September 13, 2010
Contact: Lt. Eric Anderson, (360) 902-2426
Members sought for Master Hunter Advisory Group
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting letters of interest through Oct. 15 for membership on the department’s Master Hunter Advisory Group (MHAG).
The group, which represents master hunters statewide, advises WDFW on issues and opportunities affecting master hunters and the Master Hunter program. Six volunteer positions are currently open on the 15-member group.
MHAG members, who serve three-year terms, must be certified master hunters. At least two members are selected from each of WDFW’s six administrative regions, which are described on the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regions/. Letters of interest will be accepted from applicants residing in:
- Region One (Pend Oreille, Spokane, Lincoln, Stevens, Whitman, Ferry, Garfield, Columbia, Walla Walla and Asotin counties).
- Region Two (Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Adams counties).
- Region Three (Benton, Franklin, Kittitas, and Yakima counties).
- Region Five (Lewis, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, Klickitat, and Wahkiakum counties).
- Region Six (Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Mason, Thurston, Pierce, Pacific, and Kitsap counties).
- At large (any county in the state).
The director of WDFW will make formal appointments by March 2011.
Master hunters interested in filling a position should send a letter of interest to Eric.Anderson@dfw.wa.gov or to Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Enforcement Program, Attn: Eric Anderson Hunter Education Division; 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091.
“Letters should address why a person wants to be a member of the advisory group and what qualifies them to be a member,” said Lt. Eric Anderson, Master Hunter policy lead. “Also, applicants should explain how they can help achieve the advisory group’s vision.”
Information about the group’s vision, bylaws and responsibilities is available on the Master Hunter web site (http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/masterhunter/) under the “Advisory Group” section and under Policy C-6005, WAC 232-12-073, and the Progress Report found under the “Master Hunter Policies and Procedures” section.
The advisory group meets at least four times a year. Members serve as volunteers and do not receive direct compensation for their work, but travel reimbursement is available. MHAG members can expect to donate up to 200 hours of their time each year and will participate in master hunter orientation, information and outreach, and special hunt management meetings held near their area of residence.
For more information, call Eric Anderson at (360) 902-2426.