The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted new big game hunting rules for several big game species and types of gear for the upcoming season at its April meeting.
New regulations will:
• Add two more days to the modern firearm season for mule deer.
• Shift archery elk season to start the Saturday after Labor Day to provide better opportunity for hunters in cooler weather.
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• Double the amount of spring bear permits available in Northeast Washington.
• Allow elk hunters using muzzleloaders to hunt in more game management units.
• Increase moose permits to 170 from 136 in the northeast part of the state, where moose populations are near an all-time high.
The commission did not adopt a proposal under consideration to restrict the use of bait when hunting for deer and elk. Instead, the commission directed the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to work with the public to bring forward new options for consideration next year.