The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting letters of interest through Oct. 31 for membership on the department’s Master Hunter Advisory Group.

Five positions are currently open on the 15-member volunteer group, which represents more than 2,000 master hunters statewide and advises WDFW on issues affecting the department’s Master Hunter program.

To qualify, applicants must be certified master hunters, who have completed special training that makes them eligible to assist WDFW in addressing specific wildlife-management issues in Washington. Advisory group members serve three-year terms.

Current openings are for master hunters living in these areas:

  • Region 3 (one vacancy), representing Kittitas, Yakima, Franklin, and Benton counties.
  • Region 6 (two vacancies), representing Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Mason, Thurston, Pierce, Pacific, and Kitsap counties.
  • Any county in the state (two vacancies), serving at large.

To be considered for a position on the advisory group, applicants must submit a letter of interest to WDFW by Oct. 31. Appointments become effective March 2013.

The group meets at least four times each year in Ellensburg. Members serve as volunteers and do not receive compensation, mileage or per diem.

Applicants should address letters of interest to Sgt. Carl Klein at or to WDFW Law Enforcement Program, Attn: Carl Klein, Hunter Education Division; 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

Applications should include information on the nominee’s relevant experience and reasons for wanting to serve as a member of the advisory group. More information on the Master Hunter program is available on WDFW’s website at

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