WSR 02-10-128

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed May 1, 2002, 10:37 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 02-06-120.

Purpose: To amend WAC 232-28-276 2000-01, 2001-02, and 2002-03 Official hunting hours and small game seasons, 232-28-299 Mandatory report of hunting activity, and 232-12-267 Field identification of wildlife -- Evidence of sex -- Definitions; adopt WAC 232-28-282 Big game and wild turkey auction, raffle, and special incentive permits; and repeal WAC 232-28-277 2001, 2002, 2003 Big game and wild turkey auction permits and raffles.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 77.12.047.

Summary: WAC 232-28-276 2000-01, 2001-02, and 2002-03 Official hunting hours and small game seasons, the amendment accomplishes the following: Establish a nine day hunting season for band-tailed pigeons and requires band-tailed pigeon hunters to acquire a written authorization and harvest report from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW); increase fall turkey-hunting permits in northeastern Washington from 450 to 1,300 with the majority of the increase occurring in Stevens County; establish an extended western Washington pheasant season for the first two weeks in December.

WAC 232-28-299 Mandatory report of hunting activity, hunters must report hunting activity by January 31, for each deer, elk, bear, and turkey tag acquired. As an incentive for prompt reporting, all successful hunters who report harvest within ten days of killing an animal and unsuccessful hunters who report by midnight January 10 will be entered into a drawing for special deer and elk incentive permits defined in WAC 232-28-282.

WAC 232-12-267 Field identification of wildlife -- Evidence of sex -- Definitions, currently it is unlawful to possess or transport big game animals unless evidence of the sex of the animal remains naturally attached to the carcass until the carcass is processed and/or stored for consumption.

WAC 232-28-282 Big game and wild turkey auction, raffle, and special incentive permits, conservation organizations will conduct auctions for big game and wild turkey permits on behalf of WDFW. Raffle permits for big game and wild turkey will be issued to individuals selected through a WDFW drawing or the director may select a conservation organization(s) to conduct raffles. Hunters will be entered into a drawing for deer and elk special incentive permits for prompt reporting of hunting activity in compliance with mandatory reporting.

WAC 232-28-277 2001, 2002, 2003 Big game and wild turkey auction permits and raffles, conservation organizations conduct auctions for big game and wild turkey permits on behalf of WDFW. Raffle permits for big game and wild turkey are issued to individuals selected through a WDFW drawing or the director may select a conservation organization(s) to conduct raffles. The current WAC must be opened annually to adjust season dates and closures.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: WAC 232-28-276 2000-01, 2001-02, and 2002-03 Official hunting hours and small game seasons, the band-tailed pigeon population has been increasing since 1991 and monitoring efforts show that the three-year average call count index is 39% above objective levels. At this point, a conservative season that falls within the federal USFWS framework can be offered.

Wild turkey populations in northeastern Washington have increased dramatically since 1998. Evidence of this increase is seen in the harvest reports that show that 562 turkeys were harvested in the spring of 1998 and 1,845 were harvested in the spring of 2000. In addition, landowners have been reporting nuisance complaints related to winter turkey flocks in Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.

The public has expressed an interest in extending the western Washington season into December, with no expectation of additional birds being released. Release areas on public lands that did not support waterfowl hunting would be identified. Providing this type of additional hunting opportunity would not impact other hunting groups or the financial circumstances surrounding the western Washington pheasant program.

WAC 232-28-299 Mandatory report of hunting activity, provides recreational big game and wild turkey hunting and protects from overharvest.

WAC 232-12-267 Field identification of wildlife -- Evidence of sex -- Definitions, facilitates disease testing program while retaining proof of sex requirements for deer and elk harvested.

WAC 232-28-282 Big game and wild turkey auction, raffle, and special incentive permits, provides recreational hunting opportunity for big game and wild turkey and protects from overharvest.

WAC 232-28-277 2001, 2002, 2003 Big game and wild turkey auction permits and raffles, provides recreational big game and wild turkey hunting and protects from overharvest.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Dave Brittell, Assistant Director, Wildlife Program, Olympia, (360) 902-2504; Enforcement: Bruce Bjork, Assistant Director, Enforcement, Olympia, (360) 902-2932.

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

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

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: WAC 232-28-276 2000-01, 2001-02, and 2002-03 Official hunting hours and small game seasons, proposed changes would establish a band-tailed pigeon hunting season and establish a hunter harvest tracking system. The season will only be recommended as long as the population is above objective levels. The purpose of proposing this season is to provide a band-tailed pigeon hunting opportunity that has not existed since 1991. The effect of this proposal would be an increase in the number and kind of hunting opportunities provided to the public.

Proposed changes would also increase hunting opportunity for wild turkey during the fall season by increasing permits in four permit areas. The permit increase in Stevens County is by far the greatest and is intended to help WDFW manage turkey populations more effectively in addition to providing additional hunter opportunity. The purpose is to maximize recreational opportunity and help address damage concerns while maintaining populations at appropriate levels. The effect will be increase permits (from 450 to 1,300), yielding greater hunting opportunity and moderate increases in turkey harvest.

Proposed changes would establish an extended western Washington pheasant season to take place the first two weeks in December. The extended season would be limited to release areas on publicly owned land that do not support waterfowl hunting. Also, pheasants would not be released during the extended season. Additional effort to educate the hunting public on the parameters surrounding the extended season would be necessary to minimize confusion and mistaken perception regarding additional pheasant releases. The effect of this change would be an increase in hunting opportunity for western Washington pheasant hunters.

WAC 232-28-299 Mandatory report of hunting activity, maintains consistency with auction permit and raffle permit GMU closures for elk. Closes GMUs 162, 166, 418, and 522 to special incentive elk permit holders for the 2002 hunting season.

WAC 232-12-267 Field identification of wildlife -- Evidence of sex -- Definitions, this amendment would make it lawful for persons who have complied with the Department of Fish and Wildlife's Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) sampling program to possess deer and elk without proof of sex under specific provisions.

WAC 232-28-282 Big game and wild turkey auction, raffle, and special incentive permits, creates a permanent WAC that will regulate season dates, closures, and bag limits for auction, raffle, and special incentive permits for big game and wild turkey. Delaying adoption until January 1, 2003, will allow the 2002 hunting season to operate under the current WAC.

WAC 232-28-277 2001, 2002, 2003 Big game and wild turkey auction permits and raffles, facilitates creation of a permanent WAC to regulate big game and wild turkey auction, raffle, and special incentive permits. Delaying repeal until December 31, 2002, will allow the 2002 hunting season to operate under the current WAC.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See Explanation of Rule above.

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.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption.

Hearing Location: Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, on June 7-8, 2002, at 8:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Debbie Nelson by June 3, 2002, 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 May 22, 2002.

Date of Intended Adoption: June 7, 2002.

May 1, 2002

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

OTS-5627.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 555, filed 6/1/92, effective 7/2/92)

WAC 232-12-267   Field identification of wildlife -- Evidence of sex -- Definitions.   (1) It is unlawful to possess or transport game birds unless the feathered heads are left attached to the carcass, except falconry caught birds, until the carcass is processed and/or stored for consumption.

(2) It is unlawful to possess or transport big game animals unless evidence of the sex of the animal remains naturally attached to the carcass until the carcass is processed and/or stored for consumption.

(a) Evidence of sex means the head with antlers or horns attached or penis or testes of male big game animals or the head or udder of female big game animals any of which must be naturally attached to at least one quarter of the carcass or to the largest portion of meat.

(b) For the purpose of this rule, "stored for consumption" means at the final point of storage prior to consumption of the meat.

(3) It is unlawful to possess or transport goat, sheep, moose, deer or elk taken in hunting areas which have horn or antler restrictions unless the head or skull plate, with both horns or both antlers naturally attached, accompanies the carcass.

(4) The possession of a taxidermist's receipt which includes the taxidermist's name, address, and telephone number, the hunter's name, address, telephone number, license, and tag number, the species and sex of the game bird or big game animal taken, as well as antler points or horn size and the date and GMU location or special deer/elk permit area where taken, shall be deemed to constitute compliance with this section.

For the purpose of this rule "accompanies the carcass" means to remain with the carcass until it has reached the point of processing or storage.

(5) It is lawful for persons who have complied with the department of fish and wildlife's chronic wasting disease sampling program to possess deer and elk without proof of sex under the following provisions:

(a) The head of the deer or elk must have been surrendered to an authorized department collection site.

(b) The hunter is in possession of an official department disease testing program identification card, completely filled out and signed and dated by a department employee or authorized agent.

(c) The carcass of the deer or elk is transported directly from where the head has been surrendered to the point of processing or storage.

Failure to comply with (a) through (c) of this subsection constitutes unlawful possession of big game and is punishable under RCW 77.15.410.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040. 92-12-064 (Order 555), 232-12-267, filed 6/1/92, effective 7/2/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040 and 77.16.095. 91-13-064 (Order 499), 232-12-267, filed 6/17/91, effective 7/18/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.030, 77.12.105 and 77.16.095. 89-14-018 (Order 401), 232-12-267, filed 6/26/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040. 81-12-029 (Order 165), 232-12-267, filed 6/1/81.]

OTS-5628.3


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 01-69, filed 4/26/01, effective 5/27/01)

WAC 232-28-276   2000-01, 2001-02, and 2002-03 Official hunting hours and small game seasons.  


2000-01 OFFICIAL HUNTING HOURS

FOR MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS, UPLAND BIRDS, AND WILD TURKEYS(([.]))*

September 1, 2000 to January 31, 2001

Western Washington

from

Eastern Washington

from

Dates (Inclusive) A.M. to P.M. A.M. to P.M.
Daylight Savings Time
Fri. Sept. 1 - Sun. Sept. 3 6:00 7:50 5:45 7:35
Mon. Sept. 4 - Sun. Sept. 10 6:05 7:40 5:55 7:25
Mon. Sept. 11 - Sun. Sept. 17 6:15 7:25 6:05 7:10
Mon. Sept. 18 - Sun. Sept. 24 6:25 7:10 6:10 7:00
Mon. Sept. 25 - Sun. Oct. 1 6:35 6:55 6:20 6:45
Mon. Oct. 2 - Sun. Oct. 8 6:45 6:40 6:30 6:30
Mon. Oct. 9 - Sun. Oct. 15 6:55 6:25 6:40 6:15
Mon. Oct. 16 - Sun. Oct. 22 7:05 6:15 6:50 6:00
Mon. Oct. 23 - Sat. Oct. 28 7:10 6:05 7:00 5:50
Pacific Standard Time
Sun. Oct. 29 6:20 5:00 6:05 4:45
Mon. Oct. 30 - Sun. Nov. 5 6:25 4:50 6:10 4:40
Mon. Nov. 6 - Sun. Nov. 12 6:35 4:40 6:25 4:30
Mon. Nov. 13 - Sun. Nov. 19 6:45 4:30 6:35 4:20
Mon. Nov. 20 - Sun. Nov. 26 6:55 4:25 6:45 4:15
Mon. Nov. 27 - Sun. Dec. 3 7:05 4:20 6:55 4:10
Mon. Dec. 4 - Sun. Dec. 10 7:15 4:20 7:00 4:05
Mon. Dec. 11 - Sun. Dec. 17 7:20 4:20 7:10 4:05
Mon. Dec. 18 - Sun. Dec. 24 7:25 4:20 7:10 4:10
Mon. Dec. 25 - Sun. Dec. 31 7:25 4:25 7:15 4:10
Mon. Jan. 1 - Sun. Jan. 7 7:30 4:30 7:15 4:20
Mon. Jan. 8 - Sun. Jan. 14 7:25 4:40 7:15 4:30
Mon. Jan. 15 - Sun. Jan. 21 7:20 4:50 7:10 4:40
Mon. Jan. 22 - Sun. Jan. 28 7:15 5:00 7:00 4:50
Mon. Jan. 29 - Wed. Jan. 31 7:10 5:05 6:55 4:50

(([.]))* These are lawful hunting hours (one-half hour before sunrise to sunset) for migratory game birds (duck, goose, coot, snipe, mourning dove, and band-tailed pigeon); upland birds (pheasant, quail, partridge); and turkey during established seasons.

Exceptions:

1) Western Washington - Pheasant and quail hunting hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in all areas.
2) Clark (except areas south of the Washougal River), Cowlitz, Grays Harbor (except areas north of U.S. Highway 12 and west of U.S. Highway 101), Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties - Goose hunting hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except one-half hour before sunrise to sunset during the September goose season and 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the late goose season.
3) Hunting hours for falconry seasons (except migratory game bird seasons) are exempt from these hunting hours, except on designated pheasant release sites.

2001-02 OFFICIAL HUNTING HOURS

FOR MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS, UPLAND BIRDS, AND WILD TURKEYS(([.]))*

September 1, 2001 to January 31, 2002

Western Washington

from

Eastern Washington

from

Dates (Inclusive) A.M. to P.M. A.M. to P.M.
Daylight Savings Time
Sat. Sept. 1 - Sun. Sept. 2 6:00 7:50 5:45 7:40
Mon. Sept. 3 - Sun. Sept. 9 6:05 7:40 5:50 7:30
Mon. Sept. 10 - Sun. Sept. 16 6:15 7:25 6:00 7:15
Mon. Sept. 17 - Sun. Sept. 23 6:20 7:10 6:10 7:00
Mon. Sept. 24 - Sun. Sept. 30 6:30 6:55 6:20 6:45
Mon. Oct. 1 - Sun. Oct. 7 6:40 6:45 6:30 6:30
Mon. Oct. 8 - Sun. Oct. 14 6:50 6:30 6:40 6:15
Mon. Oct. 15 - Sun. Oct. 21 7:00 6:15 6:50 6:05
Mon. Oct. 22 - Sat. Oct. 27 7:10 6:05 7:00 5:50
Pacific Standard Time
Sun. Oct. 28 6:15 5:00 6:05 4:45
Mon. Oct. 29 - Sun. Nov. 4 6:20 4:50 6:10 4:40
Mon. Nov. 5 - Sun. Nov. 11 6:35 4:40 6:20 4:30
Mon. Nov. 12 - Sun. Nov. 18 6:45 4:35 6:30 4:20
Mon. Nov. 19 - Sun. Nov. 25 6:55 4:25 6:45 4:15
Mon. Nov. 26 - Sun. Dec. 2 7:05 4:20 6:50 4:10
Mon. Dec. 3 - Sun. Dec. 9 7:10 4:20 7:00 4:05
Mon. Dec. 10 - Sun. Dec. 16 7:20 4:20 7:05 4:05
Mon. Dec. 17 - Sun. Dec. 23 7:25 4:20 7:10 4:05
Mon. Dec. 24 - Sun. Dec. 30 7:25 4:25 7:15 4:10
Mon. Dec. 31 - Sun. Jan. 6 7:25 4:30 7:15 4:20
Mon. Jan. 7 - Sun. Jan. 13 7:25 4:40 7:15 4:25
Mon. Jan. 14 - Sun. Jan. 20 7:20 4:45 7:10 4:35
Mon. Jan. 21 - Sun. Jan. 27 7:15 4:55 7:05 4:45
Mon. Jan. 28 - Thur. Jan. 31 7:10 5:05 7:00 4:55

(([.]))* These are lawful hunting hours (one-half hour before sunrise to sunset) for migratory game birds (duck, goose, coot, snipe, mourning dove, and band-tailed pigeon); upland birds (pheasant, quail, partridge); and turkey during established seasons.

Exceptions:

1) Western Washington - Pheasant and quail hunting hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in all areas.
2) Clark (except areas south of the Washougal River), Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties - Goose hunting hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except one-half hour before sunrise to sunset during the September goose season and 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the late goose season.
3) Hunting hours for falconry seasons (except migratory game bird seasons) are exempt from these hunting hours, except on designated pheasant release sites.

2002-2003 OFFICIAL HUNTING HOURS

FOR MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS, UPLAND BIRDS, AND WILD TURKEYS(([.]))*

September 1, 2002 to January 31, 2003

Western Washington

from

Eastern Washington

from

Dates (Inclusive) A.M. to P.M. A.M. to P.M.
Daylight Savings Time
Sun. Sept. 1 6:00 7:50 5:45 7:40
Mon. Sept. 2 - Sun. Sept. 8 6:00 7:45 5:45 7:30
Mon. Sept. 9 - Sun. Sept. 15 6:10 7:30 6:00 7:15
Mon. Sept. 16 - Sun. Sept. 22 6:20 7:15 6:10 7:00
Mon. Sept. 23 - Sun. Sept. 29 6:30 7:00 6:20 6:45
Mon. Sept. 30 - Sun. Oct. 6 6:40 6:45 6:30 6:35
Mon. Oct. 7 - Sun. Oct. 13 6:50 6:30 6:40 6:20
Mon. Oct. 14 - Sun. Oct. 20 7:00 6:20 6:50 6:05
Mon. Oct. 21 - Sat. Oct. 26 7:10 6:05 7:00 5:55
Pacific Standard Time
Sun. Oct. 27 6:15 5:00 6:00 4:50
Mon. Oct. 28 - Sun. Nov. 3 6:20 4:55 6:10 4:50
Mon. Nov. 4 - Sun. Nov. 10 6:30 4:45 6:20 4:30
Mon. Nov. 11 - Sun. Nov. 17 6:40 4:35 6:30 4:20
Mon. Nov. 18 - Sun. Nov. 24 6:50 4:25 6:40 4:15
Mon. Nov. 25 - Sun. Dec. 1 7:00 4:20 6:50 4:10
Mon. Dec. 2 - Sun. Dec. 8 7:10 4:20 7:00 4:10
Mon. Dec. 9 - Sun. Dec. 15 7:15 4:20 7:05 4:10
Mon. Dec. 16 - Sun. Dec. 22 7:20 4:20 7:10 4:10
Mon. Dec. 23 - Sun. Dec. 29 7:25 4:25 7:10 4:15
Mon. Dec. 30 - Sun. Jan. 5 7:25 4:30 7:15 4:15
Mon. Jan. 6 - Sun. Jan. 12 7:25 4:35 7:15 4:25
Mon. Jan. 13 - Sun. Jan. 19 7:20 4:45 7:10 4:35
Mon. Jan. 20 - Sun. Jan. 26 7:15 4:55 7:05 4:45
Mon. Jan. 27 - Fri. Jan. 31 7:10 5:05 7:00 4:55

(([.]))* These are lawful hunting hours (one-half hour before sunrise to sunset) for migratory game birds (duck, goose, coot, snipe, mourning dove, and band-tailed pigeon); upland birds (pheasant, quail, partridge); and turkey during established seasons.

Exceptions:

1) Western Washington - Pheasant and quail hunting hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in all areas.
2) Clark (except areas south of the Washougal River), Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties - Goose hunting hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except one-half hour before sunrise to sunset during the September goose season and 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the late goose season.
3) Hunting hours for falconry seasons (except migratory game bird seasons) are exempt from these hunting hours, except on designated pheasant release sites.

2000-01 OFFICIAL HUNTING HOURS

FOR GAME ANIMALS AND FOREST GROUSE(([.]))*

September 1, 2000 to January 31, 2001

Western Washington

from

Eastern Washington

from

Dates (Inclusive) A.M. to P.M. A.M. to P.M.
Daylight Savings Time
Fri. Sept. 1 - Sun. Sept. 3 6:00 8:20 5:45 8:05
Mon. Sept. 4 - Sun. Sept. 10 6:05 8:10 5:55 7:55
Mon. Sept. 11 - Sun. Sept. 17 6:15 7:55 6:05 7:40
Mon. Sept. 18 - Sun. Sept. 24 6:25 7:40 6:10 7:30
Mon. Sept. 25 - Sun. Oct. 1 6:35 7:25 6:20 7:15
Mon. Oct. 2 - Sun. Oct. 8 6:45 7:10 6:30 7:00
Mon. Oct. 9 - Sun. Oct. 15 6:55 6:55 6:40 6:45
Mon. Oct. 16 - Sun. Oct. 22 7:05 6:45 6:50 6:30
Mon. Oct. 23 - Sat. Oct. 28 7:10 6:35 7:00 6:20
Pacific Standard Time
Sun. Oct. 29 6:20 5:30 6:05 5:15
Mon. Oct. 30 - Sun. Nov. 5 6:25 5:20 6:10 5:10
Mon. Nov. 6 - Sun. Nov. 12 6:35 5:10 6:25 5:00
Mon. Nov. 13 - Sun. Nov. 19 6:45 5:00 6:35 4:50
Mon. Nov. 20 - Sun. Nov. 26 6:55 4:55 6:45 4:45
Mon. Nov. 27 - Sun. Dec. 3 7:05 4:50 6:55 4:40
Mon. Dec. 4 - Sun. Dec. 10 7:15 4:50 7:00 4:35
Mon. Dec. 11 - Sun. Dec. 17 7:20 4:50 7:10 4:35
Mon. Dec. 18 - Sun. Dec. 24 7:25 4:50 7:10 4:40
Mon. Dec. 25 - Sun. Dec. 31 7:25 4:55 7:15 4:40
Mon. Jan. 1 - Sun. Jan. 7 7:30 5:00 7:15 4:50
Mon. Jan. 8 - Sun. Jan. 14 7:25 5:10 7:15 5:00
Mon. Jan. 15 - Sun. Jan. 21 7:20 5:20 7:10 5:10
Mon. Jan. 22 - Sun. Jan. 28 7:15 5:30 7:00 5:20
Mon. Jan. 29 - Wed. Jan. 31 7:10 5:35 6:55 5:20

(([.]))* These are lawful hunting hours (one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset) for game animals and forest grouse (ruffed, blue, spruce) during established seasons.

Exceptions:

1) Bobcat and raccoon are exempt from hunting hour restrictions during established bobcat and raccoon seasons except when that area is open to modern firearm hunting of deer or elk, hunting hours shall be one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
2) Hunting hours for falconry seasons (except migratory game bird seasons) are exempt from these hunting hours, except on designated pheasant release sites.

2001-2002 OFFICIAL HUNTING HOURS

FOR GAME ANIMALS AND FOREST GROUSE(([.]))*

September 1, 2001 to January 31, 2002

Western Washington

from

Eastern Washington

from

Dates (Inclusive) A.M. to P.M. A.M. to P.M.
Daylight Savings Time
Sat. Sept. 1 - Sun. Sept. 2 6:00 8:20 5:45 8:10
Mon. Sept. 3 - Sun. Sept. 9 6:05 8:10 5:50 8:00
Mon. Sept. 10 - Sun. Sept. 16 6:15 7:55 6:00 7:45
Mon. Sept. 17 - Sun. Sept. 23 6:20 7:40 6:10 7:30
Mon. Sept. 24 - Sun. Sept. 30 6:30 7:25 6:20 7:15
Mon. Oct. 1 - Sun. Oct. 7 6:40 7:15 6:30 7:00
Mon. Oct. 8 - Sun. Oct. 14 6:50 7:00 6:40 6:45
Mon. Oct. 15 - Sun. Oct. 21 7:00 6:45 6:50 6:35
Mon. Oct. 22 - Sat. Oct. 27 7:10 6:35 7:00 6:20
Pacific Standard Time
Sun. Oct. 28 6:15 5:30 6:05 5:15
Mon. Oct. 29 - Sun. Nov. 4 6:20 5:20 6:10 5:10
Mon. Nov. 5 - Sun. Nov. 11 6:35 5:10 6:20 5:00
Mon. Nov. 12 - Sun. Nov. 18 6:45 5:05 6:30 4:50
Mon. Nov. 19 - Sun. Nov. 25 6:55 4:55 6:45 4:45
Mon. Nov. 26 - Sun. Dec. 2 7:05 4:50 6:50 4:40
Mon. Dec. 3 - Sun. Dec. 9 7:10 4:50 7:00 4:35
Mon. Dec. 10 - Sun. Dec. 16 7:20 4:50 7:05 4:35
Mon. Dec. 17 - Sun. Dec. 23 7:25 4:50 7:10 4:35
Mon. Dec. 24 - Sun. Dec. 30 7:25 4:55 7:15 4:40
Mon. Dec. 31 - Sun. Jan. 6 7:25 5:00 7:15 4:50
Mon. Jan. 7 - Sun. Jan. 13 7:25 5:10 7:15 4:55
Mon. Jan. 14 - Sun. Jan. 20 7:20 5:15 7:10 5:05
Mon. Jan. 21 - Sun. Jan. 27 7:15 5:25 7:05 5:15
Mon. Jan. 28 - Thur. Jan. 31 7:10 5:35 7:00 5:25

(([.]))* These are lawful hunting hours (one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset) for game animals and forest grouse (ruffed, blue, spruce) during established seasons.

Exceptions:

1) Bobcat and raccoon are exempt from hunting hour restrictions during established bobcat and raccoon seasons except when that area is open to modern firearm hunting of deer or elk, hunting hours shall be one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
2) Hunting hours for falconry seasons (except migratory game bird seasons) are exempt from these hunting hours, except on designated pheasant release sites.

2002-2003 OFFICIAL HUNTING HOURS

FOR GAME ANIMALS AND FOREST GROUSE.*

September 1, 2002 to January 31, 2003

Western Washington

from

Eastern Washington

from

Dates (Inclusive) A.M. to P.M. A.M. to P.M.
Daylight Savings Time
Sun. Sept. 1 6:00 8:20 5:45 8:10
Mon. Sept. 2 - Sun. Sept. 8 6:00 8:15 5:45 8:00
Mon. Sept. 9 - Sun. Sept. 15 6:10 8:00 6:00 7:45
Mon. Sept. 16 - Sun. Sept. 22 6:20 7:45 6:10 7:30
Mon. Sept. 23 - Sun. Sept. 29 6:30 7:30 6:20 7:15
Mon. Sept. 30 - Sun. Oct. 6 6:40 7:15 6:30 7:05
Mon. Oct. 7 - Sun. Oct. 13 6:50 7:00 6:40 6:50
Mon. Oct. 14 - Sun. Oct. 20 7:00 6:50 6:50 6:35
Mon. Oct. 21 - Sat. Oct. 26 7:10 6:35 7:00 6:25
Pacific Standard Time
Sun. Oct. 27 6:15 5:30 6:00 5:20
Mon. Oct. 28 - Sun. Nov. 3 6:20 5:25 6:10 5:20
Mon. Nov. 4 - Sun. Nov. 10 6:30 5:15 6:20 5:00
Mon. Nov. 11 - Sun. Nov. 17 6:40 5:05 6:30 4:50
Mon. Nov. 18 - Sun. Nov. 24 6:50 4:55 6:40 4:45
Mon. Nov. 25 - Sun. Dec. 1 7:00 4:50 6:50 4:40
Mon. Dec. 2 - Sun. Dec. 8 7:10 4:50 7:00 4:40
Mon. Dec. 9 - Sun. Dec. 15 7:15 4:50 7:05 4:40
Mon. Dec. 16 - Sun. Dec. 22 7:20 4:50 7:10 4:40
Mon. Dec. 23 - Sun. Dec. 29 7:25 4:55 7:10 4:45
Mon. Dec. 30 - Sun. Jan. 5 7:25 5:00 7:15 4:45
Mon. Jan. 6 - Sun. Jan. 12 7:25 5:05 7:15 4:55
Mon. Jan. 13 - Sun. Jan. 19 7:20 5:15 7:10 5:05
Mon. Jan. 20 - Sun. Jan. 26 7:15 5:25 7:05 5:15
Mon. Jan. 27 - Fri. Jan. 31 7:10 5:35 7:00 5:25

.* These are lawful hunting hours (one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset) for game animals and forest grouse (ruffed, blue, spruce) during established seasons.

Exceptions:

1) Bobcat and raccoon are exempt from hunting hour restrictions during established bobcat and raccoon seasons except when that area is open to modern firearm hunting of deer or elk, hunting hours shall be one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
2) Hunting hours for falconry seasons (except migratory game bird seasons) are exempt from these hunting hours, except on designated pheasant release sites.

Hound Hunting During Deer and Elk Hunting Seasons


It is unlawful to hunt any wildlife at night or wild animals with dogs (hounds) during the months of September, October, or November in any area open to a center-fire rifle deer or elk season. The use of hounds to hunt black bear, cougar (EXCEPT by public safety removal permit), and bobcat is prohibited year around.


BOBCAT


Bag and Possession Limits: No Limit


OPEN SEASON: Statewide


Sept. 5, 2000-Mar. 15, 2001; Sept. 4, 2001-Mar. 15, 2002; Sept. 3, 2002-Mar. 15, 2003.


RACCOON


Bag and Possession Limits: No Limit


OPEN SEASON: Statewide, except CLOSED on Long Island within Willapa National Wildlife Refuge.


Sept. 5, 2000-Mar. 15, 2001; Sept. 4, 2001-Mar. 15, 2002; Sept. 3, 2002-Mar. 15, 2003.


FOX


Bag and Possession Limits: No Limit


OPEN SEASON: Statewide, except CLOSED within the exterior boundaries of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie, Okanogan, Wenatchee, and Gifford Pinchot National Forests and GMUs 407 and 410.


Sept. 5, 2000-Mar. 15, 2001; Sept. 4, 2001-Mar. 15, 2002; Sept. 3, 2002-Mar. 15, 2003.


COYOTE


Bag and Possession Limits: No Limit


OPEN SEASON: Statewide, year around except CLOSED from September 15 to November 30 in the Pasayten Wilderness, GMUs 426 and 450, and those portions of GMUs 218, 245, and 448 within the external boundaries of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie, Okanogan, and Wenatchee National Forests. However, coyote may only be killed and/or pursued with hounds during the following period: Sept. 5, 2000-Mar. 15, 2001; Sept. 4, 2001-Mar. 15, 2002; Sept. 3, 2002-Mar. 15, 2003; except coyote may be hunted year around with hounds in Grant, Adams, Benton, and Franklin counties.


FOREST GROUSE (BLUE, RUFFED, AND SPRUCE)


Bag and Possession Limits: Three (3) grouse per day, with a total of nine (9) grouse in possession at any time; straight or mixed bag.


Statewide: Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 2000; Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 2001; Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 2002.


PTARMIGAN, SAGE, AND SHARP-TAILED GROUSE


Season closed statewide.


Upland Birds


Eastern Washington


Ring-necked Pheasant


Bag and Possession Limits: Three (3) cock pheasants per day, with a total of fifteen (15) cock pheasants in possession at any time.


Youth Season: Sept. 23 and 24, 2000; Sept. 22 and 23, 2001; Sept. 21 and 22, 2002. Open only to youth hunters accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old.


Regular Season: Oct. 7-Dec. 31, 2000; Oct. 6-Dec. 31, 2001; Oct. 5-Dec. 31, 2002.


Chukar


Bag and Possession Limits: Six (6) chukar per day, with a total of eighteen (18) chukar in possession at any time.


Regular Season: Oct. 1, 2000-Jan. 15, 2001; Oct. 1, 2001-Jan. 21, 2002; Oct. 1, 2002-Jan. 20, 2003.


Gray (Hungarian) Partridge


Bag and Possession Limits: Six (6) gray partridges per day, with a total of eighteen (18) gray partridges in possession at any time.


Regular Season: Oct. 1, 2000-Jan. 15, 2001; Oct. 1, 2001-Jan. 21, 2002; Oct. 1, 2002-Jan. 20, 2003.


Mountain Quail


Season closed throughout Eastern Washington.


California (valley) Quail and northern Bobwhite


Bag and Possession Limits: Ten (10) quail per day, with a total of thirty (30) quail in possession at any time, straight or mixed bag.


Youth Season: Sept. 23 and 24, 2000; Sept. 22 and 23, 2001; Sept. 21 and 22, 2002. Open only to youth hunters accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old.


Regular Season: Oct. 7, 2000-Jan. 15, 2001; Oct. 6, 2001-Jan. 21, 2002; Oct. 5, 2002-Jan. 20, 2003.


Yakama Indian Reservation: The 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03 Upland bird seasons within the Yakama Indian Reservation shall be the same as the season established by the Yakama Indian Nation.


Western Washington


Ring-necked Pheasant


Bag and Possession Limits: Two (2) pheasants of either sex per day, with a total of fifteen (15) pheasants in possession at any time.


Youth Season: Sept. 23 and 24, 2000; Sept. 22 and 23, 2001; Sept. 21 and 22, 2002. Open only to youth hunters accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old.


Hunters 65 years of age or older: Sept. 25-29, 2000; Sept. 24-28, 2001; Sept. 23-27, 2002.


Regular Season: Sept. 30-Nov. 30, 2000; Sept. (([28] [29])) 29-Nov. 30, 2001; Sept. 28-Nov. 30, 2002. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; except Dungeness Recreation site (Clallam County) starting Oct. 7, 2000; Oct. 6, 2001; Oct. 5, 2002.


Extended Season: Dec. 1-Dec. 15, 2002. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. only on the following release sites: Belfair, Fort Lewis, Kosmos, Lincoln Creek, Scatter Creek, and Skookumchuck. Pheasants will not be released during the extended season.


A Western Washington Pheasant Permit is required to hunt pheasant in Western Washington, in addition to a current small game hunting license. Pheasant kills must be recorded. Upon taking a pheasant, the holder of a Western Washington Pheasant Permit must immediately enter on the corresponding space the date and location of kill.


There are three options available:


(1) Full Season Option: Allows the harvest of eight (8) pheasants.

(2) Youth Option: Allows the harvest of eight (8) pheasants by youth hunters.

(3) 3-Day Option: Allows the harvest of four (4) pheasants during three consecutive days.


Every person possessing a Western Washington Pheasant Permit must by December 31, return the permit to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The number of permits purchased per year is not limited.


A hunter shall select one valid option at the time they purchase their Western Washington Pheasant Permit. It is unlawful to purchase an additional permit until the eight pheasant allowed on the current permit are taken.


Special Restriction: Western Washington pheasant hunters must choose to hunt on either odd-numbered or even-numbered weekend days from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. at all units of Lake Terrell, Tennant Lake, Snoqualmie, Skagit, Skookumchuck, and Scatter Creek Wildlife Areas, and Dungeness Recreation Area, and must indicate their choice on the Western Washington Pheasant Permit by choosing "odd" or "even." Hunters who select the three day option, hunters 65 years of age or older, and youth hunters may hunt during either weekend day morning. Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old who must have an appropriately marked pheasant permit if hunting.


Mountain Quail


Bag and Possession Limits: Two (2) mountain quail per day, with a total of four (4) mountain quail in possession at any time.


Oct. 7-Nov. 30, 2000; Oct. 6-Nov. 30, 2001; Oct. 5-Nov. 30, 2002.


California (valley) Quail and northern Bobwhite


Bag and Possession Limits: Ten (10) California (valley) quail or northern bobwhite per day, with a total of thirty (30) California (valley) quail or northern bobwhite in possession at any time, straight or mixed bag.


Oct. 7-Nov. 30, 2000; Oct. 6-Nov. 30, 2001; Oct. 5-Nov. 30, 2002.


WILD TURKEY


Spring Season


Gobblers and Turkeys with Visible Beards Only.


Statewide: April 15-May 15, 2001; April 15-May 15, 2002; April 15-May 15, 2003.


Fall Season


Either Sex


Permit Only - Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, Klickitat, Skamania, Stevens, and Walla Walla counties, and GMU 133: Oct. 1-5, 2000; Oct. 1-5, 2001; Oct. 1-5, 2002.

Permit Area Number of Permits
Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, and Walla Walla counties 50
Klickitat and Skamania counties 75
Stevens County ((300)) 1000
GMU 133 ((75)) 100
Ferry County ((50)) 100
Pend Oreille County ((25)) 100

OFFICIAL HUNTING HOURS/BAG LIMITS:


Bag and Possession Limit: One (1) wild turkey per day, only two (2) may be killed in Eastern Washington per year, except only one (1) may be killed in Chelan, Kittitas, or Yakima counties; and one per year in Western Washington, except two (2) may be killed in Klickitat County. The season limit is three (3) birds per year.


Hunting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset during spring and fall seasons.


SPECIAL REGULATIONS:


1. Turkey season is open for shotgun and bow-and-arrow hunting only.
2. A turkey tag is required for hunting turkey.
3. It is unlawful to use dogs to hunt turkeys.
4. It is unlawful to bait game birds.

BIRD DOG TRAINING SEASON


Wild upland game birds may be pursued during the dog training season, but may not be killed except during established hunting seasons. Captive raised game birds may be released and killed during dog training if proof of lawful acquisition (invoices) are in possession and the birds are appropriately marked (WAC 232-12-271) (WAC 232-12-044).


Aug. 1, 2000-Mar. 31, 2001; Aug. 1, 2001-Mar. 31, 2002; Aug. 1, 2002-Mar. 31, 2003, except from Sept. 15-Nov. 30, dog training is only allowed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on designated Western Washington pheasant release sites.


Dog training may be conducted year around on posted portions of: Region One - Espanola (T 24 N, R 40 E, E 1/2 of Sec. 16); Region Three - South L.T. Murray Wildlife Area; Region Four - Fort Lewis Military Base, Skagit Wildlife Area, Lake Terrell Wildlife Area, and Snoqualmie Wildlife Area; Region Five - Shillapoo/Vancouver Lake Wildlife Area; Region Six - Scatter Creek Wildlife Area.


HIP REQUIREMENTS:


All hunters age 16 and over of migratory game birds (duck, goose, coot, snipe, mourning dove) are required to complete a Harvest Information Program (HIP) survey at a license dealer, and possess a Washington Migratory Bird validation as evidence of compliance with this requirement when hunting migratory game birds. Youth hunters are required to complete a HIP survey, and possess a free Washington Youth Migratory Bird validation as evidence of compliance with this requirement when hunting migratory game birds.


CANADA GOOSE SEPTEMBER SEASON


Bag and Possession Limits: Western Washington, except Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties and that part of Clark County north of the Washougal River: Five (5) Canada geese per day with a total of ten (10) in possession at any time. Remainder of the state: Three (3) Canada geese per day with a total of six (6) in possession at any time.


Statewide: Sept. 9-14, 2000; Sept. 8-13, 2001; Sept. 7-12, 2002. EXCEPT Pacific and Grays Harbor counties: Sept. 1-15, 2001; Sept. 1-15, 2002.


BAND-TAILED PIGEON


((Closed season statewide.)) Sept. 15-23, 2002.


Daily bag limit: 2 band-tailed pigeons.

Possession limit: 4 band-tailed pigeons.


WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION REQUIRED TO HUNT BAND-TAILED PIGEONS.


All persons hunting band-tailed pigeons in this season are required to obtain a written authorization and harvest report from the Washington department of fish and wildlife. Application forms must be delivered to a department office no later than August 28 or postmarked on or before August 28 in order for applicants to be mailed a 2002 authorization before the season starts. Immediately after taking a band-tailed pigeon into possession, hunters must record in ink the information required on the harvest report. By September 30, 2002, hunters must return the harvest report to the Washington department of fish and wildlife, or report harvest information on the department's internet reporting system. Hunters failing to comply with reporting requirements will be ineligible to participate in the 2003 band-tailed pigeon season.


MOURNING DOVE


Bag and Possession Limits: Ten (10) mourning doves per day with a total of twenty (20) mourning doves in possession at any time.


Statewide: Sept. 1-15, 2000; Sept. 1-15, 2001; Sept. 1-15, 2002.


COTTONTAIL AND SNOWSHOE HARE (OR WASHINGTON HARE)


Bag and Possession Limits: Five (5) cottontails or snowshoe hares per day, with a total of fifteen (15) in possession at any time, straight or mixed bag.


Statewide: Sept. 1, 2000-Mar. 15, 2001; Sept. 1, 2001-Mar. 15, 2002; Sept. 1, 2002-Mar. 15, 2003.


JACKRABBIT


Closed season statewide.


CROWS


Bag and Possession Limits: No Limit


Statewide: Oct. 1, 2000-Jan. 31, 2001; Oct. 1, 2001-Jan. 31, 2002; Oct. 1, 2002-Jan. 31, 2003.


FALCONRY SEASONS


Upland Game Bird and Forest Grouse - Falconry


Daily Bag: Two (2) pheasants (either sex), six (6) partridge, five (5) California (valley) quail or northern bobwhite, two (2) mountain quail (in western Washington only), and three (3) forest grouse (blue, ruffed, spruce) per day.

Possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.


Statewide: Sept. 1, 2000-Mar. 15, 2001; Aug. 1, 2001-Mar. 15, 2002; Aug. 1, 2002-Mar. 15, 2003.


Mourning Dove - Falconry


Daily Bag: Three (3) mourning doves per day straight bag or mixed bag with snipe, coots, ducks, and geese during established seasons.

Possession limit is twice the daily limit.

Statewide: Sept. 1-15 and Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2000; Sept. 1-15 and Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2001; Sept. 1-15 and Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2002.


Cottontail and Snowshoe Hare - Falconry


Daily Bag: Five (5) cottontails or snowshoe hares per day, straight or mixed bag.

Possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

Statewide: Aug. 1, 2000-Mar. 15, 2001; Aug. 1, 2001-Mar. 15, 2002; Aug. 1, 2002-Mar. 15, 2003.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040, 77.12.020, 77.32.070, 77.32.530. 01-10-048 (Order 01-69), 232-28-276, filed 4/26/01, effective 5/27/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040, 77.12.010, 77.12.020, 77.12.770, 77.12.780. 00-11-137 (Order 00-50), 232-28-276, filed 5/23/00, effective 6/23/00.]

OTS-5629.2


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-282   Big game and wild turkey auction, raffle, and special incentive permits.  


BIG GAME AUCTION PERMITS


The director will select a conservation organization(s) to conduct annual auction(s). Selection of the conservation organizations will be based on criteria adopted by the Washington department of fish and wildlife. Big game and wild turkey auctions shall be conducted consistent with WAC 232-28-292.


SPECIES - ONE DEER PERMIT


Hunting season dates: September 1 - December 31

Hunt Area: Statewide EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMU 485, and those GMUs closed to deer hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Bag limit: One additional any buck deer


SPECIES - ONE WESTSIDE ELK PERMIT


Hunting season dates: September 1 - December 31

Hunt Area: Western Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), those GMUs closed to elk hunting, and those GMUs not opened to branch antlered bull elk hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Bag limit: One additional any bull elk


SPECIES - ONE EASTSIDE ELK PERMIT


Hunting season dates: September 1 - December 31

Hunt Area: Eastern Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMU 157, those GMUs closed to elk hunting, and those GMUs not opened to branch antlered bull elk hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Bag limit: One additional any bull elk


SPECIES - ONE BIGHORN SHEEP PERMIT


Hunting season dates: September 1 - October 31

Hunt Area: Sheep Unit 4 (Selah Butte), Sheep Unit 5 (Umtanum), Sheep Unit 7 (Cleman Mountain), Sheep Unit 12 (Lincoln Cliffs), Sheep Unit 13 (Quilomene), or Sheep Unit 14 (Swakane).

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Bag limit: One bighorn ram


SPECIES - ONE MOOSE PERMIT


Hunting season dates: October 1 - November 30

Hunt Area: Any open moose unit.

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Bag limit: One moose of either sex


SPECIES - ONE MOUNTAIN GOAT PERMIT


Hunting season dates: September 15 - October 31

Hunt Area: Goat Unit 3-6 (Naches Pass), Goat Unit 3-9 (Tieton River), Goat Unit 3-10 (Blazed Ridge), or Goat Unit 5-4 (Goat Rocks).

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Bag limit: One mountain goat of either sex


RAFFLE PERMITS


Raffle permits will be issued to individuals selected through a Washington department of fish and wildlife drawing or the director may select a conservation organization(s) to conduct annual raffles. Selection of a conservation organization will be based on criteria adopted by the Washington department of fish and wildlife. Big game and wild turkey raffles shall be conducted consistent with WAC 232-28-290.


RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT(S)


DEER RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT


Bag limit: One additional any buck deer

Open area: Statewide EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMU 485, and those GMUs closed to deer hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Open season: September 1 - December 31.

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Number of permits: 1

Raffle ticket cost: $5.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


WESTSIDE ELK RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT


Bag limit: One additional any bull elk

Open area: Western Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), those GMUs closed to elk hunting, and those GMUs not open to branch antlered bull elk hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Open season: September 1 - December 31.

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Number of permits: 1

Raffle ticket cost: $5.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


EASTSIDE ELK RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT


Bag limit: One additional any bull elk

Open area: Eastern Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMU 157, those GMUs closed to elk hunting, and those GMUs not opened to branch antlered bull elk hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Open season: September 1 - December 31.

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Number of permits: 1

Raffle ticket cost: $5.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


BIGHORN SHEEP RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT


Bag limit: One bighorn ram

Open area: Sheep Unit 4 (Selah Butte), Sheep Unit 5 (Umtanum), Sheep Unit 7 (Cleman Mountain), Sheep Unit 12 (Lincoln Cliffs), Sheep Unit 13 (Quilomene), or Sheep Unit 14 (Swakane).

Open season: September 1 - October 31.

Weapon: Hunter may use any legal weapon.

Number of permits: 1

Raffle ticket cost: $10.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


MOOSE RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT


Bag limit: One moose of either sex

Open area: Any open moose unit.

Open season: October 1 - November 30.

Weapon: Hunter may use any legal weapon.

Number of permits: 1

Raffle ticket cost: $5.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


MOUNTAIN GOAT RAFFLE PERMIT HUNT


Bag limit: One mountain goat of either sex

Open area: Goat Unit 3-6 (Naches Pass), Goat Unit 3-9 (Tieton River), Goat Unit 3-10 (Blazed Ridge), or Goat Unit 5-4 (Goat Rocks).

Open season: September 15 - October 31.

Weapon: Hunter may use any legal weapon.

Number of permits: 1

Raffle tickets cost: $5.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


TURKEY RAFFLE PERMIT HUNTS


Bag limit: Three (3) additional wild turkeys, but not to exceed more than one turkey in Western Washington or two turkeys in Eastern Washington.

Open area: Statewide.

Open season: April 1 - May 31.

Weapon: Archery or shotgun only.

Number of permits: 2

Raffle ticket cost: $5.00 including a 50-cent vendor fee.


SPECIAL INCENTIVE PERMITS


Hunters will be entered into a drawing for special deer and elk incentive permits for prompt reporting of hunting activity in compliance with WAC 232-28-299.


(a) There will be two (2) any elk special incentive permits for Western Washington.

Open area: Western Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMUs 418, 485, 522, and those GMUs closed to elk hunting or closed to branch antlered bull elk hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Open season: September 1 - December 31.

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Bag limit: One additional elk.


There will be two (2) any elk special incentive permits for Eastern Washington.

Open area: Eastern Washington EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMU 157 and those GMUs closed to elk hunting or closed to branch antlered bull elk hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Open season: September 1 - December 31.

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons.

Bag limit: One additional elk.


(b) There will be five (5) statewide any deer special incentive permits, for use in any area open to general or permit hunting seasons EXCEPT all Private Lands Wildlife Management Areas (PLWMAs), GMUs 157, 418, 485, 522, and those GMUs closed to deer hunting by the fish and wildlife commission.

Open season: September 1 - December 31.

Weapon: Any legal weapon, EXCEPT must use archery equipment during archery seasons and muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons and any legal weapon at other times if there are no firearm restrictions.

Bag limit: One additional any deer.


Auction, raffle, and special incentive hunt permittee rules

(1) Permittee shall contact the appropriate regional office of the department of fish and wildlife when entering the designated hunt area or entering the region to hunt outside the general season.

(2) The permittee may be accompanied by others; however, only the permittee is allowed to carry a legal weapon or harvest an animal.

(3) Any attempt by members of the permittee's party to herd or drive wildlife is prohibited.

(4) If requested by the department, the permittee is required to direct department officials to the site of the kill.

(5) The permit is valid during the hunting season dates for the year issued.

(6) The permittee will present the head and carcass of the bighorn sheep killed to any department office within 72 hours of date of kill.

(7) The permittee must abide by all local, state, and federal regulations including firearm restriction areas and area closures.

(8) Hunters awarded the special incentive permit will be required to send the appropriate license fee to the department of fish and wildlife headquarters in Olympia. The department will issue the license and transport tag and send it to the special incentive permit winner.

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OTS-5630.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 01-69, filed 4/26/01, effective 5/27/01)

WAC 232-28-299   Mandatory report of hunting activity.   (1) All hunters purchasing a hunting license must report their hunting activity for deer, elk, bear, or turkey.

(a) Hunters must report hunting activity, for each tag acquired, by January 31.

(b) Reports must be made using the department's designated automated telephone hunter reporting system (toll free) or internet hunter reporting system.

(c) Any hunter not reporting, for each tag acquired, by January 31 will be in noncompliance of reporting requirements.

(d) Compliance will be credited for each species for which a transport tag is acquired.

(2) As an incentive for prompt reporting, all successful hunters who report harvest within 10 days of killing an animal and unsuccessful hunters who report by midnight January 10 will be entered into a drawing for special deer and elk incentive permits. To be eligible for the drawing, hunters must report their hunting activity for each transport tag acquired.

Special incentive permits for 2002.

(a) There will be two (2) any elk special incentive permits for western Washington and two (2) for eastern Washington for use in any area open to general or permit hunting seasons EXCEPT private lands wildlife management areas and GMUs 157, 162, 166, and 485.

(b) There will be five (5) statewide any deer special incentive permits, for use in any area open to general or permit hunting seasons EXCEPT private lands wildlife management areas and GMUs 157 and 485.

(c) Open season: The deer or elk special incentive permit hunter must use archery equipment during archery seasons, muzzleloader equipment during muzzleloader seasons, and any legal weapon at other times if there are no firearm restrictions.

(d) The dates for the hunts will be September 1 to December 31, 2002.

(e) Hunters awarded the special incentive permit will be required to send the appropriate license fee to the department of fish and wildlife headquarters in Olympia. The department will issue the license and transport tag and send it to the special incentive permit winner.

(f) Bag limit: One additional deer or elk.

(3) Beginning with license year 2002 and there after, hunters who have not reported hunting activity for the tags acquired the previous year will be required to complete a hunting report for those species before a new license for that species will be issued.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040, 77.12.020, 77.32.070, 77.32.530. 01-10-048 (Order 01-69), 232-28-299, filed 4/26/01, effective 5/27/01.]

OTS-5640.1


REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective January 1, 2003:

WAC 232-28-277 2001, 2002, 2003 Big game and wild turkey auction permits and raffles.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office