FISH AND WILDLIFE
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 00-01-142.
Purpose: To amend WAC 232-28-248 Special closures and firearm restriction areas.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.040.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 77.12.040.
Summary: Firearm restriction areas and closures are updated annually to provide accurate descriptions. Restriction designations are identified for safety reasons. Centerfire and rimfire rifles are not legal for hunting in these areas. A new restriction is recommended this year for BLM lands in San Juan County and the Dungeness Recreation Area in Clallam County. Shotguns are being proposed for elk hunting.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Persons with modern firearm tags may hunt with archery or muzzleloader equipment during modern firearm seasons in these areas.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Dave Brittell, Assistant Director, Wildlife Program, Olympia, (360) 902-2504; and Enforcement: Bruce Bjork, Assistant Director, Enforcement, Olympia, (360) 902-2932.
Name of Proponent: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, governmental.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The effect will be to ban high power rifles in those areas and update restrictions for hunting in certain areas.
Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See above.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This rule does not affect small business.
Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption. This rule is not related to the hydraulics code.
Hearing Location: Yakima Convention Center, 10 North 8th Street, Yakima, WA, on April 7-8, 2000, at 8:00 a.m.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Debbie Nelson by March 31, 2000, TDD (360) 902-2207, or (360) 902-2267.
Submit Written Comments to: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Dave Brittell, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, fax (360) 902-2162, by March 31, 2000.
Date of Intended Adoption: April 7, 2000.
March 1, 2000
RESTRICTED AND PROHIBITED HUNTING AREAS.
These areas are closed by Fish and Wildlife Commission action. Other areas may be closed to hunting by local, state or federal regulations.
IT IS ILLEGAL TO HUNT EXCEPT WHERE PROVIDED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
|1.||Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge: The southern
part of the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge in
Stevens County is closed to hunting and discharge of
firearms except during the period of Oct. 1-Dec. 31. This
closure is south of a boundary beginning at the west project
boundary in Section 3, Township 34 N, R 40 EWM, then
easterly along Road 1.0 (Bear Creek Road) to the
intersection with Road 2.0 (Blacktail Mountain Road) in
Section 2, then easterly along Road 2.0 to the easterly
boundary in Section 8, Township 34 N, R 42 EWM.
|The Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge north of
the preceding boundary is open to all legally established
hunting seasons during September through December.
|2.||Parker Lake: All lands south of Ruby Creek Road (USFS Road
2489), north of Tacoma Creek Road (USFS Road 2389) and west
of Bonneville Power Administration power lines are
designated as "CLOSED AREA" to the hunting of wild animals and
wild birds year round. Both the Little Pend Oreille (1) and
Parker Lake (2) closures were established to provide a
protected area for the Air Force Military Survival Training
|3.||Columbia River and all the islands in the river, and the
Benton County shoreline below the high water mark, and any
peninsula originating on the Benton County shoreline,
between Vernita Bridge (Highway 24) downstream to the old
Hanford townsite powerline crossing (wooden towers) in
Section 24, T 13 N, R 27 E, is designated as a "CLOSED AREA"
to the hunting of wild animals and wild birds.
|4.||Green River (GMU 485): Except for special permit hunts, all
lands within GMU 485 are designated as a "CLOSED AREA" to the
hunting of big game by Department of Fish and Wildlife
regulated hunters throughout the year. During the general
westside elk season and general and late deer seasons, all
lands within GMU 485 are also designated as a "CLOSED AREA" to
the hunting of all wild animals (including wild birds). The
City of Tacoma enforces trespass within GMU 485 on lands
owned or controlled by the City during all times of the
|5.||McNeil Island: McNeil Island (part of GMU 484) is closed to
the hunting of all wild animals (including wild birds) year
|6.||Loo-wit (GMU 522): Closed to hunting and trapping within
GMU 522 (Loo-wit).
|7.||The Voice of America Dungeness Recreation Area County Park
in Clallam County is closed to all hunting((
|1.||Clark, Cowlitz, Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties are closed
to Columbian Whitetail Deer hunting.
|2.||Cathlamet: Beginning in the town of Skamokawa; then east
along SR 4 to the Risk Road; then south and east along the
Risk Road to Foster Road; then south along the Foster Road
to the Elochoman River; then upstream along the Elochoman
River to the Elochoman Valley Road (old SR 407); then west
along the Elochoman Valley Road to SR 4; then east along SR
4 to SR 409; then south along SR 409 to the Cathlamet
Channel of the Columbia River; then east along the north
shore of the Cathlamet Channel to Cape Horn; then south in
the Columbia River to the state line; then west along the
state line to a point directly south of the mouth of
Skamokawa Creek; then north on Skamokawa Creek to SR 4 and
the point of beginning. This area is closed to all deer and
elk hunting, to protect the Columbian Whitetail Deer.
|3.||Willapa National Wildlife Refuge: Except for Long Island,
Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is closed to all big game
|4.||Walla Walla Mill Creek Watershed (GMU 157): All lands in
the Mill Creek Watershed are designated as a "CLOSED AREA" to
the hunting of all wild animals (including wild birds)
except for holders of special elk permits during the
established open season. This area is closed to motorized
vehicles. Entry is allowed only by Forest Service permit
for the duration of the hunt. Any entry into the Mill Creek
Watershed at other times is prohibited.
|5.||Westport: Closed to hunting of all big game animals on that
part of Westport Peninsula lying north of State Highway 105
from the west end of the Elk River Bridge and the Schafer
Island Road to the ocean beach.
The firearm restriction areas listed below have been established by the Fish and Wildlife Commission. Centerfire and rimfire rifles are not legal for hunting in these areas.
In firearm restriction areas, hunters may hunt only during the season allowed by their tag. Archery tag holders may hunt during archery seasons with archery equipment. Muzzleloaders may hunt during muzzleloader seasons with muzzleloader equipment except in the GMU 484 restriction area outlined for King County. Modern firearm tag holders may hunt during modern firearm seasons with bows and arrows, muzzleloaders or revolver-type handguns meeting the equipment restrictions or legal shotguns firing slugs or ((
legal)) buckshot. (( Shotguns are not legal for hunting elk.))
|Clallam||That portion of GMU 624 (Coyle)
located within Clallam County.
|Clark||GMU 564 (Battleground)
|Cowlitz||GMU 554 (Yale)
GMU 504 (Stella)
|Franklin, Grant, Adams||Those portions of GMU 281 (Ringold)
and GMU 278 (Wahluke) known as
the Wahluke Slope Wildlife Area.
|Grays Harbor||That portion of GMU 658 (North
River) beginning at Bay City; then
west along Highway 105 to Twin
Harbors State Park; then south along
Highway 105 to Grayland Grocery;
then east on Cranberry Road to Turkey
Road; then east and north on Turkey
Road to Bayview Logging Road; then
north and east along Bayview Logging
Road to Mallard Slough; then east and
south along the Bayview Road to
Andrews Creek; then north along main
channel of Andrews Creek to Grays
Harbor; then north and west along the
main navigation channel to Bay City
and point of beginning.
|The South Elma restriction applies
only during elk seasons:
|That portion of GMU 660 (Minot
Peak) described as follows: Beginning
at Highway 12 and Wakefield Road
Junction (South Elma); south on
Wakefield Road, across the Chehalis
River to the South Bank Road; then
southeast on South Bank Road to the
Delezene Road; then south on the
Delezene Road to ((
|Island||That portion of GMU 410 (Island)
located on Camano and Whidbey
|Jefferson||Indian and Marrowstone islands.
|King||The area west of Highway 203
(Monroe-Fall City, Fall City-Preston
Road) to Interstate 90 (I-90), I-90 to
Highway 18, Highway 18 to Interstate
5 (I-5), I-5 to the Pierce-King County
line; Vashon and Maury islands.
|The following portion of GMU 484
(Puyallup): Beginning at the
intersection of State Highway 410 and
the southeast Mud Mountain Dam
Road near the King/Pierce County line
north of Buckley; then east along the
southeast Mud Mountain Road to
284th Avenue Southeast; then north
along 284th Avenue Southeast to State
Highway 410; then west along
Highway 410 to the point of the
beginning. (This restriction includes
high power rifles and muzzleloaders.)
|Kitsap||East of State Highway 16 originating
at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to
Gorst, and east of Highway 3 to
Newbury Hill Road, north of Newbury
Hill Road and the Bremerton-Seabeck
Highway to Big Beef Creek Bridge; all
of Bainbridge Island, and Bangor
|Kittitas||GMU 334 (Ellensburg) Closed to high
power rifles during deer and elk
|Mason||GMU 633 (Mason Lake) south of
Hammersley Inlet; and all of Harstene
|Pacific||GMU 684 (Long Beach) west of Sand
Ridge Road. The portion of GMU 658
(North River) south and west of State
Highway 105 and Airport Road
between Raymond and North River
|Pierce||GMU 484 (Anderson and Ketron
islands) limited to archery, shotgun,
and muzzleloader shotgun. McNeil
Island closed to hunting.
|See GMU 484 restriction area outlined
for King County.
|GMU 627 (Kitsap) south of Highway
302 on the Longbranch Peninsula is a
firearm restriction area.
|San Juan||GMU 410 BLM lands in San Juan County are limited to shotgun, handgun, archery, and muzzleloader only.|
|Snohomish||West of Highway 9.
|Skagit||Guemes Island and March Point north
of State Highway 20.
|Thurston||GMU 666 (Deschutes) north of U.S.
Highway 101 and Interstate 5 between
Oyster Bay and the mouth of the
|Whatcom||Area west of I-5 and north of
Bellingham city limits including
Lummi Island and Point Roberts.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040. 99-10-102 (Order 99-40), § 232-28-248, filed 5/5/99, effective 6/5/99; 98-10-018 (Order 98-54), § 232-28-248, filed 4/22/98, effective 5/23/98; 97-06-052 (Order 97-32), § 232-28-248, filed 2/27/97, effective 3/30/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.010 and 77.12.040. 96-04-027, § 232-28-248, filed 2/1/96, effective 3/3/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040. 95-11-036, § 232-28-248, filed 5/10/95, effective 6/10/95; 95-03-038 (Order 94-150), § 232-28-248, filed 1/10/95, effective 2/10/95.]
Reviser's note: The bracketed material preceding the section above was supplied by the code reviser's office.