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Wash. revised elk hunting proposals to be released Feb. 1

Carol Schmidt, of Mead, pauses under the 28 pounds of antlers from her first bull elk, which she bagged last month on public land in Stevens County while hunting with her husband, Mike, and the support of a family of die-hard hunters.  (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Carol Schmidt, of Mead, pauses under the 28 pounds of antlers from her first bull elk, which she bagged last month on public land in Stevens County while hunting with her husband, Mike, and the support of a family of die-hard hunters. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

HUNTING — Washington's revised elk hunting season proposals are scheduled to be posted on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website on Wednesday (Feb. 1), the day a meeting is set in Spokane to discuss the different but related revision of the elk management plan for northeastern Washington.

The revised elk hunting season proposals will include formalized options for changing the Master Hunter late hunting seasons on lands outside of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.

Revised elk season proposals also will suggest ending either-sex elk general season hunts in northeastern Washikngton.

The WDFW has set two meetings next week, starting at 7 p.m., to present the draft plan for public comment:

  • Feb. 1, at Center Place, 2426 N. Discovery Place, in Spokane Valley.
  • Feb. 2, at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds, 317 W. Astor Ave. in Colville.

The draft plan is available for review here, where a link provides opportunity to submit comments through Feb. 10.

The public comment period on the hunting rules revisions will begin Wednesday when the package is released on the WDFW hunt rules revision web page.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to review proposed new hunt rules during its March meeting in Moses Lake. The commission would vote on adopting the 2012-2014 rules in April.




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