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Brant numbers strong enough for Skagit hunt
OLYMPIA ­ Brant goose numbers in Skagit County are high enough to allow an eight-day hunt later this month, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Brant hunting is scheduled March. 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29 and 30 with a bag limit of two geese per day.
The hunting season was adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in August, contingent on a count of at least 6,000 brant in Skagit County. A total of 8,519 brant were counted Monday morning during an aerial survey of Fidalgo, Padilla and Samish bays.
"Numbers of brant wintering in Skagit County are up from last year," said Don Kraege, waterfowl section manager for WDFW. "We are also seeing significant numbers elsewhere in northern Puget Sound, including nearby Whatcom County, where we counted an additional 6,877 birds during the aerial survey."
This year's count in Skagit County is about 860 more birds than the 10-year average, said Kraege. Last year, WDFW wildlife biologists counted slightly more than 6,000 brant in Skagit County. About 16,200 brant ­ the largest number in 14 years ­ were counted during aerial surveys in 2009.
To participate in the Skagit County brant season, hunters must have written authorization and a harvest record card from WDFW. After taking a brant, hunters are required to record their har
 vest information immediately, and report their harvest to WDFW by Feb. 15. Hunters who fail to report by Feb. 15 will be ineligible to hunt brant in the 2011-2012 season.
Hunters who harvest a brant fitted with a colored leg band should report the leg band's numbers and color by calling 1-800-327-BAND or at http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/bblretrv/. The leg bands help biologists identify and track the birds.
More information on brant-hunting requirements is available in WDFW's Migratory Waterfowl and Upland Game Seasons hunting pamphlet at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/.
West Virginia
WVDNR Announces Public Meetings in March to Discuss Proposed Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Regulations
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold 12 public meetings across the state in March to provide hunters, trappers, anglers, landowners and other interested parties an opportunity to review and comment on proposed 2011 hunting regulations for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, boar and black bear, proposed 2012-2013 general hunting and trapping regulations, and proposed 2012 fishing regulations. These meetings will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. on March 14 and March 15, and the public is encouraged to attend.
"Again this year, these meetings have been designed to use an 'Open House' format," said DNR Director Frank Jezioro. "This informal meeting style allows people to
 attend at their convenience during the scheduled meeting times, learn of proposed regulation changes, discuss these proposals with wildlife and fisheries biologists and Natural Resource Police Officers and comment on the proposed regulations and other wildlife-related issues."
As in the past, written comments from the public on these proposed hunting, trapping and fishing regulations will also be encouraged. The deadline for written comments is April 8, 2011. Anyone interested in attending the meetings scheduled in their areas should note the following list of meeting dates and locations:
Monday, March 14, 2011
Fairmont ­ East Fairmont High School (Commons Area)
Martinsburg ­ James Rumsey Technical Institute (Cafeteria)
Summersville ­ Summersville High School
Lewisburg ­ Brier Inn Hotel (Conference Room)
Milton ­ West Virginia Pumpkin Park (4-H Building)
Harrisville ­ North Bend State Park
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Glen Dale ­ John Marshall High School
Moorefield ­ Moorefield Middle School (Cafeteria)
Buckhannon ­ Buckhannon-Upshur High School
Mullens ­ Twin Falls Resort State Park (Lodge)
Logan ­ Chief Logan State Park (Conference Center)
Parkersburg ­ City Building Lobby

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