Hunters who want a chance to be drawn for a Blue Mountains spring black bear hunting permit must submit applications to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) by March 17.
Permit applications, and the 2000 season hunting licenses and tags, will be available by March 1 at WDFW offices and license dealers. Interested hunters should mark their calendars now to avoid missing the relatively short application period.
The special-permit season for any legal hunting equipment (modern firearm, archery, muzzleloader) is April 15 to May 25 in seven game management units in the Blue Mountains of southeast Washington. A total of 100 permits will be drawn, 25 for the Wenaha unit, 15 each for the Blue Creek, Dayton, Mountain View, and Lick Creek units, 10 for the Tucannon unit, and 5 for the Grande Ronde unit. No bait nor hounds may be used to hunt black bears.
Last year was the first year for a spring Blue Mountains black bear hunt and 518 hunters applied for 70 permits.
Applicants must have a valid Washington big game license that includes black bear and purchase an application card ($5 for residents, $3 for youth hunters under 16, $50 for non-residents). Partnership applications can be made for the same fees per applicant; if a partnership application is drawn, both hunters receive a permit. Completed applications must be received at a WDFW office by 5 p.m. on March 17, or postmarked by March 17 if mailed.
Permits will be drawn and permittees notified by March 31.