Washington Hunting News

Results Available for Washington’s Special Hunt Drawing

Hunters who submitted applications for 2012 special-hunt permits can check the results of this year’s drawing on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) website.

The results of the random, computerized drawing were verified June 8 and are now available for viewing at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wa/specialhuntlookup.

Holders of the special permits can hunt at times and locations beyond those authorized by a general hunting license.

Man Bitten by Coyote Who Mistook Him for a Turkey

Photo: Don DeBold (donjd2)Opening day can prove to be one full of oddities as many accidents and strange occurrences can happen as sportsmen and wildlife get back into the swing of things. And sometimes, hunters can run afoul of coyotes who are on the prowl for breakfast.

“I’ll never forget looking up and seeing a jaw full of teeth coming at me,” Bill Robinson, 39, from Maine said in an interview with Bangor Daily News.

Mule Deer Foundation Partners to Purchase Habitat in Southeast Washington

Earlier this month, the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife negotiated a deal to conserve 1,144 acres in the southeast corner of the state and open it up to public access. The Mule Deer Foundation and other conservation groups contributed money toward the purchase price of $624,500, in conjunction with a sizeable federal grant for the protection of critical habitat that supports threatened and endangered species.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation: $1.2 Million for Habitat Work in Six States

So far in 2012, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has allocated $1,258,888 for habitat stewardship and protection projects in six key elk states. The figure represents a significant increase from 2011.
 
More than 139,000 acres should be conserved for elk and other wildlife in 2012 as a result of these initial allocations.
 
Affected states include Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.
 
RMEF will announce funding allocations for additional states later this year.

Washington Commission will Consider Adopting New Hunting Rules

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to take action on more than a dozen proposed changes in hunting rules for the 2012-14 seasons at a public meeting April 13-14 in Olympia.

New rules proposed for adoption range from allowing waterfowl hunters to use electronic decoys to one that would add a day to western Washington elk seasons.

Washington Discover Pass Transferability Signed into Law

A single, state recreation land pass now can be used on either of two motor vehicles, thanks to new legislation signed today by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

The change takes effect immediately. Holders of previously issued annual passes may enter a second vehicle license number on their existing pass.

Washington DFW Commission Hears Comments on Hunting Rules

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission heard public comments on proposed hunting rules, and approved a water-rights transfer in Okanogan County during a public meeting here March 9-10

More than three-dozen people testified on new hunting rules proposed for the 2012-14 seasons. Those proposals range from a measure allowing waterfowl hunters to use electronic decoys to one that would add a day to western Washington elk seasons.

Washington Hunters Have Until March 31 to Apply for Multiple-season Permits

Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their name in a drawing for a 2012 multiple-season permit, which can greatly increase their opportunities for success in the field.

In mid-April, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will randomly draw names for 8,500 multiple-season deer permits and 1,000 multiple-season elk permits.

Washington DFW Will Accept Public Comments on Proposed Hunting Rules Through Feb. 21

Hunters and other members of the public will have through Feb. 21 to comment on new hunting rules proposed for the 2012-14 seasons.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting written comments on more than a dozen proposals, ranging from allowing waterfowl hunters to use electronic decoys to adding a day to western Washington elk seasons.

Wildlife Area Near Ellensburg, Washington to Close February-April to Protect Elk, Reduce Private Land Damage

For the fifth consecutive year, about 44,000 acres of state wildlife land east of Ellensburg will be closed to motor vehicles Feb. 1 through April 30 to protect wintering elk from disturbance, and in turn reduce elk damage to adjacent private lands.