Sports

Permit required to hunt on NAS Whidbey

People interested in hunting on NAS Whidbey Island property during the 2014-15 season are invited to attend one of two “One-Stop-Shop” meetings in August and September.

Meetings are scheduled for Aug. 26 and Sept. 16 from 5-7 p.m. at Building 130 at the 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 and installation hunting permit.

To request access to hunt and get an NCIC background check, hunters must pick up the required form at the base’s pass and identification 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. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hunters may complete that form at home or fill it out at the pass and ID office and have their check done on the spot.

When submitting a request, hunters are required to sign it in person at the pass and ID office and present proper identification.

No background check can be initiated after 3 p.m.

Upon successful completion of the background check, hunters will be given documentation that they will need to bring with them when getting their installation hunting permit.

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.

Pheasant and upland game hunters must bring their 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 their 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 John Phillips, 360-257-8873, at the installation Environmental Office.

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