Master Hunter

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  1. Matt Burke Active Member

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    Master Hunter Permit Program will
    accept applications starting Jan. 1

    OLYMPIA-The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will accept enrollment applications for its Master Hunter Permit program from Jan. 1 through Feb. 15.

    WDFW enlists master hunters for controlled hunts to remove problem animals that damage property or threaten public safety. Master hunters also participate in volunteer projects involving access to private lands, habitat enhancement, and landowner relations.

    To qualify for the program, applicants must demonstrate a high level of hunting skill and demonstrate a commitment to lawful and ethical hunting practices, said Sgt. Carl Klein, manager of the WDFW Hunter Education Division.

    "This program was designed to create a pool of highly qualified hunters who can help the department manage wildlife in sensitive situations," Klein said. "This is a great opportunity for conscientious, committed hunters to assume a leadership role among their peers."

    Hunters enrolling in the program must pay a non-refundable $50 application fee, pass a criminal background check, pass a written exam and meet other qualifications described on the Master Hunter website ( http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/masterhunter/ ). The application form is also available on that website.

    Klein encourages hunters who enroll in the program to prepare thoroughly for the written test, because applicants are allowed only one chance to re-take the exam.

    Those who successfully complete the enrollment process will receive a master hunter patch and identification card, and will be eligible to participate in depredation hunts.
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    So, exactly how does one demonstrate a high level of hunting skill and demonstrate a commitment to lawful and ethical hunting practices? What is in the written test?
  2. Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    Thanks for letting us know, Matt; I have a friend who's a master hunter, and he's wanting me to become one as well. Guess I'll take the "plunge" next month! He tells me the test questions are completely contained in the study materials, and you just have to demonstrate you can hit your target with each weapon you want to be certified with. I'll see George tonight for cigars & whisky, and I'll ask him more about it.
    Alex
  3. ribka Active Member

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    I did the master hunter program. It does open up a few more hunting opportunities in the state. Does require quite a bit of study to pass the first time. If you have spare time worthwhile to do.
  4. Matt Burke Active Member

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    Thanks Alex