OLYMPIA – Hunters around the state are receiving reminders – by postcard and email – that midnight Jan. 31 is the deadline for reporting their success in hunting deer, elk, bear and turkey to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
By law, hunters are required to report on every license tag purchased in 2007, regardless of whether they took an animal on those tags.
Unsuccessful hunters who submit their reports by Jan. 10 will be eligible for a drawing for nine special 2008 deer or elk permits. Successful hunters who submit a report within 10 days of taking a deer, elk, bear or turkey are also eligible for the drawing.
Hunters who fail to meet the Jan. 31 reporting deadline will be assessed a $10 fee the next time they purchase a hunting license.
“These annual reports provide critical information for managing game animals in our state,” said Dave Ware, WDFW game manager. “We want to give hunters every incentive to submit their reports on time.”
Reports are especially important on hunts that were expanded or changed last year, including the late-season white-tailed deer hunt in the south Spokane area and the elk hunt near Mount St. Helens, Ware said.
As a reminder of the reporting deadline, WDFW sent out 100,000 postcards and 29,000 emails to hunters who had purchased 2007 license tags for deer, elk, bear or turkey but had not submitted reports by the end of December.
To submit their reports, hunters may either complete a form online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ or they can call the toll-free telephone number 1-877-945-3492. Those who have a special hunting permit for a season extending beyond Jan. 31 have 10 days from the season closure to submit their annual report.