Fish and Wildlife Infraction Overview in Washington State

Washington State’s fish and wildlife regulations are crucial for preserving natural resources and maintaining ecological balance. However, individuals may find themselves facing infractions under these regulations, leading to civil penalties and potential legal consequences. Let’s explore some common fish and wildlife infractions, understanding the implications and considerations for a defense perspective.

 Fishing and Shellfishing Infractions:

  • Barbed Hooks: Using barbed hooks in violation of department rules.
  • Catch Recording: Failing to immediately record catches on a catch record card.
  • Recreational Fishing: Engaging in fishing without the required license or violating department rules.

 Hunting Infractions:

  • License Violation: Engaging in hunting activities without the necessary license or tag.
  • Eggs or Nests: Maliciously harming the eggs or nests of wild birds without proper authorization.
  • Hunting Violations: Breaking department rules regarding seasons, areas, or methods of hunting.

Trapping, Taxidermy, Fur Dealing, and Wildlife Meat Cutting Infractions:

  • Recordkeeping and Reporting: Failing to maintain and report required records for commercial wildlife processing.
  • Trapper’s Report: Neglecting to report trapping activities as per department rule.

Invasive Species Management Infractions:

  • Out-of-State Certification: Bringing an aquatic conveyance without meeting inspection requirements.
  • Clean and Drain Violations: Possessing an aquatic conveyance without meeting clean and drain requirements.
  • Permit Requirements: Failing to possess a valid aquatic invasive species prevention permit.

 Other Infractions:

  • Unlawful Contests: Hosting contests involving hunting or fishing without proper authorization.
  • Rule Violations: Breaching any department rule designated as an infraction.
  • Posting Signs: Illegally posting signs prohibiting hunting or fishing on private land.
  • Department Permits: Violating terms or conditions of department permits.

Facing such infractions requires a strategic defense approach. Legal professionals may explore various avenues, such as challenging the evidence, assessing compliance with department rules, or addressing any permit-related issues. It’s essential to understand the specific details of the alleged violation and collaborate closely with legal counsel to build a robust defense.

Remember, this overview is not exhaustive, and legal advice tailored to the specific circumstances is crucial when addressing fish and wildlife infractions in Washington State. If you find yourself confronted with such allegations, seeking guidance from a knowledgeable defense firm can make a significant difference in navigating the complexities of wildlife regulations. Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer is well versed in the area of defending those with fish and wildlife violations and ready to help you. Call (360) 334-6277 to get the help you need!