Hunters who want a chance to be drawn for one of 105 Blue Mountains 2002 spring black bear hunting permits must submit an application by midnight on March 10, 2002.
The special permit season, which will run April 15 to May 31, is the only early bear hunting opportunity outside of the regular fall bear hunting season, said Donny Martorello, WDFW carnivore/special species manager.
The hunt will occur in seven game management units in the Blue Mountains of southeast Washington. Thirty permits will be issued for the Wenaha Unit; 15 each for the Blue Creek, Dayton, Mountain View, and Lick Creek units; 10 permits for the Tucannon Unit; and five for the Grande Ronde Unit. Hunters can use any legal weapon, including modern firearm, archery, or muzzleloader. Bait or hounds cannot be used to hunt black bears in Washington state.
Hunting licenses, bear tags, and a spring bear application can be purchased at any license vendor in the state, online at http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, or by calling toll-free 1-866-246-9453. Hunters must submit their spring bear application via the web site or by calling toll-free 1-877-945-3492. Hunters are reminded that the applications require the use of the correct hunt choice number. Hunt choice numbers can be found on page 22 of WDFW's "2001 Big Game Hunting Seasons and Rules" pamphlet.
Permit winners will be notified by March 25.
A bear license for Washington residents is $21.90, and a special permit application is $5; a license for non-residents is $219, and the special permit application is $50.