Outdoors

State agency prepares to launch new recreational licensing system

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will switch Dec. 19 to a new system for selling hunting and fishing licenses. The current system will be shut down Dec. 17.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will switch Dec. 19 to a new system for selling hunting and fishing licenses. The current system will be shut down Dec. 17. Staff file, 2006

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will launch a new system Dec. 19 to sell fishing and hunting licenses and the Discover Pass.

The department will shut down its current system the night of Dec. 17 and will resume sales on Dec. 19. Licenses will not be sold Dec. 18 as the transition to the new system is made.

The department said hunters and anglers should buy their licenses before 6 p.m. Dec. 17 if they plan to be on the water or in the field the next day and don’t already have the appropriate licenses.

“We are very excited to launch the new system,” Peter Vernie, division manager, said in a prepared statement. “It will be more user-friendly than the current system and will provide a better experience for our customers and the many retailers who sell state recreation licenses.”

Each year, the department sells about 2.5 million hunting and fishing licenses and related recreational permits. Those sales generate about $55 million that goes for fish, wildlife, habitat management and enforcement activities that directly support recreational opportunities. Licenses can be purchased online, by telephone or at 600 business vendors across the state.

“We appreciate our customers’ and our retail partners’ patience as we make this change,” Vernie said in his statement. “We are doing everything we can to minimize inconvenience and to deliver a secure, functional system on Dec. 19.”

Licenses will be available in mid-January for the 2017-18 hunting and fishing seasons that begin April 1.

The department’s licensing system can be accessed at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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