Washington Hunters: Take Action to Support a 2022 Spring Bear Season

Support for the propose rule to establish an annual bear hunting season in WA. Write and/or call the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to stand for responsible, regulated bear management and hunting in Washington. Please be brief and very respectful.

Click Here to view Proposed Rule Making notice for WAC 220-415-080

Public comment period is open you may submit comment,  email, or voicemail below.

Online: Click Here to Comment
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 855-925-2801 and entering project code 6453.
Mail: WDFW Wildlife Program PO Box 43200 Olympia, WA 98504-3200

Participate in the upcoming special meeting on March 11, 2022.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission
Special Meeting Web Conference

When: March 11, 2022 at 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: ZOOM Meeting
Click Here for the Agenda

NOTE: Public testimony registration starts March 3, 2022, at 8:00 A.M. In order to testify, you must register here at or after that time. Please be sure to Select the March 11, 2022 Meeting and Indicate the Agenda Item "Agenda Topic: A. Spring Bear Season"


On, Friday, January 21, 2022 the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission
called a Special Web Conference.  Click Here to review meeting Minutes.

Agenda: WA Fish & Wildlife Commission Special Meeting 1/21/22
Click Here to Watch Meeting
Click Here to review Petitions

The motion by passed with 4 in favor and 3 opposed
Members in Favor
Don McIsaac - (Proposed Motion)
Kim Thorburn (Second Motion
Molly Linville (Vice Chair)
James R. Anderson

Members Opposed to
Larry Carpenter (Chair)
Barbara Baker
Lorna Smith

Commissioner McIsaac made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Thorburn to deny the Lewis, Cannon, Magart, Jackman, and Martz petitions and accept the Neumiller/Inland NW Wildlife Council, et al. petition and initiate rulemaking for a 2022 season to begin soon and include a final Commission decision at the March 17-19 Commission meeting. The CR-102 notice for rulemaking should include amending WAC 220-415-080 by removing from the title the year “2021” as well as delegating to the Director the ability to alter permit allowances in response to changing circumstances.

Motion fully review the Department policy on spring bear hunts and separately, rulemaking for annual seasons

1 The intent to conduct a process to fully consider changes to the spring bear hunting policy as described in the current Game Management Plan that will begin with a Commission agenda item at the April or June Commission meetings

2 The intent to conduct a process to fully consider spring bear hunting permit levels and season specifics for an annual season that concludes with a Commission decision at the October Commission meeting.

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