Posts tagged: hunting rules
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — Fall chinook salmon seasons are on the agenda for the Idaho Fish and Game Commission meeting Wednesday and Thursday (July 10 and 11) at the Clarion Inn, 1399 Bench Rd. in Pocatello.
Chinook fishing is proposed to open Sept. 1 on parts of the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers.
The commisisoners have set a public comment session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the Clarion Inn
Commissioners will hear an update on the negotiated rule-making process, required by recent changes in state law. Four new rules are being considered for negotiated rule making.
· Nonresident junior mentored tags would require the mentor to have a tag for the same species but not necessarily the same area.
· Bear hunters would be required to complete Fish and Game’s bear identification course and exam before hunting bears in units where both black bears and grizzly bears may be encountered.
· Rules would be developed covering the use of unprocessed food for bear bait in certain units in the Upper Snake Region.
· The existing Landowner Appreciation Program would be adjusted to resolve concerns expressed by landowners in Unit 45 about program restrictions.
Read on for more details about these rules, other agenda items and specific proposals for the chinook seasons:
HUNTING – Allowing lighted nocks for bowhunting was among 17 measures adopted for the 2013 hunting seasons during the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting Saturday in Oympia.
Jim Sutton of Spokane has worked for several years to get the commission to approve the use of electronically illuminated nocks, which can be helpful in retrieving arrows. Traditional bowhunters had originally opposed the any use of electronics in primitive weapon seasons, but Sutton argued that lighted knocks had no impact on harvest success.
Some of the other new rules will:
All 17 hunting rules approved by the commission will be included in the 2013 Big-Game Hunting pamphlet, which will be available in sporting goods stores and other license vendors late this month.
HUNTING –The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adopting 17 new hunting rules for the upcoming season when it convenes Friday and Saturday April 12-13 in Olympia.
Among other proposals on the agenda, the panel will consider allowing bowhunters to use illuminated arrow nocks, which can be helpful in finding and retrieving arrows.
All of the proposals scheduled for a vote are posted online.
In other business, a plan will be discussed for transferring the Fish and Wildlife Department's Hunter Education Division and certain wildlife-conflict responsibilities from the Enforcement Program to the Wildlife Program.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has a full agenda of wide ranging topics to cover at its meeting Friday in Moses Lake.
Among the 15 agenda items, the panel will take public comments on proposed changes to hunting rules, consider adopting sportfishing rules and vote on buying a 1600-acre addition to the Blue Mountains Wildlife Area in Asotin County.
The meeting will convene at 8 a.m. at the Moses Lake Civic Center, 401 S. Balsam St.
The commission will accept public comments on 17 proposed hunting rule changes, which would include allowing the use of illuminated arrow nocks for archery equipment and restoring antlerless elk opportunities for archery hunters in Yakima County Units 352 (Nile) and 356 (Bumping).
The commission won't vote on the proposed changes to hunting rules until its April 12-13 meeting in Olympia.
However, the commission will consider adopting nearly 70 sportfishing rules, including proposals that would allow the use of two fishing poles on 50 additional lakes throughout the state and liberalize limits for walleye, bass and catfish in the Columbia River system.
The standout among three proposed land transactions is the plan to buy 1,614 acres of the 4-0 Ranch in Asotin County as phase two of a multi-year project to secure a total of nearly 12,000 acres of riparian habitat for steelhead and bull trout and terrestrial habitat for deer, bighorn sheep and elk.
HUNTING — As wildlife biologists try to wrap up winter surveys, the Idaho Fish and Game has scheduled public meetings around the state to discuss proposals for 2013 big game seasons and rules.
Some of the proposals likely to emerge include:
Comments taken at the meetings will be summarized and presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission at the March 19 meeting when big game seasons are set.
The Panhandle Region has scheduled an open house meeting, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. on March 7 at the Coeur d’Alene Inn, Best Western Plus on Appleway at US Highway 95 in Coeur d’Alene.
Clearwater Region meetings are as follows:
HUNTING — Just as the public comment period on proposed fishing regulations closes today, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced it's taking public comment through Feb. 15 on proposed changes to hunting regulations.
On the list is a proposal, championed for several years by Jim Sutton of Spokane, to allow lighted nocks on arrows used for archery big-game hunting seasons.
Other changes include:
Providing more landowner hunting permits in exchange for more more public access to private land.
Adjusting seasons for big game hunting.
The Fish and Wildlife Commission, will discuss the hunting proposals and hold a final round of public comments during a March 1-2 meeting in Moses Lake.
The commission is scheduled to vote on the rule changes April 12-13 in Olympia.
HUNTING — Washington’s main deer hunting season opens Saturday, three days after Idaho hunters got the head start.
You can tell the difference between hunters from the two states. Washington hunters must wear fluorescent orange clothing during the modern rifle big-game seasons. Most Idaho hunters wear camouflage.
Growing up in Montana, where blaze-orange clothing has been required since I started hunting as a grade-schooler, I’m comfortable being highly visible to other hunters while being nearly invisible to big game.
Orange camo clothing is highly efficient. I’ve verified that during plenty of close encounters with unwitting deer and elk.
The first lesson my dad gave me is still the best and most basic advice for getting close to big-game, and it works regardless of whether you’re wearing blaze orange:
A hunter should be seen and not heard – and always strive to be still and downwind.
HUNTING — Friday at midnight is the deadline to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep, and turkey seasons in Washington.
Permit winners will be selected through a random drawing conducted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in late June. The special permits qualify hunters to hunt at times and places beyond those authorized by a general hunting license.
Applications may be purchased from license vendors statewide or online.
Consult the 2012 Big Game Hunting Seasons & Regulations pamphlet for details.
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HUNTING – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to take action on more than a dozen proposed changes in hunting rules for the 2012-14 seasons at a public meeting April 13-14 in Olympia.
New rules proposed for adoption include allowing waterfowl hunters to use electronic decoys and allowing bowhunters to use illuminated knocks. A separate item on landowner hunting permits also is on the commission's meeting agenda.
Some of the proposed hunting rules were developed after a series of public meetings and online surveys that began last summer. However, several proposed rules emerged after those meetings started, including the provisions on electronic decoys, lighted knocks and changes to the master hunter program for elk hunting near Turnbull National Wildlfie Refuge.
In other business, the commission will:
HUNTING — More than three-dozen people testified, mostly on new hunting rules proposed for the 2012-14 seasons, during the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting last Friday and Saturday in Moses Lake.
Hunters have passionate feelings on both sides of many of the proposals. Audio transcrips of the meeting should be posted soon on this portion of the commission's website.
Those proposals range from a measure allowing waterfowl hunters to use electronic decoys
Washington's Wolf Conservation and Management Plan also was discussed.
To help keep the public involved, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has set up an online reporting tool to record observations of wolf activity.
In otherwords, when people see a wolf, or identify wolf tracks or hear a wolf howl, they're requested to file a wolf observation report at the agency's website/
Livestock owners suspecting wolf harassment of their animals would continue to call (877) 933-9847.
Posted on the Fish and Wildlife commission's website is a draft Statement on Wolves in Washington to guide the state agency's implementation of the state’s wolf plan.