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SPOKANE – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted 2017-18 hunting season rules and approved land transactions during a public meeting today in Spokane.
The commission, a nine member citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), adopted hunting rules that are mostly similar to the past two years.
Some of the significant rule changes adopted will reduce hunter harvest of deer and elk in several areas of the state – especially in eastern Washington – where harsh winter conditions took a toll on those populations. Those changes include:
Other hunting rule changes increase the daily limit for white-fronted geese and white geese in response to the growing abundance of those species, and restore points to hunters who draw permits for damage hunts administered by a hunt coordinator but are not called to participate.
The 2017-18 Big Game Hunting Seasons and Regulations pamphlet with all the rule details will be available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/ and at WDFW offices and hunting license vendors across the state later this month. Special big game hunting permit application deadline is May 24.
The 2017-18 Migratory Waterfowl and Upland Game Seasons pamphlet will be available later this spring.
The commission also approved four land transactions, including:
The commission was also briefed by WDFW staff on operation and maintenance of wildlife areas and water access sites and livestock grazing on WDFW lands.
The commission continues its public meeting tomorrow morning, Saturday, April 15, with staff briefings on WDFW website replacement, outreach and marketing, and the enforcement program. The meeting convenes at 8:30 a.m. at the Red Lion River Inn in Spokane, 700 N. Division Street.
A complete agenda for the meeting is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/
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