Attention Washington hunters! Do you have what it takes to be a MASTER HUNTER? Well, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has the program for you!
According to a press release, the WDFW is now accepting applications for its Master Hunter program. This program screens and enlists experienced hunters to help in controlled hunts in order to remove “problem animals” – any animal that has damaged property or been a threat to public safety. This can include wolves, bears, mountain lions, or any other animal that is known to be a threat.
“This program was designed to create a pool of highly qualified hunters who can help the department manage wildlife in sensitive situations,” said Lt. Eric Anderson, manager of WDFW’s Hunter Education Division. “This is a great opportunity for conscientious, committed hunters to assume a leadership role among their peers.”
But hold on a second. This program isn’t for just any fair-weather hunting enthusiast. You need to have more than a fancy hunting knife to make the cut. According to the press release, hunters that wish to be considered for the program must pay a non-refundable $50 application fee, pass a criminal background check, sign a Master Hunter Code of Ethics form and provide at least 20 hours of volunteer service on projects that benefit the state’s wildlife resources. They must also pass a difficult written exam based upon the program’s curriculum, so brushing up on local hunting history, geography and hunting equipment would be a good idea.
Anyone is welcome to apply, but Anderson stresses the rigorousness of the application process. Applicants are only allowed two attempts to pass the test. For more information on the Master Hunter program, contact Lt. Anderson at 360-902-2426 or Tracy Loveless at 360-902-8410. Better hurry, though – applications are due February 15!