Hunters can boost the state’s knowledge for managing wildlife by devoting a few minutes after their hunting trips to a quick stop at a highway hunter check station. (See story.)
These stations are staffed about four days each fall by Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists and hunter education instructor volunteers. The staffs collect data on the animals hunters have harvested. Even hunters who do not bag an animal can provide useful information regarding what they saw in the field. Students interested in wildlife fields often get their first hands-on work measuring animals and taking tissue samples by shadowing the professional biologists at these stations. And often the hunters who stop at check stations ask their own questions and learn new information about wildlife populations and hunting regulations.