Wildlife commission to discuss whitetail deer, hunter orange in Spokane meeting

February 27, 2019

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet in Spokane Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The commission will discuss and vote on a proposed elimination of antlerless deer hunting, for all hunters, in Game Management Units 101 through 121. That discussion and vote is scheduled to take place on Friday at 1:15 p.m.

The commission will also consider a rule that would clarify hunter orange requirements.

Rules instituted last year require turkey hunters to now wear hunter orange. The proposed WDFW rule change would require turkey hunters to wear orange only when turkey season overlaps with the general modern deer and elk seasons.

The commission will also consider proposed dates, bag limits and other rules for small game. The nine commission members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state senate. The commission sets policy and overall direction for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife as well as on hunting season rules.

For the full agenda visit wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings/2019/03/agenda_mar0119.html.