WSR 07-07-110

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed March 20, 2007, 10:16 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 232-12-073 Advanced hunter education.

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: The current rule on this subject does not allow the department any flexibility in changing the requirements or cost of sharpshooter education, conservationist education, and master hunter education. Additionally, the current rule does not give the department the authority to hold master hunters to the ethical standards the department deems appropriate for such hunters. The proposed amendments to the rule will cure these shortfalls.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The United States Fish and Wildlife Service regulates hunter education and provides grant money to the Washington department of fish and wildlife for hunter education. The department's advanced hunter education program is one component of the five-year plan we are required to submit to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to receive grant money from them.

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 Mik Mikitik, WDFW Hunter Education, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-8113, fax (360) 902-2155, e-mail mikitmjm@dfw.wa.gov. Contact by June 1, 2007. Expected proposal filing on or after June 20, 2007.

March 20, 2007

Lori Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office