demers, (509) 456-4086

Hunting rule proposals to be discussed Feb. 19, 2003 in Colville

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a public discussion of 2003-05 hunting rule proposals for the Spokane and Colville districts of eastern Washington Feb. 19 in Colville.

The meeting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the theater of the Community Colleges of Spokane - Northeast Washington Conference Center, 985 S. Elm St. in Colville. The theater is on the east side of the building with parking and entry at the flagpole entrance.

WDFW wildlife biologists from the Spokane and Colville districts will explain hunting rule proposals developed following earlier public meetings in January.

Most of the session will focus on deer hunting rule proposals that address WDFW concerns about low numbers of mature bucks and high numbers of antlerless deer in the area. One proposed solution would be to cut the buck hunting season by a few days rather than have a three-antler-point minimum rule. Other proposals would provide more antlerless deer hunting opportunity in some areas.

All written comments on proposed 2003-05 regional hunting rules must be submitted by Feb. 21 to Dinah Demers, regional wildlife program manager, WDFW Region 1 office, 8702 N. Division, St., Spokane, WA 99218-1199.

Final hunt rule recommendations will be submitted to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission-the nine-member citizen panel that oversees WDFW - at its April 11-12 meeting in Moses Lake.