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March 12, 1998
Contact: Madonna Luers, (509) 456-4073

Simplified hunting proposal under revision for 1999; public workshops slated for September

Public input workshops are scheduled for September on the revised proposal.

While a series of 15 public meetings were held on the proposal earlier this year, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission tabled simplification for 1998 and directed the department to work with hunters on revisions for 1999.

Based on input received from more than 2,500 persons who attended the 15 meetings or wrote letters, and the 650 returns from a random survey of 2,000 licensed hunters, the proposal is being revised.

WDFW's Game Advisory Council, made up of 21 citizens from across the state, will be working with department game managers this spring and summer to develop revised proposals for public review this fall. In late September at least six public workshops will be held across the state for that review.

In December WDFW game managers will present a final simplified hunting season framework to the Commission for consideration. If that framework is adopted, the Commission will consider adoption of detailed seasons at their April 1999 meeting.