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Should hunting regulations pamphlet include a calendar?

Washington 2012-2013 hunting regulations pamphlet.
Washington 2012-2013 hunting regulations pamphlet.

HUNTING -- It's safe to say most sportsmen would rather not see the Washington hunting regulations pamphlet get any larger.

But Stevens County hunter Fred Phillips is adamant that something should be added:  a calendar.

Phillips has been writing back and forth to the agency trying to make his case FOR 10 YEARS, but officials have told him, among other things, it would cost money to add more pages to the pamphlet.  A staffer who answered from Olympia said they can't justify adding the extra element considering most hunters have a calendar on their wall, in their rigs or on their smartphones.

Here's Phillips' case:

So let's look at my request from a hunters point of view. First I must reserve vacation time from my employer for next years elk hunt, the 2012 pamphlet on page 46 tells me the season starts Oct 27, but no day, so I must look at calendar for the day.

if I wish to put in for special permits, I go to page 84 and it states I must have the application sent by May 18, but no day. and no calendar to look at.

If I am drawn for special elk season, page 52 informs me it starts Oct. 22. but no day.

This goes on and on in the pamphlet , all dates and no DAYS. A number of years I started getting myself a calendar every year and stapled it to the front page. But his year I said why should I do that? It would be NO trouble for the WDFW to add a calendar for the ease of hunters to utilize this document.

If you look at the 2012 pamphlet, page’s 19, 46, 48, 57 and 80 have more then ample room to incorporate a small calendar. 

Personally, I've never had an problem since I always seem to have a calendar around. BUT, if it's the wildly popular idea Phillips suggests, maybe the free enterprise system could take care of it. 

Perhaps an advertiser looking for a hook to get hunters to check out its ad should include a CALENDAR along with its message.  WDFW could make the stipulation that only one advertiser could sponsor the "calendar ad" each year and charge a premium for the privilege.


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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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