Hunters have a chance to win one of nine 2011 special hunting permits if they report this year's hunting activities for black bear, deer, elk, or turkey to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife by Jan. 10.
Those who meet the deadline will be included in a drawing for five deer permits and four elk permits in various areas of the state, according to a department news release. Those permits will be valid from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.
To qualify for the drawing, hunters must submit a report for each black bear, deer, elk, or turkey tag they purchased in 2010.
Under state law, all hunters, whether successful or not, are required to submit hunting reports for those species by Jan. 31. Failure to meet the deadline can result in a $10 fine, payable before a hunter can purchase a 2011 license.
Dave Ware, the department’s game manager, said the annual hunting reports are an important source of information for managing the resource and developing future hunting seasons.
“The drawing for special permits is designed to give hunters an extra incentive to file their reports early,” Ware said in the news release. “If everyone waits until the last minute, it creates problems with reporting.”
There are two ways hunters can submit their report. They can do so by phone, calling toll-free 1-877 945-3492, or on the Internet at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.
Hunters need to report the game management unit they hunted and their individual WILD identification number, which is printed on license documents.
New this year, the department is requiring hunters to file separate reports for general-season hunting activities and for special-permit hunts for deer, elk, black bear and turkey. That change will give game managers more information about hunters’ success during both of those seasons, Ware said.
Whether reporting online or over the phone, hunters should follow the prompts until they receive a confirmation number for each report, he said.
More information the incentive permit drawing is available in the department’s “Big Game Hunting” pamphlet and online at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations.