WSR 04-05-111

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed February 18, 2004, 10:14 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 04-01-187.

Purpose: To amend WAC 232-28-273 2004 Moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat seasons and permit quotas and 232-28-282 Big game and wild turkey auction, raffle and special incentive permits.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 77.12.047.

Summary: The recommended changes to WAC 232-28-273 are to establish 2004 seasons with adjustments in permit quotas based of [on] population objectives. Recommend adding one bighorn raffle permit, one deer raffle permit, and one deer auction permit to WAC 232-28-282.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Recommended adjustments to WAC 232-28-273 permit quotas are based on meeting population objectives for each species as indicated in the game management plan. The objective of the additional raffle and auction permits in WAC 232-28-282 is to generate additional revenue for managing this species. The harvest of one bighorn sheep and two additional deer does not represent a population impact for either species, and is therefore consistent with the objectives of the auction-raffle program (Game Management Plan 2003).

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

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

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

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: WAC 232-28-273 established 2004 seasons and permit quotas for moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. The purpose of the rule is to maximize recreational hunting opportunities for these species while meeting the population and recreational objectives for each herd as indicated in the game management plan. The anticipated effect is stable to increase populations of these hunting species.

WAC 232-28-282 provides seasons, bag limits, and hunt areas for big game auction and raffle hunting opportunities. The purpose of the proposed changes is to increase species-specific revenue when consistent with the biological status of the species and population objectives.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: WAC 232-28-273 provides calendar date changes to establish 2004 seasons and permit quotas.

WAC 232-28-282 increases auction-raffle opportunity for deer and bighorn sheep.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. These rules regulate recreational hunters and do not directly regulate small business.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. Not hydraulics rules.

Hearing Location: Red Lion Hotel "At the Park," 303 West North River Drive, Spokane, WA 99201, phone (509) 326-8000, on April 2-3, 2004, at 8:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Susan Yeager by March 29, 2004, TDD (360) 902-2207 or (360) 902-2267.

Submit Written Comments to: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Attn: Wildlife Program April Meeting Public Comments, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, fax (360) 902-2162, by March 12, 2004.

Date of Intended Adoption: April 2, 2004.

February 18, 2004

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 03-129, filed 6/12/03, effective 7/13/03)

WAC 232-28-273   ((2003)) 2004 Moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat seasons and permit quotas.  


((2003)) 2004 Moose Permit Hunts


Who May Apply:
Anyone may apply; EXCEPT those who harvested a moose previously in Washington state. An individual may only harvest one moose during their lifetime (except waived for antlerless only hunts and raffle and auction hunts).


Bag Limit: One moose of either sex, EXCEPT antlerless only for the 49 Degrees North B persons with disabilities hunt, Hangman B Hunt, Mt. Spokane B Hunt and the Mt. Spokane Youth Hunt.


Weapon Restrictions: Permit holders may use any legal weapon.


Hunt

Name

Permit

Season

Permit Hunt

Boundary Description

Special

Restrictions

((2003)) 2004

Permits

Kettle Range Oct. 1-Nov. 30 GMU 101, 105 Any Moose 1
Selkirk Mtns. Oct. 1-Nov. 30 GMU 113 Any Moose 20
Mt. Spokane A Oct. 1-Nov. 30 GMU 124, east of Hwy 395 Any Moose 10
Mt. Spokane B Oct. 1-Nov. 30 GMU 124, east of Hwy 395 Antlerless Only 12
Mt. Spokane Youth Onlya Oct. 1-Nov. 30 GMU 124, east of Hwy 395 Antlerless Only 8
49 Degrees North Oct. 1-Nov. 30 GMU 117 Any Moose 22
49 Degrees North Bb Oct. 1-Nov. 30 GMU 117 Antlerless Only 3
Three Forks Oct. 1-Nov. 30 GMUs 108, 111 Any Moose 6
Hangman A Oct. 1-Nov. 30 GMU 127, 130 Any Moose 5
Hangman B Oct. 1-Nov. 30 GMU 127, 130 Antlerless Only 3
Huckleberry Range Oct. 1-Nov. 30 GMU 121, 124 west of Hwy 395 Any Moose 4

aApplicants must be eligible to purchase a youth moose permit application. Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult during the hunt.

bApplicants must possess a Disabled Hunter Permit.


((2003)) 2004 Mountain Sheep (Bighorn) Permit Hunts


Who May Apply: Anyone may apply; EXCEPT those who harvested a bighorn sheep previously in Washington state. An individual may only harvest one bighorn sheep during their lifetime. (Except waived for raffle and auction hunts.)


Bag Limit: One bighorn ram.


Hunt

Name

Permit

Season

Permit Hunt

Boundary Description

Special

Restrictions

((2003)) 2004

Permits

Umtanum/Selah Butte A Sept. 15-Oct. ((5)) 3 Sheep Unit 4 and 5 Any Legal Weapon 4
Umtanum/Selah Butte B Nov. ((3-30)) 8-30 Sheep Unit 4 and 5 Any Legal Weapon 3
Cleman Mountain A Sept. 15-Oct. ((5)) 3 Sheep Unit 7 Any Legal Weapon ((3)) 4
Cleman Mountain B Nov. ((3-30)) 8-30 Sheep Unit 7 Any Legal Weapon 3
Mt. Hull Sept. 15-Oct. 10 Sheep Unit 10 Any Legal Weapon 1
Lincoln Cliffs Sept. 15-Oct. 10 Sheep Unit 12 Any Legal Weapon 1
Quilomene A Sept. 15-Oct. ((5)) 3 Sheep Unit 13 Any Legal Weapon ((4)) 3
Quilomene B Nov. ((3-30)) 8-30 Sheep Unit 13 Any Legal Weapon ((3)) 2
Swakane Sept. 15-Oct. 10 Sheep Unit 14 Any Legal Weapon 1
Tieton Sept. 15-Oct. 10 Sheep Unit 15 Any Legal Weapon 2

Mountain (Bighorn) Sheep Units:


Sheep Unit 4 Selah Butte: Permit Area: That part of Yakima and Kittitas counties between Ellensburg and Yakima east of the Yakima River and north of Selah Creek, west of Interstate 82 and south of Interstate 90.


Sheep Unit 5 Umtanum: Permit Area: Those portions of Yakima and Kittitas counties west of the Yakima River, north of Wenas Creek, and east of USFS Road 1701 to Manastash Lake and its drainage; south and east along the South Fork Manastash Creek to Manastash Creek and the Yakima River.


Sheep Unit 7 Cleman Mountain: Permit Area: That part of Yakima County south of Wenas Creek and east of USFS Road 1701, north of Highway 410 and Highway 12 and west of the Yakima River.


Sheep Unit 10 Mt. Hull: Permit Area: That part of Okanogan County within the following described boundary: Beginning at Oroville; then south along U.S. Highway 97 to the Swanson's Mill Road (old Mt. Hull Road) near Lake Andrews; then east to the Dry Gulch Road; then north to the Oroville-Toroda Creek Road (Molson Grade Road); then west to Oroville and the point of beginning.


Sheep Unit 12 Lincoln Cliffs:
Permit Area: That part of Lincoln County north of Highway 2.


Sheep Unit 13 Quilomene:
Permit Area: GMU 329.


Sheep Unit 14 Swakane: Permit Area: GMU 250.


Sheep Unit 15 Tieton: Permit Area: GMU 360.


((2003)) 2004 Mountain Goat Permit Hunts


Who May Apply:
Anyone may apply; except those who harvested a mountain goat in Washington state after 1998. An individual may only harvest one mountain goat during their lifetime, except for those who harvested a goat prior to 1999. (Except waived for raffle and auction hunts.)


Bag Limit: One (1) adult goat of either sex with horns four (4) inches or longer. WDFW urges hunters to refrain from shooting nannies with kids. Permit hunters may start hunting Sept. 1 with archery equipment.


Hunt

Name

Permit

Season

Permit Hunt

Boundary Description

Special

Restrictions

((2003)) 2004

Permits

Chelan North Sept. 15-Oct. 31 Goat Unit 2-1 Any Legal Weapon 1
Methow Sept. 15-Oct. 31 Goat Unit 2-2 Any Legal Weapon 2
Naches Pass/Corral Pass Sept. 15-Oct. 31 Goat Unit 3-6, 4-38 Any Legal Weapon ((1)) 2
Bumping River Sept. 15-Oct. 31 Goat Unit 3-7 Any Legal Weapon 2
Blazed Ridge Sept. 15-Oct. 31 Goat Unit 3-10 Any Legal Weapon ((1)) 2
Kachess Ridge Sept. 15-Oct. 31 Goat Unit 3-11 Any Legal Weapon 0
Jack Mountain Sept. 15-Oct. 31 Goat Unit 4-9 Any Legal Weapon 0
((Corral Pass)) ((Sept. 15-Oct. 31)) ((Goat Unit 4-38)) ((Any Legal Weapon)) ((2))
Tatoosh Sept. 15-Oct. 31 Goat Unit 5-2 Any Legal Weapon 3
Smith Creek Sept. 15-Oct. 31 Goat Unit 5-3 Any Legal Weapon 1
Goat Rocks/Tieton River Sept. 15-Oct. 31 Goat Units 3-9, 5-4 Any Legal Weapon 6

Mountain Goat Units:


Goat Unit 2-1 Chelan N. (Chelan County): Permit Area: Beginning at the mouth of Fish Creek on Lake Chelan (Moore Point); then northeast up Fish Creek and USFS trail 1259 to the Sawtooth crest near Deephole Spring; then southeast along the Sawtooth crest, which separates Chelan and Okanogan County, to Horsethief Basin and the headwaters of Safety Harbor Creek; then south along Safety Harbor Creek to Lake Chelan, then northwest along the north shore of Lake Chelan to the mouth of Fish Creek at Moore Point and the point of beginning.


Goat Unit 2-2 Methow Area: Permit Area: Okanogan County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the Town of Twisp, westerly along the Twisp River Road (County Road 4440) to Roads End; west up the Twisp Pass Trail 432 to Twisp Pass and the Okanogan County line; northerly along the Okanogan County line through Washington Pass to Harts Pass; southeast down Harts Pass (Road 5400) to Lost River; then along the Lost River-Mazama Road to Mazama; then southwest to State Highway 20; then southeasterly along State Highway 20 to Twisp and the point of beginning.


Goat Unit 3-6 Naches Pass: Permit Area: Yakima and Kittitas counties within the following described boundary: Beginning at Chinook Pass; then north along the Pacific Crest Trail to Naches Pass; then east to USFS Road 19 and continuing to State Highway 410; then west along State Highway 410 to Chinook Pass and point of beginning.


Goat Unit 3-7 Bumping River: Permit Area: ((Yakima County within the following described boundary: Beginning at White Pass and the Pacific Crest Trail; then north to Forest Trail 980; then north to USFS Road 18; then north to State Highway 410; then east to State Highway 12; then west along State Highway 12 and back to point of beginning)) GMU 356; EXCEPT Timberwolf Mountain, which is closed.


Goat Unit 3-9 Tieton River: Permit Area: Yakima County within the following described boundary: Beginning at White Pass and Pacific Crest Trail; then south to the Yakama Indian Reservation Boundary; then east to USFS Jeep Trail 1137; then west to USFS Road 1070-578 Spur; then west to Road 1000; then north to USFS Road 12; then north to State Highway 12; then west on State Highway 12 to point of beginning.


Goat Unit 3-10 Blazed Ridge: Permit Area: Kittitas and Yakima counties within the following described boundary: Beginning at the mouth of Cabin Creek on the Yakima River; then west along Cabin Creek to the headwaters near Snowshoe Butte; then south along the Cascade Crest separating the Green and Yakima river drainage to Pyramid Peak; then southeast along the North Fork, Little Naches, and Naches River to the Yakima River; then north along the Yakima River to the mouth of Cabin Creek and point of beginning.


Goat Unit 3-11 Kachess Ridge: Permit Area: Kittitas County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the mouth of the Kachess River on the Yakima River; then north along the Kachess River and Kachess Lake to USFS Road 4600; then east on USFS Road 4600 to the Cle Elum River; then south along the Cle Elum River and Lake Cle Elum to the Yakima River; then northwest along the Yakima River to the mouth of the Kachess River and point of beginning.


Goat Unit 4-9 Jack Mountain: Permit Area: Whatcom County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the confluence of Ruby Creek and Crater Creek; then north up Crater Creek to the ridge line between Jerry Lakes and a pinnacle of Jack Mountain (7,292 ft. elevation); continue due north to Devil's Creek; then west down Devil's Creek to Ross Lake; then south along the east shoreline of Ross Lake to Ruby Arm; then easterly up Ruby Arm and Ruby Creek to the confluence of Crater Creek and the point of beginning.


Goat Unit 4-38 Corral Pass: Permit Area: Pierce County within the following described boundary: Beginning where Goat Creek intersects the Corral Pass Road; then southeast up Goat Creek to the Cascade Crest; then north along the Crest to USFS Trail 1188; then northwest along said trail to USFS Trail 1176; then north along said trail to Corral Pass; then west along Corral Pass Road to its intersection with Goat Creek and the point of beginning.


Goat Unit 5-2 Tatoosh: Permit Area: Lewis County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the junction of the southern Mount Rainier National Park Boundary and State Highway 123; then south along State Highway 123 to U.S. Highway 12; then southwest along said highway to Skate Creek Road (USFS Road 52); then northwest along said road to the junction of Morse Creek Road (old road to Longmire Campground); then north along said road to the Mount Rainier National Park Boundary; then east along the southern park boundary to the point of beginning.


Goat Unit 5-3 Smith Creek: Permit area: Lewis County within the following described boundary: Beginning at the Town of Randle; then east along U.S. Highway 12 to USFS Road 21; then southeast along USFS Road 21 to USFS Road 22; then northeast and northwest along USFS Road 22 to USFS Road 23; then east and northwest on USFS Road 23 to USFS Road 25; then north along USFS Road 25 to Randle and point of beginning.


Goat Unit 5-4 Goat Rocks: Permit Area: Lewis County south of the White Pass Highway (U.S. Highway 12) and east of the Johnson Creek Road (USFS Road 1302).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 03-13-047 (Order 03-129), 232-28-273, filed 6/12/03, effective 7/13/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047, 77.12.655, 77.12.020. 02-11-069 (Order 02-98), 232-28-273, filed 5/10/02, effective 6/10/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040, 77.12.020, 77.32.070, 77.32.530. 01-10-048 (Order 01-69), 232-28-273, filed 4/26/01, effective 5/27/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040, 77.12.010, 77.12.020, 77.12.770, 77.12.780. 00-11-137 (Order 00-50), 232-28-273, filed 5/23/00, effective 6/23/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040. 99-10-102 (Order 99-40), 232-28-273, filed 5/5/99, effective 6/5/99; 98-10-005 (Order 98-58), 232-28-273, filed 4/22/98, effective 5/23/98.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 03-175, filed 8/5/03, effective 9/5/03)

WAC 232-28-282   Big game and wild turkey auction, raffle, and special incentive permits.  


BIG GAME AUCTION PERMITS


The director will select a conservation organization(s) to conduct annual auction(s). Selection of the conservation organizations will be based on criteria adopted by the Washington department of fish and wildlife. Big game and wild turkey auctions shall be conducted consistent with WAC 232-28-292.


SPECIES - ONE DEER PERMIT


Hunting season dates: September 1 - December 31, 2004

Hunt Area: Statewide EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMU 485, and those GMUs closed to deer hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Weapon: Any legal weapon.

Bag limit: One additional any buck deer


SPECIES - ONE WESTSIDE DEER PERMIT


Hunting season dates: 2005 and thereafter, September 1 - December 31

Hunt Area: Western Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMU 485, and those GMUs closed to deer hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Weapon: Any legal weapon.

Bag limit: One additional any buck deer


SPECIES - ONE EASTSIDE DEER PERMIT


Hunting season dates: 2005 and thereafter, September 1 - December 31

Hunt Area: Eastern Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs) and those GMUs closed to deer hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Weapon: Any legal weapon.

Bag limit: One additional any buck deer


SPECIES - ONE WESTSIDE ELK PERMIT


Hunting season dates: September 1 - December 31

Hunt Area: Western Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), those GMUs closed to elk hunting, and those GMUs not opened to branch antlered bull elk hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Weapon: Any legal weapon.

Bag limit: One additional any bull elk


SPECIES - ONE EASTSIDE ELK PERMIT


Hunting season dates: September 1 - December 31

Hunt Area: Eastern Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMU 157, those GMUs closed to elk hunting, and those GMUs not opened to branch antlered bull elk hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Weapon: Any legal weapon.

Bag limit: One additional any bull elk


SPECIES - ONE BIGHORN SHEEP PERMIT


Hunting season dates: September 1 - October 31

Hunt Area: Sheep Unit 4 (Selah Butte), Sheep Unit 5 (Umtanum), Sheep Unit 7 (Cleman Mountain), Sheep Unit 12 (Lincoln Cliffs), or Sheep Unit 13 (Quilomene).

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Bag limit: One bighorn ram


SPECIES - ONE MOOSE PERMIT


Hunting season dates: October 1 - November 30

Hunt Area: Any open moose unit.

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Bag limit: One moose of either sex


SPECIES - ONE MOUNTAIN GOAT PERMIT


Hunting season dates: September 15 - October 31

Hunt Area: Goat Unit 3-6 (Naches Pass), Goat Unit 3-9 (Tieton River), Goat Unit 3-10 (Blazed Ridge), or Goat Unit 5-4 (Goat Rocks).

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Bag limit: One mountain goat of either sex


RAFFLE PERMITS


Raffle permits will be issued to individuals selected through a Washington department of fish and wildlife drawing or the director may select a conservation organization(s) to conduct annual raffles. Selection of a conservation organization will be based on criteria adopted by the Washington department of fish and wildlife. Big game and wild turkey raffles shall be conducted consistent with WAC 232-28-290.


RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT(S)


DEER RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT


Bag limit: One additional any buck deer

Open area: Statewide EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMU 485, and those GMUs closed to deer hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Open season: September 1 - December 31((.)), 2004

Weapon: Any legal weapon.

Number of permits: 1

Raffle ticket cost: $5.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


WESTSIDE DEER RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT


Bag limit: One additional any buck deer

Open Area: Western Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMU 485, and those GMUs closed to deer hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Open season: 2005 and thereafter, September 1 - December 31

Weapon: Any legal weapon.

Number of permits: 1

Raffle ticket cost: $5.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


EASTSIDE DEER RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT


Bag limit: One additional any buck deer

Open Area: Eastern Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs) and those GMUs closed to deer hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Open season: 2005 and thereafter, September 1 - December 31

Weapon: Any legal weapon.

Number of permits: 1

Raffle ticket cost: $5.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


WESTSIDE ELK RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT


Bag limit: One additional any bull elk

Open area: Western Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), those GMUs closed to elk hunting, and those GMUs not open to branch antlered bull elk hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Open season: September 1 - December 31.

Weapon: Any legal weapon.

Number of permits: 1

Raffle ticket cost: $5.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


EASTSIDE ELK RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT


Bag limit: One additional any bull elk

Open area: Eastern Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMU 157, those GMUs closed to elk hunting, and those GMUs not opened to branch antlered bull elk hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Open season: September 1 - December 31.

Weapon: Any legal weapon.

Number of permits: 1

Raffle ticket cost: $5.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


CALIFORNIA BIGHORN SHEEP RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT


Bag limit: One bighorn ram

Open area: Sheep Unit 4 (Selah Butte), Sheep Unit 5 (Umtanum), Sheep Unit 7 (Cleman Mountain), Sheep Unit 12 (Lincoln Cliffs), or Sheep Unit 13 (Quilomene).

Open season: September 1 - October 31.

Weapon: Hunter may use any legal weapon.

Number of permits: 1

Raffle ticket cost: $10.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


ROCKY MOUNTAIN BIGHORN SHEEP RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT


Bag limit: One bighorn ram

Open area: GMUs 166, 169, 181, 186

Open season: September 1 October 31

Weapon: Any legal weapon.

Number of permits: 1

Raffle ticket cost: $10.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


MOOSE RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT


Bag limit: One moose of either sex

Open area: Any open moose unit.

Open season: October 1 - November 30.

Weapon: Hunter may use any legal weapon.

Number of permits: 1

Raffle ticket cost: $5.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


MOUNTAIN GOAT RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT


Bag limit: One mountain goat of either sex

Open area: Goat Unit 3-6 (Naches Pass), Goat Unit 3-9 (Tieton River), Goat Unit 3-10 (Blazed Ridge), or Goat Unit 5-4 (Goat Rocks).

Open season: September 15 - October 31.

Weapon: Hunter may use any legal weapon.

Number of permits: 1

Raffle tickets cost: $5.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


TURKEY RAFFLE PERMIT HUNTS


Bag limit: Three (3) additional wild turkeys, but not to exceed more than one turkey in Western Washington or two turkeys in Eastern Washington.

Open area: Statewide.

Open season: April 1 - May 31.

Weapon: Archery or shotgun only.

Number of permits: 2

Raffle ticket cost: $5.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


SPECIAL INCENTIVE PERMITS


Hunters will be entered into a drawing for special deer and elk incentive permits for prompt reporting of hunting activity in compliance with WAC 232-28-299.


(a) There will be two (2) any elk special incentive permits for Western Washington.

Open area: Western Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMUs 418, 485, 522, and those GMUs closed to elk hunting or closed to branch antlered bull elk hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Open season: September 1 - December 31.

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Bag limit: One additional elk.


There will be two (2) any elk special incentive permits for Eastern Washington.

Open area: Eastern Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMU 157 and those GMUs closed to elk hunting or closed to branch antlered bull elk hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Open season: September 1 - December 31.

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Bag limit: One additional elk.


(b) There will be five (5) statewide any deer special incentive permits, for use in any area open to general or permit hunting seasons EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMUs 157, 418, 485, 522, and those GMUs closed to deer hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Open season: September 1 - December 31.

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons and any legal weapon at other times if there are no firearm restrictions.

Bag limit: One additional any deer.


Auction, raffle, and special incentive hunt permittee rules

(1) Permittee shall contact the appropriate regional office of the department of fish and wildlife when entering the designated hunt area or entering the region to hunt outside the general season.

(2) The permittee may be accompanied by others; however, only the permittee is allowed to carry a legal weapon or harvest an animal.

(3) Any attempt by members of the permittee's party to herd or drive wildlife is prohibited.

(4) If requested by the department, the permittee is required to direct department officials to the site of the kill.

(5) The permit is valid during the hunting season dates for the year issued.

(6) The permittee will present the head and carcass of the bighorn sheep killed to any department office within 72 hours of date of kill.

(7) The permittee must abide by all local, state, and federal regulations including firearm restriction areas and area closures.

(8) Hunters awarded the special incentive permit will be required to send the appropriate license fee to the department of fish and wildlife headquarters in Olympia. The department will issue the license and transport tag and send it to the special incentive permit winner.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 03-16-087 (Order 03-175), 232-28-282, filed 8/5/03, effective 9/5/03; 03-03-016 (Order 03-03), 232-28-282, filed 1/7/03, effective 2/7/03; 02-15-019 (Order 02-135), 232-28-282, filed 7/8/02, effective 1/1/03.]

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