Applications for black bear hunting due by Feb. 28

OLYMPIA — Hunters hoping to fell a black bear this season may now apply for a 2013 spring permit that applies to specific areas of Western and Eastern Washington.

Applications and fees are due to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife by midnight Feb. 28.

The department will hold a drawing in mid-March for 383 permits in Western Washington and 343 permits for hunts east of the Cascades. Applicants can check the results of the drawing at

Winners will get their permits in the mail by March 31.

To apply for a permit, hunters must buy a special application and a 2013 hunting license that includes bear as a species option.

Hunters interested in hunting on the Kapowsin Tree Farm should contact the farm before applying to find out which areas are open.

Those selected for that hunt must then buy an access permit.

Hunters selected for the Copalis hunt must get a Recreational Use Permit.

Any legal weapon used during the modern firearm, archery or muzzleloader seasons can be used for spring black bear hunts.

Bait and hounds are not allowed for bear hunting.