Washington Hunting News

New Fall Turkey Season Approved
Increased opportunity for fall wild turkey and white-tailed antlerless deer in northeast Washington were among the hunting rules adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in Spokane April 3.
Non-Tribal Quinault Black Bear Hunters
Non-tribal hunters must obtain a valid state permit if they expect to participate in a planned black bear timber damage control hunt on the Quinault Indian Nation reservation, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said today.
Hunting and Fishing License Donations Aid in Youth Outdoor Education
The program, sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Washington Wildlife Federation (WWF), allows each fisher and hunter to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation of a dollar or more toward youth outdoor programs when purchasing a recreational license.
Cougars Topic at Spokane Wildlife Conference
An update on Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) strategies to reduce human conflicts with cougars will be presented March 17 in Spokane before an international wildlife conference session on predator management.
Blue Mountains Spring Black Bear Hunt Applications due March 14
Hunters who want a chance to be drawn for one of 105 permits for the 2004 Blue Mountains spring black bear hunt must submit an application before midnight on March 14, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced.
Turkey Raffle Tags for New Youth Hunting Season
Washington state spring turkey hunting enthusiasts can purchase raffle tickets to enter a special drawing for the chance to hunt one month longer and take an additional three birds in 2004.
Public Meeting Spotlights Dungeness Elk Herd
“We would really like to work with area residents to reach a general agreement on the optimum size of the herd,” Jack Smith (regional WDFW wildlife manager) said. “On one hand, we hear a lot of concerns about crop damage and highway safety. On the other hand, we hear from people who don’t want to see any hunting in the area.
Safety Remains Top Priority of Cougar Management
In the four weeks since a cougar killed one cyclist and attacked another in California, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has continued to pursue an aggressive strategy to reduce human conflicts with the Evergreen State's own population of big cats.
Scientist Investigate Mountain Goat Decline
Wildlife biologists are scaling remote areas of the Cascade mountains to determine why Washington's population of mountain goats is declining. The mountain goat research project is detailed with color photos in an updated version of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) online Fish and Wildlife Science magazine on the department's website.
DFW Offers Free Gun Locks
Free gun locks are now available from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) as part of a nationwide firearms-safety initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.