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January 23, 2009
Contact: WDFW Wildlife Program, (360) 902-2515

WDFW seeks public comments on
proposed 2009-11 hunting seasons

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public input on proposed recommendations for the 2009-11 hunting seasons.

Through Feb. 20, WDFW will accept written comments from the public to help finalize proposed hunting rules and regulations for 2009-11 hunting seasons. The proposals are available for review at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/seasonsetting/.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, which sets policy for WDFW, will also take public comment on the proposed recommendations at its March 6-7 meeting in Ellensburg. Final commission action is scheduled to take place at the April 3-4 meeting in Olympia.

The hunting season recommendations, which were developed after extensive public involvement, are also based on the objectives and strategies contained in the new 2009-15 Game Management Plan (http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/00433/), said Dave Ware, WDFW game manager.

“We appreciate the input we’ve received over the past months and encourage everyone interested in the 2009-11 hunting seasons to review and comment on the proposed rules before final action is taken,” Ware said.

Comments can be emailed to wildthing@dfw.wa.gov or mailed to WDFW-Wildlife Program, attn: Hunting Season Comments, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091.