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WDFW commission set to discuss wolves, hunting rule changes, suction dredging Friday

April 4, 2019

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will set 2019 hunting seasons, hear public input on suction dredging and review wolf population information starting Friday.

The commission will meet Friday and Saturday in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building (1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia). The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on both days.

On Friday, the commission will take public comment on staff-proposed hunting rules for the upcoming season. Proposed changes include:

Changing rules requiring elk hunters to leave hooves in place for elk hoof disease prevention.

Removing minimum arrow weight restrictions.

Elimination of antlerless white-tailed deer hunts to conserve deer populations in northeast Washington.

Letting turkey hunters forgo hunter orange requirements when hunting outside of modern firearm and elk seasons.

WDFW wildlife managers will also present the department’s annual wolf report, which addresses wolf population trends, conflicts with livestock and proactive agreements with livestock producers, according to a department news release.

A full agenda is available online at wdfw.wa.gov/about/commission/meetings.