WSR 97-06-047

PERMANENT RULES

FISH AND WILDLIFE

COMMISSION

(Wildlife)

[Order 97-30--Filed February 27, 1997, 2:51 p.m.]

Date of Adoption: December 7, 1996.

Purpose: To amend WAC 232-28-240 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000 Deer and bear hunting seasons and regulations.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-28-240.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.040.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 96-21-153 on October 23, 1996.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: The adopted version of WAC 232-28-240 differs from the proposed version filed with the code reviser in the following specifics:

1. GMU 437 replaced GMU 433 under 2 point GMUs.

2. The "3 Point GMUs" section was amended as follows: "Mule Deer and Blacktail Deer in all 100, 200, 300 units and GMU 450; Whitetail Deer in GMUs 127, 130, 133, 136, 139, 142, 145, 149, 154, 162, 163, 166, 169, 172, 175, 178, 181, 186, 203 and 231."

3. On page 2, the eastern Washington modern firearm seasons in the middle of the page were amended by replacing GMU 306 with 342 and by deleting GMU 328 from the closed GMUs (left side); and amending the Legal Deer description as follows: "Mule Deer and Blacktail Deer - 3 point minimum in all open units in GMUs 100, 200, 300; 3 pt. min. or antlerless in GMU 281.

4. An asterisk was inserted after buck only* in the legal deer description for GMUs 101-142. The asterisk footnote at the bottom of the page was retained.

5. On page 3, GMU 433 was deleted from "Legal Deer" in the 400, 500, 600 late buck season and the 3 pt. min. in GMU 450 was retained.

6. On page 4, the Early Archery deer season was amended as follows:

[Open Style:Columns Off]

All 100, 200, 300 Sept. 1-5 Sept. 1-7 Sept. 1-6 Mule Deer and

GMUs except closed Blacktail Deer-3

in GMUs 157, 203, pt. min. in all

301, 302, and permit open units;

only in GMUs 242, Whitetail Deer-

290, 329, 330, 342, buck only except

and 371 3 pt. min. in

GMUs 127-186,

and 231

All 100, 200, 300 Sept. 6-15 Sept. 8-15 Sept. 7-15 Mule Deer and

GMUs except closed Blacktail Deer-3

in GMUs 157, 203, pt. min. or

301, 302, and permit antlerless in all

only in GMUs 242, open 100, 200,

290, 329, 330, 342, and 300 units;

and 371 Whitetail Deer-

either sex except

3 pt. min. or

antlerless GMUs

127-186, and 231

All 100, 200, 300 Sept. 16-30 Sept. 16-30 Sept. 16-30 Whitetail only,

GMUs except closed either sex except

in GMU 157 and 3 pt. min. or

permit only in GMUs antlerless in

242, 290, 329, 330, GMUs 127, 130,

342, and 371 133, 136, 139,

142, 145, 149,

154, 162, 163,

166, 169, 172,

175, 178, 181,

186, and 231

[Open Style:Columns On]

7. Bow Area 802, Early Archery deer season dates, were changed to Sept. 2-30, 1997, Sept. 1-30, 1998, Sept. 1-30, 1999.

8. Under Late Archery deer seasons, GMU 101 was changed to Nov. 10-Dec. 15 for 1997, 1998, and 1999 for Whitetail only, either sex.

9. Lake [late] archery deer seasons for GMUs 105, 117, 121, 124, 127, 145, and 178 were changed to Nov. 26 to Dec. 15, 1997, Nov. 25 to Dec. 15, 1998 and Nov. 24 to Dec. 15, 1999.

10. GMU 181 was deleted from late archery.

11. For GMUs 209, 215, 233, 272, 300, 316, 346, 352, and 364 the legal deer description was changed from "either sex" to "Mule and Blacktail Deer-3 pt. min. or antlerless: Whitetail-either sex."

12. GMUs 418, 426, 440, 448, and 480 were deleted from late archery hunts.

13. The dates for 400, 500, and 600 open units and Bow Area 802 was changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 15, 1997, Nov. 25-Dec. 15, 1998, and Nov. 24-Dec. 15, 1999.

14. For Bow Areas 806, 807 the legal deer was changed from either sex to Mule Deer and Blacktail Deer-3 pt. min. or antlerless and the dates changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 8, 1997, Nov. 25-Dec. 8, 1998 and Nov. 24-Dec. 8, 1999.

15. Dates for the extended late archery season were changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 31, 1997, Nov. 25-Dec. 31, 1998 and Nov. 24-Dec. 31, 1999.

16. Under Early Muzzleloader Deer GMUs the legal deer was changed from "buck only" to "Mule Deer and Blacktail Deer - 3 pt. min.; Whitetail Deer - Any buck."

17. GMUs 454 and 484 were changed to either sex.

18. Dates for the late muzzleloader deer hunt in GMUs 113, 136, 139, 172, 181, 410, 501, 504, 550, 564, 582, 602, 633, 651, 666, 684, 478, and Muzzleloader Area 926 were changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 15, 1997, Nov. 25-Dec. 15, 1998, Nov. 24-Dec. 15, 1999.

19. The legal deer for the late muzzleloader in GMUs 136, 139, 172 and 181 was changed from 3 pt. min. to Whitetail-3 pt. min.

20. The legal deer for late muzzleloader in GMU 651 and 684 was changed from Buck Only to either sex.

21. The date for the late muzzleloader in GMU 578 was changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 8, 1997, Nov. 25-Dec. 8, 1998 and Nov. 24-Dec. 8, 1999.

22. Dates for Firearm Restricted Deer Hunts Open to All Hunters in GMU 410 was changed to Oct. 11-31, 1997, Oct. 17-31, 1998 and Oct. 16-31, 1999.

23. Dates for GMU 564 were changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 31, 1997, Nov. 25-Dec. 31, 1998, and Nov. 24-Dec. 31, 1999.

24. Dates for GMU 627 were changed to Oct. 11-31, 1997, Oct. 17-31, 1998, and Oct. 16-31, 1999.

25. The double asterisk footnote at the bottom of the Firearm Restricted Deer Hunts was amended by deleting "For information call Bill Kaling at 360-396-5353."

26. Dates for the archery deer season on Champion (PLWMA 401) Kapowsin Tree Farm were changed to Sept. 1-12 and Sept. 28-Oct. 9, 1997, Sept. 1-11, and Sept. 28-Oct. 29, 1998 and Sept. 1-10 and Sept. 28-Oct. 9, 1999.

27. Modern firearm seasons on Kapowsin Tree Farm were changed to Oct. 11-26, 1997, Oct. 10-25, 1998, and Oct. 9-24, 1999. The legal deer for modern firearm hunters was changed from spike only to 2 pt. min.

28. The muzzleloader seasons on Kapowsin Tree Farm were changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 7, 1997, Nov. 25-Dec. 6, 1998, and Nov. 24-Dec. 5, 1999.

29. The title "Pysht Tree Farm (PLWMA 603)" was changed to "Merrill and Ring (PLWMA 600) Pysht Tree Farm."

30. On Merrill and Ring's Pysht Tree Farm the Sept. 1-14, 1997, 1998, and 1999 archery seasons was deleted. The Sept. 15-30 archery season Special Restrictions was changed to Either Sex, South Unit 600B; Antlerless Only, North Unit 600A. The dates for the November-December archery season was changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 31, 1997, Nov. 25-Dec. 31, 1998, and Nov. 24-Dec. 31, 1999.

31. The modern firearm seasons on Pysht Tree Farm were changed to Oct. 11-31 and Nov. 20-23, 1997, Oct. 17-31 and Nov. 19-22, 1998, and Oct. 16-31 and Nov. 18-21, 1999.

32. On Merrill and Ring's Pysht Tree Farm the dates for the muzzleloader season were changed to Oct. 1-9, 1997, 1998, and 1999.

33. On Merrill and Ring's Pysht Tree Farm the North Unit is 600A and the South Unit is 600B.

34. Under Black bear, all pursuit only seasons and descriptions were deleted.

35. The following new sections were added:

Bag Limit: One (1) black bear. Except if a damage bear tag is purchased and a damage season is hunted, then two (2) black bear may be taken.

License and Tag Requirements: A valid hunting license and unaltered, unnotched bear tag(s) are required to hunt black bear.

Bear Tag Information: A hunter may purchase one (1) damage bear tag and one (1) general bear tag. A damage bear tag allows a hunter to take one (1) bear during the damage season in a damage area, but is not valid during the general season. A general bear tag may be used in a damage season and during the general season to take one (1) bear.

Tag Sale Deadline: Damage bear tags must be purchased, and are only valid prior to August 1, 1997.

General bear tags must be purchased by midnight of the day preceding modern firearm deer season opener. Actual dates are: Oct. 10, 1997; Oct. 16, 1998; Oct. 15, 1999.

Use of Bait and Hounds: The use of bait and hounds for hunting black bear is prohibited state-wide.

36. Under Damage Seasons, GMU 615 was added for hunts July 15-31, 1997, 1998, and 1999.

37. The Eastern Washington bear season was changed to Aug. 1-Nov. 6, 1997, Aug. 1-Nov. 6, 1998 and Aug. 1-Nov. 6, 1999.

38. The Western Washington bear season was changed to Aug. 1-Nov. 13, 1997; Aug. 1-Nov. 12, 1998; Aug. 1-Nov. 11, 1999, except Sept. 2-Nov. 13, 1997; Sept. 8-Nov. 12, 1998, and Sept. 7-Nov. 11, 1999 in Bow Area 802. Closed in GMUs 485 and 522.

39. The remainder of the Bear section down to Tooth Submittal was deleted.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, amended 1, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

December 30, 1996

Lisa Pelly

for Mitchell S. Johnson

Chairman

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 96-133, filed 8/29/96, effective 9/29/96)

WAC 232-28-240 ((1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97)) 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000 Deer and bear hunting seasons and regulations.

deer

Bag Limit: One (1) deer per hunter during an annual (July 1-March 31) hunting season. The Fish and Wildlife Commission may authorize two doe permits for damage areas. Any multiple doe permits will be identified by special permit.

Hunting Method: Hunters must select one of the hunting methods (modern firearm, archery, muzzleloader).

Buck Deer Seasons: Open only to the taking of male deer with visible antlers (buck fawns illegal).

Definition: Visible antler is a horn-like growth projecting above the hairline.

Branched Antler Restriction GMUs: applies to all hunters during any open season! Buck deer taken in these GMUs must meet minimum antler point requirements. Minimum antler point requirements are antler points on one sid only. Antler points include eye guards but all antler points must be at least one inch long. The following GMUs have 2 or 3 point minimum requirements on buck deer taken.

2 Point GMUs: ((433)) 437, 478, 558, 574, ((576, 584, 586)) 578, 582, 588, 636, 681, and GMU 485 (by permit only).

3 Point GMUs: Mule Deer and Blacktail Deer in all 100, 200, 300 units and GMU 450; Whitetail Deer in GMUs 127, 130, 133, 136, 139, 142, 145, ((148, 151)) 149, 154, ((160, 161)) 162, 163, 166, 169, 172, 175, 178, 181, ((184, 185)) 186, 203, and 231((, 306, 328, 329, 330, 342, and 450)).

Modern Firearm Deer Seasons

Tag Required: Deer hunter must have a current, valid, unaltered, unnotched modern firearm deer tag on his/her person.

Hunting Method: Modern firearm deer tag hunters may use rifle, handgun, shotgun, bow or muzzleloader, but only during modern firearm seasons.

High Buck Hunt

Tag Required: Deer hunter must have a current, valid, unaltered, unnotched modern firearm deer tag on his/her person.

[Open Style:Columns Off]

GMUs ((1994)) 1997 Dates ((1995)) 1998 Dates ((1996)) 1999 Dates Legal Deer

203, 301, 302, 450 Sept. 15-25 Sept. 15-25 Sept. 15-25 3 pt. min.

Deer Areas 010,

040, 060 Sept. 15-25 Sept. 15-25 Sept. 15-25 3 pt. min.

General Modern Firearm Deer Seasons

Tag Required: Deer hunter must have a current, valid, unaltered, unnotched modern firearm deer tag on his/her person.

GMUs ((1994)) 1997 Dates ((1995)) 1998 Dates ((1996)) 1999 Dates Legal Deer

((Northeastern

100-124 Oct. 15-31 Oct. 14-31 Oct. 12-31 Buck only*

(See late buck

for extended

whitetail season).

Southeastern

127-185 Oct. 15-23 Oct. 14-22 Oct. 12-20 3 pt. min.*

Except closed

in 157

Okanogan & Chelan

200-209, Oct. 15-31 Oct. 14-27 Oct. 12-25 Buck only except 3

239-242 pt. min. in GMU

203

215-233 Oct. 12-205 Buck only except 3

pt. min. in GMU

231

300-316 Oct. 15-31 Oct. 14-31 Oct. 12-31 Buck only except 3

pt. min. in GMU

306

Columbia Basin

248-278**, 284 Oct. 15-21 Oct. 14-20 Oct. 12-18 Buck only

281 Oct. 15-23 Oct. 14-22 Oct. 12-20 Either sex

Colockum and Central

334 Oct. 15-25 Oct. 14-25 Oct. 12-25 Buck only

328, 329, 330, 342 Oct. 12-18 3 pt. min.

371 Oct. 12-20 Buck only

335-340, 346-368, Oct. 15-31 Oct. 14-31 Oct. 12-31 Buck only

372))

Eastern

All of eastern Oct. 11-19 Oct. 17-25 Oct. 16-24 Mule Deer and

Washington Blacktail Deer

except closed 3 pt. min. in

in GMUs 157, all open units

242, 290, 329, in GMUs 100, 200,

330, 342, and 300; 3 pt. min. or

371. Antlerless in GMU

281.

GMUs 101-142 Oct. 11-28 Oct. 17-28 Oct.16-28 Whitetail buck only*

except 3 pt. min. in

GMUs 127-142.

Western

((405***-572, Oct. ((15-31)) 11-31 Oct. ((14-31)) 17-31 Oct. ((12-31)) 16-31 Buck only except

580, 601-)) 407- either sex in GMUs

684. Closed in 410((, 480,)) and 564;

GMU 522. Permit and 2 pt. min. in

only in GMU 485. GMUs ((433)) 437, 478,

558, 574, 578, 582,

588, 636, and 681; and

3 pt. min. in GMU 450.

((574, 576, 584, 586, Oct. 15-Nov. 6 Oct. 14-Nov. 14 Oct. 12-Nov. 6 2 pt. min.

588))

*Hunters meeting the requirements of disabled, senior or youth may hunt antlerless whitetail during the general buck season in GMUs 105-142.

((**Except by permit only in that portion of GMU 278 north of O'Sullivan Road and east of Beverly Road.

***Modern firearm deer hunting on Guemes Island is by permit only.))

Late Buck Season

Tag Required: Deer hunter must have a current, valid, unaltered, unnotched modern firearm deer tag on his/her person.

GMUs ((1994)) 1997 Dates ((1995)) 1998 Dates ((1996)) 1999 Dates Legal Deer

105-124 Nov. ((1-20)) 7-23 Nov. ((1-19)) 7-22 Nov. ((1-24)) 7-21 Whitetail buck only

127-142 Nov. 7-23 Nov. 7-22 Nov. 7-21 Whitetail buck only,

3 pt. min.

All 400, 500, & 600 Nov. ((17-20)) 20-23 Nov. ((16-19)) 19-22 Nov. ((21-24)) 18-21 Buck only except 2

Except closed in: pt. min. in GMUs

GMUs ((480)) 418, ((433,)) 478, 558, 636,

426, 437, 448, 450, and 681 ((and 3 pt.

485, 522, 574, min. in GMU 450))

((576, 580, 584, and either sex in

586,)) 578, 582, and GMUs 410 and 564

588.

Archery Deer Seasons

Tag Required: Deer hunter must have a current valid, unaltered, unnotched archery deer tag on his/her person.

Special Notes: Archery tag holders can only hunt with archery equipment during archery seasons.

Early Archery

GMUs ((1994)) 1997 Dates ((1995)) 1998 Dates ((1996)) 1999 Dates Legal Deer

((100-118, 121, 124, Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Buck only

215, 233, 300, 316 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Either sex

127, 130 133 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 3 pt. min.

Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 3 pt. min. or

antlerless

136-154, 160-169, Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 3 pt. min.

175-185, 231, 306 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 3 pt. min.

or antlerless

200, 206, 218, 224, Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Buck only

239, 248-272, Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Either sex,

278*, 281-284, except buck

308, 335-340, only in GMU 371

352, 356,

364, 371, 372,

405-426, 440,

442, 454-472, 490,

504, 505, 510, 512,

514, 516, 520, 524,

530, 550, 554, 556,

560, 568, 572, 580,

601, 602, 607, 615,

618, 621, 627**, 633,

638, 642-658, 663,

667, 669, 678

433, 478, 558, 574, Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 2 pt. min.

576, 584, 586, 588, Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 2 pt. min. or

681 antlerless

328, 329, 330 Sept. 1-14 3 pt. min.

334, 480 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Buck only

Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Either sex

203, 301, 302, 450 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 3 pt. min. or

antlerless

172 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 3 pt. min.

Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 3 pt. min. or

antlerless

119, 242, 304, 360, Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Buck only

448, 484, 564, 603, Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Either sex

612, 624, 666, 672,

684

636 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 2 pt. min.

Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 2 pt. min. or

antlerless

660 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 2 pt. min.

Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 2 pt. min. or

antlerless

501, 506 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Buck only

Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Either sex))

All 100, 200, 300 Sept. 1-5 Sept. 1-7 Sept. 1-6 Mule Deer and

GMUs except closed Blacktail Deer-3

in GMUs 157, 203, pt. min. in all

301, 302 and permit open units;

only in GMUs 242, Whitetail Deer-

290, 329, 330, 342, buck only except

and 371 3 pt. min. in

GMUs 127-186,

and 231

All 100, 200, 300 Sept. 6-15 Sept. 8-15 Sept 7-15 Mule Deer and

GMUs except closed Blacktail Deer-3

in GMUs 157, 203, pt. min. or

301, 302 and permit antlerless in all

only in GMUs 242, open 100, 200,

290, 329, 330, 342, and 300 units;

and 371 Whitetail Deer-

either sex except

3 pt. min. or

antlerless GMUs

127-186, and 231

All 100, 200, 300 Sept. 16-30 Sept. 16-30 Sept. 16-30 Whitetail only,

GMUs except closed either sex except

in GMU 157 and 3 pt. min. or

permit only in GMUs antlerless in

242, 290, 329, 330, GMUs 127, 130,

342, and 371 133, 136, 139,

142, 145, 149,

154, 162, 163,

166, 169, 172,

175, 178, 181,

186, and 231

All 400, 500, 600* Sept. 1-30 Sept. 1-30 Sept. 1-30 Either sex, except

GMUs except closed 2 pt. min. or

in GMUs 450, 485, antlerless in

and 522 GMUs 437, 478,

558, 574, 578,

582, 588, 636,

and 681

GMUs 203, 301, 302, Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 3 pt. min. or

450, and Deer Areas antlerless

010, 040, 060

Bow Area 802 Sept. ((1-14)) 2-30 Sept. ((1-14)) 1-30 Sept. ((1-14)) 1-30 ((Buck only))

Either sex

Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Either sex

((*Except closed in that part of GMU 278 (Wahluke) north of O'Sullivan Road and east of Beverly Road.

*))* Bangor Submarine Base within GMU 627 is open for archers with disabilities by permit from the Navy. For information on this hunt, call Tom Jones at (360) 396-5097. Special Restrictions: Must be U.S. citizen, and hunting is open on weekends only.

Late Archery

GMUs ((1994)) 1997 Dates ((1995)) 1998 Dates ((1996)) 1999 Dates Legal Deer

((103 Nov. 14-Dec. 15 Nov. 14-Dec. 15 Nov. 14-Dec. 15 Whitetail only,

either sex

118, 121, 124 Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Nov. 22-Dec. 15 Nov. 27-Dec. 15 Whitetail only;

either sex))

101 Nov. 10-Dec. 15 Nov. 10-Dec. 15 Nov. 10-Dec. 15 Whitetail only,

either sex

105, 117, 121, 124 Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Whitetail only,

either sex

127, ((166)) ((Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Nov. 22-Dec. 15 Nov. 27-Dec. 15)) 3 pt. min. or

145, 178, 181 Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 antlerless

209, 215, 233, ((242,)) ((Nov. 23-Dec. 8 Nov. 22-Dec. 8 Nov. 27-Dec. 8 Either sex))

272, 300, ((304,)) Nov. 26-Dec. 8 Nov. 25-Dec. 8 Nov. 24-Dec. 8 Mule Deer and

316, 346, 352, 364 Blacktail Deer-

3 pt. min. or

antlerless;

Whitetail Deer-

either sex

558, ((584)) 582, ((Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Nov. 22-Dec. 15 Nov. 27-Dec. 15)) 2 pt. min or

588, 636, 681 Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 antlerless

((417, 418, 426, 440, Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Nov. 22-Dec. 15 Nov. 27-Dec. 15 Either sex

448,)) 460, 466,

((480,)) 510, ((512,

514)) 513, 516, 520,

524, 530, 556, 560,

572, 601, 607, 612,

615, 618, 638, 648,

((669, 678)) 673

450 ((Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Nov. 22-Dec. 15 Nov. 27-Dec. 15)) 3 pt. min

Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15

Bow Areas ((1994)) 1997 Dates ((1995)) 1998 Dates ((1996)) 1999 Dates Legal Deer

802 ((Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Nov. 22-Dec. 15 Nov. 27-Dec. 15)) Either sex

Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15

806, 807 ((Nov. 23-Dec. 8 Nov. 22-Dec. 8 Nov. 27-Dec. 8 Either sex))

Nov. 26-Dec. 8 Nov. 25-Dec. 8 Nov. 24-Dec. 8 Mule deer

and Blacktail

deer - 3 pt. min.

or Antlerless

((820 Dec. 24-Jan. 8, 1995 Dec. 24-Jan. 8, 1996 Dec. 24-Jan. 8, 1997 Either sex))

Extended Late Archery

GMUs ((1994)) 1997 Dates ((1995)) 1998 Dates ((1996)) 1999 Dates Legal Deer

((405)) 407, 410, ((Nov. 23-Dec. 31 Nov. 22-Dec. 31 Nov. 27-Dec. 31)) Either sex

((442,)) 454, 484, Nov. 26-Dec. 31 Nov. 25-Dec. 31 Nov. 24-Dec. 31

505, 506, 564, 568,

603, 624, 627((*)),

642, 660, 663, 666,

667, 672((, and Deer

Areas 041 and 042))

((433)) 437 ((Nov. 23-Dec. 31 Nov. 22-Dec. 31 Nov. 27-Dec. 31)) 2 pt. min. or

Nov. 26-Dec. 31 Nov. 25-Dec. 31 Nov. 24-Dec. 31 antlerless

((* Submarine Base Bangor within GMU 627 is open for archers with disabilities by permit from the Navy. For information on this hunting opportunity call Tom James at (206) 396-5097. Special restrictions: U.S. citizenship is required by the Navy.))

Muzzleloader Deer Seasons

Tag Required: Deer hunter must have a current, valid, unaltered, unnotched muzzleloader deer tag on his/her person.

Hunting Method: Muzzleloader only.

Special Notes: Muzzleloader tag holders can only hunt during muzzleloader seasons and must hunt with muzzleloader equipment. Muzzleloader deer tag holders may apply for all either sex, antlerless only, and branched antler deer special hunting permits except on Private Lands Wildlife Management Area 201.

High Buck Hunt

GMUs ((1994)) 1997 Dates ((1995)) 1998 Dates ((1996)) 1999 Dates Legal Deer

203, 301, 302, 450 Sept. 15-25 Sept. 15-25 Sept. 15-25 3 pt. min.

Deer Areas 010,

040, 060 Sept. 15-25 Sept. 15-25 Sept. 15-25 3 pt. min.

((Early Muzzleloader

GMUs 1994 Dates 1995 Dates 1996 Dates Legal Deer

119, 242, 564, Oct. 1-12 Oct. 1-11 Oct. 1-9 Either sex

666

506 Oct. 6-12 Oct. 5-11 Oct. 3-9 Buck only

209 Sept. 29-Oct. 12 Sept. 28-Oct. 11 Sept. 26-Oct. 9 Either sex

302, 368 Sept. 29-Oct. 12 Sept. 28-Oct. 11 Sept. 26-Oct. 9 Buck only

304, 360, 484, 603, Oct. 1-12 Oct 1-11 Oct. 1-9 Buck only

612, 624, 672

Late Muzzleloader

GMUs 1994 Dates 1995 Dates 1996 Dates Legal Deer

113 Nov. 23-Dec. 8 Nov. 22-Dec. 8 Nov. 27-Dec. 8 Whitetail only,

either sex

130, 133, 136, 139, Nov. 23-Dec. 8 Nov. 22-Dec. 8 Nov. 27-Dec. 8 3 pt. min. or

181 antlerless

304 Nov. 12-20 Nov. 11-19 Nov. 10-18 Buck only

410 Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Nov. 22-Dec. 15 Nov. 27-Dec. 15 Either sex

478 Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Nov. 22-Dec. 15 Nov. 27-Dec. 15 2 pt. min. or

antlerless

501, 504, 550 Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Nov. 22-Dec. 15 Nov. 27-Dec. 15 Either sex

580 Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Nov. 22-Dec. 15 Nov. 27-Dec. 15 Buck only

576, 586 Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Nov. 22-Dec. 15 Nov. 27-Dec. 15 2 pt. min.

602, 633, 651, 684 Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Nov. 22-Dec. 15 Nov. 27-Dec. 15 Either sex

666 Nov. 23-Dec. 31 Nov. 22-Dec. 31 Nov. 27-Dec. 31 Either sex

Muzzleloader Area

925 Dec. 1-31 Dec. 1-31 Dec. 1-31 Antlerless only

926 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Either sex))

Early Muzzleloader

GMUs 1997 Dates 1998 Dates 1999 Date Legal Deer

109, 117, 209, 300 Oct. 4-10 Oct. 10-16 Oct. 9-15 Mule Deer and

304, 316, 336, 352, Blacktail Deer-

360, 407, 410, 520, 3 pt. min.;

530, 564, 568, 603, Whitetail Deer-

612, 624, 672 any buck

454, 484, and 666 Oct. 4-10 Oct. 10-16 Oct. 9-15 Either sex

Late Muzzleloader

GMUs 1997 Dates 1998 Dates 1999 Dates Legal Deer

113 Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Whitetail,

buck only

136, 139, 172, Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Whitetail, 3 pt.

181 min.

410, 501, 504, 564, Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Either sex

651, 666, 684

478 Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 2 pt. min.

550, 582, 602, Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Buck only

633

578 Nov. 26-Dec. 8 Nov. 25-Dec. 8 Nov. 24-Dec. 8 2 pt. min.

Muzzleloader Area

925 Dec. 1-31 Dec. 1-31 Dec. 1-31 Antlerless only

926 Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 8 Either sex

Firearm Restricted Deer Hunts Open To All Deer Hunters

Tag Required: Deer hunter must have a current, valid, unaltered, unnotched modern firearm, archery or muzzleloader deer tag on his/her person.

Hunting Method: Must use weapon in compliance with tag. Firearm restrictions apply in some GMUs.

Weapon

GMUs Permitted ((1994)) 1997 Dates ((1995)) 1998 Dates ((1996)) 1999 Dates Legal Deer

410 ((& Archery, ((Oct. 15-31 Oct. 14-31 Oct. 12-31)) Either sex

480)) Shotgun, Oct. 11-31 Oct. 17-31 Oct. 16-31

Muzzleloader

564 Archery, ((Nov. 17-Dec. 31)) Nov. ((16))-Dec. 31 ((Nov. 21-Dec. 31)) Either sex

Shotgun, Nov. 26-Dec. 31 Nov. 24-Dec. 31

Muzzleloader

627* Archery, ((Oct. 15-31 Oct. 14-31 Oct. 12-31)) Either sex

Shotgun, Oct. 11-31 Oct. 17-31 Oct. 16-31

Muzzleloader

Deer Area

062** Archery, Sept. 1-Dec. 31 Sept. 1-Dec. 31 Sept. 1-Dec. 31 Either sex

Shotgun,

Muzzleloader

*Only that portion of GMU 627 (Kitsap) on Vashon and Maury Islands.

**Restricted Access: ((For information call Bill Kaling at (360) 396-5353)) Indian Island.

Private Lands Wildlife Management Opportunities

((Kapowsin Tree Farm (PLWMA 401 - Champion)))

Champion (PLWMA 401) Kapowsin Tree Farm

Hunting Method ((1994 Open Season 1995 Open Season 1996 Open Season)) Special Restrictions

1997 Dates 1998 Dates 1999 Dates

Archery ((Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-13)) either sex

Sept. 1-12 Sept. 1-11 Sept. 1-10

((Sept. 15-30 Sept. 30-Oct. 11)) Sept. 28-Oct. 9 either sex

Sept. 28-Oct. 9 Sept. 28-Oct. 9

Modern Firearm

General ((Oct. 15-31 Oct. 14-31 Oct. 12-27)) 2 pt. min.

Oct. 11-26 Oct. 10-25 Oct. 9-24

Muzzleloader ((Nov. 23-Dec. 8 Nov. 22-Dec. 8 Nov. 27-Dec. 8 2 pt. min.))

Nov. 26-Dec. 7 Nov. 25-Dec. 6 Nov. 24-Dec. 5 Antlerless

only

Merrill and Ring (PLWMA 600) Pysht Tree Farm

Hunting Method 1997 Dates 1998 Dates 1999 Dates Special Restrictions

Archery Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Sept. 15-30 Antlerless only:

North Unit 600A -

Either sex: South

Unit 600B

Nov. 26-Dec. 31 Nov. 25-Dec. 31 Nov. 24-Dec. 31 Antlerless only:

North Unit

600A - Either sex:

South Unit 600B

Modern Firearm Oct. 11-31 Oct. 17-31 Oct. 16-31 Buck only: South

Unit 600B

Nov. 20-23 Nov. 19-22 Nov. 18-21 Buck only: South

Unit 600B

Muzzleloader Oct. 1-9 Oct. 1-9 Oct. 1-9 Antlerless only:

North Unit

600A - Buck

only: South

Unit 600B

[Open Style:Columns On]

black bear

Bag Limit: ((Fall General -)) One (1) black bear. Except if a damage bear tag is purchased and a damage season is hunted, then two (2) black bear may be taken.

License and Tag Requirements: A valid hunting license and unaltered, unnotched bear tag(s) are required to hunt black bear.

Bear Tag Information: A hunter may purchase one (1) damage bear tag and one (1) general bear tag. A damage bear tag allows a hunter to take one (1) bear during the damage season in a damage area, but is not valid during the general season. A general bear tag may be used in a damage season and during the general season to take one (1) bear.

Tag Sale Deadline: Damage bear tags must be purchased, and are only valid prior to August 1, 1997. General bear tags must be purchased by midnight of the day preceding modern firearm deer season opener. Actual dates are: ((Oct. 14, 1994; Oct. 13, 1995; Oct. 11, 1996.)) Oct. 10, 1997; Oct. 16, 1998; Oct. 15, 1999.

Use of Bait and Hounds: The use of bait and hounds for hunting black bear is prohibited state-wide.

((pursuit only season

It is lawful to pursue or tree black bears during established pursuit-only seasons, provided any bear pursued or treed is not killed or injured. Hunters participating in a pursuit only season for black bear must have a valid hound stamp, and hunting license. A bear tag is not required to pursue black bear during the pursuit only season.

Aug. 1-31, 1994, 1995, and 1996, in GMUs 100-111, GMU 113 outside of Selkirk Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone[*], GMUs 118-124 and GMUs 200 and 206.

open season

(Bear may be killed.)))

black bear seasons

Damage:

July 15-31, 1997; July 15-31, 1998; July 15-31, 1999 in PLWMAs 401 and 600, and in GMUs 454, 484, 501, 505, 506, 520, 530, 564, 568, 601, 603, 615, 627, 642, 648, and 667. Also in GMUs 558 and 572 except closed on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and on Washington Department of Natural Resource lands.

General:

Eastern Washington

((Sept. 7-Oct. 31, 1994, Sept. 6-Oct. 31, 1995, Sept. 4-Oct. 31, 1996, except Sept. 7-Nov. 6, 1994; Sept. 6-Nov. 5, 1995; Sept. 4-Nov. 10, 1996 in GMUs 145-154, 160-185.)) Aug. 1-Nov. 6, 1997; Aug. 1-Nov. 6, 1998; Aug. 1-Nov. 6, 1999.

Western Washington

((Aug. 1-Oct. 31, 1994; Aug. 1-Oct. 31, 1995; Aug. 1-Oct. 31, 1996, except Sept. 1-Oct. 31, 1994, Sept. 1-Oct. 31, 1995, and Sept. 1-Oct 31, 1996, in Bow Area 802 and July 13-Sept. 7 and Sept. 26-Oct. 31 in PLWMA 401. closed in GMUs 485 and 522.)) Aug. 1-Nov. 13, 1997; Aug. 1-Nov. 12, 1998; Aug. 1-Nov. 11, 1999, except Sept. 2-Nov. 13, 1997; Sept. 8-Nov. 12, 1998; and Sept. 7-Nov. 11, 1999 in Bow Area 802. closed in GMUs 485 and 522.

((The following regulations apply to the practice of hunting black bear with bait.

Definition of Bait: A bait shall be defined as any substance placed with the intent of attracting bear.

Bait Types: It is unlawful to hunt bear with the aid of any bait other than unprocessed plant and plant parts including fruit, inedible parts of legally obtained food fish, game fish, and game animals; carcasses of legally trapped furbearing animals (hide removed); carcasses of unclassified fish and unclassified wildlife, and parts of domestic livestock carcasses.

Baits may not contain paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminum, tin, steel, or styrofoam, or other packaging materials.

All other baits are illegal.

Placement of Bait: Baits for black bear may not be placed in an area until five days prior to the start of that area's established bear harvest season.

A bait may not be placed within fifty yards of any body of water (lake, pond, reservoir, stream, river, and spring), and not within two hundred yards of any road open to vehicular traffic or publicly maintained trail.

A bait may not be placed within one-half mile of any publicly designated administrative site, campground, picnic area, landfill or dump site, and not within one-quarter mile of any permanent residence or seasonal dwelling (except that private landowners may bait on their property within one-quarter mile of their own residence or seasonal dwelling when such baiting does not violate any of the aforementioned distance requirements with adjacent landholders).

Bait Containers: Bait must be contained within an excavated pit, or within a confine constructed of materials located at the site. Such containment structures might include, but not be restricted to, log cubbies, rock piles and stumps. Containers may also be used to hold bait, but if used, must be securely fastened (to tree, ground, post, etc.)[.]

Any items used to contain or to fasten bait containment materials such as metal drums, nails, screws, bolts, rope, reinforcing rod, and spikes shall be removed from the area within 48 hours of the close of the bear harvest season. Excavated pits shall be filled and the area returned to pre-baiting condition. Tree stands and materials used to construct and erect tree stands shall be removed within the same 48-hour period (except that tree stands may be left on private property with landowner's permission).

All hunters who hunt bear with bait shall affix their bear tag number at their bear baiting sites in such a manner that it remains conspicuous and legible for the duration of the bear season.

bait and/or hound hunting closures and restrictions

Selkirk Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone

[*] Use of hounds and bait to hunt black bear prohibited in that part of GMU 113 within the Selkirk Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone: (Pend Oreille County): Defined as beginning at the junction of the Canadian-Washington border and State Rout 31 by Boundary Lake; then east along the Canadian border to the Idaho border; then south along the Idaho-Washington border to the ridge top between Bath Creek and Lamb Creek at Section 1, Township 35 North, Range 45 East; then west along said ridge top to USFS Road 310; then west along USFS Road 310 to the peak of Gleason Mountain; then west along USFS Trail 162 to Hungry Mountain; then south and west along the ridge top between Fourth of July Creek and Middle Creek to the mouth of LeClerc Creek; then north along the ridge top between the Pend Oreille River and the West Branch LeClerc Creek (Dry Canyon Ridge) to Sullivan Lake Road; then north and east along Sullivan Lake Road to Sullivan Lake; then north along the east shoreline of Sullivan Lake to Sullivan Lake Road; then north and west along Sullivan Lake Road to State Route 31; then north along State Route 31 to the point of beginning. (See Washington Atlas & Gazetteer or Colville National Forest map.)

Hunters using bait to hunt black bear outside of the Selkirk Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone but within GMUs 105, 108, 111, or 113, are required to be an AHE graduate or to obtain a bait hunter education certificate from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

North Cascades Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone (Zone)

The use of hounds and bait to hunt black bear is prohibited in the North Cascades National Park Complex and in all portions of GMUs 203, 218, 224, 231, 242, 300, 301, 302, 304, 306, 308, 314, 316, 328, 335, 426, 440, and 450. The use of hounds and bait to hunt black bear is also prohibited within those portions of GMUs 215, 233, 239, 417, 418, 433, 448, and 460 that lie within the North Cascades Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone (Okanogan, Chelan, Kittitas, King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties). For the purposes of this regulation, the Zone boundaries are defined as beginning at the junction of the Canadian-Washington border at the Nighthawk Port of Entry. South and East on the Similkameen Road to the Loomis-Oroville Road. South on the Loomis-Oroville Road to the Town of Loomis. South from the Town of Loomis on the Sinlahekin Road to Conconully[,][.] South and West on the West Fork (Salmon Creek) Road to the Okanogan National Forest Boundary. East and South on the Okanogan National Forest Boundary; crossing U.S. Hwy. 20 and South of Loup Loup Summit. Continuing on the Okanogan National Forest boundary South and West to Vinton Road. Vinton Road South and West to Carlton at State Hwy. 153. State Hwy. 153 South and East to Pateros to U.S. Hwy 97. South on U.S. Hwy. 97 to the Okanogan County/Chelan County Line. West on the county line to the exterior boundary of the Wenatchee National Forest. West on the Wenatchee National Forest boundary, crossing Lake Chelan to South Lakeshore Drive. South on South Lakeshore Drive to U.S. Hwy. Alt. 97. South and West on U.S. Hwy. Alt. 97 to its intersection with U.S. Hwys. 2 and 97 at Sunnyslope. South and East on State Hwy. 285 to the Columbia River. South and East along the Columbia River to U.S. Interstate 90 at Vantage. West on U.S. Interstate 90 to the exterior boundary of the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest at Garcia. North on the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Boundary to U.S. Hwy. 2 at the Skykomish River. U.S. Hwy. 2 west to the Kellog Lake Road. Kellog Lake Road North and West to Sultan Basin Road. Sultan Basin Road North and East to Olney Pass to Williamson Creek Road. North and East on the Williamson Creek Road to the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Boundary. West and North on the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Boundary to Pilchuck Mountain. North on the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Boundary to the South Fork Stilliguamish River. Continuing North on the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Boundary to Boulder Falls. North and East on Forest Road 2010 to French Creek. North on French Creek to the North Fork Stilliguamish River. West on the North Fork Stilliguamish River to Dicks Creek and the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Boundary. North on the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Boundary to Cumberland Creek. Cumberland Creek West and North to the Skagit River. The Skagit River East to Grandy Creek. North and East on Grandy Creek to Baker Lake Road. Baker Lake Road North and East to the Whatcom County/Skagit County Line. West on the Whatcom County/Skagit County Line to the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Boundary at Howard Creek. West and North on the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Boundary to the Canadian-Washington border. East on the Canadian-Washington border to the point of origin. (See Washington Atlas and Gazetteer)

Hunters using bait to hunt black bear outside the North Cascades Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone but within GMUs 215, 233, 239, 417, 418, 433, 448, and 460, are required to be an AHE graduate or to obtain a bait hunter education certificate from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Use of bait and hounds to hunt black bear is prohibited in Walla Walla and Columbia counties outside of the Umatilla National Forest.

[hound hunting closures]

Use of hounds is prohibited in GMU 684, and Bow Area 802.))

tooth submittal

Bear: Each hunter who takes a bear must submit the small premolar tooth behind the canine tooth of upper or lower jaw for age determination. Tooth envelopes are available from Department of Fish and Wildlife regional offices.

report cards

Each successful hunter must fill out and return a Game Harvest Report Card to the Department of Fish and Wildlife within ten days after taking a deer or bear.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040. 96-18-051 (Order 96-133), 232-28-240, filed 8/29/96, effective 9/29/96; 96-15-102, 232-28-240, filed 7/22/96, effective 8/1/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.010 and 77.12.040. 96-04-027, 232-28-240, filed 2/1/96, effective 3/3/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040. 95-03-031 (Order 94-142), 232-28-240, filed 1/10/95, effective 2/10/95; 94-21-069 (Orders 94-76 and 94-131), 232-28-240, filed 10/17/94, effective 11/17/94; 94-11-046 (Order 654), 232-28-240, filed 5/10/94, effective 6/10/94.]

Reviser's note: The typographical errors in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

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