Hunters will have expanded opportunities for every big game species and gear type when the new seasons begin. The expansion comes after the state Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a slate of new big-game hunting regulations when it met in April.
Among the changes:
One proposal that failed to gain approval from the commission was a restriction on the use of bait when hunting for deer and elk. Instead, the commission directed department staffers to work with stakeholders to bring forward new options for consideration next year.
All of the rules approved by the commission will be included in the 2015 Big Game Hunting pamphlet, which will be available later this spring at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations, in sporting goods stores and at other license vendors statewide.