WSR 07-10-031

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed April 24, 2007, 10:54 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 232-12-047 and other WACs pertaining to ammunition restrictions for upland bird and waterfowl hunting.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The current rules on this subject allow hunters to use slugs in shotguns and muzzleloaders to hunt upland birds and waterfowl. This is an unsafe practice.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lori Preuss, WDFW Enforcement, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2930, fax (360) 902-2155, e-mail at preuslmp@dfw.wa.gov. Contact by June 10, 2007. Expected proposal filing on or after June 20, 2007.

April 24, 2007

Loreva M. Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office