OLYMPIA – Master hunters and area landowners are invited to attend a meeting July 29 in Ellensburg to discuss new projects and potential boundary changes in Elk Area 3911, located near Ellensburg in Kittitas County.
The meeting – sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Master Hunter advisory group and the Big Game Management Roundtable (BGMR) – is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at the Central Washington University Student Union Building, Room 215A.
Veteran master hunters who have hunted the area previously, certified master hunters intending to hunt Elk Area 3911 for the first time, and area landowners are encouraged to attend, said Mike Kuttel, WDFW master hunter policy lead.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the new Parke Creek Map, which depicts the eastern end of Elk Area 3911, the new cow elk radio collar project and potential boundary changes for 2009, Kuttel said. A question and answer session also will be held.
WDFW’s voluntary Master Hunter program was revamped this year to clarify requirements for participation. Those interested in participating in the program and gaining certification can apply during the next enrollment period, which starts Jan. 1, 2009.
Master hunters are highly qualified hunters who participate in controlled hunts to help WDFW remove problem animals that damage property or threaten public safety. The program is also committed to preserving the sport’s heritage.
“Our goal is to develop a group of highly skilled people who consistently display the highest standards of conduct and are dedicated to conserving wildlife habitat and ensure future hunting opportunities,” Kuttel said.
Master hunters are reminded to use the program’s website (http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/masterhunter/) as their primary source of information and to check it for up-to-date information about the program. The Parke Creek map and information will be posted by Aug. 1 on the master hunter webpage under “Special Hunt Updates” and can be downloaded free of charge.