Info meeting planned for hunting on base

People interested in hunting on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island property during the 2016-17 season are invited to a “One-Stop-Shop” meeting this month.

The meeting is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Building 130, Gallery Golf Course. Informational 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 background check at NAS Whidbey before being issued an installation hunting permit.

To request access to hunt and get an NCIC background check, pick up a form at the base’s Pass & ID office, building 2853, just outside Langley Gate at Ault Field. Call 360-257-5620 for information. Langley Gate is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Barring any issues, a NCIC check can be completed within five minutes. When submitting a request, applicants must sign it in person at Pass & ID and present proper personal identification. No background check can be initiated after 3 p.m.

All hunters must have a Washington state hunting license 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:

n Pheasant and upland game hunters must bring a Department of Defense-issued identification or state-issued identification and approved NCIC background check and a Western Washington Pheasant License;

n Waterfowl hunters must present a Department of Defense-issued identification card, Washington state small game license, state migratory bird validation and federal duck stamp, and;

n Deer hunters must present Department of Defense-issued identification card, Washington state big game license with archery only deer option and transport tag.

n For more information, call John Phillips at the installation Environmental Office at 360-257-8873.