Norm Williams/Special to The Chronicle
As of Thursday, January 28, 2016
OLYMPIA Hunters may now purchase and submit applications for a 2016 spring black bear hunting permit, applicable to specific areas of western and eastern Washington.
To be eligible for a permit, hunters must purchase and submit an application to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife by midnight Feb. 29.
A drawing will be held in mid-March for 345 permits in western Washington and 509 permits for hunts east of the Cascade Range.
Permit winners will receive notification in the mail no later than March 31. Applicants may also check the results of the drawing at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/ on the WDFW website.
To apply for a permit, hunters must purchase a special permit application and a 2016 hunting license that includes bear as a species option. Hunting licenses, bear transport tags and bear permit applications may be purchased:
Online at http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/
By phone at (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 at http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ or by calling (877) 945-3492.
Hunters should be aware that private timberland owners in some hunt areas are limiting access or charging fees for access. If you cannot secure access in advance, do not apply for these hunts.
Those interested in hunting on the Kapowsin Tree Farm should contact the tree farm before submitting an application to determine which areas are open. Hunters selected for the Kapowsin Tree Farm hunt must purchase an access permit from Hancock Forest Management by calling (800) 782-1493.
Hunters selected for the Copalis hunt must obtain a Recreational Use Permit and should contact Rayonier at (855) 729-4868 during regular business hours or online at http://www.rayonierhunting.com/
More information about hunts scheduled on both sides of the state is available on page 65 in the 2015 Big Game Hunting Rules pamphlet ( http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/ )
Any legal weapon used during the modern firearm, archery or muzzleloader big game seasons can be used for spring black bear hunts. Bait or hounds are not allowed for these hunts.
Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.