From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
-- Hunters can now purchase applications for a spring black bear hunting permit, applicable to specific areas of western and eastern Washington.
To be eligible for a permit, hunters must purchase and submit an application to the Department of Fish and Wildlife by midnight, March 10.
A drawing will be held in mid-March for 370 permits in western Washington and 209 permits for hunts east of the Cascades.
Permit winners will be notified by mail March 31. Applicants may also check the drawing results at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting.
To apply for a permit, hunters must purchase a special permit application and a 2011 hunting license that includes bear as a species option. Hunting licenses, bear transport tags and bear permit applications may be purchased from a license vendor, online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ or by calling (866) 246-9453.
Special permit applications, which require a correct hunt choice number, may be submitted online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ or by calling (877) 945-3492.
More information on hunts scheduled on both sides of the state is available on page 61 in the 2010 Big Game Hunting Rules pamphlet ( http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations ).
Any legal weapon used during the modern firearm, archery or muzzleloader seasons can be used for spring black bear hunts. Bait or hounds are not allowed for bear hunting.