WDFW rolls out new rules, calls on public for comment

Changes to daily limits, special permit levels and hunting area descriptions are among the several rule changes proposed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) for the 2017-18 hunting season.

Hunters from throughout the state are invited to send written comments about the proposed changes to the WDFW through February 22 or present their opinion during a public meeting March 17–18 in Olympia. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, which determines policy for the agency, is expected to vote on the new rules during a regular meeting April 14–15 in Spokane.

“We encourage everyone interested in the upcoming hunting seasons to check the proposed changes and send us your comments,” said WDFW game manager Anis Aoude in a statement.

The large sum of proposed rule changes come from the state’s three-year hunting plan approved by the commission in 2015. One rule in particular would “significantly increase” the daily limit of white-fronted geese and white geese due to the species growing population.

A detailed list of proposals and comment forms are available at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/seasonsetting.

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