WSR 00-18-009

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 00-169 -- Filed August 24, 2000, 4:52 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: August 11, 2000.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 00-14-082 on July 5, 2000.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: Western Washington Goose Management Area 2:

(1) Open Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays only, except Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (Zone 1) open Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays only, same dates, same closures.

(2) Late Canada goose season open only in areas with agricultural goose damage.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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.

August 24, 2000

Debbie Nelson

for Kelly White, Chairman

Fish and Wildlife Commission

OTS-4320.1


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-424
2000-2001 Migratory waterfowl seasons and regulations.


DUCKS


Western Washington


Oct. 7-18, 2000 and Oct. 21, 2000 - Jan. 21, 2001


Special youth hunting weekend 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. 23-24, 2000


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

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


Eastern Washington


Oct. 7-18, 2000 and Oct. 21, 2000 - Jan. 21, 2001


Special youth hunting weekend 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. 23-24, 2000


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

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


COOT (Mudhen)


Same areas, dates (including Youth Hunting Weekend), 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 Weekend), 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 Weekend 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. 23-24, 2000, state-wide except Western Washington Goose Management Area 2


Daily bag limit: 4 Canada geese.

Possession limit: 8 Canada geese.


Western Washington Goose Seasons


Western Washington Goose Management Area 1

Island, Skagit, Snohomish counties


Oct. 7, 2000 - Jan. 1, 2001 for snow, Ross', or blue geese

Oct. 7-26, 2000 and Nov. 4 - Jan. 21, 2001 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 1999-2000 authorization and returned the harvest report prior to the deadline will be mailed a 2000-01 authorization in early October. Hunters who did not possess a 1999-2000 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 2000-01 authorization before the season starts. No applications will be accepted after October 31, 2000. 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, 2001, will be ineligible to participate in the 2001-02 snow goose season.


Western Washington Goose Management Area 2

Cowlitz, Pacific, Wahkiakum counties, that part of Clark County north of the Washougal River, and that part of Grays Harbor County south of U.S. Highway 12 and east of U.S. Highway 101.


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


Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays only, Nov. 22, 2000 - Jan. 14, 2001, except closed Dec. 25, 2000 and Jan. 1, 2001, except Ridgefield NWR (Zone 1). Ridgefield NWR (Zone 1): Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays only, Nov. 22, 2000 - Jan. 14, 2001, except closed Dec. 25, 2000 and Jan. 1, 2001.


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 (Grays 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 1999-2000 written authorization will be mailed a 2000-01 authorization card prior to the 2000-01 season. New hunters and those who did not maintain a valid 1999-2000 authorization must review goose identification training materials and score a minimum of 80% on a goose identification test to receive written authorization. Hunters who fail a test must wait 28 days before retesting, and will not be issued a reciprocal authorization until that time. 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 and youth hunters (15 years of age or under, who are accompanied by an AHE hunter) possessing a valid 2000-01 southwest Washington Canada goose hunting authorization, 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 20 - March 10, 2001


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.


Hunters qualifying for the season will be placed on a list for participation in this hunt. Washington department of fish and wildlife will assist landowners with contacting qualified hunters to participate in damage control hunts on specific agricultural lands incurring goose damage. 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. All provisions listed above for Western Washington Goose Management Area 2 regarding written authorization, harvest reporting, and checking requirements also apply to the Special Late Season; except hunters must confirm their participation at least 24 hours in advance by calling the goose hunting hotline (listed on hunting authorization), and hunters must check out by 5:00 p.m. on each hunt day regardless of success. It is unlawful to fail to comply with all provisions listed above for the Special Late Season in Western Washington Goose Management Area 2.


Western Washington Goose Management Area 3

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


Oct. 7-26, 2000 and Nov. 4 - Jan. 21, 2001


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 during Oct. 7-26, 2000 and Nov. 4 - Jan. 14, 2001; Nov. 23, 24, Dec. 25, 2000, and Jan. 1, 2001; and every day Jan. 15-21, 2001.


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. 7-26, 2000 and Nov. 4 - Jan. 21, 2001.


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 on the following dates:


Jan. 13, 14, 17, 20, and 21, 2001


In 2000, the brant wintering population in Padilla/Samish/Fidalgo bays remained below objective levels. If the 2000-01 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 or shortened.


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 1999-2000 authorization and returned the harvest report prior to the deadline will be mailed a 2000-01 authorization in December. Hunters who did not possess a 1999-2000 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 13 or postmarked on or before November 13, after which applicants will be mailed a 2000-01 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, 2001, will be ineligible to participate in the 2001-02 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, COOTS, AND SNIPE (Falconry)

(Bag limits include geese and mourning doves.)


Oct. 7-18, 2000 and Oct. 21, 2000 - Jan. 21, 2001, state-wide

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

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


GEESE (Falconry)

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


Oct. 7-26, 2000 and Nov. 4 - Jan. 21, 2001, state-wide, except Western Washington Goose Management Area 2.


Western Washington Goose Management Area 2: Nov. 22, 2000 - Jan. 14, 2001 and Jan. 20, 2001 - Mar. 10, 2001, except closed Dec. 25, 2000 and Jan. 1, 2001.


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

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

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