Meeting set for permits to hunt on Navy property

People interested in hunting on NAS Whidbey Island property are invited to attend one of two meetings being held in August and September.

Meetings are scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, and Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Building 130 at the Gallery Golf Course.

On-base hunting permit requirements, hunting areas and base access procedures will be discussed. Hunters may register, pay the $13 permit fee and receive an installation hunting permit.

In order to participate in the pheasant release and upland game on-base hunting programs, all civilian hunters must submit to a National Crime Information Check 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, participants 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. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Participants may complete that form at home or fill it out at the Pass & ID office and have their check done on the spot.

Barring any potential issues, a NCIC check can be completed in five minutes. When submitting a request, participants are required to sign it in person at the Pass & ID office and present proper identification.

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

Upon successful completion of the background check, participants 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. Specific documents required to get installation hunting permits are as follows:

Pheasant and upland game hunters must 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 a 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 a 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.