Chapter 77.32 RCW

LICENSES

Sections

77.32.007"Special hunting season" defined.
77.32.010Recreational license requiredActivitiesPass or permit for parking.
77.32.014Licenses, tags, and stampsRevocation/privileges suspended for noncompliance with support order.
77.32.025Establishment of times and places for family fishing with no license or catch record cardAuthorized.
77.32.050Recreational and commercial licenses, permits, tags, stamps, and raffle tickets issued by authorized officialsRulesFees.
77.32.070Information required from license applicantsReports on taking/effort to harvest fish, shellfish, and wildlifeAdministrative penalty.
77.32.090Licenses, permits, tags, stamps, and raffle ticketsRules for form, display, procedures.
77.32.155Hunter education training programCertificateDeferralAdoption of rulesFee.
77.32.237Enhancing the fish, shellfish, and wildlife-related recreational opportunities for a person with a disabilityDisability designationRule-making authority.
77.32.240Scientific permitProceduresPenaltiesFees.
77.32.250Licenses nontransferable.
77.32.256Duplicate licenses, rebates, permits, tags, and stampsFees.
77.32.320Required licenses, tagsTransport tags for game.
77.32.350Migratory birdsSupplemental permitFees.
77.32.370Special hunting season permitsFee.
77.32.410Personal use fishing licenseReciprocity with Oregon in concurrent waters of Columbia river and coastal waters.
77.32.430Catch record cardDisposition of funds.
77.32.440Enhancement programsFunding levelsRulesDeposit to warm water game fish account.
77.32.450Big game hunting licenseFees.
77.32.460Small game hunting licenseTurkey tagsFees.
77.32.470Personal use fishing licensesFeesTemporary fishing licensesFamily fishing weekend licenseRule-making authorityCombination licenses for hunting and fishingTwo fishing poles per fishing license holder.
77.32.480Reduced rate licenses.
77.32.500Saltwater, freshwater transition areasRule-making authority.
77.32.520Personal use shellfish and seaweed licenseRazor clam licenseFeesLicense available for inspection.
77.32.525Hunting and fishing contestsField trials for dogsRulesLimitation.
77.32.530Hunting big gameAuction or raffleProcedure.
77.32.535Private landsRaffle authorization to hunt big game.
77.32.540Hunting and fishing contestsField trials for dogsPermitRules.
77.32.545Removal of trapIdentification of trapsDisclosure of identities.
77.32.550Group fishing permit.
77.32.555Surcharge to fund biotoxin testing and monitoringAlgal bloom programBiotoxin account.
77.32.560Watchable wildlife decals.
77.32.565Hunting and fishing opportunities for a terminally ill personProvision of a license, tag, permit, or stamp without a feeRule-making authority.
77.32.570Master hunter permit programFee.
77.32.575Western Washington pheasant permitFee.
77.32.580Columbia river salmon and steelhead endorsementCost.
77.32.585Release of wild beavers.
77.32.590Hunting and fishing license donationsResident disabled veteransRule-making authority.


77.32.007
"Special hunting season" defined.

For the purposes of this chapter "special hunting season" means a hunting season established by rule of the commission for the purpose of taking specified wildlife under a special hunting permit.



77.32.010
Recreational license required—Activities—Pass or permit for parking.

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter or department rule, a recreational license issued by the director is required to hunt, fish, or take wildlife or seaweed. A recreational fishing or shellfish license is not required for carp, smelt, and crawfish, and a hunting license is not required for bullfrogs.
(2) A pass or permit issued under RCW 79A.80.020, 79A.80.030, or 79A.80.040 is required to park or operate a motor vehicle on a recreation site or lands, as defined in RCW 79A.80.010.
(3) The commission may, by rule, indicate that a fishing permit issued to a nontribal member by the Colville Tribes shall satisfy the license requirements in subsection (1) of this section on the waters of Lake Rufus Woods and on the north shore of Lake Rufus Woods, and that a Colville Tribes tribal member identification card shall satisfy the license requirements in subsection (1) of this section on all waters of Lake Rufus Woods.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 c 320: See note following RCW 79A.80.005.
FindingsIntent2011 c 320: See RCW 79A.80.005.
Effective date2009 c 564: See note following RCW 2.68.020.
SeverabilityEffective date2008 c 329: See notes following RCW 28B.105.110.
Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.
Legislative findings and intent1987 c 506: See note following RCW 77.04.020.
FindingsIntent1983 c 284: See note following RCW 82.27.020.
Effective datesLegislative intent1981 c 310: See notes following RCW 77.12.170.
Effective dateIntent, constructionSavingsSeverability1980 c 78: See notes following RCW 77.04.010.



77.32.014
Licenses, tags, and stamps—Revocation/privileges suspended for noncompliance with support order.

Licenses, tags, and stamps issued pursuant to this chapter shall be revoked and the privileges suspended for any period in which a person is certified by the department of social and health services or a court of competent jurisdiction as a person in noncompliance with a support order. Fish and wildlife officers and ex officio fish and wildlife officers shall enforce this section through checks of the department of licensing's computer database. A listing on the department of licensing's database that an individual's license is currently suspended pursuant to RCW 46.20.291(8) shall be prima facie evidence that the individual is in noncompliance with a support order. Presentation of a written release issued by the department of social and health services stating that the person is in compliance with an order shall serve as prima facie proof of compliance with a support order.

NOTES:

Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.
Short titlePart headings, captions, table of contents not lawExemptions and waivers from federal lawConflict with federal requirementsSeverability1997 c 58: See RCW 74.08A.900 through 74.08A.904.
Effective datesIntent1997 c 58: See notes following RCW 74.20A.320.



77.32.025
Establishment of times and places for family fishing with no license or catch record card—Authorized.

Notwithstanding RCW 77.32.010, the commission may adopt rules designating times and places for the purposes of family fishing days when licenses and catch record cards are not required to fish or to harvest shellfish.

NOTES:

Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.
Effective date1996 c 20: "This act shall take effect July 1, 1996." [ 1996 c 20 § 3.]
Legislative findings and intent1987 c 506: See note following RCW 77.04.020.



77.32.050
Recreational and commercial licenses, permits, tags, stamps, and raffle tickets issued by authorized officials—Rules—Fees.

(1) All recreational and commercial licenses, permits, tags, stamps, and raffle tickets shall be issued under the authority of the commission. The commission shall adopt rules for the issuance of licenses, permits, tags, stamps, and raffle tickets, and for the collection, payment, and handling of license fees, including terms and conditions to govern dealers, and dealer fees. A transaction fee on commercial and recreational documents issued through an automated licensing system may be set by the commission and collected from licensees. The department may authorize all or part of such fee to be paid directly to a contractor providing automated licensing system services. The department and dealers shall collect and retain dealer fees of at least two dollars for purchase of a standard hunting or fishing recreational license document or commercial license document, except that the commission may set a lower dealer fee for issuance of tags or when a licensee buys a license that involves a stamp or display card format rather than a standard department licensing document form. Dealer fees must be uniform throughout the state.
(2) Until September 1, 2011, the department shall charge an additional transaction fee of ten percent on all recreational licenses, permits, tags, stamps, or raffle tickets. These transaction fees must be deposited into the state wildlife account, created in RCW 77.12.170, for funding fishing and hunting opportunities for recreational license holders.
(3) The application fee is waived for all commercial license documents that are issued through the automated licensing system.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 c 339 § 5: "Section 5 of this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect June 30, 2011." [ 2011 c 339 § 41.]
Finding1999 c 243: "The legislature finds that recreational license dealers are private businesses that provide the service of license sales in every part of the state. The dealers who sell recreational fishing and hunting licenses for the department of fish and wildlife perform a valuable public service function for those members of the public who purchase licenses as well as a revenue generating function for the department. The modernized fishing and hunting license format will require additional investments by license dealers in employee training and public education." [ 1999 c 243 § 1.]
Effective date1999 c 243: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [May 10, 1999]." [ 1999 c 243 § 4.]
Effective date1998 c 191: "Sections 10, 24, 31 through 33, 37, 43, and 45 of this act are necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and take effect immediately [March 27, 1998]." [ 1998 c 191 § 49.]
Findings1996 c 101: See note following RCW 77.32.530.
Legislative findings and intent1987 c 506: See note following RCW 77.04.020.
Effective datesLegislative intent1981 c 310: See notes following RCW 77.12.170.
Effective dateIntent, constructionSavingsSeverability1980 c 78: See notes following RCW 77.04.010.



77.32.070
Information required from license applicants—Reports on taking/effort to harvest fish, shellfish, and wildlife—Administrative penalty.

(1) Applicants for a license, permit, tag, or stamp shall furnish the information required by the director. However, the director may not require the purchaser of a razor clam license under RCW 77.32.520 to provide any personal information except for proof of residency. The commission may adopt rules requiring licensees or permittees to keep records and make reports concerning the taking of or effort to harvest fish, shellfish, and wildlife. The reporting requirement may be waived where, for any reason, the department is not able to receive the report. The department must provide reasonable options for a licensee to submit information to a live operator prior to the reporting deadline.
(2) The commission may, by rule, set an administrative penalty for failure to comply with rules requiring the reporting of taking or effort to harvest wildlife. The commission may also adopt rules requiring hunters who have not reported for the previous license year to complete a report and pay the assessed administrative penalty before a new hunting license is issued.
(a) The total administrative penalty per hunter set by the commission must not exceed ten dollars.
(b) By December 31st of each year, the department shall report the rate of hunter compliance with the harvest reporting requirement, the administrative penalty imposed for failing to report, and the amount of administrative penalties collected during that year to the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the senate and house of representatives.
(3) The commission may, by rule, set an administrative penalty for failure to comply with rules requiring the reporting of data from catch record cards officially endorsed for Puget Sound Dungeness crab. The commission may also adopt rules requiring fishers who possessed a catch record card officially endorsed for Puget Sound Dungeness crab and who have not reported for the previous license year to complete a report and pay the assessed administrative penalty before a new catch record card officially endorsed for Puget Sound Dungeness crab is issued.
(a) The total administrative penalty per fisher set by the commission must not exceed ten dollars.
(b) By December 31st of each year, the department shall report the rate of fisher compliance with the Puget Sound Dungeness crab catch record card reporting requirement, the administrative penalty imposed for failing to report, and the amount of administrative penalties collected during that year to the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the senate and house of representatives.

NOTES:

Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.
Legislative findings and intent1987 c 506: See note following RCW 77.04.020.
Effective datesLegislative intent1981 c 310: See notes following RCW 77.12.170.
Effective dateIntent, constructionSavingsSeverability1980 c 78: See notes following RCW 77.04.010.



77.32.090
Licenses, permits, tags, stamps, and raffle tickets—Rules for form, display, procedures.

The commission may adopt rules pertaining to the form, period of validity, use, possession, and display of licenses, permits, tags, stamps, and raffle tickets required by this chapter.

NOTES:

Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.
Findings1996 c 101: See note following RCW 77.32.530.
Legislative findings and intent1987 c 506: See note following RCW 77.04.020.
Effective datesLegislative intent1981 c 310: See notes following RCW 77.12.170.
Effective dateIntent, constructionSavingsSeverability1980 c 78: See notes following RCW 77.04.010.



77.32.155
Hunter education training program—Certificate—Deferral—Adoption of rules—Fee.

(1)(a) When purchasing any hunting license, persons under the age of eighteen shall present certification of completion of a course of instruction of at least ten hours in the safe handling of firearms, safety, conservation, and sporting/hunting behavior. All persons purchasing any hunting license for the first time, if born after January 1, 1972, shall present such certification.
(b)(i) The director may establish a program for training persons in the safe handling of firearms, conservation, and sporting/hunting behavior and shall prescribe the type of instruction and the qualifications of the instructors. The director shall, as part of establishing the training program, exempt the following individuals from the firearms skills portion of any instruction course completed over the internet:
(A) Members of the United States military;
(B) Current or retired general authority Washington peace officers as defined in RCW 10.93.020;
(C) Current or retired limited authority Washington peace officers as defined in RCW 10.93.020, if the officer is or was duly authorized by his or her employer to carry a concealed pistol;
(D) Current or retired specially commissioned Washington peace officers as defined in RCW 10.93.020, if the officer is or was duly authorized by his or her commissioning agency to carry a concealed pistol; and
(E) Current or retired Washington peace officers as defined in RCW 43.101.010 who have met the requirements of RCW 43.101.095 or 43.101.157 and whose certification is in good standing or has not been revoked.
(ii) The director may cooperate with the national rifle association, organized sports/outdoor enthusiasts' groups, or other public or private organizations when establishing the training program.
(c) Upon the successful completion of a course established under this section, the trainee shall receive a hunter education certificate signed by an authorized instructor. The certificate is evidence of compliance with this section.
(d) The director may accept certificates from other states that persons have successfully completed firearm safety, hunter education, or similar courses as evidence of compliance with this section.
(2)(a) The director may authorize a once in a lifetime, one license year deferral of hunter education training for individuals who are accompanied by a nondeferred Washington-licensed hunter who has held a Washington hunting license for the prior three years and is over eighteen years of age. The commission shall adopt rules for the administration of this subsection to avoid potential fraud and abuse.
(b) The director is authorized to collect an application fee, not to exceed twenty dollars, for obtaining the once in a lifetime, one license year deferral of hunter education training from the department. This fee must be deposited into the fish and wildlife enforcement reward account and must be used exclusively to administer the deferral program created in this subsection.
(c) For the purposes of this subsection, "accompanied" means to go along with another person while staying within a range of the other person that permits continual unaided visual and auditory communication.
(3) To encourage the participation of an adequate number of instructors for the training program, the commission shall develop nonmonetary incentives available to individuals who commit to serving as an instructor. The incentives may include additional hunting opportunities for instructors.

NOTES:

Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.
Legislative findings and intent1987 c 506: See note following RCW 77.04.020.
Effective datesLegislative intent1981 c 310: See notes following RCW 77.12.170.
Effective dateIntent, constructionSavingsSeverability1980 c 78: See notes following RCW 77.04.010.



77.32.237
Enhancing the fish, shellfish, and wildlife-related recreational opportunities for a person with a disability—Disability designation—Rule-making authority.

The commission shall enhance the fish, shellfish, and wildlife-related recreational opportunities for a person with a disability. The commission shall authorize the director to grant a disability designation to a person with a disability who meets eligibility criteria established by the commission by rule. The commission shall adopt rules defining who is a person with a disability for purposes of eligibility for disability designation. A person granted a disability designation is eligible for reasonable accommodations, determined by the director, to allow the person to participate in fish, shellfish, and wildlife-related recreational activities. The commission shall adopt rules governing the conduct of a person with a disability participating in fish, shellfish, and wildlife-related recreational activities and the conduct of companions permitted, as a reasonable accommodation, to assist such a person in fish, shellfish, and wildlife-related recreational opportunities.



77.32.240
Scientific permit—Procedures—Penalties—Fees.

A scientific permit allows the holder to collect for research or display food fish, game fish, shellfish, and wildlife, including avian nests and eggs as required in RCW 77.32.010, under conditions prescribed by the director. Before a permit is issued, the applicant shall demonstrate to the director their qualifications and establish the need for the permit. The director may require a bond of up to one thousand dollars to ensure compliance with the permit. Permits are valid for the time specified, unless sooner revoked.
Holders of permits may exchange specimens with the approval of the director.
A permit holder who violates this section shall forfeit the permit and bond and shall not receive a similar permit for one year. The fee for a scientific permit is twelve dollars. The application fee is one hundred five dollars.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 c 339: See note following RCW 43.84.092.
Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.
Effective date1991 sp.s. c 7: See note following RCW 77.65.450.
Effective datesLegislative intent1981 c 310: See notes following RCW 77.12.170.
Effective dateIntent, constructionSavingsSeverability1980 c 78: See notes following RCW 77.04.010.



77.32.250
Licenses nontransferable.

Except as authorized in RCW 77.32.565, licenses, permits, tags, and stamps required by this chapter and raffle tickets authorized under this chapter shall not be transferred.

NOTES:

Short title2008 c 10: See note following RCW 77.32.565.
Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.
Findings1996 c 101: See note following RCW 77.32.530.
Effective datesLegislative intent1981 c 310: See notes following RCW 77.12.170.
Effective dateIntent, constructionSavingsSeverability1980 c 78: See notes following RCW 77.04.010.



77.32.256
Duplicate licenses, rebates, permits, tags, and stamps—Fees.

The director shall by rule establish the conditions and fees for issuance of duplicate licenses, rebates, permits, tags, and stamps required by this chapter. The fee for duplicate licenses, rebates, permits, tags, and stamps, except catch record cards, may not exceed the actual cost to the department for issuing the duplicate.

NOTES:

Effective date2003 c 318: See note following RCW 77.32.430.
Effective date1994 c 255 §§ 1-13: See note following RCW 77.32.520.
Effective date1991 sp.s. c 7: See note following RCW 77.65.450.
Legislative findings and intent1987 c 506: See note following RCW 77.04.020.
Effective date1985 c 464: See note following RCW 77.32.191.
Effective datesLegislative intent1981 c 310: See notes following RCW 77.12.170.
Effective dateIntent, constructionSavingsSeverability1980 c 78: See notes following RCW 77.04.010.
Effective dates1975 1st ex.s. c 15: See note following RCW 77.65.450.



77.32.320
Required licenses, tags—Transport tags for game.

(1) The correct licenses and tags are required to hunt deer, elk, black bear, cougar, sheep, mountain goat, moose, or wild turkey except as provided in RCW 77.32.450.
(2) Persons who kill deer, elk, bear, cougar, mountain goat, sheep, moose, or wild turkey shall immediately validate and attach their own transport tag to the carcass as provided by rule of the director.

NOTES:

Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.
Legislative findings and intent1987 c 506: See note following RCW 77.04.020.
Effective datesLegislative intent1981 c 310: See notes following RCW 77.12.170.



77.32.350
Migratory birds—Supplemental permit—Fees.

In addition to a small game hunting license, a supplemental permit is required to hunt for migratory birds.
A migratory bird permit is required for all persons sixteen years of age or older to hunt migratory birds. The fee for the permit for hunters is fifteen dollars for residents and nonresidents.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 c 339: See note following RCW 43.84.092.
Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.
Effective date1992 c 41: "This act shall take effect January 1, 1993. The director of wildlife may take steps necessary to ensure that this act is implemented on its effective date." [ 1992 c 41 § 2.]
Effective date1991 sp.s. c 7: See note following RCW 77.65.450.
Legislative findings and intent1987 c 506: See note following RCW 77.04.020.
Effective date1985 c 464: See note following RCW 77.65.450.
Effective datesLegislative intent1981 c 310: See notes following RCW 77.12.170.



77.32.370
Special hunting season permits—Fee.

(1) A special hunting season permit is required to hunt in each special season.
(2) Persons may apply for special hunting season permits as provided by rule of the commission.
(3) The application fee to enter a drawing for a special hunting season permit or authorization is:
(a) Six dollars for residents, or one hundred dollars for nonresidents, for the permits in categories designated by the commission for deer or elk, female big game, or for small game;
(b) Twelve dollars for residents, or one hundred dollars for nonresidents, for the permits that the commission designates as "quality" hunts that allow the harvest of buck deer, bull elk, or allow the harvest of male big game species that are only available for hunting by special permit;
(c) Twelve dollars for residents and nonresidents to apply for special authorizations to hunt for migratory birds; and
(d) Three dollars for youth for any special hunt drawing or special authorization.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 c 339: See note following RCW 43.84.092.
Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.
Effective date1991 sp.s. c 7: See note following RCW 77.65.450.
Legislative findings and intent1987 c 506: See note following RCW 77.04.020.
Effective datesLegislative intent1981 c 310: See notes following RCW 77.12.170.



77.32.410
Personal use fishing license—Reciprocity with Oregon in concurrent waters of Columbia river and coastal waters.

In concurrent waters of the Columbia river and in Washington coastal territorial waters from the Oregon-Washington boundary to a point five nautical miles north, an Oregon angling license comparable to the Washington personal use fishing license is valid if Oregon recognizes as valid the Washington personal use fishing license in comparable Oregon waters.
If Oregon recognizes as valid the Washington personal use fishing license southward to Cape Falcon in the coastal territorial waters from the Washington-Oregon boundary and in concurrent waters of the Columbia river then Washington shall recognize a valid Oregon license comparable to the Washington personal use fishing license northward to Leadbetter Point.
Oregon licenses are not valid for the taking of food fish or game fish when angling in concurrent waters of the Columbia river from the Washington shore.

NOTES:

Effective date1998 c 191: "Sections 1 through 9, 11 through 23, 25 through 30, 34 through 36, 38 through 42, and 44 of this act take effect January 1, 1999." [ 1998 c 191 § 48.]
Effective date1994 c 255 §§ 1-13: See note following RCW 77.32.520.
FindingContingent effective dateSeverability1993 sp.s. c 17: See notes following RCW 77.32.520.
Declaration of state policySeverabilityEffective date1977 ex.s. c 327: See notes following RCW 77.65.150.



77.32.430
Catch record card—Disposition of funds.

(1) Catch record card information is necessary for proper management of the state's food fish and game fish species and shellfish resources. Catch record card administration shall be under rules adopted by the commission. Except as provided in this section, there is no charge for an initial catch record card. Each subsequent or duplicate catch record card costs eleven dollars.
(2) A license to take and possess Dungeness crab is only valid in Puget Sound waters east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line if the fisher has in possession a valid catch record card officially endorsed for Dungeness crab. The endorsement shall cost no more than seven dollars and fifty cents when purchased for a personal use saltwater, combination, or shellfish and seaweed license. The endorsement shall cost no more than three dollars when purchased for a temporary combination fishing license authorized under RCW 77.32.470(3)(a).
(3) Catch record cards issued with affixed temporary short-term charter stamp licenses are neither subject to the ten-dollar charge nor to the Dungeness crab endorsement fee provided for in this section. Charter boat or guide operators issuing temporary short-term charter stamp licenses shall affix the stamp to each catch record card issued before fishing commences. Catch record cards issued with a temporary short-term charter stamp are valid for one day.
(4) A catch record card for halibut may not cost more than five dollars when purchased with an annual saltwater or combination fishing license and must be provided at no cost for those who purchase a one-day temporary saltwater fishing license or one-day temporary charter stamp.
(5) The department shall include provisions for recording marked and unmarked salmon in catch record cards issued after March 31, 2004.
(6)(a) The funds received from the sale of catch record cards, catch card penalty fees, and the Dungeness crab endorsement must be deposited into the state wildlife account created in RCW 77.12.170.
(i)(A) One dollar of the funds received from the sale of each Dungeness crab endorsement must be used for the removal and disposal of derelict shellfish gear either directly by the department or under contract with a third party. The department is required to maintain a separate accounting of these funds and provide an annual report to the commission and the legislature by January 1st of every year.
(B) The remaining portion of the funds received from the sale of each Dungeness crab endorsement must be used for education, sampling, monitoring, and management of catch associated with the Dungeness crab recreational fisheries.
(ii) Funds received from the sale of halibut catch record cards must be used for monitoring and management of recreational halibut fisheries, including expanding opportunities for recreational anglers.
(b) Moneys allocated under this section shall supplement and not supplant other federal, state, and local funds used for Dungeness crab recreational fisheries management.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 c 339: See note following RCW 43.84.092.
Intent2004 c 107: "It is the intent of the legislature to optimize the management of the recreational allocation of Dungeness crab in Washington state. To accomplish this task, it is necessary to accurately and efficiently quantify the total catch by recreational fishers for Dungeness crab using data from catch record cards. Therefore, an endorsement fee on the catch record card paid at the time of purchasing a recreational fishing license will be required for Dungeness crab to specifically identify the recreational crab harvesting population. The endorsement fee will significantly improve the precision of the catch estimates by eliminating the current practice of sampling fishers who do not participate in the recreational crab fishery." [ 2004 c 107 § 1.]
Report2004 c 107: "After the completion of one season using the Dungeness crab endorsement fee for Puget Sound recreational Dungeness crab fisheries, the department of fish and wildlife shall evaluate the effectiveness of the endorsement fee as a method for improving the accuracy of catch estimates for the Puget Sound recreational Dungeness crab fishery. The department's report shall include how the method has affected their ability to more accurately estimate the preseason allocation of the Puget Sound recreational Dungeness crab fishery and monitor in-season catch. The department shall report their findings to the appropriate committees of the legislature by May 15, 2006." [ 2004 c 107 § 3.]
Effective date2004 c 107: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect May 15, 2004." [ 2004 c 107 § 4.]
Effective date2003 c 318: "This act takes effect April 1, 2004." [ 2003 c 318 § 3.]
Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.



77.32.440
Enhancement programs—Funding levels—Rules—Deposit to warm water game fish account.

(1) The commission shall adopt rules to continue funding current enhancement programs at levels equal to the participation of licensees in each of the individual enhancement programs. All enhancement funding will continue to be deposited directly into the individual accounts created for each enhancement.
(2) In implementing subsection (1) of this section with regard to warm water game fish, the department shall deposit in the warm water game fish account the sum of one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars each fiscal year during the fiscal years 1999 and 2000, based on two hundred fifty thousand warm water anglers. Beginning in fiscal year 2001, and each year thereafter, the deposit to the warm water game fish account established in this subsection shall be adjusted annually to reflect the actual numbers of license holders fishing for warm water game fish based on an annual survey of licensed anglers from the previous year conducted by the department beginning with the April 1, 1999, to March 31, 2000, license year survey.

NOTES:

Effective date1999 c 235: See note following RCW 77.44.050.
Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.



77.32.450
Big game hunting license—Fees.

(1) A big game hunting license is required to hunt for big game. A big game license allows the holder to hunt for forest grouse, unclassified wildlife, and the individual species identified within a specific big game combination license package. Each big game license includes one transport tag for each species purchased in that package. A hunter may not purchase more than one license for each big game species except as authorized by rule of the commission. The fees for annual big game combination packages are as follows:
(a) Big game number 1: Deer, elk, bear, and cougar. The fee for this license is eighty-five dollars for residents, seven hundred eighty dollars for nonresidents, and forty dollars for youth.
(b) Big game number 2: Deer and elk. The fee for this license is seventy-five dollars for residents, six hundred seventy dollars for nonresidents, and thirty-five dollars for youth.
(c) Big game number 3: Deer. The fee for this license is thirty-nine dollars for residents, three hundred ninety-three dollars for nonresidents, and eighteen dollars for youth.
(d) Big game number 4: Elk. The fee for this license is forty-four dollars for residents, four hundred fifty dollars for nonresidents, and eighteen dollars for youth.
(e) Big game number 5: Bear. The fee for this license is twenty dollars for residents, two hundred dollars for nonresidents, and ten dollars for youth.
(f) Big game number 6: Cougar. The fee for this license is twenty dollars for residents, two hundred dollars for nonresidents, and ten dollars for youth.
(2) In the event that the commission authorizes a two animal big game limit, the fees for the second animal are as follows:
(a) Elk: The fee is sixty dollars for residents, three hundred fifty dollars for nonresidents, and twenty dollars for youth.
(b) Deer: The fee is sixty dollars for residents, two hundred fifty dollars for nonresidents, and twenty dollars for youth.
(3) In the event that the commission authorizes a special permit hunt for goat, sheep, moose, or other big game species not specified the permit fees are three hundred dollars for residents, one thousand five hundred dollars for nonresidents, and fifty dollars for youth.
(4) Multiple season big game permit: The commission may, by rule, offer permits for hunters to hunt deer or elk during more than one general season. Only one deer or elk may be harvested annually under a multiple season big game permit. The fee is one hundred sixty-five dollars.
(5) Authorization to hunt the species set out under subsection (3) of this section is by special permit issued under RCW 77.32.370.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 c 339: See note following RCW 43.84.092.
Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.



77.32.460
Small game hunting license—Turkey tags—Fees.

(1) A small game hunting license is required to hunt for all classified wild animals and wild birds, except big game. A small game license also allows the holder to hunt for unclassified wildlife.
(a) The fee for this license is thirty-five dollars for residents, one hundred sixty-five dollars for nonresidents, and fifteen dollars for youth.
(b) The fee for this license if purchased at the same time as a big game combination license package is twenty dollars for residents, eighty-eight dollars for nonresidents, and eight dollars for youth.
(c) The fee for a three-consecutive-day small game license is sixty dollars for nonresidents.
(2) In addition to a small game license, a turkey tag is required to hunt for turkey.
(a) The fee for a primary turkey tag is fourteen dollars for residents and forty dollars for nonresidents. A primary turkey tag will, on request, be issued to the purchaser of a youth small game license at no charge.
(b) The fee for each additional turkey tag is fourteen dollars for residents, sixty dollars for nonresidents, and ten dollars for youth.
(c) All moneys received from turkey tags must be deposited in the state wildlife account. One-third of the moneys received from turkey tags must be appropriated solely for the purposes of turkey management. An additional one-third of the moneys received from turkey tags must be appropriated solely for upland game bird management. Moneys received from turkey tags may not supplant existing funds provided for these purposes.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 c 339: See note following RCW 43.84.092.
Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.



77.32.470
Personal use fishing licenses—Fees—Temporary fishing licenses—Family fishing weekend license—Rule-making authority—Combination licenses for hunting and fishing—Two fishing poles per fishing license holder.

(1) A personal use saltwater, freshwater, combination, temporary, or family fishing weekend license is required for all persons fifteen years of age or older to fish for or possess fish taken for personal use from state waters or offshore waters.
(2) The fees for annual personal use saltwater, freshwater, or combination licenses are as follows:
(a) A combination license allows the holder to fish for or possess fish, shellfish, and seaweed from state waters or offshore waters. The fee for this license is forty-five dollars for residents, one hundred eight dollars for nonresidents, and five dollars for youth. There is an additional fifty-cent surcharge for this license, to be deposited in the rockfish research account created in RCW 77.12.702.
(b) A saltwater license allows the holder to fish for or possess fish taken from saltwater areas. The fee for this license is twenty-five dollars for residents, fifty-two dollars for nonresidents, and five dollars for resident seniors. There is an additional fifty-cent surcharge for this license, to be deposited in the rockfish research account created in RCW 77.12.702.
(c) A freshwater license allows the holder to fish for, take, or possess food fish or game fish species in all freshwater areas. The fee for this license is twenty-five dollars for residents, seventy-five dollars for nonresidents, and five dollars for resident seniors.
(3)(a) A temporary combination fishing license is valid for one to three consecutive days and allows the holder to fish for or possess fish, shellfish, and seaweed taken from state waters or offshore waters. The fee for this temporary fishing license is:
(i) One day - Eight dollars for residents and sixteen dollars for nonresidents;
(ii) Two days - Twelve dollars for residents and twenty-four dollars for nonresidents; and
(iii) Three days - Fifteen dollars for residents and thirty dollars for nonresidents.
(b) The fee for a charter stamp is eight dollars for a one-day temporary combination fishing license for residents and nonresidents for use on a charter boat as defined in RCW 77.65.150.
(c) Except for active duty military personnel serving in any branch of the United States armed forces, the temporary combination fishing license is not valid on game fish species for an eight-consecutive-day period beginning on the opening day of the lowland lake fishing season as defined by rule of the commission.
(d) The temporary combination fishing license fee for active duty military personnel serving in any branch of the United States armed forces is the resident rate as set forth in (a) of this subsection. Active duty military personnel must provide a valid military identification card at the time of purchase of the temporary license to qualify for the resident rate.
(e) There is an additional fifty-cent surcharge on the temporary combination fishing license and the associated charter stamp, to be deposited in the rockfish research account created in RCW 77.12.702.
(4) A family fishing weekend license allows for a maximum of six anglers: One resident and five youth; two residents and four youth; or one resident, one nonresident, and four youth. This license allows the holders to fish for or possess fish taken from state waters or offshore waters. The fee for this license is twenty dollars. This license is only valid during periods as specified by rule of the department.
(5) The commission may adopt rules to create and sell combination licenses for all hunting and fishing activities at or below a fee equal to the total cost of the individual license contained within any combination.
(6) The commission may adopt rules to allow the use of two fishing poles per fishing license holder for use on selected state waters. If authorized by the commission, license holders must purchase a two-pole stamp to use a second pole. The proceeds from the sale of the two-pole stamp must be deposited into the state wildlife account created in RCW 77.12.170 and used for the operation and maintenance of state-owned fish hatcheries. The fee for a two-pole stamp is thirteen dollars for residents and nonresidents, and five dollars for seniors.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 c 339: See note following RCW 43.84.092.
FindingsIntentEffective date2007 c 442: See notes following RCW 77.12.702.
Effective date2003 c 181: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [May 9, 2003]." [ 2003 c 181 § 2.]
Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.



77.32.480
Reduced rate licenses.

(1) Upon written application, a combination fishing license shall be issued at the reduced rate of five dollars and all hunting licenses shall be issued at the reduced rate of a youth hunting license fee for the following individuals:
(a) A resident sixty-five years old or older who is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces having a service-connected disability;
(b) A resident who is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces with a thirty percent or more service-connected disability;
(c) A resident with a disability who permanently uses a wheelchair;
(d) A resident who is blind or visually impaired; and
(e) A resident with a developmental disability as defined in RCW 71A.10.020 with documentation of the disability certified by a physician licensed to practice in this state.
(2) Upon department verification of eligibility, a nonstate resident veteran with a disability who otherwise satisfies the criteria of subsection (1)(a) and (b) of this section must be issued a combination fishing license or any hunting license at the same cost charged to a nondisabled Washington resident for the same license.
(3) Upon written application and department verification, the following recreational hunting licenses must be issued at no cost to a resident member of the state guard or national guard, as defined in RCW 38.04.010, as long as the state guard or national guard member is: An active full-time state guard or national guard employee; or a state guard or national guard member whose status requires the state guard or national guard member to participate in drill training on a part-time basis:
(a) A small game hunting license under RCW 77.32.460(1);
(b) A supplemental migratory bird permit under RCW 77.32.350; and
(c) A big game hunting license under RCW 77.32.450 (1) and (2).

NOTES:

Effective date2013 c 101: "This act takes effect February 1, 2014." [ 2013 c 101 § 2.]
Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.



77.32.500
Saltwater, freshwater transition areas—Rule-making authority.

In order to simplify fishing license requirements in transition areas between saltwater and freshwater, the commission may adopt rules designating specific waters where either a freshwater or a saltwater license is valid.

NOTES:

Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.



77.32.520
Personal use shellfish and seaweed license—Razor clam license—Fees—License available for inspection.

(1) A personal use shellfish and seaweed license is required for all persons other than residents or nonresidents under fifteen years of age to fish for, take, dig for, or possess seaweed or shellfish, including razor clams, for personal use from state waters or offshore waters including national park beaches.
(2) A razor clam license allows a person to harvest only razor clams for personal use from state waters, including national park beaches.
(3) The fees for annual personal use shellfish and seaweed licenses are:
(a) For a resident fifteen years of age or older, ten dollars;
(b) For a nonresident fifteen years of age or older, twenty-seven dollars; and
(c) For a senior, five dollars.
(4) The fee for an annual razor clam license is eight dollars for residents, fifteen dollars for nonresidents, and eight dollars for seniors.
(5) The fee for a three-day razor clam license is five dollars for both residents and nonresidents.
(6) A personal use shellfish and seaweed license or razor clam license must be in immediate possession of the licensee and available for inspection while a licensee is harvesting shellfish or seaweed. However, the license does not need to be visible at all times.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 c 339: See note following RCW 43.84.092.
Report2007 c 336: "The department of fish and wildlife shall monitor the sale of personal use shellfish and seaweed licenses and razor clam licenses for four years from July 22, 2007. If in any of the four years the number of license sales drop more than ten percent from July 22, 2007, then the department of fish and wildlife shall report the sales and revenue data for the licenses along with any relevant information regarding the reasons for the decrease to the legislature." [ 2007 c 336 § 2.]
FindingEffective date1999 c 243: See notes following RCW 77.32.050.
Effective date1998 c 191: See note following RCW 77.32.410.
Effective date1994 c 255 §§ 1-13: "Sections 1 through 13 of this act shall take effect January 1, 1995." [ 1994 c 255 § 23.]
Finding1993 sp.s. c 17: "The legislature finds that additional cost savings can be realized by simplifying the department of fisheries recreational licensing system. The legislature finds that significant benefits will accrue to recreational fishers from streamlining the department of fisheries recreational licensing system. The legislature finds recreational license fees and commercial landing taxes have not been increased in recent years. The legislature finds that reduction in important department of fisheries programs can be avoided by increasing license fees and commercial landing taxes. The legislature finds that it is in the best interest of the state to avoid significant reductions in current department of fisheries activities." [ 1993 sp.s. c 17 § 1.]
Contingent effective date1993 sp.s. c 17: "This act shall take effect January 1, 1994, except that sections 13 through 30 of this act shall take effect only if Senate Bill No. 5124 does not become law by August 1, 1993." [ 1993 sp.s. c 17 § 32.] Senate Bill No. 5124 [1993 c 340] did become law; sections 13 through 30 of 1993 sp.s. c 17 did not become law.
Severability1993 sp.s. c 17: "If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [ 1993 sp.s. c 17 § 53.]



77.32.525
Hunting and fishing contests—Field trials for dogs—Rules—Limitation.

The director shall administer rules adopted by the commission governing the time, place, and manner of holding hunting and fishing contests and competitive field trials involving live wildlife for hunting dogs. The department shall prohibit contests and field trials that are not in the best interests of wildlife.

NOTES:

Legislative findings and intent1987 c 506: See note following RCW 77.04.020.
Effective dateIntent, constructionSavingsSeverability1980 c 78: See notes following RCW 77.04.010.
Contests and field trials: RCW 77.32.540.



77.32.530
Hunting big game—Auction or raffle—Procedure.

(1) The commission in consultation with the director may authorize hunting of big game animals and wild turkeys through auction. The department may conduct the auction for the hunt or contract with a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization to conduct the auction for the hunt.
(2) The commission in consultation with the director may authorize hunting of up to a total of thirty big game animals and wild turkeys per year through raffle. The department may conduct raffles or contract with a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization to conduct raffles for hunting these animals. In consultation with the gambling commission, the director may adopt rules for the implementation of raffles involving hunting.
(3) The director shall establish the procedures for the hunts, which shall require any participants to obtain any required license, permit, or tag. Representatives of the department may participate in the hunt upon the request of the commission to ensure that the animals to be killed are properly identified.
(4) After deducting the expenses of conducting an auction or raffle, any revenues retained by a nonprofit organization, as specified under contract with the department, shall be devoted solely for wildlife conservation, consistent with its qualification as a bona fide nonprofit organization for wildlife conservation.
(5) The department's share of revenues from auctions and raffles shall be deposited in the state wildlife account created in RCW 77.12.170. The revenues shall be used to improve game management and shall supplement, rather than replace, other funds budgeted for management of game species. The commission may solicit input from groups or individuals with special interest in and expertise on a species in determining how to use these revenues.
(6) A nonprofit wildlife conservation organization may petition the commission to authorize an auction or raffle for a special hunt for big game animals and wild turkeys.

NOTES:

Findings1996 c 101: "The legislature finds that it is in the best interest of recreational hunters to provide them with the variety of hunting opportunities provided by auctions and raffles. Raffles provide an affordable opportunity for most hunters to participate in special hunts for big game animals and wild turkeys. The legislature also finds that wildlife management and recreation are not adequately funded and that such auctions and raffles can increase revenues to improve wildlife management and recreation." [ 1996 c 101 § 1.]



77.32.535
Private lands—Raffle authorization to hunt big game.

If a private entity has a private lands wildlife management area agreement in effect with the department, the commission may authorize the private entity to conduct raffles for access to hunt for big game animals and wild turkeys to meet the conditions of the agreement. The private entity shall comply with all applicable rules adopted under RCW 77.32.530 for the implementation of raffles; however, raffle hunts conducted pursuant to this section shall not be counted toward the number of raffle hunts the commission may authorize under RCW 77.32.530. The director shall establish the procedures for the hunts, which shall require any participants to obtain any required license, permit, or tag. Representatives of the department may participate in the hunt upon the request of the commission to ensure that the animals to be killed are properly identified.

NOTES:

Findings1996 c 101: See note following RCW 77.32.530.



77.32.540
Hunting and fishing contests—Field trials for dogs—Permit—Rules.

A person shall not promote, conduct, hold, or sponsor a contest for the hunting or fishing of wildlife or a competitive field trial involving live wildlife for hunting dogs without first obtaining a hunting or fishing contest permit. Contests and field trials shall be held in accordance with established rules.

NOTES:

Legislative findings and intent1987 c 506: See note following RCW 77.04.020.
Effective dateIntent, constructionSavingsSeverability1980 c 78: See notes following RCW 77.04.010.
Contests and field trials: RCW 77.32.525.



77.32.545
Removal of trap—Identification of traps—Disclosure of identities.

A property owner, lessee, or tenant may remove a trap placed on the owner's, lessee's, or tenant's posted or fenced property by a trapper.
Trappers shall attach to the chain of their traps or devices a legible metal tag with either the department identification number of the trapper or the name and address of the trapper in English letters not less than one-eighth inch in height.
When a property owner, lessee, or tenant presents a trapper identification number to the department for a trap found upon the property of the owner, lessee, or tenant and requests identification of the trapper, the department shall provide the requestor with the name and address of the trapper. Prior to disclosure of the trapper's name and address, the department shall obtain the name and address of the requesting individual in writing and after disclosing the trapper's name and address to the requesting individual, the requesting individual's name and address shall be disclosed in writing to the trapper whose name and address was disclosed.

NOTES:

Effective date1993 sp.s. c 2 §§ 1-6, 8-59, and 61-79: See RCW 43.300.900.
Effective dateIntent, constructionSavingsSeverability1980 c 78: See notes following RCW 77.04.010.



77.32.550
Group fishing permit.

(1) A group fishing permit allows a group of individuals to fish, and harvest shellfish, without individual licenses or the payment of individual license fees. The department must also provide, without charge, any applicable catch record cards.
(2) The director must issue a group fishing permit on a seasonal basis to: A state-operated facility or state-licensed nonprofit facility or program for persons with physical or mental disabilities, hospital patients, seriously or terminally ill persons, persons who are dependent on the state because of emotional or physical developmental disabilities, or senior citizens who are in the care of the facility; or a state or local agency or nonprofit organization operating a program for at-risk youth. The permit is valid only for use during open season.
(3) The director may set conditions and issue a group fishing permit to groups working in partnership with and participating in department outdoor education programs. At the discretion of the director, a processing fee may be applied.
(4) The commission may adopt rules that provide the conditions under which a group fishing permit is issued.



77.32.555
Surcharge to fund biotoxin testing and monitoring—Algal bloom program—Biotoxin account.

(1) In addition to the fees authorized in this chapter, the department shall include a surcharge to fund biotoxin testing and monitoring by the department of health of beaches used for recreational shellfishing, and to fund monitoring by the Olympic region harmful algal bloom program of the Olympic natural resources center at the University of Washington. The surcharge on recreational shellfish licenses cannot be increased more than one dollar and can only be increased when the surcharge for commercial shellfish licenses is increased. A surcharge of four dollars applies to resident and nonresident shellfish and seaweed licenses as authorized by RCW 77.32.520(3) (a) and (b); a surcharge of three dollars applies to resident and nonresident adult combination licenses as authorized by RCW 77.32.470(2)(a); a surcharge of three dollars applies to annual resident and nonresident razor clam licenses as authorized by RCW 77.32.520(4); and a surcharge of two dollars applies to the three-day razor clam license authorized by RCW 77.32.520(5). Amounts collected from these surcharges must be deposited in the biotoxin account created in subsection (3) of this section. The department may not use any amounts collected from these surcharges to pay for its administrative costs.
(2) Any moneys from surcharges remaining in the general fundlocal account after the 2007-2009 biennium must be transferred to the biotoxin account created in subsection (3) of this section and be credited to the appropriate institution. The department of health and the University of Washington shall, by December 1st of each year, provide a letter to the relevant legislative policy and fiscal committees on the status of expenditures. This letter shall include, but is not limited to, the annual appropriation amount, the amount not expended, account fund balance, and reasons for not spending the full annual appropriation.
(3) The biotoxin account is created in the state treasury to be administered by the department of health. All moneys received under subsection (1) of this section must be deposited in the account and used by the department of health and the University of Washington as required by subsection (1) of this section. Of the moneys deposited into the account, one hundred fifty thousand dollars per year must be made available to the University of Washington to implement subsection (1) of this section. Moneys in the account may be spent only after appropriation.

NOTES:

Effective date2009 c 577: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect July 1, 2009." [ 2009 c 577 § 2.]
Effective date2005 c 416: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [May 11, 2005]." [ 2005 c 416 § 2.]
Findings2003 c 263: "The legislature finds that testing and monitoring of beaches used for recreational shellfishing is essential to ensure the health of recreational shellfishers. The legislature also finds that it is essential to have a stable and reliable source of funding for such biotoxin testing and monitoring. The legislature also finds that the cost of the resident and nonresident personal use shellfish and seaweed licenses is undervalued and not properly aligned with neighboring states and provinces." [ 2003 c 263 § 1.]
Effective date2003 c 263: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect July 1, 2003." [ 2003 c 263 § 4.]



77.32.560
Watchable wildlife decals.

(1) The department may sell watchable wildlife decals. Proceeds from the sale of the decal must be deposited into the state wildlife account created in RCW 77.12.170 and must be dedicated to the support of the department's watchable wildlife activities. The department may also use proceeds from the sale of the decal for marketing the decal and for marketing watchable wildlife activities in the state.
(2) The term "watchable wildlife activities" includes but is not limited to: Initiating partnerships with communities to jointly develop watchable wildlife projects, building infrastructure to serve wildlife viewers, assisting and training communities in conducting wildlife watching events, developing destination wildlife viewing corridors and trails, tours, maps, brochures, and travel aides, and offering grants to assist rural communities in identifying key wildlife attractions and ways to protect and promote them.
(3) The commission must adopt by rule the cost of the watchable wildlife decal. A person may, at their discretion, contribute more than the cost as set by the commission by rule for the watchable wildlife decal in order to support watchable wildlife activities.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 c 320: See note following RCW 79A.80.005.
FindingsIntent2011 c 320: See RCW 79A.80.005.
Findings2003 c 317: "The legislature finds that healthy wildlife populations significantly contribute to the economic vitality of Washington's rural areas through increased opportunities for watchable wildlife and related tourism. Travel related to watchable wildlife is one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry. Much of this travel occurs off-season, creating jobs and providing revenue to local businesses and governments during otherwise slow periods. The watchable wildlife industry is particularly important to Washington's rural economies.
The legislature also finds that it is vital to support programs that enhance watchable wildlife activities and tourism, while also protecting the wildlife resources that attract the viewers. A revenue source must be created and directed to the watchable wildlife programs of the department of fish and wildlife to develop watchable wildlife opportunities in cooperation with other local, state, and federal agencies, and nongovernmental organizations." [ 2003 c 317 § 1.]



77.32.565
Hunting and fishing opportunities for a terminally ill person—Provision of a license, tag, permit, or stamp without a fee—Rule-making authority.

(1) In order to facilitate hunting and fishing opportunities for a terminally ill person, the director may provide any licenses, tags, permits, stamps, and other fees without charge including transaction and dealer fees.
(2) The director may accept special permits or other special hunting opportunities, including raffle tags, auction tags, and multiple season opportunities from donors seeking to facilitate hunting opportunities for a terminally ill person. The director shall distribute these donations pursuant to rules adopted under subsection (4) of this section.
(3) The director may take other actions consistent with facilitating hunting and fishing opportunities for a terminally ill person. These actions may include, but are not limited to, entering into agreements with willing landowners pursuant to RCW 77.12.320.
(4) In addition to rules required under subsection (2) of this section, the commission may adopt rules as necessary to effectuate the purpose and policies of this section.

NOTES:

Short title2008 c 10: "This act may be known and cited as the Senator Bob Oke memorial act." [ 2008 c 10 § 4.]



77.32.570
Master hunter permit program—Fee.

(1) In order to effectively manage wildlife in areas or at times when a higher proficiency and demonstrated skill level are needed for resource protection or public safety, the department establishes the master hunter permit program. The master hunter permit program emphasizes safe, ethical, responsible, and lawful hunting practices. Program goals include improving the public's perception of hunting and perpetuating the highest hunting standards.
(2) A master hunter permit is required to participate in controlled hunts to eliminate problem animals that damage property or threaten public safety. The commission may establish by rule the requirements an applicant must comply with when applying for or renewing a master hunter permit, including but not limited to a criminal background check. The director may establish an advisory group to assist the department with administering the master hunter [permit] program.
(3) The fee for an initial master hunter permit may not exceed fifty dollars, and the cost of renewing a master hunter permit may not exceed twenty-five dollars. Funds generated under this section must be deposited into the fish and wildlife enforcement reward account established in RCW 77.15.425, and the funds must be used exclusively to administer the master hunter [permit] program.



77.32.575
Western Washington pheasant permit—Fee.

(1) A western Washington pheasant permit is required to hunt for pheasant in western Washington.
(2) The permit is available as a season option, a youth full season option, or a three-day option. The fee for the permit is:
(a) For the resident full season option, seventy-five dollars;
(b) For the nonresident full season option, one hundred fifty dollars;
(c) For the youth full season option, thirty-five dollars;
(d) For the three-day option for a resident, thirty-five dollars and for a nonresident, seventy dollars.



77.32.580
Columbia river salmon and steelhead endorsement—Cost. (Expires June 30, 2019.)

(1) In addition to a recreational license required under this chapter, a Columbia river salmon and steelhead endorsement is required in order for any person fifteen years of age or older to fish recreationally for salmon or steelhead in the Columbia river and its tributaries where these fisheries have been authorized by the department. The cost for each endorsement is seven dollars and fifty cents for residents and nonresidents and six dollars for youth and seniors. The department shall deposit all receipts from endorsement purchases into the Columbia river recreational salmon and steelhead endorsement program account created in RCW 77.12.714.
(2) For the purposes of this section and RCW 77.12.712 and 77.12.714 through 77.12.718, the term "Columbia river" means the Columbia river from a line across the Columbia river between Rocky Point in Washington and Tongue Point in Oregon to the Chief Joseph dam.

NOTES:

Expiration date2017 3rd sp.s. c 3; 2011 c 339 § 14: "Section 14 of this act expires June 30, 2019." [ 2017 3rd sp.s. c 3 § 2; 2016 c 223 § 8; 2011 c 339 § 40.]
Expiration date2017 3rd sp.s. c 3; 2016 c 223: See note following RCW 77.12.712.
Effective date2011 c 339: See note following RCW 43.84.092.
Not subject to transaction fee2009 c 420: "A Columbia river salmon and steelhead stamp or endorsement is not subject to the additional ten percent transaction fee on recreational licenses, permits, tags, stamps, or raffle tickets to be charged during the 2009-2011 biennium under chapter 333, Laws of 2009 if it or a subsequent version thereof becomes law." [ 2009 c 420 § 11.]
Expiration date2017 3rd sp.s. c 3; 2009 c 420 §§ 2-6: See note following RCW 77.12.712.
IntentScope of authority2009 c 420: See notes following RCW 77.12.712.



77.32.585
Release of wild beavers.

(1) The department shall permit the release of wild beavers on public and private lands with agreement from the property owner.
(2) The department may limit the release of wild beavers to areas of the state where:
(a) There is a low probability of released beavers becoming a nuisance or causing damage;
(b) Conditions exist for released beavers to improve, maintain, or manage stream or riparian ecosystem functions; and
(c) There is evidence of historic endemic beaver populations.
(3) The department may condition the release of beaver to maximize the relocation's success and minimize risk. Factors that the department may condition include:
(a) Stream gradient;
(b) Sufficiency of the water supply;
(c) Stream geomorphology;
(d) Adequacy of a food source;
(e) Proper site elevation and valley width;
(f) Age of the beavers relocated;
(g) Times of year for capture and relocation;
(h) Requirements for the capture, handling, and transport of the live beavers;
(i) Minimum and maximum numbers of beavers that can be relocated in one area; and
(j) Requirements for the permit holder to initially provide supplemental food and lodge building materials.
(4) The department may require:
(a) Specific training for those involved with capture, handling, and release of beavers; and
(b) The notification of any potentially affected adjacent landowners before permitting the release of wild beavers.
(5) Nothing in this section creates any liability against the state or those releasing beavers nor authorizes any private right of action for any damages subsequently caused by beavers released pursuant to this section.
(6) For the purposes of this section, "beaver" means the American beaver (Castor canadensis).
(7) For the purposes of this section, beavers may only be released to carry out relocation: (a) Between two areas east of the crest of the Cascade mountains; or (b) between two areas west of the crest of the Cascade mountains.

NOTES:

Finding2012 c 167: "The legislature finds that beavers have historically played a significant role in maintaining the health of watersheds in the Pacific Northwest and act as key agents in riparian ecology. The live trapping and relocating of beavers has long been recognized as a beneficial wildlife management practice, and has been successfully utilized to restore and maintain stream ecosystems for over fifty years. The benefits of active beaver populations include reduced stream sedimentation, stream temperature moderation, higher dissolved oxygen levels, overall improved water quality, increased natural water storage capabilities within watersheds, and reduced stream velocities. These benefits improve and create habitat for many other species, including endangered salmon, river otters, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, and other riparian and aquatic species. Relocating beavers into their historic habitat provides a natural mechanism for improving the environmental conditions in Washington's riparian ecosystems without having to resort to governmental regulation or expensive publicly funded engineering projects." [ 2012 c 167 § 1.]



77.32.590
Hunting and fishing license donations—Resident disabled veterans—Rule-making authority.

(1) In order to facilitate hunting and fishing opportunities for Washington state resident veterans who are eligible for reduced fishing and hunting license fees, based on a service-related disability, under RCW 77.32.480, the department may accept donations from the public so that resident disabled veterans, on a first-come, first-served basis, may elect to utilize a donation towards their purchase of hunting and fishing licenses.
(2) The director may take other actions consistent with facilitating hunting and fishing opportunities for disabled veterans. These actions may include, but are not limited to, entering into agreements with willing landowners pursuant to RCW 77.12.320.
(3) The department shall adopt rules to implement this section and to define the license products, to include the transaction and dealer fees, available for purchase using donated funds.