Washington Hunting News

Washington Master Hunter Apps Due Feb. 15th

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is currently accepting enrollment applications through Feb. 15 for its Master Hunter program.

WDFW enlists master hunters to participate in controlled hunts to remove problem animals that damage property or threaten public safety. To qualify for the program, applicants must demonstrate a high level of skill and be committed to lawful and ethical hunting practices, said Lt. Eric Anderson, manager of WDFW’s Hunter Education Division.

Washington Hunters Can Win 2011 Hunting Permits by Filing 2010 Hunting Reports

Hunters have a chance to win one of nine 2011 special hunting permits if they report this year's hunting activities for black bear, deer, elk, or turkey to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) by Jan. 10.

Those who meet the deadline will be included in a drawing for five deer permits and four elk permits in various areas of the state. Those permits will be valid from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2011.

To qualify for the drawing, hunters must submit a report for each black bear, deer, elk, or turkey tag they purchased in 2010.

Washington DFW Considering Lead Tackle Restrictions

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to consider restrictions on the use of lead fishing tackle at 13 lakes with nesting loons during a meeting scheduled Dec. 2-4 in Olympia.

In addition, the commission will hold public hearings on changes to Puget Sound crab fishing regulations, management alternatives for bottomfish in Catch Area 4B (western Strait of Juan de Fuca), and several other proposed changes to sportfishing rules in Washington.

Washington Receives Grant to Help Encourage Land Access

Private landowners in Washington will have a greater incentive to open their land to hunters, thanks to a new federal grant announced last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Under the new federal grant program, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will receive $837,000 to support development of land-use agreements with landowners who voluntarily make their land available to hunting and other forms of outdoor recreation.

Wolf Pup in Washington Indicates 3rd Wolf Pack Possibility

A gray wolf pup recently trapped and radio-collared near the Canadian border in northeast Washington indicates the state may be home to a third breeding wolf pack.

A wolf specialist hired by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) caught the 50-pound young wolf earlier this month in northern Pend Oreille County, just south of the Canadian border. Attempts are under way to locate and radio-collar adult wolves in the area.

Washington Man Caught in the Act of Poaching

A Walla Walla man was charged last week in Walla Walla County District Court with poaching four deer, based on evidence gathered earlier this month by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) enforcement officers.

Kyle O’Brien, 18, was charged with four gross misdemeanor counts each of hunting deer during closed season and wastage, one gross misdemeanor count of spotlighting big game, and one misdemeanor count each of shooting from a road and having a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.

Washington DFW Considers Changes to Deer Hunts in GMU 117 and 121

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host four public meetings in August to review proposals to modify Washington white-tailed deer hunting regulations in northeastern Washington game management units (GMU) 117 and 121.

The meetings, which will run 7 - 9 p.m., will take place:

Washington Hunter's Access to Land Gets Boost from Permit Fees

Hunters are expected to gain access to more private land in Washington state this year than at any time in the past decade, thanks to record sales of special hunting permit applications last spring.

Washington DFW Needs Volunteers for Elk Hunt

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking volunteers to participate in a cooperative arrangement that has given hunters access to approximately 250,000 acres of private timberlands near Mount St. Helens in the last three years.

For the fourth year, the Weyerhaeuser Company is prepared to give hunters holding special elk permits additional motorized access to miles of private logging roads on the St. Helens Tree Farm, provided that enough volunteers can be found to assure a safe and orderly hunt.

Washington Removes 10 Bears From Town

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officers and biologists last week removed 10 black bears that had been fed by people from the town of Oysterville, on the Long Beach Peninsula in Pacific County.