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Deadline to apply for black bear hunt last day in February

Hunters may now purchase and submit applications for a 2014 spring black bear hunting permit, applicable to specific areas of western and eastern Washington.

To be eligible for a permit, hunters must purchase and submit an application to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife by midnight on Friday, Feb. 28.

A drawing will be held in mid-March for 383 permits in western Washington and 314 permits for hunts east of the Cascades. Permit winners will receive notification in the mail no later than March 31. Applicants may also check the results at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting

To apply for a permit, hunters must purchase a special permit application and a 2014 hunting license that includes bear as a species option. Hunting licenses, bear transport tags and bear permit applications may be purchased online at http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/, by calling (866) 246-9453 or at any license vendor in the state.

Hunters interested in hunting on the Kapowsin Tree Farm should contact the tree farm before submitting an application to find out what areas are open. Those selected for the Kapowsin Tree Farm hunt must then purchase an access permit from Hancock Forest Management by calling (800) 782-1493.

Hunters selected for the Copalis hunt must obtain a recreational use permit and should contact Rayonier at (855) 729-4868 during regular business hours.

More information on hunts scheduled on both sides of the state is available on page 63 in the 2013 Big Game Hunting Rules at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations

Any legal weapon used during the modern firearm, archery or muzzleloader seasons can be used for spring black bear hunts. Bait or hounds are not allowed for bear hunting.

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