WSR 07-10-115

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed May 2, 2007, 9:07 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Migratory waterfowl seasons and regulations, spring bear hunts, multiple season permits, nontoxic shot, pheasant release sites, small game seasons and regulations, waterfowl reserves and closure areas, decoy restrictions, deer and elk permits, and landowner hunting permits.

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: Provides clarification and recreational opportunity.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: United States Fish and Wildlife Service provides regulatory guidelines for migratory birds, state regulations must fit within those guidelines. Coordination occurs at the Pacific Flyway Meetings immediately prior to Washington fish and wildlife commission rule adoption.

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 Dave Brittell, Wildlife Program, Assistant Director, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98504-1091, phone (360) 902-2515.

May 2, 2007

Lori Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office