OLYMPIA– The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to hear from hunters to incorporate their views in developing hunting seasons for the next three years.
The proposed 2000-2002 hunting season package, when complete, will be presented to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for adoption next April. Besides the survey, a series of public meetings and a public comment period will be held in January on the proposed season package.
For the first time, hunters may register their opinions via the department's website on the Internet or through an automated telephone system by dialing 1-800-318-3243.
Participants have until Nov. 25 to respond to the opinion questionnaire.
Although the department has conducted random surveys of hunters and held public meetings, the Internet and telephone response system is being used in an attempt to broaden participation from hunters, said WDFW Game Division Manager Dave Ware.
"In the past we haven't necessarily gotten a very good feel for what the average hunter thinks," said Ware.
The questionnaire takes participants about 10 minutes to complete if all 20 items are answered, and allows participants to skip questions or answer only questions about specific groups of game species. It includes questions on weapon choice, overlapping seasons, season length, harvest reporting requirements and bird hunting.