WDFW Approves Elk Hunt Changes, Green Lights RMEF Project

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The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted new 2019-20 hunting season regulations including changes for the 2019 elk hunt. Key changes include:

  • Expand a requirement across western Washington that has successful hunters leave elk hoofs in place to prevent the spread of hoof disease.
  • Eliminate minimum arrow weight restrictions.
  • Reduced the number of antlerless elk permits available in southeast Washington.
  • Eliminate this season’s antlerless white-tailed deer hunts to conserve deer populations in northeast Washington.
  • Let turkey hunters forgo hunter orange requirements when hunting outside of modern firearm and elk seasons.

In addition, the commission approved a land transaction involving the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Forterra, to acquire approximately 3,555 acres of shrub-steppe, oak woodland, and over 6 miles of instream habitat supporting steelhead and bull trout recovery in Yakima County.

(Photo source: Simona Barragan)