Washington Hunting News

WDFW Seeks Hunters' Help in North Puget Sound Deer Disease Screening
Hunters in the North Puget Sound area have an opportunity this fall to win a hunting rifle while they help the state monitor for chronic wasting disease in deer, under a joint effort by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Safari Club International (SCI).
Second Opportunity for Lifetime Hunting & Fishing Privileges
Applications are on sale now for a second opportunity to win lifetime fishing and hunting privileges from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Two names will be drawn Sept. 30 from among those who have purchased drawing applications since Jan. 1, 2004.
Hunters Could Face Penalties on Deer/Elk Imports
With early fall hunting seasons opening soon in some areas of the country, Washington hunters are cautioned they could face penalties for bringing home bone-in deer or elk carcasses or body parts harvested from areas where chronic wasting disease (CWD) is present in wild-animal populations.
Commission to Review Chronic Wasting Disease Rule
The chronic wasting disease emergency rule amendment would prohibit importing deer and elk harvested from states and Canadian provinces where chronic wasting disease is present in wild populations. No deer or elk in Washington have been found with the disease thus far, despite more than three years of random testing of hunter-harvested animals.
Big Game Raffle Permit Ticket Purchase Deadline
Hunters have one last chance for a special big-game permit this fall, as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will sell raffle tickets until Aug. 8 for buck deer, eastside bull elk, westside bull elk, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts.
Big Game Hunt Special Permit Deadline
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reminds hunters that the deadline to apply for big game hunt special permits is midnight on Sunday, June 20. Special permits not affected by this application window are 2005 spring bear permits and 2004 cougar seasons for northeast counties, which will be set in August.
WDFW Clarifies Elk-Hunt Boundaries in Olympic Area
Hunters who plan to apply for a special elk-hunting permit in the Olympic Game Management Unit (GMU) on the east side of Olympic National Park should be aware of an error in the state big game hunting rules pamphlet that could affect their decision.
Tickets Still Available for First Lifetime Fishing and Hunting Privileges Drawing
Throughout the 2004-05 licensing season, a total of eight names will be selected at random in a total of four drawings, said Frank Hawley, WDFW licensing manager. Additional drawings are scheduled for Sept. 30, Dec. 30 and March 31, 2005. Tickets are $6.50 each for state residents, $12.50 each for non-residents, and can be purchased in unlimited numbers.
Asotin Wildlife Area Addition for Steelhead and Elk
Federal, state and local government officials joined landowners, hunters, fishers and other wildlife enthusiasts at a remote vista in southeast Washington's Asotin County today to dedicate an 8,500-acre addition to a state wildlife area.
Spring Turkey Season Runs April 15-May 15
With increasing harvests fueling their enthusiasm, turkey hunters will take to the field April 15 for the opening of Washington's month-long spring turkey hunt.