Hunting on base requires permit

Department of Defense affiliated individuals interested in hunting on NAS Whidbey Island property during the 2018-2019 season must obtain a permit to do so.

Similarly, civilian hunters interested in the pheasant release and upland game program on the installation must also agree to a National Crime Information Check (NCIC) background check prior to being issued an installation hunting permit.

These permits are now available at the Gallery Golf Course. Hunters with current base access will need to present a valid Washington state hunting license. Those without current base access will require the background check and a valid hunting license. The fee for the permit to hunt on base is $13. A Washington state hunting license is still required.

The request for base access to hunt and get a background check must be done at the base’s pass and ID office (building 2853, phone number 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. You may complete that form at home or fill it out at pass and ID office and have your check done on the spot.

Barring any potential issues, an NCIC check can be completed the same day. When you submit your request you are required to sign it in person at the pass and ID office and present proper personal identification when you sign the form.

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

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 as follows:

• 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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