OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking help from hunters, conservation groups and the public to shape the state’s hunting seasons for 2006-2008.
Dave Ware, WDFW game division manager, said the department has already compiled a list of more than 90 proposed issues from staff and through the Game Management Advisory Council, the department’s citizen panel of conservation and hunting representatives.
Proposed issues from staff and the advisory council are available for review at http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/game/scoping.htm on the Internet. A list of proposed hunting regulations issues is also available by calling the WDFW Wildlife Program at (360) 902-2515, or by writing to:
Wildlife Program - Hunting Seasons
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North
Olympia, WA 98501
“We are asking the public to add issues to this existing list, then prioritize the top 10 issues that should be addressed in this coming hunting regulations cycle,” Ware said.
Proposals for shaping hunting seasons must be submitted to the Wildlife Program by Aug. 25.
WDFW Wildlife Program staff have scheduled an Aug. 20 public workshop at Central Washington University in Ellensburg to gather comments on potential issues for the upcoming hunting season package. The meeting is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Union Building theatre on the university campus, 400 E. University Way.
Ware said Wildlife Program staff will review citizen-submitted prioritized issues and develop options based on that input. Additional opportunities for public review and comment will occur over the next eight months. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to adopt the final package next April.
Ware said the Wildlife Program will provide regular updates on the hunting season-setting process via the WDFW website, http://wdfw.wa.gov/. Interested citizens can also receive updates through the mail. Call (360) 902-2515 to be added to the mailing list.