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OLYMPIA – The Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is looking for more Master Hunters. With only 1,650 Master Hunters currently in the state, the WDFW will be accepting new applications from July 1 to August 15.

The Master Hunters Permit Program is administered to skilled hunters who are “willing to aid department efforts in support of the public and Washington wildlife”. Master Hunters are used for controlled hunts to remove wildlife that damages property.

The program is a volunteer one that only the most hardcore of hunters should even consider. Master Hunters provide approximately 15,000 hours each year on volunteer projects. Those projects include landowner relations and access to private lands, conservation projects and hunter education.

To enroll, potential Master Hunters must pay a $50 fee, pass a criminal background check, pass a written test, demonstrate shooting proficiency and provide at least 20 hours of approved service.  

Applications will be accepted during the aforementioned 46-day period, but applicants will have until May 15, 2020, to complete all the requirements. Applicants need to study hard for the written portion of the requisites, since you can only re-take the test once.

For more information on the program and its requirements, you can follow this link: https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/requirements/master-hunter

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