It's time to begin the process of developing the 2015-17 hunting seasons. Major hunting changes to objectives and season structures are set on a three-year cycle with minor adjustments made during the off years. The process for developing a three-year hunting season package is an expanded version of the annual season-setting process. The exception is the major migratory bird hunting seasons, which are all set on an annual cycle to coincide with federal season-setting processes. Establishment of all hunting seasons is guided by goals, objectives, and strategies contained in the draft 2015-2021 Game Management Plan.
As outlined in the timeline below, there will be several opportunities for you to provide your input throughout the process. Your first opportunity to participate will be in late-June. The Department will ask for your help identifying the major issues that are important to you for the next three-year hunting season cycle.
Watch this website for regular updates on the season-setting process! We will also be communicating via email throughout this process to hunters that have purchased a license within the last couple of years. If you have not recently purchased a hunting license, but would like to receive email notifications of news and upcoming events we encourage you to subscribe to our e-mail distribution lists.
(dates below are preliminary, final dates available in October 2014):