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The Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife cage-raises pheasants, at taxpayer expense, to provide targets for state-sanctioned canned hunts, such as the one promoted below.

Field of Dreams hunters will be applying for military clearance so that they can hone their hunting skills while attempting to blast tame pheasants on the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. We encourage others to join our hunting excursions to make sure that everyone gets his fair share of state-raised tame pheasants.

Whidbey Island killing permits are available free-of-charge to any state-licensed hunter from the Military Police at Building 220, just before the entrance to the Naval Air Station.

If, for some reason, this process strikes you as bizarre, particularly considering the current climate in our country, please contact WDFW and let them know how you feel about them cage-raising pheasants for them to be gunned down.

WDFW Director FAX: 360-902-2947
WDFW Director email: director@dfw.wa.gov
Other WDFW emails:

"Bill Hebner" HEBNEGWH@dfw.wa.gov
"Bob Everitt" everirde@dfw.wa.gov
"Don Gatlin" GATLIDLG@dfw.wa.gov
"Randy Lambert" LAMBEDRL@dfw.wa.gov
"Tim Waters" watertrw@dfw.wa.gov
"Doug Williams" willidgw@dfw.wa.gov

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NEWS RELEASE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

November 2, 2001
Contact: Mick Cope, (360) 902-2691

Whidbey Island pheasant hunting site opens

OLYMPIA ­ A Whidbey Island pheasant-release site adjacent a Navy air base that had been closed to hunting following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will open for hunting Nov. 10, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

The OLF Coupeville pheasant release site, part of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI), will be open for hunting through Nov. 30, said Mick Cope, WDFW upland game manager.

Cope said hunters are required to use non-toxic shot at the Coupeville site, and must have a NASWI hunting permit from air station security before hunting. Base permit information is available at (360) 257-3122.

The Seaplane Base pheasant-release site, also part of NASWI, remains closed because of security concerns. Cope said it's unlikely that any additional sites would open this year.