WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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September 12, 1997
Contact: Madonna Luers, (509) 456-4073

Youth only hunting on National Hunting & Fishing Day, Sept. 27; westside pheasant hunting for youth, seniors Sept. 20 - 26

Washington young hunters get special early opportunities this year as the state commemorates National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 27.

Hunters 15 years of age and under can hunt ducks and coots statewide Sept. 27, and pheasants and quail in eastern Washington Sept. 27-28.

In western Washington hunters 14 years of age and under, along with those 65 years of age and older, can hunt pheasants Sept. 20-26.

Youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 18 years of age. They must also have appropriate licenses, stamps, or permits, and abide by hunting hours, bag limits, and other rules.

The western Washington sites where pheasants will be released for the youth and senior week of hunting are: Lake Terrell Wildlife Area in Whatcom County, Skagit Wildlife Area in Skagit County, the Stillwater Unit of the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area in King County, Fort Lewis in Pierce and Thurston counties, Scatter Creek and Skookumchuck release sites in Thurston County, Belfair (Collins Lake) site in Mason County, Raymond Airport in Pacific County, Kosmos (near Morton) in Lewis County, and Vancouver Lake in Clark County.

The eastern Washington pheasant hunting for youth will be boosted with releases of pheasants available from the new $10 eastside pheasant stamp, required of all eastside pheasant hunters in addition to a hunting license and upland bird permit. Pheasants will be released for the Sept. 27-28 youth hunt at the following sites: the Sunnyside and Wenas/South Murray Wildlife Areas in Yakima County, Gloyd Seeps and Winchester Lake Wildlife Areas in Grant County, Linda Lake south of Othello in Adams County, Fishtrap Lake and Olsen-Dodd property (near Hawk Creek) in Lincoln County, and along the Snake River in Walla Walla, Columbia, and Garfield counties.

"These early youth hunts are a way to encourage new generations to join the ranks of the state's staunchest advocates for protection of the environment in general, and wildlife management specifically," said WDFW game division manager George Tsukamoto.

Washington hunters pay for almost 15 percent of the state's fish and wildlife management, even though they make up less than five percent of the state's population. They also add almost $200 million to the state's economy each year through hunting-related expenditures, and hundreds volunteer their time and skills to wildlife enhancement projects year-round.