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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
"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
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
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
"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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