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March 10, 2016
Contact: Commission Office, (360) 902-2267

Commission will take public comments
on proposed hunting rules

OLYMPIA - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will take public comments on proposed changes to state hunting rules for deer, elk and other game species during a public meeting March 18-19 in Moses Lake.

The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene at the Moses Lake Civic Center, 401 S. Balsam St., in Moses Lake. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. both days.

A complete agenda for the meeting is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/

Most of the proposals address changes in special permit levels and other issues that were not included in the broader 2015-17 hunting rules approved last April by the commission.

However, at the commission’s request, two proposals included in the three-year plan are again available for public comment. One relates to cougar-hunting seasons and the other to the use of bait when hunting deer and elk.

The proposed changes to state hunting regulations are available for public review at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/seasonsetting/

The commission also will be briefed on a few of other topics, including the status of wolves in Washington and actions the department took in 2015 to implement the state's Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.