WSR 03-13-141

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed June 18, 2003, 11:25 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 03-09-120.

Title of Rule: Recreational hunting rules.

Purpose: Amend auction and raffle rules and hunter orange rule.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 77.12.047.

Summary: Relax weapon restriction for successful raffle and auction participants and require hunter orange while cougar hunting during deer and elk modern firearm season.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Increase market value for auction permits and participation in raffles. Eliminate confusion on lawful firearms. Increase hunter safety.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Evan Jacoby, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, 902-2930; Implementation: Dave Brittell, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, 902-2504; and Enforcement: Bruce Bjork, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, 902-2373.

Name of Proponent: 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: This proposal amends the auction and raffle rules to allow any legal weapon to be used during the hunts. It is anticipated to increase the interest in the auctions and raffles. Requiring hunter orange to be worn by cougar hunters during modern firearm deer and elk seasons is a safety measure consistent with the intent of the section.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: Amend cougar removal rules.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This rule affects recreational hunting, not small businesses.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. Not hydraulics rules.

Hearing Location: Hampton Inn/Fox Hall, 3985 Bennett Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225, on August 1-2, 2003, begins at 8:00 a.m. on August 1, 2003.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Susan Yeager by July 18, 2003, TDD (360) 902-2207 or (360) 902-2267.

Submit Written Comments to: Dave Brittell, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, fax (360) 902-2162, by July 25, 2003.

Date of Intended Adoption: August 1, 2003.

June 18, 2003

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 03-03, filed 1/7/03, effective 2/7/03)

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), or Sheep Unit 13 (Quilomene).

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), or Sheep Unit 13 (Quilomene).

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.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 03-03-016 (Order 03-03), 232-28-282, filed 1/7/03, effective 2/7/03; 02-15-019 (Order 02-135), 232-28-282, filed 7/8/02, effective 1/1/03.]

OTS-6486.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 489, filed 4/3/91, effective 9/1/91)

WAC 232-12-055   Hunting -- Hunter orange clothing requirements.   ((Effective September 1, 1991[:]))

(1) Except as authorized in subsection (4) of this section (((4))), it is unlawful to hunt upland birds or rabbits during any upland game bird season unless the hunter is wearing fluorescent hunter orange clothing.

(2) It is unlawful to hunt deer or elk during the modern firearm seasons in any manner unless the hunter is wearing fluorescent hunter orange clothing.

(3) It is unlawful to hunt bear, cougar, bobcat, raccoon, fox, coyote, rabbit, forest grouse or hare during those times and in those places open to the taking of deer or elk during a modern firearm season, unless the hunter is wearing fluorescent hunter orange clothing.

(([4)])) (4) Persons who are hunting upland game birds during an upland game bird season with a muzzleloading firearm, bow and arrow or falconry are not required to wear fluorescent hunter orange clothing.

(([5)])) (5) Wearing fluorescent hunter orange clothing means: A minimum of 400 square inches of fluorescent hunter orange exterior clothing, worn above the waist and visible from all sides.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.010 and 77.12.040. 91-08-075 (Order 489), 232-12-055, filed 4/3/91, effective 9/1/91; 90-22-059 (Order 467), 232-12-055, filed 11/5/90, effective 9/1/91.]

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