OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments on proposed recommendations for 2022-2023 hunting seasons.
From Feb. 2 through March 19, WDFW will accept written public comments on proposed rule changes to hunting regulations for the upcoming hunting season. The proposals and comment forms will be posted on the Department’s website.
Most of the proposals address minor changes in big game special permit levels and hunting area descriptions since the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the state’s latest three-year hunting package in 2021.
More substantial proposals, including changes to the importation of animals to prevent chronic wasting disease and some proposals previously proposed but withdrawn during the 2021-2023 hunting regulation setting package, are also under consideration during this process. Watch WDFW's video on the proposed rule changes to prevent chronic wasting disease on the Department's YouTube channel.
“We encourage everyone interested in the upcoming hunting seasons to review the proposed changes and send us your feedback,” said Anis Aoude, WDFW game division manager.
All members of the public are invited to share their perspectives and participate in WDFW public feedback opportunities regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, language proficiency, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, or basis of disability.
The Commission, which sets policy for WDFW, will also accept public comments on the proposed recommendations at its March meeting. The Commission is scheduled to make a decision on the proposed rules at its April 7-8 meeting.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.