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State seeks comments on e-tagging

Fishermen, hunters, asked to weigh in

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking comments on proposed rule to allow electronic licensing, e-tagging, and catch reporting using mobile applications.

Currently, the public can buy hunting and fishing licenses by phone, online or in-person, but harvest and catch reporting has been limited to submitting a physical card or reporting online.

A proposed new rule would allow hunters and fishermen to report using authorized mobile apps, which are currently in development.

The mobile apps will allow users to store and display their recreational hunting and fishing licenses on their phone, e-tag, as well as report fish, shellfish and game harvest, officials said.

The use of the apps would be optional and provide an alternative to displaying licenses.

The public can submit comments on the proposed rules until Oct. 24, when a public hearing on the idea takes place from 1-2:30 p.m.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish, wildlife and recreational and commercial opportunities.


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