On Nov. 18, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting will include discussion of spring bear policy and whether or not to begin rulemaking for the 2023 spring bear hunt. All sportsmen who support scientific fish and wildlife management must take the opportunity to provide public comments to the Commission prior to this meeting supporting the re-establishment of a spring bear season based on the science and data that support it. Comments are due by tomorrow, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m. PST.
Please use the button below to send your comments to the Commission and select “November 18, 2022, Meeting” under Subject.The 2021 spring bear season was canceled due to Gov Jay Inslee’s appointment of five anti-hunting commissioners who all voted against the recommendations of wildlife managers to hold the hunt. The victory by animal-rights extremists has only emboldened their call for an end to the North American Management Model in Washington and throughout the nation.
“Sportsmen need to make their voices heard on this one. The science supports a bear hunt, but animal extremists don’t want science, they want to cancel hunting,” said Todd Adkins, vice president of government affairs with the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “We just saw the Governor of New Jersey do an about-face on his cancellation of bear hunting because his constituents started showing up in hospitals, let’s hope in this case, the Commission goes where the science leads and approves a hunt.”
If you would like to attend this meeting it will take place at the Natural Resource Building, Room 172 at 1111 Washington Street SE in Olympia.
If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to watch or listen to the meeting, it will be hosted via Zoom. Please click HERE for access and additional information on verbal and written comments.
Don’t forget to let your family, friends, and fellow sportsmen know about this important meeting and urge them to submit a comment asking the Commission to re-establish a spring bear season.
About Sportsmen’s Alliance: Working in all 50 state legislatures, the Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing, trapping and recreational shooting – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public and youth education, legal defense in state and federal court and research to guide the decision-making process of all involved. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance as www.sportsmensalliangce.org, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.