On Monday the 8th I contacted WA F&G about electronic calls.
This afternoon I called the Enforcement number from the website and asked to talk with someone about the legality of electronic calls. The quoted text is her exact words that I wrote down.
The lady said that they "might become illegal" in the future due to mis-use such as using them for deer/turks/ducks, but there is "nothing in the works". When I mentioned the post I discovered she asked "what website?" and I just told her it was a hunting site. She stated "we had a meeting with Education and that has not come up". I asked "Mik" and she stated "yes".
So I called Mik in Hunter Education.
I told him that I wanted to know if electronic calls will be illegal for bears and cougar or if any changes were happening for next year. He replied, "Couldn't tell you, if I could I would predict the lottery", and "I don't want to speculate on next year". When I told him about the post he said, "Mentioned?, very possible but I have not heard anything".
He was very noncommittal and almost hedging in my opinion. When I told him that I don't use Ecalls, but did not want to lose the "right" (yea, I know) he told me to watch the website for proposed rule changes and annual meetings. When I told him that calling, including ecalls was an effective way to control predators under todays laws, he told me to write to the Commission and tell them of my experiences.
All and all I am a bit wary. The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing down there.
According to the News Tribune of Tacoma, Thursday October 11, 2007.
"The commission will discuss the rules Friday Morning. It will also consider changes to rules on the use of decoys and calls, get briefings on changes to the advanced hunter education program and proposed fishing rule changes for 2008-09 seasons."
This really pisses me off! Like I stated before "noncommittal and almost hedging".
So on Monday the 8th when I called they did not know about the "considered rule changes" but apparently it was prior to Thursdays deadline (probably late Wednesday)?