From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
-- Through Oct. 15 Washington's DFW is accepting letters of interest for membership on the department's Master Hunter Advisory Group, which represents master hunters statewide and advises the department on issues and opportunities affecting master hunters and the Master Hunter program.
Five volunteer positions are currently open on the 15-member group.
MHAG members, who serve three-year terms, must be certified master hunters. At least two members are selected from each of WDFW's six administrative regions, which are described on the department's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regions/ . Letters of interest will be accepted from applicants residing in Regions one, two, five and six, and an at large position. The director of WDFW will make formal appointments by March 2011.
Master hunters interested in filling a position should send a letter of interest to Eric.Anderson@dfw.wa.gov or to Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Enforcement Program, Attn: Eric Anderson, Hunter Education Division, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091.
Letters should address why a person wants to be a member of the advisory group and what qualifies them to be a member, according to Lt. Anderson, Master Hunter policy lead. "Also, applicants should explain how they can help achieve the advisory group's vision."
Information about the group's vision, bylaws and responsibilities is available on the Master Hunter website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/masterhunter/ under the Advisory Group section and under Policy C-6005, WAC 232-12-073, and the Progress Report found under the Master Hunter Policies and Procedures section.
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. MHAG 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. For more information, call Anderson at (360) 902-2426.