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Category: Hunting


WDFW imposes campfire ban, limits other activities to reduce wildfire threats

With the persistent dry conditions and wildfires burning in parts of the state, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is prohibiting campfires and other activities on all agency-managed lands.

The emergency order, which is effective immediately, prohibits:

Fires or campfires: However, personal camp stoves or lanterns fueled by liquid petroleum, liquid petroleum gas or propane are allowed.

Smoking: Unless in an enclosed vehicle.

Target shooting: Except at shooting ranges developed by the agency.

Welding and the use of chainsaws and other equipment: Operating a torch with an open flame and equipment powered by an internal combustion engine is prohibited.

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Washington special hunting permit drawing results available

Hunters who applied for 2012 special-hunt permits can now check the results of the drawing on the state Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

Results of the random, computerized drawing were verified June 8 and can be seen by clicking here.

Holders of the special permits can hunt at times and locations beyond those authorized by a general hunting license.

This year’s application forms included a range of hunting options for deer, elk, moose and bighorn sheep, said Dave Ware, game division manager. Like last year, hunters were allowed to submit applications in multiple categories.

The agency also is

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WDFW considering more than a dozen rule changes for hunters

From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to take action on more than a dozen proposed changes in hunting rules for the 2012-14 seasons at a public meeting April 13-14 in Olympia.

New rules proposed for adoption range from allowing waterfowl hunters to use electronic decoys to one that would add a day to western Washington elk seasons.

The commission, a nine-member citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of

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Saturday is deadline to enter Washington’s multiple-season hunting permit drawing

Just a reminder that deer and elk hunters have until Saturday to enter the drawing for a 2012 multiple-season permit.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will in mid April randomly draw names for 8,500 multiple-season deer permits and 1,000 multiple-season elk permits.

Winners will be eligible to purchase a special tag allowing them to participate in archery, muzzleloader and modern-firearm general hunting seasons for deer or elk in 2012. Winners who purchase the multiple-season elk tag by Aug. 31 can participate in general elk-hunting season in both eastern and western Washington.

Winners also may apply for any weapon

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Friends of the NRA chapter holds banquet, auction March 24

The Mount Rainier Committee of the Friends of NRA will hold its 19th annual banquet and auction March 24.

The event will be held at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center. Doors open at 4 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and a live auction after that. There also will be raffles and games throughout the evening.

Funds raised at this event are used to support firearm safety training, hunter education, and the shooting sports. In February, the local committee granted $224,000 to organizations such as hunter education programs, junior shooting eams, Boy Scouts, VFWs, 4H clubs, FFA clubs, JROTCs

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WDFW opens seized weapons auction online; live auction March 10 in Packwood

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife Police has started taking bids in its seized weapons auction.

There are more than 450 rifles, compound bows, pistols and revolvers on the auction block, said an agency news release.

You can browse and bid online or attend the live auction on March 10 at the Packwood Community Center in Packwood. Preview for the live auction begin at 8 a.m., with auction starting at 10:55 a.m.


Joel Turner of Eatonville second in Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation calling contest

Eatonville resident Joel Turner took second place in the professional division during the recent 2012 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships.

In the professional division, competitors are required to make specific calls such as barks, whistles and screaming bugles. The amateur-level callers have 30 seconds to mimic cow elk sounds, followed by bull sounds.

The competition was held as part of the foundation’s annual convention and expo, which ended Feb. 4 in Las Vegas.

Bryan Langley of McMinnville, Ore., won the professional division, while Corey Jacobsen of Boise took third. Turner won the event in 2008.

Winners received

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First impressions of the 2012 Washington Sportsmen’s Show

I took a few hours this afternoon to walk around the 2012 edition of the Washington Sportsmen’s Show.

Here are four things that caught my attention as I wandered among outfitter booths, demonstration tanks and manufacturer displays.

Get involved: Even as you look for a deal on a hunt or fishing rod, you can help out. A number of groups are on hand that do good work and could use your financial support. Among them is Outdoors For All, a group that takes special needs children on hunting trips. In their second year, the group is taking five kids on

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