Posts tagged: Washington hunting
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 — 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 — Hunters have a chance to win one of nine 2013 special hunting permits if they report this year’s hunting activities for black bear, deer, elk, or turkey to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife by Jan. 10.
Hunters who file their mandatory reports by phone or online by the deadline will be included in a drawing for five deer permits and four elk permits in various areas of the state. Those permits will be valid from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013.
To qualify for the drawing, hunters must submit a report for each black bear, deer, elk, or turkey tag they purchased and for each special hunting permit they received in 2012.
All hunters, whether successful or not, are required to submit hunting reports for those species by Jan. 31. Failure to meet the deadline can result in a $10 fine, payable before a hunter can purchase a 2013 license.
Dave Ware, WDFW game manager, said the annual hunting reports are an important source of information for managing the resource and developing future hunting seasons.
“The drawing for special permits is designed to give hunters an extra incentive to file their reports early,” said Dave Ware, WDFW game manager. “If everyone waits until the last minute, it creates problems with reporting.”
Hunters can report by phone (877 945-3492) or on the WDFW online reporting site.
Hunters should be prepared to give the game management unit they hunted and their individual WILD identification number, which is printed on license documents.
More information the WDFW’s incentive permit drawing is available on page 17 of the 2012 Big Game Hunting 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.
HUNTING – Hunters have until Nov. 16 to comment in an online survey on two new proposals for 2012 hunting regulations being considered by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Electronic decoys: Several waterfowl hunting guides have petitioned the state to consider allowing electronic decoys for waterfowl hunting starting in 2012. Vote here.
East-West elk tags: Some elk hunters want to elminate the East Side-West Side elk tag designations they can apply for special permits on both sides of the state. Vote here.
Have your WILD ID from your hunting or fishing license ready in order to complete the one-question surveys.
More than 3,000 people participated this summer and fall in the online scoping survey on the first round of proposals for the 2012-2014 huning seasons. See the results.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife commission will consider the refined proposals this winter.
HUNTING — Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists and staffers have posted on the agency's webesite their observations on prospects for hunting this fall.
There's information for districts across the state ranging from canned to to detailed. Check it out before you plan your hunt.
Also check out the information in The Spokesman-Review's Hunting 2011 special section of stories.