Public Comment Sought on Plans for 2006-08 Hunting Seasons

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments on various options for the 2006-08 hunting seasons.

A series of seven public meetings have been scheduled at sites throughout the state. Information gathered at those meetings will help establish final hunting season recommendations that will be submitted to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The commission, which sets policy for WDFW, will consider the final hunting rules package at its April meeting.

To view or comment on the proposed hunting alternatives, visit WDFW’s website. The proposed alternatives will be available on the website after Jan. 10. To receive copies of the alternatives by mail, call (360) 902-2515 or write to: Hunting Season Comments, Wildlife Program, 600 Capital Way North, Olympia, WA, 98501. Public comments on the proposed alternatives can be mailed to the same address.

Comments also can be submitted in writing at the public meetings. All comments must be received by Feb. 3 to be considered for the final recommendations. “

We’re still shaping upcoming hunting seasons for a number of different species,” said Dave Ware, game manager for WDFW. “We want to collect as much public input as possible before making our final recommendations.”

The public meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and will take place at the following locations:

Date - City - Location
Jan. 17 - Vancouver, WA - Water Resources Education Center 4600 S.E. Columbia Way
Jan. 18 - Aberdeen - Log Pavilion at Morrison Riverfront Park 1401 Sargent Blvd.
Jan. 19 - Tacoma - La Quinta Inn & Suites 1425 East 27th Street
Jan. 20 - Edmonds - Edmonds Conference Center 201 Fourth Avenue North
Jan. 24 - Wenatchee - Wenatchee Convention Center 201 North Wenatchee Avenue
Jan. 25 - Pasco - TRAC 6600 Burden Blvd.
Jan. 26 - Spokane - Ramada Inn at the Airport 8909 Airport Drive.