The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting letters of interest through Dec. 31 for membership on its Master Hunter Advisory Group. All appointees must retain their Master Hunter certification status throughout their entire term. The new appointees will start on April 1, 2019. The application process is open to all certified Master Hunters with no ongoing legal proceedings or convictions in the last 10 years under the state's fish and wildlife enforcement code.   

Applicants for membership on the advisory group are asked to submit letters of interest explaining: 1) why they want to be a member of the Master Hunter Advisory Group, 2) what qualifies them to be a member, and 3) how they can help the group achieve its goals.

Letters of interest must include contact information (phone number, email address, mailing address, county of residence) and permission for WDFW to conduct a criminal background check. The background check comes at no cost to applicants. Letters should be sent to Kris Thorson at or to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Program, Master Hunter Section, Attn: Kris Thorson, PO Box 43141, Olympia, WA 98504. 

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WDFW Master Hunter Program

Master Hunter Advisory Group

The group, which represents master hunters statewide, advises WDFW on issues and opportunities affecting master hunters and the Master Hunter Permit Program (MHPP).

Mission Statement

Develop a Corps of sportsmen dedicated to preserving the heritage of hunting by giving back to the sport, displaying the highest standards of conduct, and working to conserve wildlife habitat and hunting opportunity.

Strategic Plan

Meeting Calendar and Agendas

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Date Location Meeting Materials
October 26, 2018 Ellensburg Agenda
July 20, 2018 Ellensburg Agenda
April 13, 2018 Ellensburg Agenda | Meeting Handouts | Notes
January 19, 2018 Ellensburg Agenda | Notes
October 6, 2017 Ellensburg Agenda | Notes
April 28, 2017 Ellensburg Agenda | Notes
January 27, 2017 Ellensburg Agenda | Notes
October 7, 2016 Ellensburg Agenda | Notes
July 22, 2016 Ellensburg Agenda | Notes
April 29, 2016 Ellensburg Agenda | Notes

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