Outdoors briefs: Special hunt info now on WDFW site

OLYMPIA -- Hunters who submitted applications for 2009 special-hunt permits can check the results of this year’s drawing on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Web site.

The results of the random, computerized drawing were verified June 9 and are available for viewing at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/permits/special.

At the request of hunters, this year’s drawing was conducted nearly a month earlier than in past years, said Dave Ware, department game manager.

“Hunters told us they wanted us to conduct the drawing earlier so they would have more time to make their hunting plans,” Ware said. “That made sense, and we’ve done everything we could to expedite the process.”

More than 61,500 hunters submitted 138,900 applications for this year’s special hunts for deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep and turkey. The number of applications was up by about 4,000 from last year, Ware said.

Holders of the special permits can hunt at times and locations beyond those authorized by a general hunting license.

The department will notify applicants about the results of the drawing by email and postal mail in addition to posting the results on its website.

Successful applicants will receive their special hunt permits via the mail.

Foster kids, caregivers save while camping in Washington

Foster children and their caregivers can save money while camping in Washington state parks because of a program established by the Legislature last year.

Campsite fees are waived for foster parents and relative caregivers with a foster child currently in their care, according to the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission and the state Department of Social and Health Services Children’s Administration.

State law allows for reduced prices for Washington foster parents and relative caregivers of children when they camp with children in their care.

Camping is available in 84 state parks, with more than 50 parks offering camping by reservation and the remainder offering camping first-come, first-served. Campers reserving sites in reservation parks pay only the $8.50 reservation fee.

For information about parks, visit www.parks.wa.gov or call the State Parks Information Center, 1-360-902-8844, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Online reservations are available to free campsite program participants at www.parks.wa.gov or by calling 1-888-888-CAMPOUT (or 1-888-226-7688), between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.