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Game Management Unit (GMU)

Boundary Posting Project

Project Summary:

In the 2001-2003 biennium; ALEA funding were used by the Eyes In The Woods Association Inc. (EITW) to post the problematic Game Management Unit (GMU) boundaries.

 

WDFW GMU boundaries have been modified and a review of the existing signage is required. EITW is partnering with the Master Hunter Program to provide project training and engage Master Hunters in posting their special permit areas, (3911 and 6064).

 

The Need and Public Benefits:

 

Game Management Unit boundary's (GMU’s) can be hard to understand but are a very important factor in managing our wildlife resources and providing maximum opportunities for hunters.

 

Accurate “GMU and Permit Boundary” signage assists the “hunter in the field” identify the problem/hard to determine boundaries; additionally this directly assists the WDFW Enforcement program in addressing violators.

 

The placement of these signs by EITW will provide hunter information and create a means to recognize the partnership between citizen volunteers, WDFW, commercial sponsors and ALEA funding. This partnership provides a more cost effective approach to enhancing recreation and our fish and wildlife in this state.

 

History:

In the 2001-2003 biennium; ALEA funding was used by the Eyes In The Woods Association Inc. (EITW) to post the problematic Game Management Unit (GMU) boundaries. We partnered with the WDFW Enforcement program and identified problematic GMU boarders, developed the approved signage and created the protocols for posting.

 

EITW and WDFW Staff developed a first of its kind contract to allowing commercial sponsorship/advertising in addition to the WDFW logo; funding to remain with EITW and dedicated to the project. Placement of these signs provides hunter information and creates a means of recognizing the partnership between citizen volunteers, WDFW, commercial sponsors. We had two-paid sponsorships the generated $2.000.00 of project funding; these funds are mostly exhausted. Note: There are several commercial sponsors interested in this project.

 

 

GMU boundaries have been modified in the interim; a review of the existing signage is required, followed by volunteer efforts to update signage on the current boundaries. EITW is partnering with the Master Hunter Program to post their special permit areas, (3911 and 6064).

 

Volunteer activities are:

EITW and Master Hunter citizen volunteers will distribute and install the GMU and Master Hunter Area signs in statewide locations selected in cooperative review process. These signs will be installed using Global Positioning System (GPS) units giving us the exact coordinates of each sign. This information will be shared with the DNR mapping department and also be written on each sign allowing the public to see the exactly coordinates of that sign. This will aid the honest hunter and increase enforcement efforts to be spent on the real violators, instead of spending time with the confused or lost hunters.

 

Measurement of Success:

Success will be determined by the posting of the Master Hunter Program Hunt Areas and the completion of the GMU changes review process; including resulting reposting of any changed or un-posted problematic GMU boundaries.

Funding was not provided for the 2012 , we will post the training information and project dates on our calendar when funding becomes available.

 

Contact the Wildlife Director for  more information:

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