2022 Spring Black Bear Rules and Regulations

Rule-making status: Pending

The department is proposing amendments to carry forward a long-standing recreational hunting opportunity to address bear management by continuing to use recreational hunting under a spring bear special permit in 2022.

The purpose and anticipated effect of the amendments is to continue geographically focused spring hunting of black bear in areas where WDFW have observed on-going human-bear conflicts, low fall harvest results, commercial timber damage, or concerns for ungulate species recruitment. This amendment will also make minor modifications to harvest and inspection procedures. These amendments will provide a limited hunting opportunity to approximately 664 hunters who receive permits and WDFW anticipates approximately 145 black bears would be harvested through this limited permit hunting opportunity.

Public comments

In order to submit comments on this proposal, please visit the Spring Black Bear comment home page.

You may also leave comments on this rule making, or send attachments, by email at 2022SpringBear@PublicInput.com.

The comment period ends on October 21, 2021.

Public hearing

October 22, 2021 at 12:50 PM (Agenda Item # 8) - Webinar 
Register for the public hearing webinar: https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/commission/meetings/public-testimony 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  

Date of Intended Adoption: November 19, 2021

For more information

Staff Contact: Heather.Bonagofski@dfw.wa.gov

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Contact:
Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator  
Phone: (360) 902-2349, TTY: 1-800-833-6388 OR 711
Email: Title6@dfw.wa.gov

2022 Spring Black Bear Rules and Regulations - Timeline

  • October 22-23, 2021

    Commission Meeting & Public Hearing

    Public comments are accepted during this commission meeting.

  • August 30, 2021

    Rule proposal CR-102 filed with the Code Reviser

    The public comment period begins. The public is encouraged to comment on the rule proposal at this time.

  • June 21, 2021

    Preproposal CR-101 filed with the Code Reviser

    Agency announces that it is considering rule proposal development.

June 2021