The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) launched a pilot program to evaluate how hunters can help reduce the prevalence of elk hoof disease.
For western Washington general season and most special permit hunters, WDFW is offering entry into an exclusive draw opportunity. Hunters can participate by submitting the hooves of their harvest to WDFW. If the submitted hooves submit display signs of hoof disease (abnormal hooves), participants will have a chance to draw a premium elk tag the following license year.
While the details about the incentive permits are still being worked out, these permits will offer a rare opportunity to hunt mature bull elk over large areas of western Washington and outside of general seasons using any weapon (except during general seasons, similar to multi-season tags).
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(Photo source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)