Nine people who hunted in Washington state last year and reported their 2001 hunting activity on time will get special incentive hunting tags for 2002.
The lucky hunters, who have already been notified, were randomly selected from a pool of more than 71,000 hunters who complied with a new Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) requirement to report hunting activity in a timely manner, said Dave Ware, WDFW game division manager.
To be eligible for the 2002 tag drawing, all deer, elk, black bear and turkey hunters were required to report to WDFW within 10 days of taking an animal, or by Jan. 10, 2002, if they were unsuccessful. In return for their timely reporting, the hunters were eligible for the drawing for two Westside elk permits, two Eastside elk permits and five statewide deer permits.
Ware said the drawing for incentive hunting tags is part of the department's effort to get a more complete picture of hunting activity within the state.
"Data collected from hunters, whether they were successful or not, allows us to better manage the resource," Ware said.
The special incentive hunting permits can be used from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2002, which is significantly longer than any of the standard hunting seasons. Each permit gives the hunter the ability to hunt anywhere within an area where deer and elk hunting is permitted at some point during the year.
Hunters who have not reported their 2001 hunting activity must do so before a 2002 license can be issued. Reports can be made by calling toll-free, (877) 945-3492, or via the Internet, at http://www.fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.