WSR 12-06-008

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 12-21 -- Filed February 24, 2012, 10:38 a.m. , effective March 26, 2012 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: This proposal updates the rules regarding multiple season big game permits by allowing additional hunters to purchase a permit. Expands opportunity for deer and elk hunters.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-28-294.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047, 77.32.450, and 77.32.370.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 11-23-179 on November 23, 2011.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: February 3, 2012.

Miranda Wecker, Chair

Fish and Wildlife Commission

OTS-4479.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 10-313, filed 12/6/10, effective 1/6/11)

WAC 232-28-294   Multiple season big game permits.   The commission may, by rule, offer permits for hunters to hunt deer or elk during more than one general season.

An annual drawing will be conducted by the department for multiple season permits.

(1) Multiple season big game hunting permit applications:

(a) To apply for multiple season big game hunting season permits for deer or elk, applicants must purchase a permit application.

(b) No refunds or exchanges for applications will be made for persons applying for multiple season big game hunting season permits after the application has been submitted.

(c) An applicant may purchase only one application for a multiple season big game hunting season permit for each species.

(d) Permits will be randomly drawn by computer selection.

(e) Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

(f) The department will establish application and drawing dates.

(2) The bag limit for this permit is one deer or elk.

(3) Multiple season permits:

(a) Hunters who are drawn will be required to purchase their original deer or elk license, corresponding to their permit, and the multiple season big game permit.

(b) Successful applicants will be allowed to purchase their permit at any time prior to September 1st.

(c) The permits are not transferable.

(4) Permit holders are required to follow all rules and restrictions for general season hunters within the game management unit or area hunted.


Number of Permits Dates Game Management Units (GMUs) Legal Animal Eligible Hunters
Multiple Season Deer Permits
((4000)) 8500 Sept. 1 - December 31 within general seasons and regulations established by the commission for deer Statewide in those GMUs with general seasons for archery, muzzleloader, or modern firearm hunters Any legal deer consistent with the game management unit or area restrictions Any licensed deer hunter
50 Sept. 1 - December 31 within general seasons and regulations established by the commission for deer Statewide in those GMUs with general seasons for archery, muzzleloader, or modern firearm hunters Any legal deer consistent with the game management unit or area restrictions Hunter education instructors meeting qualifications and selection criteria established by the department
Multiple Season Elk Permits
((850)) 1000 Sept. 1 - December 31 within general seasons and regulations established by the commission for elk Statewide in those GMUs with general seasons for archery, muzzleloader, or modern firearm hunters Any legal elk consistent with the game management unit or area restrictions Any licensed elk hunter
25 Sept. 1 - December 31 within general seasons and regulations established by the commission for elk Statewide in those GMUs with general seasons for archery, muzzleloader, or modern firearm hunters Any legal elk consistent with the game management unit or area restrictions Hunter education instructors meeting qualifications and selection criteria established by the department

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047, 77.32.450, and 77.32.370. 11-01-041 (Order 10-313), 232-28-294, filed 12/6/10, effective 1/6/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047, 77.12.020, 77.12.570, 77.12.210, 77.12.150, 77.12.240. 09-09-083 (Order 09-53), 232-28-294, filed 4/15/09, effective 5/16/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047, 77.12.020. 08-01-052 (Order 07-292), 232-28-294, filed 12/13/07, effective 1/13/08; 06-04-066 (Order 06-09), 232-28-294, filed 1/30/06, effective 3/2/06.]

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