People interested in hunting on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island property during the 2017-18 season are invited to attend a “One-Stop-Shop” meeting this month.
A meeting is set for 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Bldg 130, Gallery Golf Course. Information handouts will cover on-base hunting permit requirements, hunting areas and base access procedures. Hunters may register, pay the $13 permit fee and receive an installation hunting permit.
Civilian hunters may participate in the pheasant release and upland game program on the installation.
To participate in on-base hunting programs, all civilian hunters must submit to a National Crime Information Check, or NCIC, background check at NAS Whidbey prior to being issued an installation hunting permit.
To request access to hunt and get an NCIC background check, you must pick up the required form at the base’s Pass & ID office, Building 2853, just outside Langley Gate at Ault Field. Langley Gate is located on Langley Boulevard and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Applicants may complete the form at home or fill it out at Pass & ID and have their check done on the spot. Barring potential issues arising from the check, approval may can be received in five minutes. When submitting a request, applicants are required to sign it in person at Pass & ID office and present proper personal identification when signing the form.
No background check can be initiated after 3 p.m., so schedule accordingly for background check processing. Upon successful completion of their background checks, applicants will be given documentation needed when getting an installation hunting permit. Plan ahead to meet this new requirement.
All hunters must have a Washington state hunting license in order to be issued a permit. There are no vendors of state licenses available on the installation.
Hunters must present all licenses for the species they wish to hunt to acquire an installation hunting permit. Specific documents required to get an installation hunting permit are:
• Pheasant and upland game hunters must bring your DoD-issued identification or State-issued identification and approved NCIC background check and a Western Washington Pheasant License (with odd/even selection).
• Waterfowl hunters must present your DoD-issued identification card, Washington State small game license, State migratory bird validation and Federal duck stamp (attached to license and signed across the face).
• Deer hunters must present DoD-issued identification card, Washington State big game license with archery only deer option and transport tag.
Questions about installation permits may be directed to Michael Bianchi at the installation Environmental Office , 360-257-4024.