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Washington Spring Bear Application Deadline Approaching

February 22, 2008.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting applications for spring black bear hunting permits through March 13.

To be eligible for a permit, hunters must purchase a special permit application and a 2008 hunting license that includes bear as a species option. A drawing will be held in mid-March for 295 permits in western Washington and 235 permits on the east side of the state. Successful applicants will be notified by March 31.
 
Hunting licenses, bear transport tags and bear permit applications may be purchased online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), by phone (866-246-9453) or at any license vendor in the state.

Applications, which require a correct hunt choice number, may be submitted online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ or by calling (877) 945-3492.

Hunters who draw a permit may use any lawful big game modern firearm, archery, or muzzleloader equipment for hunting black bear. The use of hounds and/or bait to hunt black bear is prohibited.

The table below summarizes available tags and drawing odds.

Hunt # Area GMU Tags Available in 2008 Applicants in 2007 Approximate Draw Odds
7001 Sherman  101  15 452 3%
7002 Kelly Hill  105  10 304 3%
7003 Douglas  108 5 194 3%
7004 Aladdin  111  10 313 3%
7005 49 Degrees N  117  15 436 3%
7006 Huckleberry  121  15 477 3%
7007 Blue Creek  154  30 443 7%
7008 Dayton  162  22 577 4%
7009 Tucannon  166  7 328 2%
7010 Wenaha  169  45 336 13%
7011 Mountain View  172  22 175 13%
7012 Lick Creek  175  22 193 11%
7013 Grande Ronde  186  7 56 13%
7014 Copalis  642  100 519 19%
7015 Kapowsink  653 & 654 100 483 21%
7016 Capitol Forest  663 50 652 8%

See the official Washington regulations for complete details.


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