Black bear hunting permits now available
Hunters can now submit applications for a 2014 spring black bear hunting permit locally.
To be eligible for a permit, hunters must purchase and submit an application to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife by midnight Feb. 28.
A drawing will be held in mid-March for 383 permits in western Washington, as well as 314 permits for hunts east of the Cascades. Permit winners will receive notification no later than March 31.
To apply, hunters must purchase a special permit application and a 2014 hunting license that includes bear. Hunting licenses, transport tags and permit applications may be purchased online at http://fishhunt.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 at http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/, or by calling (877) 945-3492.
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 on hunts scheduled on both sides of the state is available on page 63 in the 2013 Big Game Hunting Rules pamphlet (http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations).
Any legal weapon used during the modern firearm, archery or muzzleloader seasons can be used for spring black bear hunts. Bait or hounds are not allowed for bear hunting.