OLYMPIA -- All Washington deer, elk, black bear, and turkey hunting tag holders, whether they hunted or not and whether successful or not, must report their 2002 hunting season activity by Jan. 31, 2003.
The mandatory reports are used to improve state harvest statistics compiled by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
"Hunter reports provide more complete data that allows us to manage future hunting seasons more precisely, and that can mean more liberal seasons for hunters," said Dave Ware, WDFW game division manager.
Hunters must file harvest reports for each elk, deer, black bear, or turkey tag they purchased either by calling an automated, toll-free telephone line at 1 (877) 945-3492 or on-line at http://www.fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ on the Internet. Hunters are encouraged to call during non-peak hours (before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m.) to avoid busy telephone lines.
Hunters should have their Washington Interactive Licensing Database (WILD) number, which is printed on license documents, available before attempting to file their report.
Information on the reporting requirement, along with the specific information asked for in the phone and online systems, is provided on page seven of the 2002 WDFW Big Game Hunting Seasons and Rules pamphlet. The Game Management Unit map is on pages 54 and 55.