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Dolores Noyes
360-902-2349
FAX: 360-902-2392
Dolores.Noyes@dfw.wa.gov

 

 

Disability FAQs

How do I apply for disability status?

Applications and instructions are available on the WDFW website by clicking here; or by writing the WDFW Licensing Division, PO Box 43154, Olympia, WA 98504; by calling 360-902-2464; or by visiting a WDFW office near you. 

Depending on your disability status you may receive a harvester companion card, hunter companion card, or you may even qualify for reduced fee licenses.

What is a Designated Harvester Companion Card?

An identification card issued by the department to a fisher with a disability. A Harvester Companion Card allows a licensed fisher companion to assist the fisher with a disability in the taking of shellfish, game fish or food fish. Persons meeting the qualifications for a fisher with a disability must complete a Hunter/Fisher Disability Status application for approval. If approved, you will receive the harvester companion card, and access to WDFW ADA programs, services, and facilities. Please click here for the application and additional information.

What is a Designated Hunter Companion Card?  

An identification card issued by the department to a hunter with a disability. A Hunter Companion Card allows a licensed hunter companion to assist the hunter with a disability in shooting, tagging, and retrieving game birds or game animals, or may shoot, tag and retrieve them on behalf of the hunter with a disability. Persons meeting the qualifications for a hunter with a disability must complete a Hunter/Fisher Disability Status application for approval. If approved, you will receive an orange placard, hunter companion card, and access to WDFW ADA programs, services, and facilities. Please click here for the application and additional information.

Can I get a replacement if I lose my orange placard?

Yes. To replace your placard, contact the Olympia office at 360-902-2464 or by email at licensing@dfw.wa.gov for a duplicate at no charge.

If I am a disabled veteran, do I qualify for disabled hunting privileges?

If you have a permanent physical impairment which renders you unable to hunt or fish, you must complete a Hunter/Fisher Disability Status Application before you may qualify for disabled hunting privileges.  Please click here for the application and additional information.

If I am a resident disabled veteran, do I qualify for reduced fees?

Yes, you may qualify for reduced fees if you are an honorably discharged disabled veteran with a 30% or more service connected disability rating, or an honorably discharged disabled veteran 65 years of age or older with any service connected disability rating.  Please click here for the application and additional information.

Do non-residents veterans qualify for reduced fees?

Yes, you may qualify for resident rate fees if you are an honorably discharged disabled veteran with a 30% or more service connected disability rating, or a honorably discharged disabled veteran 65 years of age or older with any service connected disability rating.  Please click here for the application and additional information.

Are there other qualifications for reduced fees?

Yes, you may qualify for reduced fees if you are a resident who permanently uses a wheelchair; resident who is blind or visually impaired; or a resident with a developmental disability. Please click here for the application and additional information.

Do non-residents with a disability qualify for disability assistance cards?

Yes, non-residents can qualify for disability status and receive assistance cards. Please click here for the application and additional information.

I am an amputee and do not use a wheelchair by choice. Do I qualify for a reduced fee privilege?

No, reduced fees are for those who, as a condition of their physical disability, permanently use a wheelchair at all times for mobility.

What is a developmental disability?

RCW 71A.10.020(4)
A cognitive intellectual disability such as: cerebral palsy, down syndrome, epilepsy, autism, or another neurological condition of an individual found by the Secretary Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to be closely related to an intellectual disability or to require treatment similar to that required for individuals with intellectual disabilities, which originates before the individual attains age eighteen, which has continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely, and which constitutes a substantial limitation to the individual.

NOT included: PTSD, Bi-polar, ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis.

How do I renew my disability status?

Disability status renewals are no longer necessary or required with the automated licensing system, WILD (Washington Interactive Licensing Database).  Hunter Companion Cards and Harvester Companion Cards are printed out at the time of license purchase if your application for disability status has been processed prior to your purchase.

Is there a special hunt for the terminally ill?

Yes, if you have been diagonosed with a terminal illness and are within 6-9 months of entering hospice, please call the Wildlife Customer Service Specialist at 360 902-2477 or email Wildthing@dfw.wa.gov.

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This Agency receives federal assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and provides equal access to its programs, services, activities, and facilities under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Architectural Barriers Act of 1968.

The Department of the Interior and its bureaus prohibits discrimination on the bases of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, mental or physical disability, reprisal, sexual orientation, status as a parent, and genetic information. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or service, please contact the WDFW ADA Program Manager, PO Box 43139, Olympia, WA 98504 within 45 calendar days of the alleged incident before filing a formal complaint, or write to:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Civil Rights Coordinator, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR-4020, Arlington, VA 22203

If you need further ADA assistance, please contact the Olympia office of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at: (360) 902-2349, or Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), (360) 902-2207 for more information.