PUBLIC MEETING ON HUNTING RULES PLANNED

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 Fish and Wildlife.

The proposed hunting rules were developed after a series of public meetings and online surveys that began last summer. The commission was briefed on the proposed rule changes and heard public comments at its March 9-10 meeting in Moses Lake.

In other business, the commission will consider adopting a draft statement designed to guide WDFW’s implementation of the state’s wolf plan and will receive a briefing on legal aspects of the species’ protected status in Washington state.

An agenda for the April 13-14 meeting is available on the commission’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings/2012/.

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