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  1. Can a person precluded by law from possessing a firearm hunt in Washington with archery equipment when legal to do so?
    Yes. Such individuals can purchase an archery deer or elk tag or modern firearm deer or elk tag and legally hunt during those seasons using only legal archery equipment. Such individuals could also hunt with a crossbow during the modern firearm season in firearm restricted areas if they purchas ...
  2. Can a felon possess or use a muzzleloader, rifle, handgun, or shotgun for hunting?
    No, unless the felon has had his/her right-to-bear-arms restored through a state superior court. If the felon’s rights have been restored, he/she can use muzzleloaders, rifles, handguns, and shotguns to hunt. But if the felon has not had his/her firearm rights restored, then he/she cannot ...
  3. Where can I find rules and regulations about firearms (especially handguns and carrying concealed weapons)?
    Refer to chapter 9.41 RCW, “Firearms and Dangerous Weapons.” The Hunter Education Division within WDFW’s Enforcement Program has a brochure titled “Firearms Safety, The Law and You. Basic Safety, General Laws and Regulations.” The brochure contains information abou ...
  4. What are the firearms possession rules for non-U.S. citizens?
    It is a class C felony for any person who is not a citizen of the United States to carry or possess any firearm, unless the person: 1) Is a lawful permanent resident; 2) has obtained a valid alien firearm license pursuant to RCW 9.41.173; or 3) meets the requirements of RCW 9.41.175. A citizen ...
  5. Can I have a loaded rifle or shotgun while riding a quad or motor bike while hunting?
    No. Both a quad and motor bike are motor vehicles, so any rifle or shotgun being transported on them must be unloaded.
  6. Can persons younger than 21 legally hunt with a handgun during modern firearm seasons, and legally possess a handgun during archery or muzzleloading firearm seasons?
    Yes. If you are under the age of 21 and you want to use a handgun to hunt or for personal protection while hunting, you must possess a legal hunting license, be hunting during legal seasons in open areas, and not be trespassing (RCW 9.41.060 and 9.41.240). Also, the handgun must meet appropriat ...
  7. Is it OK to have a loaded shotgun or rifle while riding on a mountain bike or horse while hunting?
    Yes, because neither is a motor vehicle. However, it is extremely dangerous to do this in certain situations, so it is discouraged.
  8. Can a person precluded by law from possessing a firearm take hunter education training and hunt in Washington with archery equipment when legal to do so?
    Yes. Such individuals can take hunter education training, if approved by the chief hunter education instructor for the specific class. They would need to go through the class without handling any real firearms or ammunition, and they would have to demonstrate their shooting ability using legal a ...
  9. How old do I have to be to hunt alone?
    It depends. WDFW recommends older, more experienced hunters go with youth hunters. If born after January 1, 1972, you must complete Hunter Education or obtain a one-year, once-in-a-lifetime Hunter Education Deferral to hunt in Washington State. You can take Hunter Education at any age. However, ...
  10. If I'm under age 18, can I possess and use a rifle, shotgun, or muzzleloader?
    Yes, but only under the following circumstances (RCW 9.41.042): You are attending a certified hunter education course or a firearms safety course; You are shooting or target practicing at an established range where shooting is allowed, or in other areas where it is legal to shoot firearms; You ...