Meeting and permit required for hunting on Navy base

People interested in hunting on NAS Whidbey Island property during the 2017-2018 season are invited to attend one of two “one-stop-shop” meetings being held in August and September.

Meetings are scheduled for tonight, Aug. 31, and Sept. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. 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. In order to participate in these on-base hunting programs, all civilian hunters must submit to a National Crime Information Check (NCIC) background check at NAS Whidbey Island 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, 360-257-5620) just outside Langley Gate at Ault Field. Langley Gate is located on Langley Boulevard and is open from 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday –Friday. You may complete that form at home or fill it out at Pass & ID and have your check done on the spot. Barring any potential issues, a NCIC check can be completed in five minutes. When you submit your request you are required to sign it in person at Pass & ID and present proper Personal Identification when you sign the form.

Please be aware that no background check can be initiated after 3:00 p.m., so please keep this in mind when planning your visit for background check processing. Upon successful completion of the background check, you will be given documentation that you will need to bring with you when getting your installation hunting permit. Please plan ahead to meet this new requirement! We appreciate your understanding and patience in meeting 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 your 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 may be directed to Michael Bianchi, (360) 257-4024, at the installation Environmental Office.

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