Members sought for Master Hunter Advisory Group

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Members sought for Master Hunter Advisory GroupOLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting letters of interest through Sept. 30 for membership on the department’s Master Hunter Advisory Group.

The group, which represents master hunters statewide, advises WDFW on issues and opportunities affecting master hunters and the Master Hunter program.

The director will make formal appointments by March 2009.

Five volunteer positions are currently open on the 15-member group. Members must be certified master hunters and will serve three-year terms. At least two members must reside within each of WDFW’s six administrative regions. Letters of interest will be accepted for one member residing in:

  • Region One (Pend Oreille, Spokane, Lincoln, Stevens, Whitman, Ferry, Garfield, Columbia, Walla Walla and Asotin counties)
  • Region Two (Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Adams counties).
  • Region Five (Lewis, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, Klickitat, and Wahkiakum counties).
  • Region Six (Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Mason, Thurston, Pierce, Pacific, and Kitsap counties).
  • Any county in the state. 

The responsibility of the advisory group is to communicate with other master hunters, solicit their input, share their views with other advisory group members and WDFW, and keep them informed of meeting outcomes and progress on the Master Hunter program.

Letters of interest must be received by Sept. 30. Those applying must answer three key questions in their letter, said Mike Kuttel, Master Hunter policy lead.

“They must tell us why they want to be a member, what qualifies them to be a member, and how they can help achieve the advisory group’s vision,” he said.

After the letters are reviewed, applicants selected for an interview will be required to attend the Oct. 23 meeting of the Master Hunter Advisory Group, either in person or on the phone to answer follow-up questions, Kuttel said. The meeting will be held at the Quality Inn in Ellensburg, Wash., beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Mileage expenses will be covered.

The advisory group meets at least four times a year. Members serve as volunteers and do not receive direct compensation for their work, but travel reimbursement is available. Active members can expect to donate up to 200 hours of their time each year and will participate in master hunter orientation, information and outreach, and special hunt management meetings held near their area of residence.

The application process is open to all certified master hunters with no ongoing legal proceedings or convictions in the last 10 years under the state’s fish and wildlife enforcement code (RCW 77.15), Kuttel said. Finalists also must authorize a criminal background check conducted by WDFW, but at no cost to them.

Kuttel advises interested individuals to thoroughly review the Master Hunter web site (, paying particular attention to the bylaws, roles and responsibilities, vision statement, and meeting summaries found under the “Advisory Group” section, and to Policy C-6005, WAC 232-12-073, and the Progress Report found under the “Master Hunter Policies and Procedures” section.

Master hunters should send a letter of interest to Mike Kuttel at kuttempk [at] dfw [dot] wa [dot] gov or Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Enforcement Program, Attn: Mike Kuttel, Hunter Education Division; 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA  98501-1091

For more information, call Mike Kuttel at (360) 902-8413.