WSR 05-06-107

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed March 2, 2005, 10:19 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 05-02-092.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 232-28-352 2003-2005 Elk general seasons and special permits.

Hearing Location(s): Best Western Hallmark Inn, 3000 Marina Drive, Moses Lake, WA 98837, (509) 765-9211, on April 8-9, 2005 at 8:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: April 8, 2005.

Submit Written Comments to: Wildlife Program Commission Meeting Public Comments, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, e-mail Wildthing@dfw.wa.gov, fax (360) 902-2612, by Friday, March 25, 2005.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Susan Yeager by April 4, 2005, TTY (360) 902-2207 or (360) 902-2267.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Elk general seasons are set on a three year basis and permit seasons are adjusted annually. Both general and permit seasons can be adjusted annually in response to elk population changes and damage complaints. Maintain general elk hunting season opportunities for 2005. Adjust special elk permits for 2005 in response to elk population changes and damage complaints. Provides for recreational harvest of elk. Helps reduce agricultural damage and provides for population control of elk where needed.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Provides recreational, elk hunting opportunity and protects elk from overharvest. Addresses elk damage problems.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 77.12.047.

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

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

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

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.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Not hydraulics rules.

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 04-98, filed 5/12/04, effective 6/12/04)

WAC 232-28-352   2003-2005 Elk general seasons and special permits.  


Bag Limit: One (1) elk per hunter during the license year except where otherwise permitted by fish and wildlife commission rule.


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


Elk Tag Areas: Elk hunters must choose either Eastern or Western Washington to hunt in and buy the appropriate tag for that area.


Any Bull Elk Seasons: Open only to the taking of 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, 249-251, 328, 329, and 335-368.


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 at least 2 antler points must be on the upper half of the main beam. All antler points must be at least one (1) inch long, measured from the antler tip to nearest edge of the beam. 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, 588, and Elk Area 4941.


Permit Only Units: The following GMUs are closed during general seasons: 157, 371, 485, 522, 524, 556, 621, and 636.


GMUs Closed to Elk Hunting: 418, 437 (except for Elk Area 4941), and 490.


Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs): Buckrun (PLWMA 201), Kapowsin (PLWMA 401), and Merrill and Ring (PLWMA 600) are closed to hunting, except by permit or written permission from the landowner.


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.


Elk Tag Areas


Eastern Washington: All 100, 200, and 300 GMUs except permit only for all hunters in GMUs 157 and 371. Modern firearm restrictions in GMU 334.

EA - Eastern Washington Archery Tag

EF - Eastern Washington Modern Firearm General Elk Tag

EM - Eastern Washington Muzzleloader Tag


Western Washington: All 400, 500, and 600 GMUs except closed in GMUs 418, 437 (except for Elk Area 4941), 490, and modern firearm restrictions in portions of GMU 660. GMU 554 is open only for early archery and muzzleloader seasons. Elk Area 6063 in GMU 638 (Quinault) is open to AHE hunters only. Elk hunting by permit only in GMUs 485, 522, 524, 556, 621, 636, and PLWMAs 401 and 600.

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 modern firearm, bow and arrow, or muzzleloader, but only during modern firearm seasons.


Hunt Area Elk Area Game Management Units (GMUs) 2003 Dates 2004 Dates 2005 Dates Legal Elk
Eastern

Washington

EF 111, 113, 117 Oct. 25 - Nov. 2 Oct. 30 - Nov. 7 Oct. 29 - Nov. 6 Any bull
157, 371 Permit only
145 through 154, 162 through 186, 249, 251, 328, 329, 335 through 368 Oct. 25 - Nov. 2 Oct. 30 - Nov. 7 Oct. 29 - Nov. 6 Spike bull
((372)) Elk Area 3722* Sept. 2-15 Sept. 7-19 Sept. 17-30 Antlerless
Oct. 6-19 Oct. 4-17 Oct. 29-Nov. 6 Antlerless
Elk Area 3721* Oct. 25 - Nov. 2 Oct. 30 - Nov. 7 Oct. 29-Nov. 6 Any elk
*Elk Areas 3721 & 3722 are mainly private property, hunters are not advised to try hunting these areas without making prior arrangements for access.
101, 105, 108, 121 through 142, and 382 Oct. 25 - Nov. 2 Oct. 30 - Nov. 7 Oct. 29 - Nov. 6 Any elk
Western

Washington

WF 407, 448, 460, 466, 503 through 520, 530, 550, 558, 560, 572, 601 through 618, 624 (except for Elk Area 6071), 627 through 633, 638 through 663, and 667 through 684. Except AHE master hunters only in Elk Area 6063 Nov. 1-9 Nov. 6-14 Nov. 5-13 3 pt. min.
501 Nov. 1-9 Nov. 6-14 Nov. 5-13 3 pt. min. or antlerless
564, 568, 574 through 588, 666 Nov. 1-9 Nov. 6-14 Nov. 5-13 Any elk
454 Nov. 1-9 Nov. 6-14 Nov. 5-13 Any bull
485, 522, 524, 556, 621, 636, Elk Area 6071, and PLWMAs 401 and 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 as defined by WAC 232-12-054.

Special Notes: Archery tag holders can hunt only during archery seasons and must hunt with archery equipment (WAC 232-12-054). 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) 2003 Dates 2004 Dates 2005 Dates Legal Elk
Early Archery Elk Seasons
Eastern

Washington

EA 101 through 142, 243, 247, 249, 250, 334 Sept. 8-21 Sept. 8-21 Sept. 8-21 Any elk
145, 149, 162, 163 through 172, 178 through 186, 328, 329, and 335 Sept. 8-21 Sept. 8-21 Sept. 8-21 Spike bull
154, Elk Area 1010, Elk Area 1012, Elk Area 1013, 175, 330, 336, 340, 352, 356, 364 Sept. 8-21 Sept. 8-21 Sept. 8-21 Spike bull or antlerless
Western

Washington

WA 454, 564, 568, 574, 578, 588, 652, 666 Sept. 8-21 Sept. 8-21 Sept. 8-21 Any elk
407, 448, 501 through 505, 550, 554, 558, 560, 572, 624, except for Elk Area 6071, Elk Area 6061, 654, 660, 663, 667 through 673, 684, and 699 Sept. 8-21 Sept. 8-21 Sept. 8-21 3 pt. min. or antlerless
460, 466, 506, 510, 513, 516, 520, 530, 601, 602, 603, 607, 612 through 618, 627, 633, 638 through 648, 651, 653, 658, and 681. AHE hunters only in Elk Area 6063. Permit only in PLWMA 600 in GMU 603 Sept. 8-21 Sept. 8-21 Sept. 8-21 3 pt. min.
Late Archery Elk Seasons
Eastern

Washington

EA 101, 105, 117 through 127 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Any elk
372 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Any elk
178, 186 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Antlerless only
328, 335 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Spike bull
336, 346, 352, 364, 368 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Spike bull or antlerless
((Elk Area 3010)) ((Nov. 20 - Jan. 31, 2004)) ((Nov. 20 - Jan. 31, 2005)) ((Nov. 20 - Jan. 31, 2006)) ((Antlerless only))
Western

Washington

WA 407, 503, 505, 667, 672, 681, Elk Area 6066 in GMU 660, and 699. Elk Area 6064, except AHE master hunters only in Elk Area 6063 in GMU 638 Nov. 19 - Dec. 15 Nov. 24 - Dec. 15 Nov. 23 - Dec. 15 3 pt. min. or antlerless
454, 564, 588, 666 Nov. 19 - Dec. 15 Nov. 24 - Dec. 15 Nov. 23 - Dec. 15 Any elk
603, 612, 615, 638, and 648, except closed in PLWMA 600 in GMU 603 Nov. 19 - Dec. 15 Nov. 24 - Dec. 15 Nov. 23 - Dec. 15 3 pt. min.
506, 520, 530 Nov. 19 - Dec. 7 Nov. 24 - Dec. 7 Nov. 23 - Dec. 7 3 pt. min. or antlerless
506, 520, 530 Dec. 8-15 Dec. 8-15 Dec. 8-15 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 as defined by WAC 232-12-051.

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) 2003 Dates 2004 Dates 2005 Dates Legal Elk
Early Muzzleloader Elk Seasons
Eastern

Washington

EM 111, 113, 247 Oct. 4-10 Oct. 2-8 Oct. 1-7 Any bull
101 through 108, 121 through 142 Oct. 4-10 Oct. 2-8 Oct. 1-7 Any elk
172, 245, 250, Elk Area 2051, 335 through 342, 352 through 360, 368 Oct. 4-10 Oct. 2-8 Oct. 1-7 Spike bull
Western

Washington

WM 454, 564, 568, 574, 578, 666, 684 Oct. 4-10 Oct. 2-8 Oct. 1-7 Any elk
460, 504, 513, 530, 554, 602, 603, 607, 654, 660, 672 Oct. 4-10 Oct. 2-8 Oct. 1-7 3 pt. min.
501, 652, 663, 667 Oct. 4-10 Oct. 2-8 Oct. 1-7 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Late Muzzleloader Elk Seasons
Eastern

Washington

EM 130 through 142 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 Any elk
Western

Washington

WM 501, 503, 505, 652 Nov. 19 - Dec. 8 Nov. 24 - Dec. 8 Nov. 23 - Dec. 8 3 pt. min. or antlerless
454, 564, 568, 666, 684 Nov. 19 - Dec. 15 Nov. 24 - Dec. 15 Nov. 23 - Dec. 15 Any elk
574, 578 Nov. 19-30 Nov. 24-30 Nov. 23-30 Any elk
504, 550, 601, 667 Nov. 19 - Dec. 15 Nov. 24 - Dec. 15 Nov. 23 - 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. In firearm restriction areas modern firearm hunters may hunt with a muzzleloader equipped with a scope.


Hunt Area Elk Tag Game Management Units (GMUs) 2003 Dates 2004 Dates 2005 Dates Legal Elk
Eastern

Washington

EA, EM, EF 127 through 142, advanced hunter education master hunters only Dec. 9-31 Dec. 9-31 Dec. 9-31 Any elk
203-248, 250, 254-290, 373, and 381 except closed within 1/2 mile of the Columbia River in Douglas and Grant counties Oct. 28 - Nov. 15 Oct. 30 - Nov. 15 Oct. 29 - Nov. 15 Any elk
EA, EM, EF 371, Elk Areas 3911 and 3912 advanced hunter education master hunters only Aug. 1 - Feb. 28, 2004 Aug. 1 - Feb. 28, 2005 Aug. 1 - Feb. 28, 2006 Antlerless only
((371 advanced hunter education master hunters only)) ((Oct. 11 - Nov. 19)) ((Antlerless only))
Western Washington WM Elk Area 4941

(muzzleloader only)

Nov. 1 - Jan. 31, 2004 Nov. 1 - Jan. 31, 2005 Nov. 1 - Jan. 31, 2006 Any elk
WA Elk Area 4941

(archery only)

Oct. 1-31 Oct. 1-31 Oct. 1-31 Any elk

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 ((2004)) 2005 Permit Season Special Restrictions Elk Tag

Prefix

Boundary Description ((2004)) 2005

Permits

Modern Firearm Bull Permit Hunts (Only modern firearm elk tag holders may apply.)
Blue Creek A ((Oct. 25 - Nov. 7)) Oct. 24-Nov. 6 Any bull EF GMU 154 ((3))
Watershed ((Oct. 25 - Nov. 7)) Oct. 24-Nov. 6 3 pt. min. or Antlerless EA, EF, EM GMU 157 40
Dayton A ((Oct. 25 - Nov. 7)) Oct. 24-Nov. 6 Any bull EF GMU 162 ((3))
Tucannon A Oct. 24-Nov. 6 Any bull EF Elk Area 1014
Wenaha A ((Oct. 25 - Nov. 7)) Oct. 24-Nov. 6 Any bull EF GMU 169 ((4))
Mountain View A ((Oct. 25 - Nov. 7)) Oct. 24-Nov. 6 Any bull EF GMU 172 ((5))
Couse A Oct. 24-Nov. 6 Any bull EF GMU 181
Mission A ((Oct. 25 - Nov. 7)) Oct. 24-6 Any bull EF GMU 251 ((10)) 7
Naneum A Oct. 25 - Nov. 7 Any bull EF GMU 328 19
Quilomene A Oct. 25 - Nov. 7 Any bull EF GMU 329 18
Teanaway A Oct. 25 - Nov. 7 Any bull EF GMU 335 12
Peaches Ridge A Oct. 25 - Nov. 7 Any bull EF GMUs 336, 346 152
Little Naches A Oct. 1-10 Any bull EF GMU 346 20
Observatory A Oct. 25 - Nov. 7 Any bull EF GMUs 340, 342 77
Goose Prairie A Oct. 25 - Nov. 7 Any bull EF GMUs 352, 356 94
Bethel A Oct. 25 - Nov. 7 Any bull EF GMU 360 48
Rimrock A Oct. 25 - Nov. 7 Any bull EF GMU 364 118
Cowiche A Oct. 25 - Nov. 7 Any bull EF GMU 368 25
Green River ((Oct. 30 - Nov. 5)) Oct. 29-Nov. 4 Any bull WF GMU 485 1
Margaret A Nov. 6-14 3 pt. min. WF GMU 524 22
Toutle A Nov. 6-14 3 pt. min. WF GMU 556 87
Matheny Oct. 1-10 3 pt. min. WA, WF, WM GMU 618 3
Olympic A Nov. 1-9 3 pt. min. WF GMU 621, EXCEPT for Elk Area 6071 21
Skokomish A Nov. 1-9 3 pt. min. WF GMU 636 ((6)) 12
Modern Firearm Elk Permit Hunts (Only modern firearm elk tag holders may apply.)
Aladdin A Oct. 30 - Nov. 7 Any elk EF GMU 111 10
Selkirk A Oct. 30 - Nov. 7 Any elk EF GMU 113 10
49 Degrees North Oct. 30 - Nov. 7 Any elk EF GMU 117 15
Blue Creek B ((Oct. 30 - Nov. 7)) Oct. 29-Nov. 6 Antlerless EF GMUs 149, 154 100
Dayton B ((Oct. 30 - Nov. 7)) Oct. 29-Nov. 6 Antlerless EF GMU 163 and Elk Area 1011 200
Dayton C ((Oct. 30 - Nov. 7)) Oct. 29-Nov. 6 Antlerless EF GMU 149 and Elk Area 1012 ((75)) 100
Peola Oct. 29-Nov. 6 Antlerless EF GMU 178 50
Couse ((A)) B ((Oct. 30 - Nov. 7)) Oct. 29-Nov. 6 Antlerless EF GMU 181 25
Couse ((B)) C Oct. 1-10 Antlerless EF GMU 181 25
Mountain View B ((Oct. 30 - Nov. 7)) Oct. 29-Nov. 6 Antlerless EF Elk Area 1013 ((50)) 60
Lick Creek A ((Oct. 30 - Nov. 7)) Oct. 29-Nov. 6 Antlerless EF GMU 175 25
Malaga A ((Aug. 14 - Sept. 26)) Aug. 13-Sept. 25 Antlerless EF Elk Area 2032 100
Malaga B ((Sept. 6 - Oct. 1)) Sept. 5-Sept. 30 Any elk EF Elk Area 2032 10
Malaga C ((Nov. 8 - Feb. 28, 2005)) Nov. 7-Feb. 28, 2006 Antlerless EF Elk Area 2032 150
Malaga D ((Nov. 8 - Dec. 19)) Nov. 7-Dec. 18 Any elk EF Elk Area 2032 10
Malaga E ((Dec. 20 - Feb. 28, 2005)) Dec. 19-Feb. 28, 2006 Any elk EF Elk Area 2032 15
Peshastin A ((Aug. 16-25)) Aug. 15-31 Antlerless EF Elk Area 2033 20
Peshastin B Sept. 15 - Oct. 1 Antlerless EF Elk Area 2033 20
Peshastin C Sept. 22-30 Any elk EF Elk Area 2033 5
Peshastin D Nov. 30 - Feb. 28, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless EF Elk Area 2033 30
Peshastin E Dec. 15 - Feb. 28, ((2005)) 2006 Any elk EF Elk Area 2033 10
West Bar A Oct. 30 - Nov. 3 Antlerless EF GMU 330 5
West Bar B Nov. 4-7 Antlerless EF GMU 330 5
Colockum A Oct. 9-15 Antlerless EF Elk Area 3028 35
Taneum A Nov. 3-7 Antlerless EF GMU 336 175
Manastash A Nov. 3-7 Antlerless EF GMU 340 375
Umtanum A Nov. 3-7 Antlerless EF GMU 342 375
Cleman Dec. 9-31 Antlerless EF Elk Area 3944 70
Little Naches B Nov. 3-7 Antlerless EF GMU 346 225
Nile A Nov. 3-7 Antlerless EF GMU 352 50
Bumping B Nov. 3-7 Antlerless EF GMU 356 100
Bethel B Nov. 3-7 Antlerless EF GMU 360 100
Rimrock B Nov. 3-7 Antlerless EF GMU 364 200
Cowiche B Nov. 3-7 Antlerless EF GMU 368 200
Alkali A Oct. 25 - Nov. 7 Any elk EF GMU 371 25
Alkali B Sept. 7-30 Antlerless EF GMU 371 25
Willapa Hills A Nov. 6-14 Antlerless WF GMU 506 35
Raymond A Nov. 6-10 3 pt. min. or antlerless WF Elk Area 6010 20
Raymond B Dec. 16-31 Antlerless WF Elk Area 6010 30
Raymond C Jan. 1-31, ((2004)) 2006 Antlerless WF Elk Area 6010 15
Raymond D Feb. 1-28, ((2004)) 2006 Antlerless WF Elk Area 6010 15
Winston A Nov. 6-14 Antlerless WF GMU 520 12
Margaret B Nov. 6-14 Antlerless WF GMU 524 25
Ryderwood A Nov. 6-14 Antlerless WF GMU 530 32
Coweeman A Nov. 6-14 Antlerless WF GMU 550 15
Toutle B Nov. 6-14 Antlerless WF GMU 556 35
Marble A Nov. 6-14 Antlerless WF GMU 558 50
Carlton Oct. 1-10 3 pt. min. WF Elk Area 5057 5
West Goat Rocks Oct. 1-10 3 pt. min. WF Elk Area 5058 5
Mt. Adams Oct. 1-10 3 pt. min. WF Elk Area 5059 5
Lewis River A Nov. 6-14 Antlerless WF GMU 560 60
Siouxon A Nov. 6-14 Antlerless WF GMU 572 40
((Twin Satsop A)) ((Dec. 1-15)) ((Antlerless)) ((WF)) ((Elk Area 6061)) ((30))
((Twin Satsop B)) ((Jan. 5-15, 2004)) ((Antlerless)) ((WF)) ((Elk Area 6061)) ((10))
Chehalis Valley A Sept. 15-30 Antlerless WF Elk Area 6066 10
Chehalis Valley B Oct. 1-31 Antlerless WF Elk Area 6066 10
Chehalis Valley C Nov. 6-10 Antlerless WF Elk Area 6066 30
Chehalis Valley D Nov. 15-30 Antlerless WF Elk Area 6066 15
Chehalis Valley E Feb. 1-28, ((2004)) 2006 Antlerless WF Elk Area 6066 15
North Minot A Oct. 20-31 Antlerless WF Elk Area 6067 60
Deschutes Jan. 15-23, ((2004)) 2006 Antlerless WF GMU 666 10
Williams Creek Nov. 5-9 Antlerless WF GMU 673 40
North Shore A Nov. 5-9 Antlerless WF Elk Area 6068 5
Muzzleloader Bull Permit Hunts (Only muzzleloader elk tag holders may apply.)
Note: Fire closures may limit access during early October seasons.
Blue Creek C Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM GMU 154 ((1))
Dayton D Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM GMU 162 ((1))
Tucannon B Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM Elk Area 1014
Wenaha B Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM GMU 169 ((1))
Mountain View C Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM GMU 172 ((2))
Couse D Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM GMU 181
Mission B Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM GMU 251 5
Naneum B Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM GMU 328 4
Quilomene B Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM GMU 329 5
Teanaway C Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM GMU 335 3
Peaches Ridge B Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM GMUs 336, 346 21
Observatory B Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM GMUs 340, 342 54
Goose Prairie B Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM GMUs 352, 356 15
Bethel C Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM GMU 360 9
Rimrock C Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM GMU 364 18
Cowiche C Oct. 1-10 Any bull EM GMU 368 9
Margaret C Oct. 2-8 3 pt. min. WM GMU 524 5
Toutle C Oct. 2-8 3 pt. min. WM GMU 556 17
Olympic B Oct. 4-10 3 pt. min. WM GMU 621, EXCEPT for Elk Area 6071 3
Skokomish B Oct. 4-10 3 pt. min. WM GMU 636 ((1)) 2
Muzzleloader Permit Hunts (Only muzzleloader elk tag holders may apply.)
Aladdin B Oct. ((2-10)) 1-7 Any elk EM GMU 111 10
Selkirk B Oct. ((2-10)) 1-7 Any elk EM GMU 113 20
49 Degrees North Oct. 1-7 Antlerless EM GMU 117 10
Blue Creek C ((Dec. 9, 2004 - Jan. 31, 2005)) Dec. 9-Jan. 31, 2006 Antlerless EM GMUs 149, 154 60
Columbia A Dec. 1-31 Antlerless EM Elk Area 1011 and GMU 163 100
Columbia B Jan. 1-31, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless EM Elk Area 1011 and GMU 163 100
Columbia C ((Dec. 20, 2004 - Jan. 31, 2005)) Dec. 20-Jan. 31, 2006 Antlerless EM Elk Area 1012 and GMU 149 60
Mountain View D Oct. ((2-8)) 1-10 Antlerless EM Elk Area 1013 ((20)) 25
Lick Creek B Oct. 1-10 Antlerless EM GMU 175 25
West Bar C Oct. 1-10 Antlerless EM GMU 330 5
Taneum B Oct. 2-8 Antlerless EM GMU 336 25
Manastash B Oct. 2-8 Antlerless EM GMU 340 25
Umtanum B Oct. 2-8 Antlerless EM GMU 342 275
Nile B Oct. 2-8 Antlerless EM GMU 352 40
Bumping B Oct. 2-8 Antlerless EM GMU 356 90
Bethel D Oct. 2-8 Antlerless EM GMU 360 40
Cowiche D Oct. 2-8 Antlerless EM GMU 368 250
Alkali C Oct. 1-10 Any elk EM GMU 371 25
Stella A Nov. 24 - Dec. 15 Antlerless WM GMU 504 75
Stella B Jan. 1-16, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless WM GMU 504 50
Toledo A Jan. 1-16, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless WM Elk Area 5029 30
Malaga F Oct. ((2-22)) 1-21 Antlerless EM Elk Area 2032 100
Malaga G Oct. ((2-22)) 1-21 Any elk EM Elk Area 2032 15
Mossyrock A Jan. 1-16, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless WM Elk Area 5052 20
Randle A Jan. 1-16, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless WM Elk Area 5053 15
Boistfort Jan. 1-16, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless WM Elk Area 5054 40
Willapa Hills B Nov. 24 - Dec. 15 Antlerless WM GMU 506 15
Green Mt. A Jan. 1-16, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless WM Elk Area 5051 30
Winston B Nov. 24 - Dec. 15 Antlerless WM GMU 520 3
Margaret D Nov. 24 - Dec. 15 Antlerless WM GMU 524 10
Ryderwood B Oct. 2-8 Antlerless WM GMU 530 8
Coweeman B Nov. 24 - Dec. 15 Antlerless WM GMU 550 5
Toutle D Nov. 24 - Dec. 15 Antlerless WM GMU 556 10
Marble B Oct. 2-8 Antlerless WM GMU 558 10
Lewis River B Oct. 2-8 Antlerless WM GMU 560 15
Siouxon B Oct. 2-8 Antlerless WM GMU 572 10
Yale Nov. 24 - Dec. 15 3 pt. min. or antlerless WM GMU 554 75
Twin Satsop A Jan. 5-15, 2006 Antlerless WM Elk Area 6061 10
Twin Satsop ((A)) B Oct. 6-10 Antlerless WM Elk Area 6061 10
North River Nov. 26 - Dec. 15 Antlerless WM GMU 658 20
North Minot B Oct. 2-8 Antlerless WM Elk Area 6067 60
Raymond E Oct. 1-31 Antlerless WM Elk Area 6010 30
Chehalis Valley Jan. 1-31, ((2004)) 2006 Antlerless WM Elk Area 6066 15
Capitol Peak A Nov. 19 - Dec. 15 Antlerless WM GMU 663 10
Capitol Peak B Dec. 16-31 Antlerless WM GMU 663 10
Tri Valley Jan. 1-31, 2006 Antlerless WM Elk Area 6012 10
Archery Permit Hunts (Only archery elk tag holders may apply.)
Note: Fire closures may limit access during September seasons.
Blue Creek D Sept. 8-21 Any bull EA GMU 154 2
Dayton E Sept. 8-21 Any bull EA GMU 162 3
Tucannon C Sept. 8-21 Any bull EA Elk Area 1014
Wenaha C Sept. 8-21 Any bull EA GMU 169 2
Mountain View E Sept. 8-21 Any bull EA GMU 172 6
Couse E Sept. 8-21 Any bull EA GMU 181
Naneum C Sept. 8-21 Any bull EA GMU 328 30
Quilomene C Sept. 8-21 Any bull EA GMU 329 41
Teanaway E Sept. 8-21 Any bull EA GMU 335 31
Peaches Ridge C Sept. 8-21 Any bull EA GMUs 336, 346 180
Observatory C Sept. 8-21 Any elk EA GMUs 340, 342 106
Goose Prairie C Sept. 8-21 Any bull EA GMUs 352, 356 188
Bethel E Sept. 8-21 Any bull EA GMU 360 43
Rimrock D Sept. 8-21 Any bull EA GMU 364 118
Cowiche E Sept. 8-21 Any bull EA GMU 368 24
Peshastin G Sept. 1-14 Any elk EA Elk Area 2033 30
Margaret E Sept. 8-21 3 pt. min. WA GMU 524 9
Toutle E Sept. 8-21 3 pt. min. WA GMU 556 58
Olympic C Sept. 8-21 3 pt. min. WA GMU 621, EXCEPT for Elk Area 6071 6
Mashel A Jan. 1-15, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless WA Elk Area 6054 25
Skokomish C Sept. 8-21 3 pt. min. WA GMU 636 ((6)) 12
Advanced Hunter Education (AHE) Master Hunter Special Elk Permit Hunts: Only AHE master hunters may apply; antlerless only hunts will not affect accumulated points; and ((in any elk tag hunts,)) any weapon may be used.
Corral Canyon A Sept. 1-30 Any elk Any elk tag Elk Area 3721 10
Corral Canyon B Nov. 15-March 31, 2006 Any elk Any elk tag Elk Area 3721 40
Blackrock A Aug. 1-March 31, 2006 Any elk Any elk tag Elk Area 3722 18
Toledo B Jan. 17-31, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5029 20
Peshastin F Aug. 18-25 Any elk Any elk tag Elk Area 2033 5
Mossyrock B Jan. 17-31, ((2004)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5052 20
Randle B Jan. 17-31, ((2004)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5053 15
Quinault Ridge Oct. 1-10 3 pt. min. or antlerless Any elk tag GMU 638 5
Green Mt. B Jan. 17-31, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5051 20
Merwin A Nov. 24 - Dec 15 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5055 10
Merwin B Jan. 17-31, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5055 10
JBH A* Nov. 28-Dec. 2 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5090 5
JBH B* Dec. 12-16 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5090 5
Advanced Hunter Education (AHE) Master Hunter, Second Elk Tag Hunts:

Only AHE Master Hunters may apply; antlerless only hunts will not affect accumulated points; a second tag may be purchased by successful applicants as needed (second tag purchase deadlines do not apply to these hunts); and ((in any elk tag hunts,)) any weapon may be used.

Kiona Aug. 1 - Feb. 28, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Designated areas in GMU 372 20HM
Grays River A Sept. 15-30 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5056 ((8)) 6
((Grays River B)) ((Oct. 1-15)) ((Antlerless)) ((Any elk tag)) ((Elk Area 5056)) ((8))
((Grays River C)) ((Dec. 16-31)) ((Antlerless)) ((Any elk tag)) ((Elk Area 5056)) ((8))
Grays River ((D)) B Jan. 1-15, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5056 ((8)) 6
Grays River ((E)) C Jan. 16-31, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5056 ((8)) 6
Grays River ((F)) D Feb. 1-14, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5056 ((8)) 6
Grays River ((G)) E Feb. 15-28, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5056 ((8)) 6
JBH C* Dec. 17-Feb. 28, 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5090 15HM
North River B Dec. 16 - Feb. 28, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Designated areas in GMU 658 10HM
Chehalis G Aug. 1 - Feb. 28, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Designated areas in Elk Area 6066 ((20)) 10HM
Hannaford C Aug. 1 - Feb. 28, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Designated areas in Elk Area 6069 5HM
Dungeness A Sept. 8-29 Antlerless only WA Elk Area 6071 3
Dungeness B Oct. 9-31 Spike bull or antlerless WM Elk Area 6071 South of Hwy. 101 3
Dungeness C Nov. 12 - Dec. 12 Antlerless only WF Elk Area 6071 4
Dungeness D Dec. 18 - Jan. 9, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless only WA Elk Area 6071 3
Dungeness E Jan 22 - Feb. 28, ((2005)) (2006 Antlerless only WF Designated areas in Elk Area 6071 8HM
Youth 15 and Under - Special Elk Permit Hunts
Blackrock B Aug. 1-March 31, 2006 Any elk Any elk tag Elk Area 3722 10
Persons of Disability Only - Special Elk Permit Hunts
Observatory D Oct. 25 - Nov. 7 Any elk EF or EM GMUs 340, 342 7
Little Naches C Oct. 1-10 Any elk EF, EM, EA GMU 346 5
Little Naches D Nov. 3-7 Antlerless EF, EM, EA GMU 346 8
Blackrock C Aug. 1-March 31, 2006 Any elk Any elk tag Elk Area 3722 2
Mudflow A Nov. ((22-28)) 7-13 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5099 5
Mudflow B Nov. ((29 - Dec. 5)) 21-27 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 5099 5
Centralia Mine A Oct. 23-24 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 6011 2
Centralia Mine B Oct. 30-31 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 6011 2
North Shore B Oct. 1-31 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 6068 5
North Shore C Dec. 16-31 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 6068 5
North Shore D Jan. 1-31, ((2004)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 6068 5
North Shore E Feb. 1-28, ((2004)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 6068 5
Chehalis Valley F Dec. 16-31 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 6066 15
Hannaford A Jan. 1-15, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 6069 5
Hunters 65 or older only - Special Elk Permit Hunts
Hannaford B Jan. 16-31, ((2005)) 2006 Antlerless Any elk tag Elk Area 6069 5

*Muzzleloaders only; scopes allowed in JBH hunt
HMThis is a damage hunt administered by a WDFW designated Hunt Master. Successful applicants will be contacted on an as-needed basis to help with specific sites of elk damage on designated landowner's property. Not all successful applicants will be contacted in any given year depending on elk damage activity for that year.

Hunter Education Instructor Incentive Permits
- Special elk permits will be allocated through a random drawing to those hunter education instructors that qualify.
- Permit hunters must use archery equipment during archery seasons, muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons, and any legal weapon during modern firearm seasons.
- Qualifying hunter education instructors must be certified and have been in active status for a minimum of three consecutive years, inclusive of the year prior to the permit drawing.
- Instructors who are drawn, accept a permit, and are able to participate in the hunt, will not be eligible for these incentive permits for a period of ten years thereafter.
- Permittees may purchase a second license for use with the permit hunt only.
Area Dates Restrictions GMUs Permits
Region 3 All general season and permit seasons established for GMUs included with the permit. Any elk GMUs 335-368 1
Region 5 Any elk All 500 series GMUs except GMU 522 1
Region 6 Any elk GMUs 654, 660, 672, 673, 681 1

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047 and 77.12.020. 04-11-036 (Order 04-98), 232-28-352, filed 5/12/04, effective 6/12/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 03-13-047 (Order 03-129), 232-28-352, filed 6/12/03, effective 7/13/03.]

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

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