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Online proposals due for Washington hunting rules

A whitetail buck runs in mid-November, the peak of the rut for white-tailed deer in northeastern Washington. (Jaime Johnson)
A whitetail buck runs in mid-November, the peak of the rut for white-tailed deer in northeastern Washington. (Jaime Johnson)

HUNTING -- The first phase of reshaping Washington's 2015-2017 hunting seasons and rules is winding down. 

Since June 18, the Department of Fish and Wildlife has been inviting the public to post suggestions on a web form. The proposals will be considered during the development of the three-year regulations package.  

This "issue scoping phase" will end July 18.

The "refining alternatives phase" will follow and extend into October, with more public comment taken in September.

The last phase will be "developing recommendations," with another round of public comment scheduled for January-February.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will hear the proposals at its March 2015 meeting, with more public comment taken.

The commission is scheduled to vote on the recommendations in April.




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