WDFW to host two pronghorn antelope listening sessions

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) wants to hear from residents on how to manage pronghorns on portions of central Washington. The agency will host two public listening sessions to gather stakeholder feedback on pronghorn antelope management. "Pronghorn are some of the rarest and least-known large mammals in…

Bighorn sheep monitoring increases with diagnosis of single case of pneumonia in Mt. Hull herd

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) asks members of the public to report sightings of bighorn sheep that are obviously ill in Okanogan County after a bighorn ram from the Mt. Hull herd was recently confirmed to have died from pneumonia caused by a highly infectious…

WDFW plans controlled burns on wildlife areas in Eastern Washington

  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will perform controlled burns on its public lands this spring and summer to reduce the risk of wildfire and improve habitat for animals such as deer, elk, and bighorn sheep.  WDFW manages one million acres of public lands and operates the…

WDFW seeks public comments on proposed 2019-20 hunting seasons

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments on proposed recommendations for the 2019-20 hunting seasons. From Jan. 23 through Feb. 13, WDFW will accept written comments from the public to help finalize hunting rules and regulations proposed for the upcoming year. The…

Final mountain goat management plan for Olympic National Park released

PORT ANGELES, Wash. -- The National Park Service (NPS), the USDA Forest Service (USFS), and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have released the Mountain Goat Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for managing non-native mountain goats in the Olympic Mountains. The NPS preferred alternative involves the…

Commission will set hunting seasons, consider other issues at public meeting

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to approve new hunting seasons through 2020 for deer, elk, waterfowl, and other game species during a public meeting April 12-14. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife…

WDFW schedules public meeting to discuss Chelan Wildlife Area

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments on a draft management plan for the Chelan Wildlife Area in northcentral Washington. WDFW also will host a public meeting next month to discuss the plan. The meeting is scheduled from 6-8 p.m., April 12, at the…

Youth hunters: Apply by March 30 for chance to win guided spring turkey hunt on ranch near Medford

CENTRAL POINT, Ore.—ODFW’s Access and Habitat Program and the C2 Ranch are offering 10 youth hunters the chance to hunt turkey on the ranch’s 9,500-acre property near Medford this spring. The deadline to apply is March 30 and winners will be drawn on April 2. Each winner will get a one-day guided hunt.…

Spring black bear special hunt applications due by Feb. 2nd for 2018

  OLYMPIA – Hunters must purchase and submit their spring black bear special hunt applications to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) by midnight on Feb. 28. Hunts will occur in specific areas of western and eastern Washington. Hunters who submit their applications are entered into a drawing in mid-March for…

Master Hunter Permit Program will accept applications through Feb. 15

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will accept applications for its Master Hunter Permit Program through Feb. 15, 2018. The program is designed to promote safe, lawful and ethical hunting, and to strengthen Washington's hunting heritage and conservation ethic. WDFW enlists master hunters for controlled…