To apply for disability status your physician will need to complete the Hunter / Fisher Disability Status Application. Return it to our main office at:
WDFW, Licensing Division
PO Box 43154
Olympia, WA 98504
Or you can fax the application to (360) 902-2466.
- Please allow 2 weeks for processing, if you do not receive a notice on your application after 2 weeks please contact our office at (360) 902-2464, TDD (360) 902-2207.
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The Washington State Legislature, and/or the Fish and Wildlife Commission established eligibility requirements stated below. Receiving a disability award or rating from the Social Security Administration or any other federal, state, and/or county entity does not automatically make one eligible for an accommodation issued by WDFW.
Temporary and/or short-term disabilities are not permitted.
To qualify for disability status with WDFW you must have a permanent disability which meets one of the following:
“Person with a disability” means a person who has a permanent physical disability or permanent developmental disability which substantially impairs their ability to participate in recreational activities or access department lands; and
Lower Extremity Qualification:
- A person who has permanent non-operable physical lower extremity impairment and is not ambulatory over natural terrain without a lower extremity prosthesis, or must permanently use an MD medically prescribed assistive device every time for mobility, including, but not limited to, a wheelchair, walker, crutch, leg brace, oxygen bottle; or
- Who have lost the use of one or both lower extremities, or
- Who have a severe physical limitation in the use of one or both lower extremities, or
- Who have a diagnosed permanent disease or disorder which substantially impairs or severely interferes with mobility.
Upper Extremity Qualifications:
- A person who has permanent non-operable physical upper extremity impairment and is physically limited in their ability to hold and safely operate a legal hunting or harvesting device; or
- Who have lost the use of one or both upper extremities, or
- Who have a severe physical limitation in the use of one or both upper extremities, or
- Who have a diagnosed permanent disease or disorder which substantially impairs or severely interferes with the use of one or both upper extremities.
Visual Impairment Qualifications:
- Blindness is a central visual acuity that does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye with corrective lenses, or the widest diameter of the visual field does not exceed twenty degrees, or
- Low Vision is a severe loss of visual acuity ranging from 20/70 to 20/200 while retaining some visual function, or
- Visual impairments may include, but are not limited to: Albinism, Aniridia, Aphakia, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, or other similar diagnosed permanent disease or disorder.
Cognitive Intellectual Developmental Disability:
Such as: cerebral palsy, down syndrome, epilepsy, autism, or another neurological condition of an individual found to be closely related to an cognitive 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, as defined in RCW 71A.10.020.
NOT included: ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Bi-polar, Depression, PTSD, Cancer, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) 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, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968.
The U.S. Department of the Interior and WDFW prohibit 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, 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: Chief, Public Civil Rights Division, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington DC 20240.
If you need further assistance or information, please contact the Olympia office of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: (360) 902-2349, or Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), (360) 902-2207.