November 24, 1999
Contact: Jeff Weathersby (360) 902-2256
2000 licenses available in March but holiday gifts still available
OLYMPIA–Still searching for that perfect holiday gift for a relative or friend?
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has products that would make nice gifts, including a CD-ROM on Washington sport fishing and a book on landscaping for wildlife. The Washington Department of Licensing sells personalized license plates that benefit non-hunted wildlife species. Persons who like to give hunting and fishing licenses as presents will have to give a gift certificate this year.
However, many stores also sell gift certificates that can be redeemed for a new hunting or fishing license in March. Traditionally, hunting and fishing licences have been valid for the calendar year, but WDFW recently shifted to an April 1-March 31 licensing year to make licenses more closely parallel hunting and fishing seasons and the seasons-setting processes.
WDFW does not offer gift certificates, but many major sporting goods and other stores that sell hunting and fishing licences offer their own gift certificates that can be used for those licenses.
Hunting and fishing licenses for the period April 1, 2000 through March 31, 2001, will go on sale in March.
Other gift suggestions include:
- Personalized vehicle license plates that support WDFW's Diversity Program. That program works to conserve and protect non-hunted species, especially those such as North American lynx, Peregrine falcons, western pond turtles, bald eagles and Oregon silverspot butterfly that face extinction or could become endangered in the foreseeable future. The initial fee from the state Department of Licensing for passenger vehicles is $46, or $44.50 for motorcycles, trailers and campers. Of those fees, $40 goes to WDFW's Diversity Program. Each annual renewal of the plates provides $30 to the program
- "Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest", a new book published by WDFW and the University of Washington Press to help landowners, landscape architects, garden designers and others provide wildlife habitat in urban and rural areas. Copies signed by author and WDFW biologist Russell Link are available for $28 from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Attn: Landscape Book, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek, WA 98012. The 320-page book has 85 color illustrations and more than 100 line drawings. It addresses such topics as: how to plant and maintain woodlands, grasslands and wetlands; feeders and nest boxes; attracting birds, mammals, amphibians and other wildlife and wild animal viewing tips.
- "Sport Fish of Washington" CD-ROM, a narrated, pictorial tour of all Washington's major fresh and saltwater sport fish. It includes life histories, habitat requirements, suggestions on finding the fish and tips on catching them. The cost is only $5.40 including tax plus $1.25 for shipping. Order them from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Licenses Divsion, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.