Proposed changes in state fishing and hunting license fees will be the topic of three public meetings to be held by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in October.
The potential license changes result from a legislative directive requiring the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to evaluate the adequacy and structure of hunting and fishing license fees and to make its recommendations by Nov. 1. The directive comes at a time when the Legislature is confronted with a large general fund deficit. License fee increases are subject to approval by the Legislature.
The meetings, all of which will run from 7 to 9 p.m., will take place in Spokane, Vancouver and Mill Creek on the following dates:
- Oct. 3, Inland Northwest Wildlife Council, 6116 N. Market St., Spokane
- Oct. 9, Water Resource Education Center, 4600 SE. Columbia Way, Vancouver
- Oct. 10, WDFW Mill Creek Regional Office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek
Specific WDFW staff recommendations on the proposed revisions to recreational license fees and structure will be outlined during the Fish and Wildlife Commission's meeting Saturday (Sept. 28) in Walla Walla. The commission is scheduled to hear a briefing on the revisions during its afternoon session at the Marcus Whitman Hotel, 6 W. Rose St., Walla Walla.
The proposed license changes will be posted on the WDFW website following the commission's Saturday meeting, and will be made available during the October public comment meetings.
Following the public meetings, the commission is tentatively scheduled to make its recommendations on the proposed changes in a meeting Oct. 17. Additional public comment will be accepted during that meeting.
Besides the public comment opportunity during the three October meetings, the department will also accept written public comments until Oct. 17. Written comments should be directed to Frank Hawley, Licensing Director, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia WA 98501.