WSR 99-13-194

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed June 23, 1999, 10:14 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 99-10-104, 99-10-103, and 99-10-115.

Other Identifying Information: To amend WAC 232-12-024, 232-12-134, 232-12-141, 232-12-242, 232-12-261, 232-12-291, 232-28-259, 232-12-068, 232-12-257, 232-12-264, 232-16-140, 232-16-690, 232-28-264 and 232-28-281; to repeal WAC 232-12-137, 232-28-20401, 232-16-680 and 232-28-422; and to adopt WAC 232-28-423.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.040, 77.12.010.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 77.12.040, 77.12.010.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: WAC 232-12-261 Live decoys unlawful, this amendment makes it unlawful to hunt wild turkeys with the use or aid of live birds as decoys. Using live birds to hunt turkeys provides an unfair advantage for the hunter and violates the ethics of fair chase. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-12-264 Baiting of game birds--Unlawful, this amendment makes it unlawful to hunt game birds in an area posted as an upland bird feeding site. In addition, this amendment requires that a baited area will be considered a baited area for ten days following the complete remove [removal] of all grain or feed. Hunting birds in a baited area provides an unfair advantage for the hunter and violates the ethics of fair chase. In addition, the ten day requirement is in the federal regulations.

WAC 232-12-068 Nontoxic shot requirements for waterfowl, coot, and snipe hunting, this amendment modifies the existing allowable types of nontoxic shotgun shot pellets for waterfowl, coot, and snipe hunting, to include tungsten-matrix and tin shot. Tungsten-matrix and tin have been demonstrated to be effective nontoxic shot alternatives, in addition to other shot types approved by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The amendment protects the waterfowl resource and provides additional ammunition options for migratory game bird hunters. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-28-264 1997, 1998, 1999 Official hunting hours and small game seasons, to set time, place, and manner for hunting seasons. Small game seasons are set to provide recreational hunting opportunity and conserve small game resources. The amendment establishes the spring 2000 turkey season, and adjusts the September goose season days. The amendment is needed to provide additional recreational opportunity for turkey hunters and simplify regulations. The amendment conserves wildlife resources and provides additional recreational opportunity. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-28-423 1999-2000 Migratory waterfowl seasons and regulations, the WAC specifies legal season dates, bag limits, and open areas to hunt waterfowl for the 1999-2000 hunting season. Waterfowl seasons and regulations are developed based on cooperative management programs among states of the Pacific Flyway and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, considering population status and other biological parameters. The rule establishes waterfowl seasons and regulations to provide recreational opportunity, control waterfowl damage, and conserve the waterfowl resources of Washington. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-16-680 Lenice Lake Game Reserve, this repeal eliminates the reserve. The reserve no longer meets waterfowl distribution and resource conservation goals. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-16-690 Bayview Game Reserve, this amendment updates language in the existing WAC to allow additional hunting in the reserve. The reserve closure can be modified to allow more recreational opportunity without affecting reserve functions. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-12-134 Report required of licensed trappers, this amendment clarifies the requirements of the trappers license report. It makes it clear when the due date is and what the penalties are for failure to submit their reports. This rule requires trappers to have their report postmarked on or before April 10 and requires that a person not submitting a report by the due date wait one year before purchasing another trapping license. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-28-259 Electronic tree switches, this amendment corrects the language for tree switches and eliminates obsolete language. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-12-242 Hunting restrictions, this amendment clarifies the language that requires that a person must have appropriate big game licenses and have a legal firearm for big game while hunting any wildlife during a modern firearm deer or elk season. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-12-291 Hunting before or after hours, this amendment removes the word "daily" from the language, because hunting hours are not daily. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-12-137 Unlawful to use game species for trapping, the information contained in this WAC, proposed for repeal, is consolidated in WAC 232-12-141 Wild animal trapping. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-28-20401 Incisor tooth requirement, this WAC is proposed for repeal because it is unnecessary. The requirement to provide biological information is covered under WAC 232-12-082. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-12-024 Requirements for sealing of pelts and collection of biological information for river otter, cougar, lynx and bobcat, this amendment removes the requirements for taxidermists. This information is already contained in WAC 232-12-277. In addition, this WAC requires that all seals be attached to the carcass, not just merely cut through and handed to the trapper. This ensures that the tag goes with the correct animal. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-12-141 Wild animal trapping, this amendment allows for the use of the nonedible parts of birds, game fish, and game animals to be used as bait and for game bird feathers to be used as an attractor. (This information was previously included in WAC 232-12-137, proposed for repeal.) This amendment also makes it unlawful to trap for wild animals within thirty feet of nonedible parts that are visible to flying raptors. (WAC 232-12-137, made it unlawful to trap for wild animals using nonedible game parts unless they were buried or concealed from plain view.) This change makes the use of nonedible game parts consistent with the use of meat bait. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-16-140 Equalizing Reservoir Game Reserve, this amendment updates language in the existing WAC to reduce the size of the reserve. The reserve size can be reduced to allow more recreational opportunity without affecting reserve functions. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-12-257 Control of unattended decoys, the amendment restricts the use of decoys on department lands. The amendment is intended to provide more equitable public access to good waterfowl hunting areas. Does not affect small business.

WAC 232-28-281 1999-2000 Elk general seasons and 1999-2000 Special permits, this amendment accommodates Centralia Mines desire to have a weekend season for the Special Elk Permit for persons of disability hunt. The Centralia Mines hunts C&D are noted as on lands surrounding the mine. Also, corrects GMU 484 in the late archery elk season to show 3 pt. min. or antlerless and not in 3 pt. min. also. Does not affect small business.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Mike Kuttel, Assistant Director, Wildlife Management, Olympia, (360) 902-2504; Implementation: Dave Brittell, Assistant Director, Wildlife Management, Olympia, (360) 902-2504; and Enforcement: Bruce Bjork, Assistant Director, Enforcement, Olympia, (360) 902-2932.

Name of Proponent: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: See Reasons Supporting Proposal above.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See Reasons Supporting Proposal above.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. These rules do not affect small business.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption. These rules are not related to the hydraulics code.

Hearing Location: Shilo Inn, 707 Ocean Shores Boulevard N.W., Ocean Shores, WA, on August 6-7, 1999, at 8:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Debbie Nelson by July 20, 1999, TDD (360) 902-2207, or (360) 902-2267.

Submit Written Comments to: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Dave Brittell, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, fax (360) 902-2162, by July 20, 1999.

Date of Intended Adoption: August 6, 1999.

June 23, 1999

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

OTS-3194.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 94-58, filed 8/31/94, effective 10/1/94)

WAC 232-12-024
Requirements for sealing of pelts and collection of biological information for river otter, cougar, lynx, and bobcat.

(1) It is unlawful to possess river otter, cougar, lynx, or bobcat taken in Washington without a department identification seal which has been attached to the raw pelt, on or off the carcass, prior to the pelt sealing deadline.

(2) Any river otter, cougar, or bobcat raw pelt must be presented by the person harvesting the animal, in such a manner that teeth and biological samples can be extracted, to an authorized department employee for sealing.

(3) The raw pelt of a bobcat or river otter must be sealed by an authorized department employee within 20 days after the close of the appropriate hunting or trapping season in which it was killed.

(4) Any person who takes a cougar must notify the department within 72 hours of kill (excluding legal state holidays) and provide the hunter's name, date and location of kill, and sex of animal.  The raw pelt of a cougar must be sealed by an authorized department employee within five days of the notification of kill.

Any person who takes a cougar must present the cougar skull, in such a manner that teeth and biological samples can be extracted, to an authorized department employee at the time of sealing.  

(5) It is unlawful to transport or cause the transport out of Washington a raw pelt of river otter, cougar, lynx, or bobcat taken in Washington without a department seal attached to the pelt.

(6) The raw pelt of a river otter, cougar, lynx, or bobcat taken outside Washington and imported into the state must be identified by a tag and/or seal from the state or country of origin and be accompanied by an invoice or declaration specifying the number of pelts in the shipment.

(7) It is unlawful to possess an unlocked, broken, or otherwise open department seal for river otter, cougar, lynx, or bobcat unless the seal wire or band has been cut through and removed from a pelt that has been received and invoiced by a licensed taxidermist or fur dealer for processing or removed from a pelt that has been processed.  ((Taxidermist or fur dealer invoices must be sequentially numbered and record name, address, license number, date received, and seal number.  The seal must accompany the pelt while being processed.  The pelt must be punched with invoice number at the time of skinning or prior to the removal of the seal.

(8) When a river otter or bobcat is presented unskinned and is to be taken to a taxidermist for processing and will not be sold, an authorized department employee may lock the seal and then cut through the band or wire.  The cut seal must be presented to the taxidermist along with the unskinned carcass.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040.  94-18-059 (Order 94-58), 232-12-024, filed 8/31/94, effective 10/1/94.  Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.030, 77.12.040 and 77.32.220.  91-13-063 (Order 498), 232-12-024, filed 6/17/91, effective 7/18/91; 89-18-015 (Order 404), 232-12-024, filed 8/28/89, effective 9/28/89.  Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.030 and 77.12.040.  88-13-091 (Order 312), 232-12-024, filed 6/20/88.  Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040.  81-12-029 (Order 165), 232-12-024, filed 6/1/81.  Formerly WAC 232-12-065.]

OTS-3195.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 232, filed 7/23/84)

WAC 232-12-134
Report required of licensed trappers.

It is unlawful for any licensed trapper to fail to complete and submit to the department, a trapper's report ((on the form supplied by the department, on or before April 10 of each year)) of catch postmarked on or before April 10. The report must be submitted regardless of success. Trappers who fail to submit an accurate trapper's report of catch must wait a year before purchasing another trapping license. False reports will be considered the same as failure to report. It is the responsibility of each licensed trapper to obtain and submit a trapper's report of catch.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040.  84-16-015 (Order 232), 232-12-134, filed 7/23/84; 81-22-002 (Order 174), 232-12-134, filed 10/22/81; 81-12-029 (Order 165), 232-12-134, filed 6/1/81.  Formerly WAC 232-12-280.]

OTS-3197.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 97-253, filed 12/23/97, effective 10/1/98)

WAC 232-12-141
Wild animal trapping.

(1) The trapping season authorizes the taking of furbearing animals for their hides and pelts only.  Furbearers may not be taken from the wild and held alive for sale or personal use without a special permit pursuant to WAC 232-12-064.

(2) Any wildlife trapped for which the season is not open shall be released unharmed.  Any wildlife that cannot be released unharmed must be left in the trap, and the department of fish and wildlife must be notified immediately.

(3) Lawfully trapped ((furbearers)) wild animals must be lethally dispatched or immediately released.  A firearm may be used for this purpose.

(4) It is unlawful to trap for wild animals:

(a) By any means other than padded foot-hold traps having a minimum rubber pad thickness of one-eighth inch, unpadded foot-hold traps, cage (live) traps, kill traps and snares.

(b) With an unpadded foot-hold trap, unless the trap has jaws with a minimum jaw face width of one-fourth inch, or the trap is set so that it completely submerses and drowns any trapped animal, except that unpadded foot-hold traps not meeting the one-fourth inch jaw face requirement may be used on nondrowning sets on private property with landowner permission for the purpose of protecting livestock, domestic animals, private property, or public safety.

(c) With a steel trap having a jaw spread exceeding seven and one-half inches, except that a kill trap having a jaw spread exceeding seven and one-half inches is lawful when set beneath the water surface.

(d) On dry land, with a nondrowning set with a No. 3 size or larger unpadded foot-hold trap if it does not have jaw spacing of at least three-sixteenth of one inch when the trap is sprung,

(e) With a steel trap with teeth or serrated edges.

(f) Unless kill traps, including foot-hold drowning sets, are checked and animals removed within seventy-two hours.

(g) Unless traps not capable of killing the animal are checked and animals removed within forty-eight hours, except within identified urban trapping areas, where sets not capable of killing the animal, must be checked and animals removed within twenty-four hours.

(h) With a neck or body snare attached to a spring pole or any spring pole type of device.

(i) Using game birds, game fish or game animals for bait, except nonedible parts of game birds, game fish or game animals may be used as bait.

(j) Within thirty feet of any exposed meat bait or nonedible game parts which ((is)) are visible to flying raptors.

(5) Game bird feathers may be used as an attractor.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040.  98-01-207 (Order 97-253), 232-12-141, filed 12/23/97, effective 10/1/98; 92-18-083 (Order 563), 232-12-141, filed 9/2/92, effective 10/3/92; 90-19-097 (Order 460), 232-12-141, filed 9/19/90, effective 10/20/90; 87-15-082 (Order 293), 232-12-141, filed 7/20/87; 81-12-029 (Order 165), 232-12-141, filed 6/1/81.  Formerly WAC 232-12-310.]

OTS-3198.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 593, filed 1/29/93, effective 3/1/93)

WAC 232-12-242
Hunting restrictions.

It shall be unlawful to hunt wildlife((, except bear, cougar, mountain goat, mountain sheep, moose, or turkey, during any modern firearm deer or elk season, with any firearm 240 caliber or larger, or containing slugs or buckshot, unless valid license, permits and tags for modern firearm deer or elk seasons are in the hunter's possession)) during any modern firearm deer or elk season, with a legal firearm for big game, unless you have in your possession a valid license, permit and tag for one of the following: Deer, elk, black bear, cougar, mountain goat, bighorn sheep or moose.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040.  93-04-074 (Order 593), 232-12-242, filed 1/29/93, effective 3/1/93.]

OTS-3199.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 165, filed 6/1/81)

WAC 232-12-261
Live decoys unlawful.

It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl and wild turkeys with the use or aid of live birds as decoys.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040.  81-12-029 (Order 165), 232-12-261, filed 6/1/81.  Formerly WAC 232-12-640.]

OTS-3202.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 165, filed 6/1/81)

WAC 232-12-291
Hunting before or after hours.

It is unlawful to hunt wild animals or wild birds contrary to posted or official ((daily)) hunting hours in current season regulations.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040.  81-12-029 (Order 165), 232-12-291, filed 6/1/81.]

OTS-3204.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 95-125, filed 9/1/95, effective 1/1/96)

WAC 232-28-259
Electronic ((tree)) treeing switches.

((Effective January 1, 1996,)) Electronic dog retrieval collars containing functioning treeing switches (devices consisting of a mercury switch mechanism that results in a change in the transmitted signals when the dog raises its head to a treed animal) are prohibited.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040.  95-18-071 (Order 95-125), 232-28-259, filed 9/1/95, effective 1/1/96.]

OTS-3208.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 98-152, filed 8/13/98, effective 9/13/98)

WAC 232-12-068
Nontoxic shot requirement for waterfowl, coot, and snipe hunting.

It is unlawful to possess shot (either in shotshells or as loose shot for muzzleloading) other than steel shot, bismuth-tin shot (nominally 97 parts bismuth:3 parts tin with <1 percent residual lead), tungsten-iron shot (nominally 40 parts tungsten:60 parts iron with <1 percent residual lead), ((or)) tungsten-polymer shot (nominally 95.5 parts tungsten:4.5 parts polymer with <1 percent residual lead), tungsten-matrix shot (nominally 95.9 parts tungsten:4.1 parts polymer), or tin shot (99.9 percent tin with <1 percent residual lead) when hunting for waterfowl, coot, or snipe.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040.  98-17-044 (Order 98-152), 232-12-068, filed 8/13/98, effective 9/13/98; 97-18-026 (Order 97-164), 232-12-068, filed 8/25/97, effective 9/25/97.  Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040 and 77.12.010.  96-18-009 (Order 96-127), 232-12-068, filed 8/22/96, effective 9/22/96.  Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040.  95-18-072 (Order 95-126) 232-12-068, filed 9/1/95, effective 10/2/95.]

OTS-3224.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 165, filed 6/1/81)

WAC 232-12-257
((Control of unattended)) Use of waterfowl decoys or other devices to attract waterfowl on department controlled lands.

((It is unlawful to leave duck or goose decoys unattended)) The use of decoys, or any other devices that may be used for, or have the effect of, decoying or attracting waterfowl on lands or water ((owned, leased or)) controlled by the department((.  Duck or goose decoys left unattended in excess of)) is subject to the following restrictions:

(1) Decoys or other devices must not be placed prior to 4:00 a.m. and must be removed within two hours after the close of established hunting hours.

(2) Decoys or other devices to attract waterfowl, which are not under the immediate control of a person for a period exceeding one hour during the above time period, or not removed within two hours following the close of established hunting hours, may be removed by a fish and wildlife ((agent)) officer and may be disposed of by the department.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040.  81-12-029 (Order 165), 232-12-257, filed 6/1/81.  Formerly WAC 232-12-630.]

OTS-3200.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 165, filed 6/1/81)

WAC 232-12-264
Baiting of game birds--Unlawful.

It is unlawful to hunt game birds by the aid of baiting, or in a baited area or area posted as an upland bird feeding site.  As used in this section "baiting" or "baited area" means the placing, exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering of corn, wheat or other grain, or feed so as to constitute for such birds a lure or attraction to, on or over areas where hunters are attempting to take them. Any such area will remain a baited area for ten days following the complete removal of all such grain or other feed.  This shall not prohibit hunting of game birds, on or over standing crops, flooded crop lands, grain crops properly harvested on the field where grown or grains found scattered as the result of normal agricultural planting or harvesting.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040.  81-12-029 (Order 165), 232-12-264, filed 6/1/81.  Formerly WAC 232-12-650.]

OTS-3207.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Temporary Regulation 229, filed 9/15/64)

WAC 232-16-140
((Equalizing Reservoir)) Banks Lake Game Reserve.

((. . . it shall be unlawful to hunt game animals, game birds or to trap fur-bearing animals within said area:

That part of Twp. 26N., Range 28E.W.M. lying south of the east-west center line of the north half of Sections 13 and 14, west of Secondary State Highway No. 2-F and east of the west wall of the Grand Coulee; and, that part of Sections 18 and 19 of Twp. 26 north, Range 29E.W.M. lying west of Secondary State Highway No. 2-F and south of the east-west center line of the north half of Section 18 AND THAT part of Twp. 25N., Range 28E.W.M. lying north of the east-west center lines of Sections 14, 15 and 16 of said Township and west of State Highway 2-F and east of the west wall of the Coulee.)) In Township 25N, Range 28E, those parts of sections 9, 10, and 11 and the north 1/2 of sections 14, 15, and 16, lying between State Highway 155 and the west wall of Grand Coulee.

[Temporary Regulation 229, filed 9/15/64; Temporary Regulation 212, filed 10/3/62; Regulation 139 (part), filed 3/21/60.]

OTS-3223.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 98-157, filed 8/13/98, effective 9/13/98)

WAC 232-16-690
Bayview Game Reserve.

It shall be unlawful to hunt wild animals and wild birds within the following described boundary November ((1)) 8 through March 31, and it shall be unlawful to hunt brant at any time within the following described boundary: Beginning at a point on the Bayview-Edison Road 750 feet south of the intersection of the Bayview Cemetery entrance road; thence 4,000 feet WNW (west-northwest); thence 5,750 feet NNW (north-northwest); thence 3,750 feet ENE (east-northeast) to the northwest corner of Padilla Bay tract no. 532; thence east to the northeast corner of Padilla Bay tract no. 532; thence SSE (south-southeast) to the Bayview-Edison Road; thence southerly along said road to the point of beginning.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040.  98-17-047 (Order 98-157), 232-16-690, filed 8/13/98, effective 9/13/98; 83-18-043 (Order 217), 232-16-690, filed 9/1/83.]

OTS-3222.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-10-102, filed 5/5/99, effective 6/5/99)

WAC 232-28-264
1998-99 and 1999-2000 Official hunting hours and small game seasons.


1998-99 OFFICIAL HUNTING HOURS

FOR MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS, UPLAND BIRDS, AND WILD TURKEYS*

September 1, 1998 to January 31, 1999

Western Washington

from

Eastern Washington

from

Dates (Inclusive) A.M. to P.M. A.M. to P.M.
Daylight Savings Time
Tues. Sept. 1 - Sun. Sept. 6 6:00 7:45 5:50 7:35
Mon. Sept. 7 - Sun. Sept. 13 6:10 7:35 6:00 7:20
Mon. Sept. 14 - Sun. Sept. 20 6:20 7:20 6:05 7:05
Mon. Sept. 21 - Sun. Sept. 27 6:30 7:05 6:15 6:50
Mon. Sept. 28 - Sun. Oct. 4 6:40 6:50 6:25 6:35
Mon. Oct. 5 - Sun. Oct. 11 6:45 6:35 6:25 6:25
Mon. Oct. 12 - Sun. Oct. 18 6:55 6:20 6:45 6:10
Mon. Oct. 19 - Sat. Oct. 24 7:05 6:10 6:55 6:00
Pacific Standard Time
Sun. Oct. 25 6:10 5:00 6:00 4:50
Mon. Oct. 26 - Sun. Nov. 1 6:20 4:55 6:05 4:45
Mon. Nov. 2 - Sun. Nov. 8 6:30 4:45 6:15 4:35
Mon. Nov. 9 - Sun. Nov. 15 6:40 4:35 6:30 4:25
Mon. Nov. 16 - Sun. Nov. 22 6:50 4:30 6:40 4:15
Mon. Nov. 23 - Sun. Nov. 29 7:00 4:25 6:50 4:10
Mon. Nov. 30 - Sun. Dec. 6 7:10 4:20 6:55 4:10
Mon. Dec. 7 - Sun. Dec. 13 7:15 4:20 7:05 4:05
Mon. Dec. 14 - Sun. Dec. 20 7:20 4:20 7:10 4:10
Mon. Dec. 21 - Sun. Dec. 27 7:25 4:20 7:15 4:10
Mon. Dec. 28 - Sun. Jan. 3 7:25 4:30 7:15 4:15
Mon. Jan. 4 - Sun. Jan. 10 7:25 4:35 7:15 4:25
Mon. Jan. 11 - Sun. Jan. 17 7:25 4:45 7:10 4:30
Mon. Jan. 18 - Sun. Jan. 24 7:20 4:55 7:05 4:40
Mon. Jan. 25 - Sat. Jan. 31 7:10 5:00 7:00 4:50

* These are lawful hunting hours (one-half hour before sunrise to sunset) for migratory game birds (duck, goose, coot, snipe, mourning dove, and band-tailed pigeon); upland birds (pheasant, quail, partridge); and turkey during established seasons.

Exceptions:

1) Western Washington - Pheasant and quail hunting hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in all areas.
2) Clark (except areas south of the Washougal River), Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, (except areas north of U.S. Highway 12 and west of U.S. Highway 101), Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties - Goose hunting hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except one-half hour before sunrise to sunset during the September goose season and 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the late goose season.
3) Hunting hours for falconry seasons (except migratory game bird seasons) are exempt from these hunting hours, except on designated pheasant release sites.


1999-2000 OFFICIAL HUNTING HOURS

FOR MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS, UPLAND BIRDS, AND WILD TURKEYS*

September 1, 1999 to January 31, 2000

Western Washington

from

Eastern Washington

from

Dates (Inclusive) A.M. to P.M. A.M. to P.M.
Daylight Savings Time
Wed. Sept. 1 - Sun. Sept. 5 6:00 7:45 5:45 7:35
Mon. Sept. 6 - Sun. Sept. 12 6:05 7:35 5:50 7:20
Mon. Sept. 13 - Sun. Sept. 19 6:15 7:20 6:05 7:10
Mon. Sept. 20 - Sun. Sept. 26 6:25 7:10 6:15 6:50
Mon. Sept. 27 - Sun. Oct. 3 6:35 6:50 6:25 6:40
Mon. Oct. 4 - Sun. Oct. 10 6:45 6:40 6:35 6:25
Mon. Oct. 11 - Sun. Oct. 17 6:50 6:25 6:45 6:15
Mon. Oct. 18 - Sun. Oct. 24 7:05 6:15 6:55 6:00
Mon. Oct. 25 - Sat. Oct. 30 7:15 6:00 7:05 5:45
Pacific Standard Time
Sun. Oct. 31 - Sun. Nov. 7 6:25 4:45 6:15 4:35
Mon. Nov. 8 - Sun. Nov. 14 6:35 4:40 6:25 4:25
Mon. Nov. 15 - Sun. Nov. 21 6:50 4:30 6:35 4:20
Mon. Nov. 22 - Sun. Nov. 28 7:00 4:25 6:45 4:10
Mon. Nov. 29 - Sun. Dec. 5 7:05 4:20 6:50 4:10
Mon. Dec. 6 - Sun. Dec. 12 7:10 4:20 7:00 4:05
Mon. Dec. 13 - Sun. Dec. 19 7:20 4:20 7:05 4:05
Mon. Dec. 20 - Sun. Dec. 26 7:25 4:25 7:10 4:10
Mon. Dec. 27 - Sun. Jan. 2 7:30 4:25 7:15 4:15
Mon. Jan. 3 - Sun. Jan. 9 7:30 4:35 7:15 4:20
Mon. Jan. 10 - Sun. Jan. 16 7:25 4:40 7:10 4:30
Mon. Jan. 17 - Sun. Jan. 23 7:20 4:50 7:05 4:45
Mon. Jan. 24 - Mon. Jan. 31 7:15 5:00 7:00 4:50

* These are lawful hunting hours (one-half hour before sunrise to sunset) for migratory game birds (duck, goose, coot, snipe, mourning dove, and band-tailed pigeon); upland birds (pheasant, quail, partridge); and turkey during established seasons.

Exceptions:

1) Western Washington - Pheasant and quail hunting hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in all areas.
2) Clark (except areas south of the Washougal River), Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, (except areas north of U.S. Highway 12 and west of U.S. Highway 101), Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties - Goose hunting hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except one-half hour before sunrise to sunset during the September Canada goose season and 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the late goose season.
3) Hunting hours for falconry seasons (except migratory game bird seasons) are exempt from these hunting hours, except on designated pheasant release sites.


1998-1999 OFFICIAL HUNTING HOURS

FOR GAME ANIMALS & GAME BIRDS (EXCEPT MIGRATORY, UPLAND GAME BIRDS, AND WILD TURKEYS)*

September 1, 1998 to January 31, 1999

Western Washington

from

Eastern Washington

from

Dates (Inclusive) A.M. to P.M. A.M. to P.M.
Daylight Savings Time
Tues. Sept. 1 - Sun. Sept. 6 6:00 8:15 5:50 8:05
Mon. Sept. 7 - Sun. Sept. 13 6:10 8:05 6:00 7:50
Mon. Sept. 14 - Sun. Sept. 20 6:20 7:50 6:05 7:35
Mon. Sept. 21 - Sun. Sept. 27 6:30 7:35 6:15 7:20
Mon. Sept. 28 - Sun. Oct. 4 6:40 7:20 6:25 7:05
Mon. Oct. 5 - Sun. Oct. 11 6:45 7:05 6:25 6:55
Mon. Oct. 12 - Sun. Oct. 18 6:55 6:50 6:45 6:40
Mon. Oct. 19 - Sat. Oct. 24 7:05 6:40 6:55 6:30
Pacific Standard Time
Sun. Oct. 25 6:10 5:30 6:00 5:20
Mon. Oct. 26 - Sun. Nov. 1 6:20 5:25 6:05 5:15
Mon. Nov. 2 - Sun. Nov. 8 6:30 5:15 6:15 5:05
Mon. Nov. 9 - Sun. Nov. 15 6:40 5:05 6:30 4:55
Mon. Nov. 16 - Sun. Nov. 22 6:50 5:00 6:40 4:45
Mon. Nov. 23 - Sun. Nov. 29 7:00 4:55 6:50 4:40
Mon. Nov. 30 - Sun. Dec. 6 7:10 4:50 6:55 4:40
Mon. Dec. 7 - Sun. Dec. 13 7:15 4:50 7:05 4:35
Mon. Dec. 14 - Sun. Dec. 20 7:20 4:50 7:10 4:40
Mon. Dec. 21 - Sun. Dec. 27 7:25 4:50 7:15 4:40
Mon. Dec. 28 - Sun. Jan. 3 7:25 5:00 7:15 4:45
Mon. Jan. 4 - Sun. Jan. 10 7:25 5:05 7:15 4:55
Mon. Jan. 11 - Sun. Jan. 17 7:25 5:15 7:10 5:00
Mon. Jan. 18 - Sun. Jan. 24 7:20 5:25 7:05 5:10
Mon. Jan. 25 - Sat. Jan. 31 7:10 5:30 7:00 5:20

* These are lawful hunting hours (one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset) for all game animals and game birds (except duck, goose, coot, snipe, mourning dove, band-tailed pigeon, pheasant, quail, partridge and turkey) during established seasons.

Exceptions:

1) Bobcat and raccoon are exempt from hunting hour restrictions during established bobcat and raccoon seasons except when that area is open to modern firearm hunting of deer or elk, hunting hours shall be one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
2) Hunting hours for falconry seasons (except migratory game bird seasons) are exempt from these hunting hours, except on designated pheasant release sites.


1999-2000 OFFICIAL HUNTING HOURS

FOR GAME ANIMALS & GAME BIRDS (EXCEPT MIGRATORY, UPLAND GAME BIRDS, AND WILD TURKEYS)*

September 1, 1999 to January 31, 2000

Western Washington

from

Eastern Washington

from

Dates (Inclusive) A.M. to P.M. A.M. to P.M.
Daylight Savings Time
Wed. Sept. 1 - Sun. Sept. 5 6:00 8:15 5:45 8:05
Mon. Sept. 6 - Sun. Sept. 12 6:05 8:05 5:50 7:50
Mon. Sept. 13 - Sun. Sept. 19 6:15 7:50 6:05 7:40
Mon. Sept. 20 - Sun. Sept. 26 6:25 7:40 6:15 7:20
Mon. Sept. 27 - Sun. Oct. 3 6:35 7:20 6:25 7:10
Mon. Oct. 4 - Sun. Oct. 10 6:45 7:10 6:35 6:55
Mon. Oct. 11 - Sun. Oct. 17 6:50 6:55 6:45 6:45
Mon. Oct. 18 - Sun. Oct. 24 7:05 6:45 6:55 6:30
Mon. Oct. 25 - Sat. Oct. 30 7:15 6:30 7:05 6:15
Pacific Standard Time
Sun. Oct. 31 - Sun. Nov. 7 6:25 5:15 6:15 5:05
Mon. Nov. 8 - Sun. Nov. 14 6:35 5:10 6:25 4:55
Mon. Nov. 15 - Sun. Nov. 21 6:50 5:00 6:35 4:50
Mon. Nov. 22 - Sun. Nov. 28 7:00 4:55 6:45 4:40
Mon. Nov. 29 - Sun. Dec. 5 7:05 4:50 6:50 4:40
Mon. Dec. 6 - Sun. Dec. 12 7:10 4:50 7:00 4:35
Mon. Dec. 13 - Sun. Dec. 19 7:20 4:50 7:05 4:35
Mon. Dec. 20 - Sun. Dec. 26 7:25 4:55 7:10 4:40
Mon. Dec. 27 - Sun. Jan. 2 7:30 4:55 7:15 4:45
Mon. Jan. 3 - Sun. Jan. 9 7:30 5:05 7:15 4:50
Mon. Jan. 10 - Sun. Jan. 16 7:25 5:10 7:10 5:00
Mon. Jan. 17 - Sun. Jan. 23 7:20 5:20 7:05 5:15
Mon. Jan. 24 - Mon. Jan. 31 7:15 5:30 7:00 5:20

* These are lawful hunting hours (one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset) for all game animals and game birds (except duck, goose, coot, snipe, mourning dove, band-tailed pigeon, pheasant, quail, partridge and turkey) during established seasons.

Exceptions:

1) Bobcat and raccoon are exempt from hunting hour restrictions during established bobcat and raccoon seasons except when that area is open to modern firearm hunting of deer or elk, hunting hours shall be one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
2) Hunting hours for falconry seasons (except migratory game bird seasons) are exempt from these hunting hours, except on designated pheasant release sites.

Hound Hunting During Deer and Elk Hunting Seasons


It is unlawful to hunt any wildlife at night or wild animals with dogs (hounds) during the months of September, October, or November in any area open to a center-fire rifle deer or elk season.  The use of hounds to hunt black bear, cougar, and bobcat is prohibited year around.


BOBCAT


Bag and Possession Limits: No Limit


OPEN SEASON: State-wide, except CLOSED in GMU 522.


Sept. 8, 1998-Mar. 15, 1999; Sept. 7, 1999-Mar. 15, 2000.


RACCOON


Bag and Possession Limits: No Limit


OPEN SEASON: State-wide, except CLOSED on Long Island within Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and in GMU 522.


Sept. 8, 1998-Mar. 15, 1999; Sept. 7, 1999-Mar. 15, 2000.


FOX


Bag and Possession Limits: No Limit


OPEN SEASON: State-wide, except CLOSED within the exterior boundaries of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie, Okanogan, Wenatchee, and Gifford Pinchot National Forests and GMUs 407, 410, and 522.


Sept. 8, 1998-Mar. 15, 1999; Sept. 7, 1999-Mar. 15, 2000.


COYOTE


Bag and Possession Limits: No Limit


OPEN SEASON: State-wide, year around except CLOSED from September 15 to November 30 in the Pasayten Wilderness, GMUs 426 and 450, and those portions of GMUs 218, 304, and 448 within the external boundaries of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie, Okanogan, and Wenatchee National Forests.  However, coyote may only be killed and/or pursued with hounds during the following period: Sept. 8, 1998-Mar. 15, 1999; Sept. 7, 1999-Mar. 15, 2000; except coyote may be hunted year around with hounds in Grant, Adams, Benton, and Franklin counties. GMU 522 is closed to coyote hunting.


FOREST GROUSE (BLUE, RUFFED, AND SPRUCE)


Bag and Possession Limits: Three (3) grouse per day, with a total of nine (9) grouse in possession at any time; straight or mixed bag.


State-wide: Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 1999; except CLOSED in GMU 522.


PTARMIGAN


Season closed state-wide.


Upland Birds


Eastern Washington


Ring-necked Pheasant


Bag and Possession Limits: Three (3) cock pheasants per day, with a total of fifteen (15) cock pheasants in possession at any time.


Youth Season: September 25 and 26, 1999. Open only to youth hunters accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old.


Regular Season: Oct. 9-Dec. 31, 1999.


Chukar Partridge


Bag and Possession Limits: Six (6) chukar per day, with a total of eighteen (18) chukar in possession at any time.


Regular Season: Oct. 1, 1999-Jan. 9, 2000.


Gray (Hungarian) Partridge


Bag and Possession Limits: Six (6) gray partridges per day, with a total of eighteen (18) gray partridges in possession at any time.


Regular Season: Oct. 1, 1999-Jan. 9, 2000.


Mountain Quail


Season closed throughout eastern Washington


Valley and Bobwhite Quail


Bag and Possession Limits: Ten (10) quail per day, with a total of thirty (30) quail in possession at any time, straight or mixed bag.


Youth Season: September 25 and 26, 1999. Open only to youth hunters accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old.


Regular Season: Oct. 9, 1999-Jan. 9, 2000.


Yakima Indian Reservation: The 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000 Upland Bird Seasons within the Yakima Indian Reservation shall be the same as the season established by the Yakima Indian Nation.


Western Washington


Ring-necked Pheasant


Bag and Possession Limits: Two (2) pheasants of either sex per day, with a total of fifteen (15) pheasants in possession at any time.


Early season: Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 1999 for youth hunters and hunters 65 years of age or older.  Juvenile hunters must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old.


Regular season: Oct. 2-Nov. 30, 1999; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; except Dungeness Recreation site (Clallam County) starting Oct. 16, 1999; except CLOSED in GMU 522.


A Western Washington Pheasant Permit is required to hunt pheasant in western Washington, in addition to a current small game hunting license.  Pheasant kills must be recorded.  Upon taking a pheasant, the holder of a Western Washington Pheasant Permit must immediately enter on the corresponding space the date and location of kill.


There are three options available for the 1999 hunting season:


(1) Full Season Option: Allows the harvest of ten (10) pheasants.

(2) Youth option: Allows the harvest of six (6) pheasants by youth hunters.

(3) 3-Day Option: Allows the harvest of four (4) pheasants during three consecutive days.


Every person possessing a Western Washington Pheasant Permit must by December 31, return the permit to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.  The number of permits purchased per year is not limited.  


A hunter shall select one valid option at the time they purchase their Western Washington Pheasant Permit.


Special Restriction: Non-toxic shot must be used in a shotgun to hunt pheasant on the Skagit Wildlife Area.  Western Washington pheasant hunters must choose to hunt on either odd-numbered or even-numbered weekend days from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. at all units of Lake Terrell, Tennant Lake, Snoqualmie, Skagit, Skookumchuck, and Scatter Creek Wildlife Areas, and must indicate their choice on the western Washington pheasant permit by choosing "odd" or "even." It is unlawful to purchase an additional permit until the ten pheasant allowed on the current permit are taken.  Hunters that select the three day option, hunters 65 years of age or older, and youth hunters may hunt during either weekend day morning.   Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old. Adults must have an appropriately marked pheasant permit.


Mountain Quail


Bag and Possession Limits: Two (2) mountain quail per day, with a total of four (4) mountain quail in possession at any time.


Oct. 9-Nov. 30, 1999; except CLOSED in GMU 522.


Valley and Bobwhite Quail


Bag and Possession Limits: Ten (10) valley or bobwhite quail per day, with a total of thirty (30) valley or bobwhite quail in possession at any time; straight or mixed bag.


Oct. 9-Nov. 30, 1999; except CLOSED in GMU 522.


TURKEY


Spring Season


Gobblers and Turkeys with Visible Beards Only.


State-wide: April 15-May 15, ((1999)) 2000.


Fall Season


Either Sex


Klickitat and Skamania counties: Nov. 25-29, 1999.


Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, and Walla Walla counties: Nov. 25-29, 1999.  Only hunters that successfully complete the Department of Fish and Wildlife's Advanced Hunter Education (AHE) program will be eligible to hunt turkeys during this season.  A certification card will be issued to all AHE graduates and must be in possession in addition to a valid small game hunting license and turkey tag while hunting in this area.


OFFICIAL HUNTING HOURS/BAG LIMITS:


Bag and Possession Limit: One turkey per day, with a total of three (3) per year; only one turkey from each subspecies may be killed per year ((in 1999)).


If a hunter intends to hunt for turkey, one turkey tag option must be selected when a small game license is purchased. If the state-wide tag option is selected, the person is precluded from purchasing any other turkey tag. The Eastern, Rio Grande and Merriam tags must be purchased before April 14 each year. The state-wide tag may be purchased at any time.


TAG OPTIONS:


(1) State-wide: Allows the harvest of one turkey of any subspecies during a calendar year.
(2) Eastern: Allows the harvest of one turkey during a calendar year in any western Washington county except Skamania and Klickitat.
(3) Rio Grande: Allows the harvest of one turkey during a calendar year in any eastern Washington county except Ferry, Klickitat, Pend Oreille or Stevens.
(4) Merriams: Allows the harvest of one turkey during a calendar year in Ferry, Klickitat, Pend Oreille, Skamania, or Stevens Counties.

Hunting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset during spring and fall seasons.


SPECIAL REGULATIONS:


1. Turkey season is open for shotgun and bow-and-arrow hunting only.
2. A turkey tag is required for hunting turkey.
3. Each successful hunter must complete and return a game harvest report card to the Department of Fish and Wildlife within ten days after taking a turkey.
4. It is unlawful to use dogs to hunt turkeys.

SAGE AND SHARP-TAILED GROUSE


Season Closed State-wide.


BIRD DOG TRAINING SEASON


Aug. 1, 1998-Mar. 15, 1999; and Aug. 1, 1999-Mar. 15, 2000, except from Oct. 2-Nov. 30, 1999, dog training is prohibited except from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on designated western Washington pheasant release sites. Dog training is prohibited from Jan. 15 - Mar. 15 on the Shillapoo Wildlife Area (Region 5), except on posted portions open for year around dog training.


Dog training may be conducted year around on posted portions of: Region One - Espanola (T 24 N, R 40 E, E 1/2 of Sec. 16); Region Two - Wahluke Wildlife Area north of Highway 24; Region Three - South L.T. Murray Wildlife Area; Region Four - Fort Lewis Military Base, Skagit Wildlife Area, Lake Terrell Wildlife Area, and Snoqualmie Wildlife Area; Region Five - Shillapoo/Vancouver Lake Wildlife Area; Region Six - Scatter Creek Wildlife Area.


HIP REQUIREMENTS:


All hunters age 16 and over of migratory game birds (duck, goose, coot, snipe, mourning dove) are required to complete a Harvest Information Program (HIP) survey form at a license dealer, and possess a Washington Migratory Bird Stamp as evidence of compliance with this requirement when hunting migratory game birds. Youth hunters are required to complete a HIP survey form, and possess a free Washington Youth Migratory Bird Authorization as evidence of compliance with this requirement when hunting migratory game birds.


CANADA GOOSE SEPTEMBER SEASON


Bag and Possession Limits: Three (3) Canada geese per day with a total of six (6) in possession at any time.


State-wide: September 7-((13)) 12, 1999.


BAND-TAILED PIGEON


Closed Season State-wide.


MOURNING DOVE


Bag and possession limits: Ten (10) mourning doves per day with a total of twenty (20) mourning doves in possession at any time.


State-wide: Sept. 1-15, 1999; except CLOSED in GMU 522.


RABBIT AND HARE


Cottontail, Snowshoe Hare (or Washington Hare), and Jackrabbit.


Bag and Possession Limits: Five (5) rabbits or hares per day, with a total of fifteen (15) in possession at any time; straight or mixed bag.


State-wide: Sept. 1, 1998-Mar. 15, 1999; Sept. 1, 1999-Mar. 15, 2000; except CLOSED in GMU 522 and CLOSED Jan. 15-Mar. 15 on Shillapoo Wildlife Area (Region 5).


CROWS


Bag and possession limits: No limits


State-wide: Oct. 1, 1998-Jan. 31, 1999; Oct. 1, 1999-Jan. 31, 2000.


FALCONRY SEASONS


Upland Game Bird - Falconry


Daily bag: Two (2) pheasants (either sex), six (6) partridge, five (5) quail, and three (3) forest grouse (blue, ruffed, spruce) per day.


State-wide: Sept. 1, 1998-Mar. 15, 1999; Sept. 1, 1999-Mar. 15, 2000.


Mourning Dove - Falconry


Daily Bag: Three (3) mourning doves per day straight bag or mixed bag with snipe, coots, ducks, and geese during established seasons.


State-wide: Sept. 1-15 and Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 1999.


Cottontail and Hare - Falconry


Daily bag: Five (5) rabbits or hares per day; straight or mixed bag.


State-wide: Aug. 1, 1998-Mar. 15, 1999; Aug. 1, 1999-Mar. 15, 2000, for cottontail, snowshoe hare (or Washington hare), white-tailed and black-tailed jackrabbits.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040.  99-10-102, 232-28-264, filed 5/5/99, effective 6/5/99; 99-01-138 (Order 98-249), 232-28-264, filed 12/22/98, effective 1/22/99; 98-17-039 (Order 98-154), 232-28-264, filed 8/13/98, effective 9/13/98; 98-10-002 (Order 98-55), 232-28-264, filed 4/22/98, effective 5/23/98; 97-18-021 (Order 97-166), 232-28-264, filed 8/25/97, effective 9/25/97; 97-06-045 (Order 97-28), 232-28-264, filed 2/27/97, effective 3/30/97.]

OTS-3225.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-10-102, filed 4/22/98 [5/5/99], effective 5/23/98 [6/5/99])

WAC 232-28-281
1999-2000 Elk general seasons and 1999-2000 special permits.

Bag Limit: One (1) elk per hunter during the 1999 hunting season.


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


Elk Tag Areas: 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.


Any Bull Elk Seasons: Open only to the taking of male elk with visible antlers (bull calves are illegal).


Spike Bull Restrictions: 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, 162-186, 302, 314-329, and 335-371


3 Point Restriction: Legal bull elk taken must have at least 3 antler points on one side only. Antler points may include eye guards, but antler points on the lower half of the main beam must be at least four (4) inches long measured from antler tip to nearest edge of beam; all other antler points must be at least one (1) inch long. Antler restrictions apply to all hunters during any open season.


3 Point GMUs: All of western Washington except for GMUs 454, 564, 568, 574, 578, and 588.


GMUs Closed to Elk Hunting: 418 (Nooksack), and 437 (Sauk) except for ML Elk Area 941, 485 (Green River), 522 (Loo-wit) and 636 (Skokomish).


Special Permits: Only hunters with elk tag prefix 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.


Harvest Report Card: Successful hunters must fill out and return a Game Harvest Report Card within 10 days after taking an elk.


Elk Tag Areas


Blue Mountains: GMUs 145-186. Elk hunting by permit only in GMU 157.

BA - Blue Mountains Archery Tag

BF - Blue Mountains Modern Firearm General Elk Tag

BM - Blue Mountains Muzzleloader Tag


Northeastern: GMUs 101-142. Modern firearm by permit only in GMUs 127 and 130.

NA - Northeastern Archery Tag

NF - Northeastern Modern Firearm General Elk Tag

NM - Northeastern Muzzleloader Tag


Colockum: GMUs 300, 302, 304, 306, 308, 314, 316, 328, 329, 330 (Elk hunting by 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

CF - Colockum Modern Firearm General Elk Tag

CM - Colockum Muzzleloader Tag


Yakima: 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, 372 and 382.

YA - Yakima Archery Tag

YF - Yakima Modern Firearm General Elk Tag

YM - Yakima Muzzleloader Tag


Western Washington: All 400, 500 and 600 GMUs except closed in GMU 418, 437, 485, 522, 636 and modern firearm restrictions in portions of GMU 660. GMUs 418 (Nooksack), 437 (Sauk) except for ML Elk Area 941, and GMU 636 (Skokomish) are closed to all elk hunting as Conservation Closures. GMU 554 is open only for early archery and muzzleloader permit seasons. Elk Area 064 in GMU 638 (Quinault) is open to AHE hunters only. Elk hunting by permit only in GMUs 524, 556, 602, 621, and PLWMA 600 (Pysht).

WA - Western Washington Archery Tag

WF - Western Washington Modern Firearm General Elk Tag

WM - Western Washington Muzzleloader Tag


Modern Firearm Elk Seasons


License Required: A valid big game hunting license with an elk tag option.

Tag Required: Valid modern firearm elk tag as listed below on his/her person for the area hunted.

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


Hunt Area

Game Management Units (GMUs) 1999 Season Dates Legal Elk
Northeast General (NF) 101 through 124, 133 through 142 Oct. 30-Nov. 7 Any bull
127, 130 Permit only
Blue Mountains General (BF) 145 through 154, 162 through 186 Oct. 30-Nov. 7 Spike bull
157 Permit Only
Colockum General (CF) 302, 314, 316 south of Hwy 2, 328, 329 Oct. 30-Nov. 7 Spike bull
330 Permit Only
Yakima General (YF) 335 through 368 Oct. 30-Nov. 7 Spike bull
Any Yakima Tag 372, 382 Oct. 5-13 Antlerless
Oct. 30-Nov. 7 Any Elk
Dec. 9-13 Antlerless
371 Oct. 30-Nov. 7 Any Elk
Western Washington General WF 407, 448, 460, 466, 472, 478, 484, 490, 504 through 520, 530, 550, 558, 560, 572, 601, 603 through 618, 624 through 633, 638 through 684 Except AHE hunters only in Elk Area 064 in GMU 638 Nov. 6-14 3 pt. min.
501 Nov. 6-14 3 pt. min. or antlerless
564, 568, 574 through 588 Nov. 6-14 Any elk
454 Nov. 6-14 Any bull
524, 556, 602, 621 & PLWMA 600 Permit Only

Archery Elk Seasons


License Required: A valid big game hunting license with an elk tag option.

Tag Required: Valid archery elk tag as listed below on his/her person for the area hunted.

Hunting Method: Bow and arrow only.

Special Notes: Archery tag holders can hunt only during archery seasons. Archery elk hunters may apply for special bull permits. Please see permit table for tag eligibility for all elk permits.


Hunt Area Elk Tag Game Management Units (GMUs) 1999 Season Dates Legal Elk
Early Archery Elk Seasons
Northeast NA 101 through 142 Sept. 1-14 Any elk
Blue Mountains BA 145 through 154, 162 through 169, 175 through 186 Sept. 1-14 Spike bull
Colockum CA 300, 306, 308, 334 (N of I-90) Sept. 1-14 Any elk
328, 329, 330 Sept. 1-14 Spike bull or antlerless
Yakima YA 334 (south of I-90), 372, 382 Sept. 1-14 Any elk
335, 336, 340, 352, 356, 364, 371 Sept. 1-14 Spike bull or antlerless
Western Washington WA 454, 564, 568, 574, 578, 588 Sept. 1-14 Any elk
407, 448, 460, 484, 490, 501 through 520, 530, 550, 554, 558, 560, 572, 660, 663, 667 through 684 and Long Island Sept. 1-14 3 pt. min. or antlerless
466, 472, 478, 601, 603, 612 through 618, 624 through 633, 638 through 658 and 666. AHE hunters only in Elk Area 064 in GMU 638. Permit Only in PLWMA 600 in GMU 603. Sept. 1-14 3 pt. min.
Late Archery Elk Seasons
Northeast NA 101, 105, 117 through 130 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Any elk
Blue Mountains BA Private lands within GMU 162 east of the North Touchet Road. GMU 178 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Antlerless
Colockum CA 328 Nov. 24-Dec. 8 Spike bull or antlerless
Yakima YA 335, 336, 346, 352, 360 North of USFS Roads 324, 325, to the intersection of Carmack Canyon then northeast down Carmack Canyon bottom to the Naches River and north to State Highway 410, 368 Nov. 24-Dec. 8 Spike bull or antlerless
Western Washington WA 407, 484, 505, 506, 520, 530, 672, 681 and Long Island. In GMU 681 closed between US Highway 101 and the Columbia River from Astoria-Megler toll bridge to the Wallacut River. Nov. 24-Dec. 15 3 pt. min. or antlerless
454, 564, 588 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Any elk
((484,)) 603, 612, 615, 638, 648 except closed in PLWMA 600 in GMU 603. AHE hunters only in Elk Area 064 in GMU 638. Nov. 24-Dec. 15 3 pt. min.

Muzzleloader Elk Seasons


License Required:
A valid big game hunting license with an elk tag option.

Tag Required: Valid muzzleloader elk tag as listed below on his/her person for the area hunted.

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.


Hunt Area Elk Tag Game Management Units (GMUs) 1999 Season Dates Legal Elk
Early Muzzleloader Elk Seasons
Northeast NM 109 Oct. 9-15 Any bull
Blue Mountains BM 172 Oct. 9-15 Spike bull
Colockum CM 308 Oct. 9-15 Any bull
304, 314*, 316, S of Hwy 2 *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. Oct. 9-15 Spike bull
ML 911 Aug. 14-Sept. 12 Any elk
Yakima YM 342, 356, 368 Oct. 9-15 Spike bull
That part of GMU 368 east of the following boundary: Jump Off Road and the powerlines to South Fork Cowiche Creek and then west along South Fork Cowiche Creek to Nasty Creek Road; southeast to the North Fork Ahtanum Road and southeast to Tampico; east along the South Fork Ahtanum Creek and east to Yakama Indian Reservation. Oct. 9-15 Antlerless
Western Washington WM 454, 564, 684 Oct. 9-15 Any elk
460, 478, 484, 513, 530, 603, 607, 660 Oct. 9-15 3 pt. min.
501 Oct. 9-15 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Late Muzzleloader Elk Seasons
Northeast NM 127 through 139 (All units are primarily private lands and access is a problem.) Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Any elk
Yakima YM 346 Nov. 14-18 Spike bull or antlerless
Muzzleloader Area 944 Nov. 24-Dec. 8 Spike bull or antlerless
Western Washington WM 501, 505 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 3 pt. min. or antlerless
454, 564, 568, 684 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Any elk
574, 578 Nov. 24-Dec. 8 Any elk
484, 504, 550, 601 Nov. 24-Dec. 15 3 pt. min.

Special Elk Hunts Open to Specified Tag Holders


License Required:
A valid big game hunting license with an elk tag option.

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.


Hunt Area Elk Tag Game Management Units Legal Elk Season Dates
1999
Western WF 568, 574, 578, 588 Any Elk Nov. 6-14
WA, WF, WM 564, Archery, and muzzleloader equipment. Modern Firearm elk tag holders may hunt, but must use archery, muzzleloader or revolver type handgun equipment. Any Elk Nov. 6-14
WM ML Area No. 941 Any Elk Oct. 1, 1999-Jan. 31, 2000
Northeast NF 101, 105, 121, 124 west of SR 395, 127, 130, 133, 136, 139 Any Elk Oct. 30-Nov. 7
NA, NM, NF 127, 130 Advanced Hunter Education Hunters Only Any Elk Oct. 20-Dec. 31
Central Any Elk Tag Grant, Adams, Douglas, Franklin, Okanogan and Benton (south of the Yakima River) cos. and Chelan County N of Hwy 2 except closed within 1/2 mile of Columbia River in Douglas & Grant cos. Any Elk Oct. 30-Nov. 15
Colockum CM ML Area 911; Advanced Hunter Education Hunters Only Any Elk Nov. 24-Dec. 7

Special Elk Permit Hunting Seasons

(Open to Permit Holders Only)

Permit hunters may hunt only with a weapon in compliance with their tag. Applicants must have purchased the proper tag for these hunts (see Elk Tag Prefix required to apply for each hunt).


Hunt Name Permit Season Special Restrictions Elk Tag Prefix Boundary Description 1999 Permits
Modern Firearm Bull Permit Hunts
Blue Creek A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull BF GMU 154 4
Watershed * Oct. 30-Nov. 7 3 Pt. Min. or Antlerless BA, BF, BM GMU 157 50
Dayton A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull BF GMU 162 5
Tucannon A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull BF GMU 166 2
Wenaha A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull BF GMU 169 7
Mountain View A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull BF GMU 172 8
Peola A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull BF GMU 178 1
Couse A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull BF GMU 181 1
Grande Ronde A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull BF GMU 186 1
Naneum A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull CF GMU 328 21
Quilomene A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull CF GMU 329 9
Peaches Ridge A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull YF GMUs 336, 346 118
Observatory A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull YF GMUs 340, 342 67
Goose Prairie A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull YF GMUs 352, 356 114
Bethel A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull YF GMU 360 71
Rimrock A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull YF GMU 364 94
Cowiche A Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Bull YF GMU 368 8
Margaret A Nov. 1-14 3 Pt. Min. WF GMU 524 10
Toutle A Nov. 1-14 3 Pt. Min. WF GMU 556 88
Dickey A Nov. 6-14 3 Pt. Min. WF GMU 602 54
Olympic A Nov. 6-14 3 Pt. Min. WF GMU 621 13

*Permit season is open for archery and muzzleloader but hunt is the same as modern firearm and all hunters must wear hunter orange.


Modern Firearm Elk Permit Hunts (Only modern firearm and muzzleloader elk tag holders may apply.)
Pend Oreille Nov. 1-7 Any Elk NF or NM GMUs 109, 113, 117 50
Mount Spokane Oct. 30-Nov. 7 Any Elk NF or NM 124 (E. of SR 395) 50
Mica, Cheney Oct. 16-Nov. 7 Antlerless NF or NM GMUs 127, 130 250
Wenaha B Oct. 1-10 Any Bull BF or BM GMU 169 2
Peola B Nov. 3-7 Antlerless BF or BM GMU 178 25
Wenatchee Mtns. Oct. 1-10 Any Bull CF, CM, YF, or YM GMU 302, 335 22
Shushuskin Dec. 1-31 Antlerless YF or YM Elk Area 031 50
Malaga A*** Sept. 1-Oct. 3 Antlerless CF or CM Elk Area 032 75
Malaga B Nov. 10-Dec. 31 Antlerless CF or CM Elk Area 032 40
Taneum Nov. 3-7 Antlerless YF or YM GMU 336 150
Manastash Nov. 3-7 Antlerless YF or YM GMU 340 250
Umtanum A Nov. 3-7 Antlerless YF or YM GMU 342 300
Little Naches A Nov. 3-7 Antlerless YF or YM GMU 346 225
Little Naches B Oct. 1-10 Any Bull YF or YM GMU 346 18
Nile Nov. 3-7 Antlerless YF or YM GMU 352 75
Bumping Nov. 3-7 Antlerless YF or YM GMU 356 300
Bethel B Nov. 3-7 Antlerless YF or YM GMU 360 100
Rimrock B Nov. 3-7 Antlerless YF or YM GMU 364 350
Cowiche B Nov. 3-7 Antlerless YF or YM GMU 368 200
Willapa Hills Nov. 10-14 Antlerless WF or WM GMU 506 100
Packwood Nov. 10-14 Antlerless WF or WM GMU 516 25
Winston Nov. 10-14 Antlerless WF or WM GMU 520 30
Margaret B Nov. 10-14 Antlerless WF or WM GMU 524 10
Ryderwood Nov. 10-14 Antlerless WF or WM GMU 530 75
Coweeman Nov. 10-14 Antlerless WF or WM GMU 550 50
Toutle B Nov. 10-14 Antlerless WF or WM GMU 556 30
Marble Nov. 10-14 Antlerless WF or WM GMU 558 60
Carlton Oct. 1-10 3-Pt. Min. WF or WM Elk Area 057 5
West Goat Rocks Oct. 1-10 3-Pt. Min. WF or WM Elk Area 058 5
Mt. Adams Oct. 1-10 3-Pt. Min. WF or WM Elk Area 059 5
Lewis River Nov. 10-14 Antlerless WF or WM GMU 560 75
Siouxon Nov. 10-14 Antlerless WF or WM GMU 572 50
Dungeness Nov. 10-14 Antlerless WF or WM Part of GMU 621* 9
Minot Peak Oct. 9-15 Antlerless WF or WM GMU 660** 20
Williams Creek Nov. 10-14 Antlerless WF or WM GMU 673 50

*That part of GMU 621 north and west of Jimmy Come Lately Creek and the Gray Wolf River.

**That part of GMU 660 north of the North River-Brooklyn Road.

***Damage hunt.


Muzzleloader Bull Permit Hunts (Only muzzleloader elk tag holders may apply.)
Blue Creek B Oct. 1-10 Any Bull BM GMU 154 1
Dayton B Oct. 1-10 Any Bull BM GMU 162 1
Tucannon B Oct. 1-10 Any Bull BM GMU 166 1
Wenaha C Oct. 1-10 Any Bull BM GMU 169 2
Mountain View B Oct. 1-10 Any Bull BM GMU 172 3
Peola C Oct. 1-10 Any Bull BM GMU 178 1
Couse B Oct. 1-10 Any Bull BM GMU 181 1
Grande Ronde B Oct. 1-10 Any Bull BM GMU 186 1
Naneum B Oct. 1-10 Any Bull CM GMU 328 2
Quilomene B Oct. 1-10 Any Bull CM GMU 329, 330 1
Peaches Ridge B Oct. 1-10 Any Bull YM GMUs 336, 346 24
Observatory B Oct. 1-10 Any Bull YM GMUs 340, 342 21
Goose Prairie B Oct. 1-10 Any Bull YM GMUs 352, 356 16
Bethel C Oct. 1-10 Any Bull YM GMU 360 10
Rimrock C Oct. 1-10 Any Bull YM GMU 364 13
Cowiche C Oct. 1-10 Any Bull YM GMU 368 6
Margaret C Oct. 1-10 3 Pt. Min. WM GMU 524 2
Toutle C Oct. 1-10 3 Pt. Min. WM GMU 556 20
Dickey B Oct. 1-10 3 Pt. Min. WM GMU 602 6
Olympic B Oct. 1-10 3 Pt. Min. WM GMU 621 3

Muzzleloader Permit Hunts (Only muzzleloader elk tag holders may apply.)
Blue Creek C*** 12/1/ 99-1/31/ 2000 Antlerless BM GMU 154 50
Peola D*** Oct. 9-15 Spike or Antlerless BM GMU 178 50
Couse C*** Oct. 9-15 Spike or Antlerless BM GMU 181 50
Couse D*** Dec. 1-31 Antlerless BM GMU 181 50
Couse E*** Jan. 1-31, 2000 Antlerless BM GMU 181 50
Umtanum B Oct. 10-16 Antlerless YM GMU 342 125
Stella*** Nov. 26-Dec. 15 3 Pt. Min. or Antlerless WM GMU 504 100
Boistfort *** Jan. 1-15, 2000 Antlerless WM Elk Area 054 20
Yale*** Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Any Elk WM GMU 554 75
Toledo*** Jan. 2-16, 2000 Antlerless WM Elk Area 029 75
Malaga C*** Oct. 9-29 Antlerless CM Elk Area 032 75
North River*** Nov. 26-Dec. 15 Antlerless WM GMU 658 20

Archery Bull Permit Hunts (Only archery elk tag holders may apply.)
Blue Creek D Sept. 1-14 Any Bull BA GMU 154 1
Dayton C Sept. 1-14 Any Bull BA GMU 162 5
Tucannon C Sept. 1-14 Any Bull BA GMU 166 2
Wenaha D Sept. 1-14 Any Bull BA GMU 169 5
Mountain View C Sept. 1-14 Any Bull BA GMU 172 7
Peola E Sept. 1-14 Any Bull BA GMU 178 1
Couse F Sept. 1-14 Any Bull BA GMU 181 3
Grande Ronde C Sept. 1-14 Any Bull BA GMU 186 1
Naneum C Sept. 1-14 Any Bull CA GMU 328 17
Quilomene C Sept. 1-14 Any Bull CA GMU 329, 330 9
Peaches Ridge C Sept. 1-14 Any Bull YA GMUs 336, 346 106
Observatory C Sept. 1-14 Any Bull YA GMUs 340, 342 62
Goose Prairie C Sept. 1-14 Any Bull YA GMUs 352, 356 82
Bethel D Sept. 1-14 Any Bull YA GMU 360 60
Rimrock D Sept. 1-14 Any Bull YA GMU 364 43
Cowiche D Sept. 1-14 Any Bull YA GMU 368 9
Margaret D Sept. 1-14 3 Pt. Min. WA GMU 524 5
Toutle D Sept. 1-14 3 Pt. Min. WA GMU 556 85
Dickey C Sept. 1-14 3 Pt. Min. WA GMU 602 35
Olympic C Sept. 1-14 3 Pt. Min. WA GMU 621 5


Advanced Hunter Education (AHE) Graduate Special Elk Permit Hunts (Only AHE graduates may apply.)
Margaret E Oct. 1-10 3-Pt. Min Any Elk Tag GMU 524 4
Quinault Ridge Oct. 1-10 3-Pt. Min or Antlerless Any Elk Tag GMU 638 5
South Bank A Jan. 1-30, 2000 Antlerless Any Elk Tag Elk Area 062* 10
Skookumchuck Oct. 1-10 3-Pt. Min. or Antlerless Any Elk Tag GMU 667 2

Persons of Disability Only - Special Elk Permit Hunts
Northeast Nov. 2-15 Antlerless NF, NM or NA GMUs 109-130 15
Observatory D Oct. 24-Nov. 7 Any Elk YF or YM GMU 340, 342 5
Little Naches C Oct. 1-10 Any Elk YF, YM, YA GMU 346 5
Little Naches D Oct. 30-Nov. 7 Antlerless YF, YM, or YA GMU 346 10
Trout Creek Hill Nov. 8-14 3 Pt. Min. or Antlerless WF or WM GMU 572 1
Eleven Mile Ridge Nov. 8-14 3 Pt. Min. or Antlerless WF or WM GMU 572 1
Red Mountain Nov. 8-14 3 Pt. Min. or Antlerless WF or WM GMU 572 1
Paradise Ridge Nov. 8-14 3 Pt. Min. or Antlerless WF or WM GMU 572 1
Proverbial Creek Nov. 8-14 3 Pt. Min. or Antlerless WF or WM GMU 572 1
Lone Butte A Sept. 1-14 Any Elk Any Archery Elk Tag GMU 560 1
Lone Butte B Nov. 8-14 Any Elk Any Elk Tag GMU 560 1
Centralia Mine A Oct. 30-31 ((-Nov. 1)) Antlerless Any Elk Tag Portion of GMU 667 within Centralia Mine 4
Centralia Mine B Nov. 6-7((-8)) Antlerless Only Any Elk Tag Portion of GMU 667 within Centralia Mine 4
Centralia Mine C Jan. 8-16, 2000 Antlerless Any Elk Tag Portion of GMU 667 surrounding Centralia Mine 8
Centralia Mine D Jan 22-30, 2000 Antlerless Any Elk Tag Portion of GMU 667 surrounding Centralia Mine 8
South Bank B Dec. 10-20 Antlerless Any Elk Tag Elk Area 062* 3

*Firearm Restriction Area - Hunters may use only muzzleloader equipment.

***Damage Hunt.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040.  99-10-102, 232-28-281, filed 5/5/99, effective 6/5/99; 98-10-003 (Order 98-61), 232-28-281, filed 4/22/98, effective 5/23/98.]

Reviser's note: The bracketed material preceding the section above was supplied by the code reviser's office.

OTS-3196.1


REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 232-12-137 Unlawful to use game species for trapping.

OTS-3203.1


REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 232-28-20401 Incisor tooth requirement.

OTS-3210.1


REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 232-16-680 Lenice Lake Game Reserve.

OTS-3239.1


REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 232-28-422 1998-99 Migratory waterfowl seasons and regulations.

OTS-3221.2


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-423
1999-2000 Migratory waterfowl seasons and regulations.


DUCKS


Western Washington


Oct. 9-20, 1999 and Oct. 22, 1999-Jan. 23, 2000


Special youth hunting day open only to hunters 15 years of age or under (must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old who is not hunting): Sept. 25, 1999


Daily bag limit: 7 ducks--to include not more than 2 hen mallards, 2 pintails, 2 scaup, 2 redheads, 1 canvasback, 1 harlequin, 4 scoters, and 4 oldsquaws.

Possession limit: 14 ducks--to include not more than 4 hen mallards, 4 pintails, 4 scaup, 4 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 harlequin, 8 scoters, and 8 oldsquaws.


Eastern Washington


Oct. 9-20, 1999 and Oct. 22, 1999-Jan. 23, 2000


Special youth hunting day open only to hunters 15 years of age or under (must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old who is not hunting): Sept. 25, 1999


Daily bag limit: 7 ducks--to include not more than 2 hen mallards, 2 pintails, 2 scaup, 2 redheads, and 1 canvasback.

Possession limit: 14 ducks--to include not more than 4 hen mallards, 4 pintails, 4 scaup, 4 redheads, and 2 canvasbacks.


COOT (Mudhen)


Same areas, dates (including Youth Hunting Day), and shooting hours as the general duck season.

Daily bag limit: 25 coots.

Possession limit: 25 coots.


COMMON SNIPE


Same areas, dates (except Youth Hunting Day), and shooting hours as the general duck season.

Daily bag limit: 8 snipe.

Possession limit: 16 snipe.


GEESE (except Brant and Aleutian Canada Geese)


Special youth hunting day open only to hunters 15 years of age or under (must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old who is not hunting): Sept. 25, 1999, state-wide except Western Washington Goose Management Area 2


Daily bag limit: 4 Canada geese


Western Washington Goose Seasons


Western Washington Goose Management Area 1

Island, Skagit, Snohomish counties


Oct. 9, 1999 - Jan. 2, 2000 for snow, Ross', or blue geese

Oct. 9, 1999 - Jan. 16, 2000 for other geese (except Brant and Aleutian Canada geese)


Daily bag limit: 4 geese, to include not more than 3 snow, Ross', or blue geese

Possession limit: 8 geese, to include not more than 6 snow, Ross', or blue geese


WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION REQUIRED TO HUNT SNOW GEESE. All persons hunting snow geese in this season are required to obtain a written authorization and Harvest Report from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Hunters who held a 1998 authorization and returned the Harvest Report prior to the deadline will be mailed a 1999 authorization in early October. Hunters who did not possess a 1998 authorization must fill out an application (available at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Olympia and Regional offices). Application forms must be delivered to a Department office no later than September 25 or postmarked on or before September 25 in order for applicants to be mailed a 1999 authorization before the season starts. No applications will be accepted after October 31, 1999. Immediately after taking a snow goose into possession, hunters must record in ink the information required on the Harvest Report. Return of the Harvest Report is mandatory. Those hunters not returning the Harvest Report to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife by January 31, 2000, will be ineligible to participate in the 2000 snow goose season.


Western Washington Goose Management Area 2

Grays Harbor, Pacific, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, and Clark counties, except the area of Clark County south of the Washougal River and except the area of Grays Harbor County north of U.S. Highway 12 and west of U.S. Highway 101.


Open on the following days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:


Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays only, Nov. 24, 1999 - Jan. 16, 2000, except closed Nov. 25 and Dec. 23-25, 1999.


Bag limits for all of Western Washington Goose Management Area 2:

Daily bag limit: 4 geese, to include not more than 1 dusky Canada goose, and not more than 3 snow, Ross', or blue geese.

Possession limit: 8 geese, to include not more than 1 dusky Canada goose, and not more than 6 snow, Ross', or blue geese.

Season limit: 1 dusky Canada goose.

A dusky Canada goose is defined as a dark-breasted (as shown in the Munsell color chart 10 YR, 5 or less) Canada goose with a culmen (bill) length of 40-50 mm.


The Canada goose season for Western Washington Goose Management Area 2 will be closed early if dusky Canada goose harvests exceed area quotas which collectively total 80 geese. The Fish and Wildlife Commission has authorized the director to implement emergency area closures in accordance with the following quotas: A total of 80 duskys, to be distributed 10 for Zone 1 (Ridgefield NWR); 25 for Zone 2 (Cowlitz County south of the Kalama River); 20 for Zone 3 (Clark County private lands); 10 for Zone 4 (Cowlitz County north of the Kalama River and Wahkiakum County); 10 for Zone 5 (Pacific County); and 5 for Zone 6 (Gray's Harbor County). Quotas may be shifted to other zones during the season to optimize use of the state-wide quota and minimize depredation.


Hunting is only permitted by written authorization from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Hunters who maintained a valid 1998 written authorization will be mailed a 1999 authorization card prior to the 1999 season. New hunters and those who did not maintain a valid 1998 authorization must review goose identification training materials and demonstrate adequate performance on a goose identification test to receive written authorization. Information on training materials and testing dates/locations is available at the Olympia and regional offices.


With written authorization, hunters will receive a Harvest Report. Hunters must carry the authorization card and Harvest Report while hunting. Immediately after taking a Canada goose (dusky, lesser/Taverner, cackling, or other subspecies) into possession, hunters must record in ink the information required on the Harvest Report. Hunters must go directly to the nearest check station and have geese tagged when leaving a hunt site, before 6:00 p.m. If a hunter takes the season bag limit of one dusky Canada goose or does not comply with requirements listed above regarding checking of birds and recording harvest on the Harvest Report, written authorization will be invalidated and the hunter will not be able to hunt in Western Washington Goose Management Area 2 for the remainder of the season and the Special Late Canada Goose Season. It is unlawful to fail to comply with all provisions listed above for Western Washington Goose Management Area 2.


Western Washington Goose Management Area 2

Special Late Canada Goose Season

Open to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Advanced Hunter Education (AHE) program graduates possessing a valid 1999 southwest Washington Canada goose hunting authorization. Hunters qualifying for the season will be placed on a list for participation in this hunt. Landowners having damage from geese will contact WDFW, and after confirmation of damage will be issued a list of qualified hunter names. Hunting will occur only on specific agricultural lands incurring goose damage.


Open to AHE hunters only in areas with agricultural goose damage in Western Washington Goose Management Area 2 on the following days, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:


Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays, January 22-March 10, 2000


Daily bag limit: 4 Canada geese, to include not more than 1 dusky Canada goose.

Possession limit: 4 Canada geese, to include not more than 1 dusky Canada goose.

Season limit: 1 dusky Canada goose.

A dusky Canada goose is defined as a dark-breasted Canada goose (as shown in the Munsell color chart 10 YR, 5 or less) with a culmen (bill) length of 40-50 mm.


The Special Late Canada Goose Season will be closed by emergency action if the harvest of dusky Canada geese exceeds 85 for the regular and late seasons. Hunting is only permitted by written authorization from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Hunters who maintained a valid 1998 written authorization will be mailed a 1999 authorization card prior to the 1999 season. New hunters and those who did not maintain a valid 1998 authorization must review goose identification training materials and demonstrate adequate performance on a goose identification test to receive written authorization. Information on training materials and testing dates/locations is available at the Olympia and Regional offices.


With written authorization, hunters will receive a Special Late Canada Goose Season authorization card and Harvest Report. Hunters must carry the authorization card and Harvest Report while hunting. Immediately after taking a Canada goose (dusky, lesser/Taverner, or other subspecies) into possession, hunters must record in ink the information required on the Harvest Report. Hunters must check in prior to the hunt, and after the hunt must go directly to the nearest check station when leaving a hunt site, before 5:00 p.m. If a hunter takes the season bag limit of one dusky Canada goose or does not comply with requirements listed above regarding check station reporting and recording harvest on the Harvest Report, written authorization will be invalidated and the hunter will not be able to hunt in the Special Late Canada Goose Season for the remainder of the season. It is unlawful to fail to comply with all requirements listed above for the Special Late Canada Goose Season.


Western Washington Goose Management Area 3

Includes all parts of Western Washington not included in Western Washington Goose Management Areas 1 and 2.


Oct. 9, 1999 - Jan. 16, 2000


Daily bag limit: 4 geese, to include not more than 3 snow, Ross', or blue geese.

Possession limit: 8 geese, to include not more than 6 snow, Ross', or blue geese.


Eastern Washington Goose Seasons


Eastern Washington Goose Management Area 1

Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanogan, Spokane, and Walla Walla counties.


Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays only, from Oct. 9, 1999 - Jan. 10, 2000, Nov. 11, 25, 26, 1999, and every day Jan. 10-16, 2000.


Eastern Washington Goose Management Area 2

Includes all other parts of Eastern Washington not included in Eastern Washington Goose Management Area 1.


Every day, from Oct. 9, 1999 - Jan. 16, 2000.


Bag limits for all Eastern Washington Goose Management Areas:

Daily bag limit: 4 geese, to include not more than 3 snow, Ross', or blue geese.

Possession limit: 8 geese, to include not more than 6 snow, Ross', or blue geese.


BRANT

Open in Skagit and Pacific counties only


Open in Skagit and Pacific counties on the following dates:

Jan. 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 2000


In 1999, the brant wintering population in Padilla/Samish/Fidalgo bays remained below objective levels. If the 1999-2000 preseason wintering brant population in Skagit County is below 6,000 (as determined by the winter survey in late December/early January), the brant season in Skagit County will be closed.


WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION REQUIRED: All hunters participating in this season are required to obtain a written authorization and Harvest Report from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Hunters who held a 1998 authorization and returned the Harvest Report prior to the deadline will be mailed a 1999 authorization in December. Hunters who did not possess a 1998 authorization must fill out an application (available at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Regional offices). Application forms must be delivered to a Department office no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 10 or postmarked on or before November 10, after which applicants will be mailed a 1999 authorization in early December. Late applications will not be accepted. Immediately after taking a brant into possession, hunters must record in ink the information required on the Harvest Report. Return of the Harvest Report is mandatory. Those hunters not returning the Harvest Report to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife by January 31, 2000, will be ineligible to participate in the 2000 brant season.


Bag limits for Skagit and Pacific counties:

Daily bag limit: 2 brant.

Possession limit: 4 brant.


ALEUTIAN CANADA GEESE AND SWANS


Season closed state-wide.


FALCONRY SEASONS


DUCKS AND COOTS (Falconry)

(Bag limits include geese, snipe, and mourning doves.)


Western Washington


Oct. 9-20, 1999 and Oct. 22, 1999-Jan. 23, 2000

Daily bag limit: 3, straight or mixed bag with geese, snipe, and mourning doves during established seasons.

Possession limit: 6, straight or mixed bag with geese, snipe, and mourning doves during established seasons.


Eastern Washington


Oct. 9-20, 1999 and Oct. 22, 1999-Jan. 23, 2000

Daily bag limit: 3, straight or mixed bag with geese, snipe, and mourning doves during established seasons.

Possession limit: 6, straight or mixed bag with geese, snipe, and mourning doves during established seasons.


GEESE (Falconry)

(Bag limits include ducks, coot, snipe, and mourning doves.)


Oct. 9, 1999 - Jan. 16, 2000, state-wide, except Western Washington Goose Management Area 2:


Western Washington Goose Management Area 2: Nov. 24, 1999-Jan. 16, 2000 and Jan. 22, 2000-Mar. 10, 2000; except closed Nov. 25 and Dec. 23-25


Daily bag limit: 3, straight or mixed bag with ducks, coot, snipe, and mourning doves during established seasons.

Possession limit: 6, straight or mixed bag with ducks, coot, snipe, and mourning doves during established seasons.


SNIPE (Falconry)

(Bag limits include ducks, coots, geese, and mourning doves.)


Oct. 9-20, 1999 and Oct. 22, 1999-Jan. 23, 2000 state-wide

Daily bag limit: 3, straight or mixed bag with ducks, coots, geese and mourning doves during established seasons.

Possession limit: 6, straight or mixed bag with ducks, coots, geese and mourning doves during established seasons.

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