VANCOUVER, Wash. – Hunters and other area residents will have an opportunity to help shape future hunting seasons in southwest Washington at three “open house” events scheduled in August by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
The three events planned in White Salmon, Toledo and Vancouver are part of a statewide effort to involve the public in developing hunting seasons and related regulations for 2009-11, said Sandra Jonker, regional WDFW wildlife manager.
“We want to hear what people think about proposals currently under consideration, as well as other ideas they may have to offer,” Jonker said. “The informal format for these events will allow people to talk one-on-one with biologists, pick up informational materials, and come and go as they please.”
The three open-house events in southwest Washington are scheduled at the following times and locations:
- White Salmon – Aug. 7 from 4-7 p.m. at the White Salmon Valley Community Library, #5 Town & Country Square.
- Toledo – Aug. 14 from 4-7 p.m. at the Toledo High School, 1242 State Route 505.
- Vancouver – Aug. 28 from 7-9 p.m. at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way.
Jonker noted that the events in White Salmon and Toledo will focus primarily on local issues, such as the growing elk population around Longview and low deer populations in Game Management Units 388 and 578 in Klickitat County.
At the event in Vancouver, WDFW will draw on staff from around the state to discuss hunting proposals with statewide significance, including one that would potentially increase hunting opportunities for muzzleloaders.
Similar events are planned throughout the state before the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission considers adoption of 2009-11 hunting seasons next spring. Information about that process and opportunities for public information is available on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/game/seasonsetting/.