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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-7 WDFW sets comment period for elk plan STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun om I I The Washington I De- partment of Fish land Wildlife (WDFW) i S ac- cepting public comments through June 2 on a draft Willapa Hills Elk Herd Plan, designed to guide future managemeqt of elk in the southwest cor- ner of the state. ! I State wildlife mnag- ers will also havel two public meetings t dis- cuss the draft plan, Which is posted on WDFW's website at wdfw.wa.gov/ publications/01592. ] The meetings i are scheduled at the follow- ing locations and times: Montesano - i May 13 from 6-7:30 p.rfi, at WDFW's regional &rice, 48 Devonshire Road I. Longview - May 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Cowlitz County PU D of- rice, 961 12th Ave. J i Written commens can be submitted at wdfw. wa.gov/conservatim/elk/ willapa_hills/commlents. html or mailed to Willapa Hills Elk Herd Plan, Wildlife Program, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way! N., Olympia, WA 98501. One of 10 elk herds in Washington State, WDFW will consider comments received in writing or during the public meetings in draft- ing a new version of the plan for public review. Final approval, expected this fall, will mark the completion of formal management plans for all 10 elk herds in the state. Photo courtesy of WDFVV The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will have two meetings to collect comments on its Willapa Hills Elk Herd Plan. the Willapa Hills herd is made up of an esti- mated 8,000 to 10,000 Roosevelt elk that roam the forested region from Grays Harbor south to the Columbia River and Interstate 5 west to the Pacific Ocean. WDFW's manage- ment plan calls for de- veloping more, precise information about the size and other character- istics of the herd. Other key goals outlined in the plan include main- taining the herd's size, improving its habitat, minimizing crop damage and addressing the inci- dence of disease. The Willapa Hills elk herd is one of two herds in Washington affected by hoof dis- ease, which has spread rapidly among elk in the region since 2008. WDFW is working with veterinary specialists and diagnostic labs to find what causes the disease. The plan also recog- nizes the importance of maintaining sustain- able hunting opportu- nities, calling for close coordination between WDFW and area treaty tribes in developing hunting seasons and planning other manage- ment activities. MCSA This Week AT THE RANGE Non-Members Welcome Memberships Available May 8, Thursday Winchester .22 Pistol Marksmanship 100 plus rounds Any .22 pistol in safe operating condition. Self-paced awards based program. $6.00 members $8.00 non-members. May 9, Friday 6:00 pm Bullseye .22 Pistol on 6 targets, runs about an hour. $3.00 for members $5.00 for non-members 60 rounds May 10, Saturday 10:00 am- 2:00 pm Open Range Day The indoor range is open to the public, $12.00 per lane. You may share a lane with another person, one shooting at a time. One paper target with fee, more available to purchase at $.25 a piece. Please bring all firearms unloaded and in a bag or box. May 13, Tuesday 6:00 P.M. Action Pistol League Move and shoot for .38 special, 9mm, and up. 48 rounds on a mix of targets, awards after 5 matches. See website for more info. May 15, Thursday Winchester Defensive Pistol Marksmanship Program Develop shooting skills with your concealed carry firearm. 50 rounds or more, self paced awards style shooting program. $6.00 members, $8.00 for non-members. Coming up: MCSA's popular air gun booth will be participating in the Brinnon Shrimpfest May 24 & 25, come eat shrimp and shoot for a trophy with us. Lots to see and do. Follow the signs. June 7, 10:00 am-3:30 pm First Steps Pistol Class. Firearm and ammunition provided. Applications and payment information on the club website. $50.00 We have a fund raising gun raffle, tickets are $2.00 per ticket. See the gun and buy tickets at Renegade Guns in Shelton, they are open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday or contact a club member. Did you know: The public is always welcome to participate in any organizexl event and that MCSA is open every 2nd Saturday from 10am- 2pro for open shooting. MASON COUNTY SPORTSMAN' S ASSOCIATION W. 521 Business Park Rd., Shelton Message Phone 427-1102 www.masoncountysa.com 1 r GET YOUR RECREATION PERMIT Hunt, fish and explore private land less than 30 minutes from Olympia. Secure your access to bicj game and bird hunting and fishing on 24,000 acres of forest land. Motorized permits are only $250. , , - --TI ............. T1F- T ..............