March 02, 2007
Contact: Mick Cope, WDFW, (360) 902-2691
Spring turkey season extended;
new law affects tag purchases
OLYMPIA — A thriving turkey population has allowed the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to extend the spring 2007 turkey-hunting season by two weeks.
For the first time, Washington’s turkey hunt will run April 15 through May 31. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the extension last year.
“Turkey hunting has become very popular in Washington,” said Mick Cope upland game manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “The birds are doing very well, especially in eastern Washington, and we’re pleased to offer an extended season for hunters.”
Cope said hunters gearing up for the season should take note of the following changes and rules:
While turkey the harvest has increased in many parts of the state, northeastern Washington continues to be a key area for hunters, noted Cope.
“However, southeast Washington and Klickitat County also produce a good number of turkeys,” Cope said. “Huntable turkey populations can also be found in Yakima, Kittitas, Chelan and Okanogan counties, and southwest Washington.”
Hunters must report their hunting activity through the state's Hunting Activity Reporting Program (HARP). Hunters may make their reports either by telephone (877-945-3492), or on the Internet at http://www.fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/. The report information is used by WDFW to better monitor hunter effort, distribution, harvest and trends.