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Master hunters needed
The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that there are four spots opening on its 15-member Master Hunter Advisory Group for 2012.
Skilled hunters from each of the six regions throughout Washington state are encouraged to send in their letters of interest by Dec. 18.
Kitsap County falls into the department's Region 6.
According to the department, the master hunter group is dedicated to public safety and responsible hunting practices. Those selected receive a special patch and identification which allows them to participate in depredation and controlled hunts throughout the year.
Special hunts are aimed at removing animals that threaten property or community safety.
Previous master hunts have included elk, deer, bear, turkey and goose.
The department will administer both written and performance tests for candidates. Those that are successful will demonstrate proficiency with a bow, handgun, muzzleloader, rifle, shotgun, or crossbow in addition to knowing hunting laws.
Members of the advisory group are expected to lead hunters in their community on ethical hunting practices. The department also expects them to serve as ambassadors in their community between hunters and landowners.