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  1. Who needs a hunting license in Washington?
    Anyone hunting wildlife in Washington needs a hunting license. For complete hunting rules and requirements, please read the appropriate Hunting Regulation Pamphlet. For questions on child-support payment related issues, contact DSHS toll-free at 1-800-457-6202 or visit the Division of Child Su ...
  2. Where can I hunt in Washington?
    There are several sources available to help you get started. You can contact your closest WDFW Regional Office for tips. Regional contact information can be found on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regions/. You can contact the Wildlife Program online at wildthing@dfw.wa.gov or by ...
  3. Is it legal to spotlight big game if no hunting equipment is in my vehicle?
    It is legal to spotlight big game if no hunting equipment is in your vehicle. However, if you have any firearms, archery equipment, or crossbows in your vehicle, whether or not they meet legal hunting requirements, you are considered to be hunting. It is illegal to hunt big game with the aid of ...
  4. Can I remove a dead deer from my property and keep the antlers?
    You cannot keep the antlers or horns attached to dead wildlife. This includes dead wildlife found on your property. However, you can keep naturally shed antlers you find. You can remove and dispose of wildlife found dead on your property. You must first notify a WDFW Regional Office before you ...
  5. Who needs to take Hunter Education?
    All hunters born after January 1, 1972 are required to show proof of hunter education course completion. If you completed hunter education in another state, you can use that certification in Washington. You must provide that proof at the time of license purchase. See WDFW's Hunter Education web ...
  6. Can I legally tag a deer or elk found dead along a roadway during open season?
    You cannot tag or possess wildlife you did not legally harvest. In most cases, road-killed animals are extremely bruised due to the trauma of impact, and/or they have spoiled and have little edible meat anyway.
  7. What is the definition of "wastage," and when does it apply?
    You may not allow game animals or game birds you have taken to be wasted recklessly. You must make a reasonable attempt to remove and use all edible meat from the carcass of harvested game fish, game birds, and game animals.
  8. How old do I have to be to hunt alone?
    WDFW recommends older, more experienced hunters accompany 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. Hunter education can be taken at any age. If hunting under t ...
  9. Can I apply deer/elk urine, beaver musk, skunk urine, fish oil, or any other type of wildlife/fish scent on my clothing while bear hunting?
    All such attractants are considered baiting and can’t be used while bear hunting. “Bait” means a substance placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, scattered, or otherwise used for the purpose of attracting black bears to an area where one or more persons hunt or intend to hun ...
  10. Where can I find rules on Hunter Orange?
    WDFW's hunter orange requirements can be found on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/hunter_orange/.
  11. Can I use fluorescent hunter-orange camouflage clothing measuring at least 400 square inches to meet hunter-orange requirements?
    Yes, but the amount of camouflage clothing that is actually fluorescent hunter-orange in color must still total 400 square inches or more on the exterior, and be worn above the waist and visible from all sides. This means the total size of the garment(s) being worn will be considerably larger th ...
  12. When and how can I train my upland bird hunting dogs?
    Bird dog training season runs from August 1-March 31, but year round training exists on some WDFW Wildlife Areas. Refer to the bird dog training season section of the Migratory Waterfowl & Upland Game pamphlet for full details. The pamphlet can be found on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa ...
  13. What are the rules about shooting from a road?
    A person is guilty of unlawful use of a loaded firearm if the person negligently shoots a firearm from, across, or along the maintained portion of a public highway (RCW 77.15.460). It is unlawful to shoot a bow and arrow from a vehicle or from, across, or along the maintained portion of a publi ...
  14. If I remove the head from my legal bull elk or buck deer, but I leave the antlers attached, does this meet "evidence of sex" requirements in Washington?
    No. It is illegal to possess or transport big game animals unless evidence of the animal’s gender is left naturally attached to the carcass until the carcass is processed or stored for consumption. For a bull elk and buck deer, evidence of gender includes EITHER: the head with antlers int ...
  15. Can I use bait when I go out hunting?
    You cannot use bait to hunt black bear in Washington State. In accordance with WAC 232-12-245, it is unlawful to hunt for deer and elk using any type of bait placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, scattered, or otherwise used for the purpose of attracting deer or elk with the intent to hunt t ...
  16. If I harvested deer, elk, or moose from a state or province connected to chronic wasting disease (CWD), what do I do?
    If you hunt deer, elk, or moose in a state or province connected to chronic wasting disease (CWD), only the following items may be imported to Washington to reduce the risk of transmission: Meat that has been de-boned in the state or province where it was harvested and is imported as boned-out ...
  17. How do I update my contact information?
    You can update your mailing address, phone number, or email in one of three ways: 1. Online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wa/license 2. At a License Vendor 3. Over the phone by calling WDFW Licensing at (360) 902-2464
  18. Can I hunt big game or turkey if I do not draw a special permit?
    You can hunt deer, elk, bear, cougar, or turkey without drawing a special permit. You can hunt the general season for any of these species by buying a general season license. Information on general seasons can be found in Washington's Big Game Hunting Seasons & Regulations pamphlet at http: ...
  19. If I want to submit a bighorn sheep, mountain goat, or moose special permit, do I need to buy a hunting license and tag first?
    You can wait to purchase a bighorn sheep, mountain goat, or moose license and tag until you are drawn for a special permit. You can submit a special permit application for any of those three species without purchasing a general season license and tag. If drawn for one of the special permits, yo ...
  20. Can I clean my waterfowl and upland birds before I take them back to my residence?
    Waterfowl and upland birds can be cleaned before you take them back to your residence, but the feathered heads of all game birds, as evidence of species, must be attached to the carcass when they are in your possession in the field or are being transported.
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