Washington Hunting News

Colockum Elk Research, Winter-range Closure to be Discussed Jan. 11 in Ellensburg, Washington

An update on Colockum elk herd research and elk winter-range closures will be provided by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff in a meeting here Jan. 11.

The public meeting will start at 6 p.m., at the Hal Holmes Center, 209 N. Ruby St., in Ellensburg.

Washington Commission Will Focus on Hunting Permits, Sportfishing Proposals at Olympia Meeting

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider increasing the number of multiple-season hunting permits available each year after hearing public comments on the issue at a meeting scheduled Jan. 6-7 in Olympia.

The commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), also will accept public comments on proposed changes to the 2012 sportfishing rules, but will not take action on those proposals until its regular meeting in February.

Rare Ross's Gull Spotted in Okanogan County, Washington

Ross's gull has been spotted on Palmer Lake in Okanogan County by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Biologist Jeff Heinlen.

The Ross’s gull (Rhodostethia rosea), an East Siberian arctic species that normally winters at sea, has only been documented one previous time in the state- in late November and early December of 1994, near McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

Washington Master Hunter Permit Program Will Accept Applications Starting Jan. 1

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will accept enrollment applications for its Master Hunter Permit program from Jan. 1 through Feb. 15.

WDFW enlists master hunters for controlled hunts to remove problem animals that damage property or threaten public safety. Master hunters also participate in volunteer projects involving access to private lands, habitat enhancement, and landowner relations.

Washington DFW Will Enlist Anglers, New Website in Pending Battle Against Voracious Pike

Concerned about the spread of northern pike in Washington waters, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is gearing up for a spring campaign to halt the advance of the voracious, non-native fish toward the Columbia River.

Washington Commission Will Consider Adoption of Proposed Wolf-management Plan

After four years of development and extensive public review, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adoption of a plan to guide state conservation and management of gray wolves as they re-establish a breeding population in Washington state.

Idaho Agencies to Radio-collar Bighorn Sheep in Hells Canyon

The Idaho, Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife agencies plan to capture 28 bighorn sheep in four Hells Canyon herds November 28 - 30 as part of the ongoing Hells Canyon Initiative to restore bighorn sheep populations.

The sheep will be captured by netgunning from a helicopter and brought to a processing site near the capture location. Biologists will take health samples, radio-collar the sheep and release them on site.

Washington Public Can Comment on Plans for Hunter-access Grant Initiative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept public comments through Dec. 15 on a $1 million federal grant designed to provide incentives for more private landowners to open their lands to hunting and other forms of outdoor recreation in eastern Washington.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission Approves Major Land Acquisition, Amends Game-import Rules

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved acquisition of 7,711 acres of wildlife habitat in Kittitas County and amended rules on importation of harvested game at a meeting here today.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting, Wolf Plan Work Session Scheduled in Spokane

A Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission work session on a proposed state Wolf Conservation and Management Plan will be held Nov. 3 in Spokane, followed by a meeting Nov. 4 on other issues.