March 27, 2001
Contact: Madonna Luers, (509) 456-4073
Commission to set hunting seasons, discuss rotenone use, in Spokane April 6-7, 2001
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet in Spokane April 6-7 to set fall hunting seasons and rules and to hear a briefing on the use of rotenone for fishing lake rehabilitation.
The meeting will be held in the Inland and Empire rooms of the Spokane Airport Ramada Inn, starting Friday, April 6, at 12 noon. The meeting will recess approximately 6:15 p.m., then reconvene at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 7.
On April 6 the Commission will hear an overview of the environmental and health issues related to the use of rotenone, which is used for lake rehabilitations by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff. The Commission will then conduct a policy discussion about the future use of rotenone, which is applied to rid lakes of undesirable fish species.
As part of the April 7 agenda, the Commission will consider adopting a new hunter reporting requirement for all deer, elk, black bear, and turkey hunters. Hunters who report their harvest within 10 days of kill and unsuccessful hunters who report by January 10 each year will be entered into a drawing for special deer and elk hunts. Hunters will be able to report by using a toll free phone number or over the Internet. Hunters who do not report their harvest will not be able to purchase a license in 2002 until they do a report. The information will dramatically improve monitoring of hunting season impacts, increase public confidence in harvest statistics, and demonstrate hunter responsibility and commitment to improve resource management.
The April 6 agenda also includes amendments to:
- Rules for Puget Sound commercial salmon fishing license buy-backs;
- Trapping rules associated with Initiative 713;
- Nontoxic shot requirements, including additional areas where nontoxic shot is required;
- Special hunting closures and firearm restriction areas, including opening the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge to spring turkey hunting.
Hunting season and rule proposals are on the agenda April 7 and include:
- Mandatory reporting requirements for deer, elk, bear, and turkey hunters;
- Amendments to special hunting permit, auction, and raffle procedural rules;
- Moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat hunting permit changes, including 25 more moose permits than last year and 10 more sheep permits;
- Deer and elk general seasons and special permit levels, including expanded antlerless deer hunting in several areas. Antlerless deer permits will increase by 1200 and elk permits by 800, mostly in response to damage concerns;
- Special buck permits will increase from 470 to 1075 and special bull permits will increase from 1245 to 1550.
The Fish and Wildlife Commission April 6-7, 2001 preliminary agenda can be found on the department's website..