WSR 97-06-053

PERMANENT RULES

FISH AND WILDLIFE

COMMISSION

(Wildlife)

[Order 97-31--Filed February 27, 1997, 3:10 p.m.]

Date of Adoption: December 19, 1996.

Purpose: To amend WAC 232-28-242 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000 Elk hunting seasons and regulations.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-28-242.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.040.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 96-21-154 on October 23, 1996.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: The adopted version of WAC 232-28-242 differs from the proposed version filed with the code reviser in the following specifics:

1. Under tag required; the section was amended: During the 1997-1998 season . . .; after the first sentence, the following sentence was added: During the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 seasons, elk hunters must choose one of the five elk hunting areas (Blue Mountains, Northeastern Washington, Yakima, Colockum, or Western Washington) to hunt in and buy the appropriate tag for that area.

2. Under Bull Elk Season: The following sentence was added: "Spike bull only or 3 point minimum restrictions apply in most game management units."

3. The state-wide spike bull restrictions were deleted.

4. Spike bull units were expanded to include GMUs 407, 410, 426-454, 484, 504, 505, 510, 516, 520, 550, 560, 658, 660, 663, 666, 667, 672, 673, and 684.

5. The branched antler restriction GMU paragraph was retained and not deleted as originally proposed.

6. The 3-Pt. Minimum restriction was not deleted and expanded to include the following additional GMUs: 513, 603, 612, 615, 624, 627, 633, 642, 648, 651.

7. The early and late hunt descriptions under modern firearm information was retained, but the verbiage describing legal elk was deleted.

8. The elk tag area descriptions were included in the general information on page 1 rather than listed under modern firearm information. For 1998 and beyond, GMUs 101-142 will be designated Northeastern Elk Tag Area and will be removed from the Blue Mountains Tag Area. NA (Northeastern Archery Tag); NG (Northeastern Modern General Bull Tag); NP (Northeastern Modern Permit Applicant Tag); and NM (Northeastern Muzzleloader Tag).

9. GMUs 472 and 621 were added to permit only GMUs in the western Washington Tag Area. Also added to western Washington were: Elk Area 064 in GMU 638 (Quinault) is open to AHE hunters only. The Cathlamet Big Game Closure in GMU 506 (Willapa Hills) is open to archery permit hunters only.

10. Under modern firearm elk seasons on page 4, the elk tag required for 1997, 1998, and 1999 was added. Both general and permit applicant tag hunting dates were included in the modern firearm hunting season table. Dates for all hunts were changed to: Eastern Washington: General: Oct. 25-Nov. 2, 1997; Oct. 31-Nov. 8, 1998; Oct. 30-Nov. 7, 1999. Eastern Washington: Permit Applicant: Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 1997; Nov. 2-8, 1998; Nov. 1-7, 1999. Western Washington: General: Nov. 8-16, 1997; Nov. 7-15, 1998; Nov. 6-14, 1999. Western Washington: Permit Applicant: Nov. 10-16, 1997; Nov. 9-15, 1998; Nov. 8-14, 1999.

11. Under Early Archery Elk Seasons, GMUs 101-142 were made either sex. The tag required for 1997, 1998 and 1999 for each hunt was included in the hunt table.

12. GMUs 300, 306, 308, 334 (North of I-90) were also made either sex in early archery elk seasons. GMUs 328 and 329 were made spike bull or antlerless.

13. GMU 330 was deleted from early archery elk seasons.

14. GMUs 334 (South of I-90) and 372 were made either sex.

15. GMUs 335 and 371 were added to early archery elk seasons as spike bull or antlerless.

16. Western Washington early archery elk seasons were amended to include GMUs 407, 410, 426, 448, 450, 504, 505, 510, 516, 520, 550, 560, 658, 660, 663, 667, 672, 673 and 684 as spike bull or antlerless.

17. GMUs 437, 454, 484, 501, 564, 568, 574, 578, 582, 588, were made either sex in early archery elk seasons.

18. GMUs 460, 466, 478, 490, 506, 513, 530, 558, 572, and 681 were made 3-pt. min. or antlerless except permit only in Cathlamet Firearm Restriction Area in GMU 506.

19. GMUs 601, 603, 612, 615, 624, 627, 633, 638, 642, 648, and 651 were made 3-Pt. Min. and permit only in Pysht PLWMA 600 in GMU 603 and AHE hunters only in Elk Area 064 in GMU 638.

20. Bow Area 802 opening date was changed to September 1 for 1998 and 1999 and the restriction was amended to spike bull or antlerless.

21. Late archery elk seasons in each tag area were amended by adding elk tag required each year (1997, 1998, and 1999).

22. In the Blue Mountains, GMU 105 was added and GMU 133 was deleted from late archery elk seasons.

23. Legal elk for GMUs 101, 105, 117, 121, 124, 127 was changed to either sex and dates were changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 15, 1997; Nov. 25-Dec. 15, 1998; and Nov. 24-Dec. 15, 1999.

24. The late hunt in GMUs 166 and 178 was replaced with "Private lands within GMU 162 east of the North Touchet Road" and "GMU 178 on private lands only," and the dates changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 15, 1997; Nov. 25-Dec. 15, 1998; and Nov. 24-Dec. 15, 1999.

25. Dates for late archery hunts in GMUs 328, 336, 346, 352 were changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 8, 1997; Nov. 25-Dec. 8, 1998; and Nov. 24-Dec. 8, 1999. Dates for all other GMUs open to late archery hunts were changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 15, 1997; Nov. 25-Dec. 15, 1998; and Nov. 24-Dec. 15, 1999.

26. Western Washington GMUs open to late archery were amended to include GMUs 407, 437, 454, 484, 505, 520, and 672 as spike bull or antlerless; GMUs 564, 588 as either sex; GMUs 603, 612, 615, 638, and 648 as 3-Pt. Min. except closed on Pysht PLWMA 600; AHE hunters only in Elk Area 064 in GMU 638; and GMUs 506, 530, and 681 as 3-Pt. Min. or antlerless and permit only in Cathlamet Firearm Restriction Area in Wahkiakum County.

27. The dates for Bow Areas 802 and 841 were changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 15, 1997; Nov. 25-Dec. 15, 1998; and Nov. 24-Dec. 15, 1999 and Bow areas 806 and 807 were changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 8, 1997; Nov. 25-Dec. 8, 1998; and Nov. 24-Dec. 8, 1999.

28. Under Early Muzzleloader Elk Seasons, the elk tag required was listed for each year.

29. GMU 109 was added as an any bull unit.

30. GMU 117 was dropped from early muzzleloader elk season.

31. GMU 172 was made spike bull only.

32. The asterisk on GMU 314 was retained along with the footnote below the early muzzleloader table.

33. GMU 304 was made any bull in the early muzzleloader season.

34. GMUs 501 and 564 were made either sex in early muzzleloader seasons Oct. 4-10, 1997; Oct. 10-16, 1998; and Oct. 9-15, 1999.

35. GMU 574 was dropped in early muzzleloader hunts.

36. GMUs 460, 478, 513, 530, 603 and 607 were dropped as spike bull only and made 3 pt. min.

37. GMUs 501 and 564 were dropped from the spike bull or antlerless early muzzleloader hunts and made either sex.

38. Under late muzzleloader elk hunts the elk tag required for each year was identified.

39. GMU 127 was dropped from late muzzleloader.

40. The dates for hunts in GMUs 130, 133, 136 and 139 were changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 15, 1997; Nov. 25-Dec. 15, 1998; Nov. 24-Dec. 15, 1999.

41. Legal elk in GMUs 130, 133, 136 and 139 were made either sex.

42. The dates for hunts in GMUs 346, Muzzleloader Areas 910 and 944 were changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 8, 1997; Nov. 25-Dec. 8, 1998; and Nov. 24-Dec. 8, 1999. Dates for all other muzzleloader hunts were changed to Nov. 26-Dec. 15, 1997; Nov. 25-Dec. 15, 1998; Nov. 24-Dec. 15, 1999.

43. In late muzzleloader hunts, GMUs 478, 501, 568, and 578 were deleted from the spike bull or antlerless hunts but 501, 564, 568 and 578 were made either sex.

44. The late hunt in muzzleloader area 910 was made antlerless only while the hunt in muzzleloader area 944 was made spike bull or antlerless.

45. The hunts labeled "Either Sex Elk Hunts" were changed to "Damage Elk Hunts." The elk tag required for each year and tag area was added for 1997, 1998 and 1999.

46. GMU 109 was dropped from damage elk hunts.

47. Hunts in GMUs 101, 105, 121, 124 (west of SR 395), 133, 136, and 139 were made either sex Oct. 25-Nov.2, 1997; Oct. 31-Nov. 8, 1998; and Oct. 30-Nov. 7, 1999. The elk tag required for this hunt is BG or BP in 1997 and NG or NP in 1998 and 1999.

48. Hunts in GMUs 127 and 130 are for Advanced Hunter Education hunters only but elk tags BA, BG, BP and BM are valid in 1997, elk tags NA, NG, NP or NM are valid in 1998 and 1999.

49. The tag required for GMU 372 was changed to "any elk tag," with the following dates: Nov. 1-15, 1997, 1998 and 1999.

50. In GMU 564, the additional elk tag WP is valid for Nov. 8-16, 1997; Nov. 7-15, 1998; and Nov. 6-14, 1999.

51. In GMUs 501, 568, 574, 578 and 588, both elk tags WG and WP are valid for Nov. 8-16, 1997; Nov. 7-15, 1998; and Nov. 6-14, 1999.

52. Hunts in GMUs 300, 301, 304, 306, and 308 are valid for CG, CP, and CM elk tags. GMU 316 was deleted from this hunt.

53. Under Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas opportunities, the Kapowsin hunt was relabeled Champion (PLWMA 401) Kapowsin Tree Farm.

54. The archery season hunt area on Kapowsin Tree Farm includes PLWMA 401 North, PLWMA 401 Central and PLWMA 401 South. The dates for this hunt were changed to Sept. 1-12, 1997; Sept. 1-11, 1998; and Sept. 1-10, 1999.

55. A muzzleloader hunt was added on PLWMA 401 North for 1997 only for spike bull only Nov. 24-Dec. 4 for WM tag holders.

56. A modern firearm hunt was added on PLWMA 401 North for 1997 only, for spike bull only, Nov. 1-7, for WG tag holders.

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 WSR 96-04-027, filed 2/1/96, effective 3/3/96)

WAC 232-28-242 ((1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97)) 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000 Elk hunting seasons and regulations.

elk seasons

Bag Limit: One (1) elk per hunter during the annual (July 1-March 31) hunting season.

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

Tag Required: During the 1997-1998 season: Elk hunters must choose one of the four elk hunting areas (Blue Mountains, Yakima, Colockum or Western Washington) to hunt in and buy the appropriate tag for that area. During the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 seasons, elk hunters must choose one of the five elk hunting areas (Blue Mountains, Northeastern Washington, Yakima, Colockum, or Western Washington) to hunt in and buy the appropriate tag for that area.

Bull Elk Seasons: Open only to the taking of male elk with visible antlers (bull calves are illegal). Spike bull only or 3-point minimum restrictions apply in most game management units.

Definition: Visible Antler is defined as a horn-like growth projecting above the hairline.

Spike Bull Restriction GMUs: Bull elk taken in these GMUs must have at least one antler that is a spike above the ears (does not branch above ears). An animal with branched antlers on both sides is illegal but an animal with a spike on one side is legal in spike only units.

Spike Only GMUs: 145-154, ((160-185)) 160-186, 302, 314-329, 335-371, ((and 472)) 407, 410, 426-454, 484, 504, 505, 510, 516, 520, 550, 560, 658, 660, 663, 666, 667, 672, 673, and 684.

Branched Antler Restriction GMUs: Bull elk taken in these GMUs must meet minimum antler point requirements. Minimum antler point requirements are antler points on one side only. Antler points may include eye guards but antler points on the lower half of either main beam must be at least four (4) inches long, measured from tip to nearest edge of beam. All other antler points must be at least one inch long. Antler restrictions apply to all hunters during any open season.

3 Point GMUs: ((418,)) 460, 466, 478, 490, 506, ((512)) 513, 530, 558, 572, 601, 603, 607, 612, 615, 624, 627, 633, 638, 642, 648, 651, 681; and GMUs 157, 472, 485, 524, 556, ((and)) 602 and 621 by permit only.

Special Permits: Only hunters with elk tags identified in the Special Elk Permits tables may apply for special bull or antlerless permits. Please see permit table for tag eligibility. Hunters drawn for a special permit may hunt only with a weapon in compliance with their tag and during the dates listed for the hunt.

Elk Tag Areas

Blue Mountains: 100 series GMUs, GMUs 127 and 130 are permit only for modern firearm hunters; and GMU 157 limited by permit to all hunters.

BA - Blue Mountains Archery Tag

BG - Blue Mountains Modern General Bull Tag

BP - Blue Mountains Modern Permit Applicant Tag

BM - Blue Mountains Muzzleloader Tag

For 1998 and beyond, GMUs 101-142 will be designated Northeastern Elk Tag Area.

NA - Northeastern Archery Tag

NG - Northeastern Modern General Bull Tag

NP - Northeastern Modern Permit Applicant Tag

NM - Northeastern Muzzleloader Tag

Colockum: Chelan County portion of GMU 302, and GMUs 300, 301, 304, 306, 308, 314, 316, 328, 329, 330 (permit only in GMU 330), and the portion of GMU 334 north of I-90 (modern firearm restrictions in GMU 334).

CA - Colockum Archery Tag

CG - Colockum Modern General Bull Tag

CP - Colockum Modern Permit Applicant Tag

CM - Colockum Muzzleloader Tag

Yakima: Kittitas County portion of GMU 302, and the portion of GMU 334 south of I-90 (Modern Firearm restrictions in GMU 334), and GMUs 335, 336, 340, 342, 346, 352, 356, 360, 364, 368, 371, and 372.

YA - Yakima Archery Tag

YG - Yakima Modern General Bull Tag

YP - Yakima Modern Permit Applicant Tag

YM - Yakima Muzzleloader Tag

Western Washington: All 400, 500, and 600 GMUs except closed in GMU 418, 522, 636 and modern firearm restrictions in portion of GMU 660. GMUs 418 (Nooksack) and 636 (Skokomish) are closed to all elk hunting as Conservation Closures. Elk Area 064 in GMU 638 (Quinault) is open to AHE hunters only. The Cathlamet Big Game Closure in GMU 506 (Willapa Hills) is open to archery AHE permit hunters only. Permit only in GMUs 472, 485, 524, 554, 556, 602, 621 and PLWMA 600 (Pysht).

WA - Western Washington Archery Tag

WG - Western Washington Modern General Bull Tag

WP - Western Washington Modern Permit Applicant Tag

WM - Western Washington Muzzleloader Tag

Modern Firearm Elk Information

Modern firearm elk hunters have early and late hunts in all elk areas. Those who buy the General tag have the first opportunity to hunt bulls. Only those who buy the Permit tag are able to apply for special elk permits.

Tag Required: Elk hunter must have a current, valid, unaltered, unnotched modern firearm elk tag as listed below on his/her person.

Hunting Method: May use rifle, bow and arrow, or muzzleloader, but only during modern firearm seasons.

((Modern Firearm Elk Seasons

Legal Elk: Male elk with visible antlers are legal throughout the state except in GMUs 145-154, 160-185, 302, 314-329, 335-368, and 472 spike bull restrictions apply and in branched antler areas branched antler restrictions apply.

Blue Mountains - Open Area: 100 series GMUs; GMUs 127 and 130 are permit only for modern firearm hunters; and GMU 157 limited by permit to all hunters. GMUs 145-154, 160-185 are spike bull only, except by permit.

BA - Blue Mountains Archery Tag

BG - Blue Mountains Modern General Bull Tag

BP - Blue Mountains Modern Permit Applicant Tag

BM - Blue Mountains Muzzleloader Tag

Colockum - Open Area: Chelan County portion of GMU 302 and GMUs 300, 301, 304, 306, 308, 314, 316, 328, 329, 330 (permit only in GMU 330), and the portion of GMU 334 north of I-90 (modern firearm restrictions in GMU 334). GMUs 302, 314-329 are spike bull only, except by permit.

CA - Colockum Archery Tag

CG - Colockum Modern General Bull Tag

CP - Colockum Modern Permit Applicant Tag

CM - Colockum Muzzleloader Tag

Yakima - Open Area: Kittitas County portion of GMU 302 and GMUs 335, 336, 340, 342, 346, 352, 356, 360, 364, 366, 368, 371, and 372. GMUs 302, 335-371 are spike bull only, except by permit.

YA - Yakima Archery Tag

YG - Yakima Modern General Bull Tag

YP - Yakima Modern Permit Applicant Tag

YM - Yakima Muzzleloader Tag

Western Washington - Open Area: All 400, 500, and 600 GMUs except closed in GMU 417, 522, 621, 636 and modern firearm restrictions in portion of GMU 660. GMUs 417 (Bald Mountain), 621 (Olympic) and 636 (Skokomish) are closed to all elk hunting as Conservation Closures. Permit only in GMUs 485, 524, 554, 556, and 602. GMU 472 is spike bull only, except by permit.

WA - Western Washington Archery Tag

WG - Western Washington Modern General Bull Tag

WP - Western Washington Modern Permit Applicant Tag

WM - Western Washington Muzzleloader Tag



[Open Style:Columns Off]

1994 1995 1996

Blue Mountains

BG - Blue Mountains Modern General Oct. 26-Nov. 6 Oct. 25-Nov. 5 Oct. 30-Nov. 10

Bull Elk Tag

BP - Blue Mountains Modern Permit Oct. 29-Nov. 6 Oct. 28-Nov. 5 Nov. 2-10

Applicant Elk Tag

Colockum

CG - Colockum Modern General Oct. 26-Nov. 3 Oct. 26-Nov. 3 Oct. 26-Nov. 3

Bull Elk Tag

CP - Colockum Modern Permit Oct. 29-Nov. 3 Oct. 29-Nov. 3 Oct. 29-Nov. 3

Applicant

Elk Tag

Yakima

YG - Yakima Modern General Nov. 5-15 Nov. 5-15 Nov. 5-15

Bull Elk Tag

YP - Yakima Modern Permit Nov. 8-15 Nov. 8-15 Nov. 8-15

Applicant

Elk Tag

Western Washington

WG - Western Washington Nov. 2-13 Nov. 1-13 Nov. 6-17

Modern General Bull

Elk Tag

WP - Western Washington Nov. 5-13 Nov. 4-13 Nov. 9-17

Modern Permit

Applicant Elk Tag))

Modern Firearm Elk Seasons

GMUs Elk Tag 1997 Dates 1998 Dates 1999 Dates Legal Elk

97 98 99

101-142 BG NG NG Oct. 25-Nov. 2 Oct. 31-Nov. 8 Oct. 30-Nov. 7 Any Bull

BP NP NP Oct. 27-Nov. 2 Nov. 2-8 Nov. 1-7 Any Bull

145-154, 162-186 BG BG BG Oct. 25-Nov. 2 Oct. 31-Nov.8 Oct. 30-Nov. 7 Spike Bull Only

BP BP BP Oct. 27-Nov. 2 Nov. 2-8 Nov. 1-7 Spike Bull Only

300, 301, 304, CG CG CG Oct. 25-Nov. 2 Oct. 31-Nov. 8 Oct. 30-Nov. 7 Any Bull

306, 308 CP CP CP Oct. 27-Nov. 2 Nov. 2-8 Nov. 1-7 Any Bull

314-329 and Chelan CG CG CG Oct. 25-Nov. 2 Oct. 31-Nov. 8 Oct. 30-Nov. 7 Spike Bull Only

County

portion of GMU 302 CP CP CP Oct. 27-Nov. 2 Nov. 2-8 Nov. 1-7 Spike Bull Only

335-371 and Kittitas YG YG YG Oct. 25-Nov. 2 Oct. 31-Nov. 8 Oct. 30-Nov. 7 Spike Bull Only

County

portion of GMU 302 YP YP YP Oct. 27-Nov. 2 Nov. 2-8 Nov. 1-7 Spike Bull Only

372 YG YG YG Oct. 25-Nov. 2 Oct. 31-Nov. 8 Oct. 30-Nov. 7 Any Bull

YP YP YP Oct. 27-Nov. 2 Nov. 2-8 Nov. 1-7 Any Bull

407, 410,426-454,484 WG WG WG Nov. 8-16 Nov. 7-15 Nov. 6-14 Spike Bull Only

WP WP WP Nov. 10-16 Nov. 9-15 Nov. 8-14 Spike Bull Only

460, 466, 478, 490 WG WG WG Nov. 8-16 Nov. 7-15 Nov. 6-14 3-Pt. Min.

WP WP WP Nov. 10-16 Nov. 9-15 Nov. 8-14 3-Pt. Min.

504, 505, 510, 516, WG WG WG Nov. 8-16 Nov. 7-15 Nov. 6-14 Spike Bull Only

520, 550, 560 WP WP WP Nov. 10-16 Nov. 9-15 Nov. 8-14 Spike Bull Only

501, 564, 568, 574, WG WG WG Nov. 8-16 Nov. 7-15 Nov. 6-14 Either Sex

578, 582, 588 WP WP WP Nov. 10-16 Nov. 9-15 Nov. 8-14 Either Sex

506, 513, 530, 558, WG WG WG Nov. 8-16 Nov. 7-15 Nov. 6-14 3-Pt. Min.

572 WP WP WP Nov. 10-16 Nov. 9-15 Nov. 8-14 3-Pt. Min.

658, 660, 663, 666, WG WG WG Nov. 8-16 Nov. 7-15 Nov. 6-14 Spike Bull Only

667, 672, 673, 684 WP WP WP Nov. 10-16 Nov. 9-15 Nov. 8-14 Spike Bull Only

601, 603, 607, 612, WG WG WG Nov. 8-16 Nov. 7-15 Nov. 6-14 3-Pt. Min. except

615, 624, 627, 633 AHE hunters only

638, 642, 648, 651, in Elk Area 064 in

681 GMU 638

WP WP WP Nov. 10-16 Nov. 9-15 Nov. 8-14 3-Pt. Min. except

AHE hunters only

in Elk Area 064 in

GMU 638

Archery Elk Seasons

Tag Required: Elk hunter must have a current, valid, unaltered, unnotched archery elk tag as listed below on his/her person.

Hunting Method: Bow and arrow only.

Special Notes: Archery tag holders can hunt only during archery seasons. ((Only)) Archery elk hunters ((with tags identified in the Special Permits tables)) may apply for special bull permits. Please see permit table for tag eligibility for all elk permits.

Early Archery Elk Seasons

Tag Required: Elk hunter must have a current, valid, unaltered, unnotched archery elk tag as listed below on his/her person for the area hunted: Blue Mountains (BA), Northeastern (NA), Colockum (CA), Yakima (YA), or Western Washington (WA).

GMUs Elk Tag ((1994)) ((1995)) ((1996))

1997 Dates 1998 Dates 1999 Dates Legal Elk

97 98 99

((100-124, BA NA NA Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Either sex

127,

130-142))

101-142

145-154, ((160- BA BA BA Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Spike bull only

169)) 162-169,

175, 178,

((181-185,)) 186

300, 306, 308, CA CA CA Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Either sex

((316,)) 334 (North

of I-90)

328, 329((, 330)) CA CA CA Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Spike bull or

antlerless

334 (South of

I-90), ((371,)) 372 YA YA YA Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Either sex((,

except Spike

only in

GMU 371))

335, 336, YA YA YA Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Spike bull or

340, 352, 356, 364, antlerless

371

((405-)), 407, 410, WA WA WA Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 ((Either sex))

426((-454)), 448, Spike bull or

450, 504, 505, antlerless

510, ((514,)) 516,

520, 550, ((554,))

560, ((568, 574,

576, 586, 588,

615, 618, 642-))

658, 660, 663,

667, ((669,)) 672,

((678)) 673, 684

437, 454, 484, 501, WA WA WA Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Either sex

564, 568, 574, 578,

582, 588

460, 466, 478, WA WA WA Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 3 pt. min. or

490, ((512,)) 506, antlerless except

513, 530, 558, 572, permit only in

((601, 638,)) 681 Cathlamet Firearm

Restriction Area

in GMU 506

601, 603, 612, 615 WA WA WA Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 3 Pt. min. and permit

624, 627, 633, 638, only on Pysht PLWMA

642, 648, 651 600 in GMU 603; AHE

hunters only in Elk

Area 064 in GMU 638

((472 WA Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Spike or

antlerless

484 WA Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Either sex

418 WA Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 3 pt. min.

607 WA No Season Sept. 1-14 No Season 3 pt. min.

612 WA Sept. 1-14 No Season Sept. 1-14 Either sex))

Bow Area 802 WA ((Sept. 1-14))

Sept. 2-14 Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 ((Either sex))

Spike bull

or antlerless

Late Archery Elk Seasons

Tag Required: Elk hunter must have a current, valid, unaltered, unnotched archery as listed below elk tag on his/her person for the area hunted.

((1994)) ((1995)) ((1996))

GMUs Elk Tag 1997 Dates 1998 Dates 1999 Dates Legal Elk

97 98 99

((103, 118,)) 101, BA NA NA ((Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Nov. 22-Dec. 15 Nov. 27-Dec. 15))

105, 117, 121, 124 Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Either sex

127((, 133))

((166, 178 BA Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Nov. 22-Dec. 15 Nov. 27-Dec. 15 Spike bull only))

Private lands within BA BA BA Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Spike bull or

GMU 162 east of the antlerless

North Touchet Road.

GMU 178 on private

lands only

((328 CA Nov. 23-Dec. 8 Nov. 22-Dec. 8 Nov. 21-Dec. 8))

328 CA CA CA Nov. 26-Dec. 8 Nov. 25-Dec. 8 Nov. 24-Dec. 8 Spike bull or

antlerless

((335,)) 336, 346, ((YA Nov. 23-Dec. 8 Nov. 22-Dec. 8 Nov. 21-Dec. 8)) Spike bull or

352 YA YA YA Nov. 26-Dec. 8 Nov. 25-Dec. 8 Nov. 24-Dec. 8 antlerless

((405, 433, 454, WA Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Nov. 22-Dec. 15 Nov. 27-Dec. 15 Either sex

484, 505, 520,

564, 588, 603,

612, 615, 648,

672))

407, 437, 454, 484, WA WA WA Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Spike bull or

505, 520, 672 antlerless

564, 588 WA WA WA Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Either sex

603, 612, 615, WA WA WA Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 3 pt. min. except

638, 648 closed on Pysht

PLWMA 600; AHE

hunters only in

Elk Area 064 in

GMU 638

506, 530, 638, WA WA WA Nov. ((23)) 26- Nov. ((22)) 25- Nov. ((27)) 24- 3 pt. min. or

681* Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Dec. 15 antlerless and

permit only in

Cathlamet Firearm

Restriction Area

in Wahkiakum

County

Bow Areas

802 WA WA WA Nov. ((23)) 26- Nov. ((22)) 25- Nov. ((27)) 24- ((Either sex))

Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Spike bull or

antlerless

806, 807 YA YA YA Nov. ((23)) 26- Nov. ((22)) 25- Nov. ((27)) 24- Spike bull or

Dec. 8 Dec. 8 Dec. 8 antlerless

841 WA WA WA Nov. ((23)) 26- Nov. ((22)) 25- Nov. ((27)) 24- ((Either sex))

Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Spike bull or

antlerless

* Except closed between U.S. Highway 101 and the Columbia River from Astoria-Megler toll bridge to the Wallicut River.

Muzzleloader Elk Seasons

Tag Required: Elk hunter must have a current, valid, unaltered, unnotched muzzleloader elk tag as listed below on his/her person.

Hunting Method: Muzzleloader only.

Special Notes: Muzzleloader tag holders can only hunt during the muzzleloader seasons and must hunt with muzzleloader equipment. Only hunters with tags identified in the Special Elk Permits tables may apply for special elk permits.

Early Muzzleloader Elk Seasons

Tag Required: Elk hunter must have a current, valid, unaltered, unnotched muzzleloader elk tag as designated below on his/her person.

GMUs Elk Tag ((1994)) ((1995)) ((1996))

1997 Dates 1998 Dates 1999 Dates Legal Elk

97 98 99

109 BM NM NM Oct. 4-10 Oct. 10-16 Oct. 9-15 Any Bull

172 BM BM BM Oct. 4-10 Oct. 10-16 Oct. 9-15 Spike bull only

((172)) 178, 181 BM BM BM Oct. ((6-12)) Oct. ((5-11)) Oct. ((3-9)) Spike bull ((only))

4-10 10-16 9-15 or antlerless

((302)) 314*, CM((, YM)) Oct. ((6-12)) Oct. ((5-11)) Oct. ((3-9)) Spike bull only

316 CM CM 4-10 10-16 9-15

304 CM CM CM Oct. 4-10 Oct. 10-16 Oct. 9-15 Any bull

((314* CM Oct. 6-12 Oct. 5-11 Oct. 3-9 Spike bull only

342 YM Oct. 6-12 Oct. 5-11 Oct. 3-9 Antlerless only))

342, 356, 368 YM YM YM Oct. ((6-12)) Oct. ((5-11)) Oct. ((3-9)) Spike bull only

4-10 10-16 9-15

501, 564 WM WM WM Oct. 4-10 Oct. 10-16 Oct. 9-15 Either sex

((603)) 660 WM WM WM Oct. ((6-12)) Oct. ((5-11)) Oct. ((3-9)) Spike Bull only

4-10 10-16 9-15

((607 WM Oct. 6-12 No Season Oct. 3-9 3 pt. min.

612 WM No Season Oct. 5-11 No Season Bull only

460, 506 WM Oct. 6-12 Oct. 5-11 Oct. 3-9 3 pt. min.))

460, 478, 513, WM WM WM Oct. 4-10 Oct. 10-16 Oct. 9-15 3 pt. min.

530, 603, 607

437, 454, 484, WM WM WM Oct. ((6-12)) Oct. ((5-11)) Oct. ((3-9)) ((Either sex))

((501, 564,)) 684 4-10 10-16 9-15 Spike bull or

antlerless

Muzzleloader

Area 910 YM YM YM ((Oct. 1-12)) ((Oct. 1-11)) Sept. ((1-15)) Spike bull or

Sept. 1-14 Sept. 1-14 1-14 antlerless

* The portion of GMU 314 bordered by the Colockum Pass Road (Road 10), Naneum Ridge Road (Road 9), and Ingersol Road (Road 1) is closed. See Naneum Green Dot Map.

Late Muzzleloader Elk Seasons

Tag Required: Elk hunter must have a current, valid, unaltered, unnotched muzzleloader elk tag as designated below on his/her person.

GMUs Elk Tag ((1994)) ((1995)) ((1996))

1997 Dates 1998 Dates 1999 Dates Legal Elk

97 98 99

((127,)) 130, 133, BM NM NM Nov. ((23)) 26- Nov. ((22)) 25- Nov. ((27)) 24 Either sex

136, 139 Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Dec. 15

((184 BM Nov. 23-Dec. 15 Antlerless only))

346 YM YM YM ((Nov. 16-19 Nov. 16-19 Nov. 16-19)) Spike bull ((or

Nov. 26-Dec. 8 Nov. 25-Dec. 8 Nov. 24-Dec. 8 antlerless)) only

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

((501, 568, 574, WM WM WM Nov. ((23)) 26- Nov. ((22)) 25- Nov. ((27)) 24- ((Either sex))

576, 586)) Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Spike bull or

454, 484, 505 antlerless

((505 WM Nov. 15-20 Nov. 14-19 Nov. 19-24 Either sex))

437, 504, 550 WM WM WM Nov. ((23)) 26- Nov. ((22)) 25- Nov. ((27)) 24- Spike bull only

Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Dec. 15

501, 564, 568, WM WM WM Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 15 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Either sex

578

601 WM WM WM Nov. ((23)) 26- Nov. ((22)) 25- Nov. ((27)) 24- 3 pt. bull min.

Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Dec. 15

684 WM WM WM Nov. ((23)) 26- Nov. ((22)) 25- Nov. ((27)) 24- ((Either sex))

Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Spike bull or

antlerless

Muzzleloader

Areas

910 YM YM YM Nov. ((16)) 26- Nov. ((16)) 25- Nov. ((16)) 24- ((Spike bull or))

Dec. 8 Dec. 8 Dec. 8 Antlerless only

944 YM YM YM ((Nov. 16-19 Nov. 16-19 Nov. 16-19)) Spike bull or

Nov. 26-Dec. 8 Nov. 25-Dec. 8 Nov. 24-Dec. 8 antlerless

Special Elk Hunts Open to Specified Tag Holders

Tag Required: Proper elk tags are listed with each GMU below.

Hunting Method: Hunters must use method listed on their tag, except in Firearm Restriction Areas, where some types of weapons are banned from use. See elk tag required, dates, and legal elk in table below.

((Either Sex)) Damage Elk Hunts

((1994)) ((1995)) ((1996))

GMUs Elk Tag 1997 Dates 1998 Dates 1999 Dates Legal Elk

97 98 99

((100, 103,)) 101, BG, BP NG, NP NG, NP ((Oct. 29-Nov. 6 Oct. 28-Nov. 5 Nov. 2-10)) Either sex

105, ((108,)) 121, Oct. 25-Nov. 2 Oct. 31-Nov. 8 Oct. 30-Nov. 7

124, west of SR 395,

133, 136, 139

127*, 130* BA, BG NA,NG NA,NG Oct. 20-Nov. 20 Oct. 20-Nov. 20 Oct. 20-Nov. 20 Either sex

BP, BM NP, NM NP, NB

((178 BG, BP Nov. 5-6 Either sex))

372 ((CM, YG, Any Elk Any Elk Nov. ((5-13)) Nov. ((5-15)) Nov. ((5-15)) Either sex

YP, YM)) Tag Tag 1-15 1-15 1-15

Any Elk

Tag

564** WA, WM, WA, WM, WA, WM, Nov. ((2-13)) Nov. ((1-13)) Nov. ((6-17)) Either sex

WG, WP WG, WP WG, WP 8-16 7-15 6-14

501, 568, 574, WG, WP WG, WP WG, WP Nov. ((2-13)) Nov. ((1-13)) Nov. ((6-17)) Either sex

((576, 586,)) 8-16 7-15 6-14

578, 588

300, 301, 304, CG, CP, CG, CP, CG, CP, Dec. ((9-18)) Dec. ((9-17)) Dec. ((9-16)) Either sex

306, 308((, 316 CM CM CM 8-21 7-20 6-19

east of Highway 2))

Elk Area 001 Any Elk Any Elk Any Elk Nov. 1-15 Nov. 1-15 Nov. 1-15 Either sex

Tag Tag Tag

((Elk Area 010 BA, BG, Oct. 20-Nov. 20 Oct. 20-Nov. 20 Either sex

BP

BM**))

* Advanced Hunter Education hunters only.

** Archery or Muzzleloader Equipment Only. Modern Firearm elk tag holders may hunt but must use primitive weapons.

((** Advanced Hunter Education hunters only.))

Private Lands Wildlife Management Opportunities

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

Champion (PLWMA 401) Kapowsin Tree Farm

Hunting Method Elk Tag ((1995 Open Season)) ((1996 Open Season)) Special Restrictions

1997 Dates 1998 Dates 1999 Dates

Archery WA Sept. 1-((14)) 12 Sept. 1-11 Sept. 1-((13)) 10 ((Spike Bull or)) Antlerless only

PLWMA 401 North

PLWMA 401 Central

PLWMA 401 South

Muzzleloader WM Nov. 24-Dec. 4 closed closed Spike only

PLWMA 401 North

Modern Firearm WG, WP Nov. 1-7 closed closed Spike only

PLWMA 401 North

[Open Style:Columns On]

Report Cards

Each successful hunter must fill out and return a Game Harvest Report Card to the Department of Fish and Wildlife within 10 days after taking an elk.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.010 and 77.12.040. 96-04-027, 232-28-242, filed 2/1/96, effective 3/3/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040. 95-03-033 (Order 94-144), 232-28-242, filed 1/10/95, effective 2/10/95; 94-18-056 (Order 94-55), 232-28-242, filed 8/31/94, effective 10/1/94; 94-11-048 (Order 656), 232-28-242, filed 5/10/94, effective 6/10/94.]

Reviser's note: RCW 34.05.395 requires the use of underlining and deletion marks to indicate amendments to existing rules. The rule published above varies from its predecessor in certain respects not indicated by the use of these markings.

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.

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

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