Applications open for black bear hunt

Hunters may now purchase and submit applications for a 2011 spring black bear hunting permit, which are applicable to specific areas of Washington.

To be eligible for a permit, hunters must purchase and submit an application to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife by midnight March 10.

A drawing will be held in mid-March for 370 permits in Western Washington and 209 permits for hunts east of the Cascades.

To apply for a permit, hunters must purchase a special permit application and a 2011 hunting license that includes bear as a species option. Hunting licenses, bear transport tags and bear permit applications may be purchased online at http://fish hunt.dfw.wa.gov, by calling 866-246-9453 or at any license vendor in the state.

Special permit applications, which require a correct hunt choice number, may be submitted online or by calling 877-945-3492.

Hunters interested in hunting on the Kapowsin Tree Farm should contact the tree farm before submitting an application.