Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

2005-2006 HUNTING PROGRAM

Hunting Procedures: Access, Security, Firearms & Safety

 

 

STATION ACCESS AND SECURITY

 

Hunting is a privilege granted at the discretion of the Commanding Officer, NAS Whidbey Island. Procedures and restrictions for access to Ault Field, Seaplane Base and Outlying Field Coupeville are described below. While these are anticipated to be generally in place throughout the 2005-2006 hunting season, the Commanding Officer or the Security Officer may alter, restrict or suspend access at any time.

Access to Ault Field: The only hunting allowed at Ault Field is waterfowl hunting south of the golf course. A map with locations of blinds and authorized parking area is available from the Environmental Affairs Department. Access to the hunting area doesnít require hunters to enter station property through a security gate. Regardless, each hunter must carry appropriate Department of Defense (DoD) identification or be a guest in the company of a hunter with such identification. All permitted hunters will be required to sign in and out of Securityís Torpedo Gate at the Seaplane Base before and after each of their daily hunts. Failure to do so constitutes trespassing and you will be cited.

Access to Seaplane Base: Waterfowl hunting at Seaplane Base requires access via the gate at Torpedo Road. Hunting areas, parking areas and blind locations are shown on a map available from the Environmental Affairs Department. Hunters carrying DoD identification, or a guest in the company of a hunter with such identification, may access the hunting areas by following procedures in place at the time for routine access to Seaplane Base. All permitted hunters will be required to sign in and out of Securityís Torpedo Gate at the Seaplane Base before and after each of their daily hunts. Failure to do so constitutes trespassing and you will be cited.

Pheasant hunting at Seaplane Base is allowed at the Lower and Upper Game Ranges only. Maps that show parking at Gates 27, 29 and the hunting areas are available from the Environmental Affairs Department. All permitted hunters will be required to sign in and out of Securityís Torpedo Gate at the Seaplane Base before and after each of their daily hunts. Failure to do so constitutes trespassing and you will be cited. The access gate provides a way from the parking lots to the hunting areas. Gates will be secured at all times. For hunting in these areas, follow these steps:

Step 1. Check in at Securityís Torpedo Gate, the main gate to Seaplane Base off Crescent Harbor Road.

q Hunters must present their NAS Whidbey Island Hunting Permit and photo identification.

q Each hunting party must carry a cell phone in case of an emergency.

Step 2. Proceed east on Crescent Harbor Road for .5 miles and turn right into parking area at Gate 29 for the Lower Game Range or proceed 2.2 miles further, turning right into parking area for the Upper Game Range at Gate 27.

Step 3. Park vehicle. Place all season hunting visitor passes  on dashboard for easy viewing. If Security is not there, call the Duty Chief at 257-6705 for access and wait for Security to arrive to open the gate. The gate will be open based on roving patrol availability. Gates will be secured at all times.

Step 4. When ready to depart and Security is not there, call the Duty Chief to exit through the gate. The gate will be re-opened based on roving patrol availability. Donít climb over, through or under fence to exit. Return to Torpedo Gate to sign out with Security.

Rabbit and quail hunting are available only to DoD hunters and their guests. Access may be made following procedures for either waterfowl hunting or pheasant hunting.

Access to Outlying Field (OLF) Coupeville: Upland game hunting in the north runway approach field is the only hunting allowed at OLF Coupeville. Access to the hunting area doesnít require hunters or their vehicles to enter station property through a security gate. The hunting area is shown on a map available from the Environmental Affairs Department. Season hunting visitor passes must be placed on the dashboard for easy viewing. All permitted hunters will be required to sign in at Securityís Torpedo Gate at the Seaplane Base before each of their daily hunts. After each hunt, you must call NASWI Security dispatch at 257-6705 to sign out. Failure to do so constitutes trespassing and you will be cited.

For pheasant hunting, each hunter must carry photo identification along with their NAS Whidbey Island permit and Washington State hunting license. For other upland game, each hunter must also carry DoD identification or be a guest in the company of a hunter with such identification. Both the sponsor and guest must have their hunting license and station permit.

Environmental Affairs Department / Building 113, Ault Field

Main Phone Number: 360-257-1009

Hunting Coordinator: 360-257-0363

Natural Resource Manager: 360-257-8873

 

Security Department

Building 220, Ault Field

Main Phone Number: 360-257-6705

FIREARMS, AMMUNITION, SAFETY

A successful hunting program relies on safe and responsible handling of firearms. Station regulations pertaining to firearms are contained in NASWHIDBEYINST 5000.1H, available from the Environmental Department. Proximity to personnel, roads, facilities, housing, wetlands and other recreational users limits the types of hunting and firearms allowed. Below are key rules and procedures for use of firearms needed to protect life, property and resources while hunting on the air station.

◆ Each hunter with a firearm is to enter the designated range from a public road Ė see the section on "Access" on the reverse side of this sheet. Firearms arenít to be transported on or to any other areas of NAS Whidbey Island. For example, firearms arenít allowed within the gates of Ault Field or in a vehicle at the Navy Exchange on Seaplane Base. Exceptions are those authorized to carry guns on station or kept in housing.

◆ A shotgun is allowed for hunting if itís incapable of holding more than three shot shells in the magazine and chamber combined. In hunting areas hunters will retain their shotguns unloaded, broken down or otherwise made inoperative unless actually hunting. Off the range, hunters will keep their shotguns in a locked trunk or vehicle.

◆ Only non-toxic shot is authorized for use Ė no lead shot. All hunters are required to retrieve expended hulls. Leave no ammunition or debris on station property.

◆ Use of centerfire or rimfire rifles and handguns is prohibited.

◆ All hunters are to pay attention to and obey safety zone signs. Discharging a firearm within 300 feet in the direction of buildings, roadways, personnel, utility lines, or vehicles is prohibited. Shooting or defacing signs is prohibited.

◆ Hunters will exercise such degree of sportsmanship and general prudence that safety, government property, and the privileges and property of others are not jeopardized.

Upland game hunting - Shotgun, muzzleloader or archery equipment may be used.

Waterfowl hunting - Each hunter may bring only one shotgun to the hunting area on the day of and for the period of his or her blind assignment.

GENERAL RULES & RESPONSIBILITIES

◆ Present your license, stamps and permit, shot shells, or species taken when requested by a federal, state or station game warden, Duty Officer, Security Officer, Environmental Affairs Director, Hunting Coordinator or Natural Resource Manager.

◆ Depart from any hunting area when directed by Security, Duty Officer, Fire Department or other Navy authority. Cooperate with federal, state and Security personnel and provide assistance when requested.

◆ Report to the Environmental Affairs Department or Security personnel any violations of federal, state or Navy regulations; the finding of ammunition, firearms, injured or dead wildlife; damage to resources, property or signs in or near the hunting ranges; or any other situation or activity may need investigation or will aid in sound management of the hunting program.

◆ Remove all trash and personal items from the hunting area Ė Pack In and Pack Out.

◆ Dogs arenít allowed in the hunting areas except while hunting and in accordance with the stationís Waterfowl or Upland Game rules and procedures. These are described in separate handouts.

◆ All hunters, guests and persons entering any hunting area must read and sign the below acknowledgement statement.

In exchange for the privilege of entering Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, Washington property, and for and in consideration of the use of said property for hunting purposes, the undersigned hunter and his/her guest(s) agree to release, waive, indemnify, exonerate, hold harmless, insure against and defend the Government of the United States of America, the Department of the Navy, and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, their agents, any agency thereof, and assigns, for any claims, demands, and causes of action (including defense costs and attorney fees) arising out of or pertaining to any loss, damage, threat, injury or death sustained by the undersigned, the undersigned's children or family, or any and all persons or property and caused by any negligent act or act of omission, breach of duty related to the hunting program. This release applies whether or not any claim, demand, action, or suit is based on or alleged to be based on, in whole, or in part, the negligent act or act of omission, or similar conduct of those parties hereby released and indemnified.

The undersigned hunter and his/her guest(s) will hunt at their own risk and do hereby assume all risks and hazards incident to or attendant with participation in the hunting program. The Government of the United States, Department of the Navy, and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island accept no responsibility for injuries to or caused by such persons.

 

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