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  1. I heard access to the area I hunt is closed, what can I do?
    To find out other access options, contact a WDFW Regional Office. Contact information can be found on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regions/.
  2. Do I need to pass the WDFW Canada Goose Identification Test if I plan to hunt them outside Management Area 2A or 2B?
    You do not need to take the WDFW Canada goose identification test if you plan to hunt Canada geese outside Management Area 2A or 2B.
  3. Am I allowed to exchange my tag?
    You can exchange tags for a different area or a different weapon type by the following deadlines: For archery tag holders before September 1 For muzzleloader tag holders before September 20 For modern firearm tag holders before October 10 However, if you submitted hunt choices (except Points ...
  4. Can I use all Department of Natural Resources (DNR) roads?
    In many cases, DNR may have management easements across private land, as opposed to public easements. In this case, the right-of-way is not a publicly maintained road, but a private road. You cannot use these to access public land that lies beyond. Landowners can gate and post these to no tresp ...
  5. Can I discharge a firearm or hunt anywhere in the state once I buy a hunting license?
    No. Most hunting seasons are restricted by area. To find an open hunting season, review the hunting regulations and seasons page on the WDFW website and read through the relevant hunting pamphlet. The hunting seasons and regulations webpage can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations ...
  6. I heard about hunting unclassified wildlife. What do I need to purchase and what type of weapons can I use to hunt them?
    To hunt unclassified wildlife, you need a valid big game or small game license. You can hunt unclassified wildlife year round with no bag limit and with any weapon. For instance, you can legally hunt unclassified wildlife with an air rifle. Please review the Small Game, Furbearers, and Unclassi ...
  7. Can I buy a second deer tag and use it for the general season to harvest a second deer?
    A second deer tag is only available through a second deer special permit hunt. You will first have to enter into a second deer special permit drawing. If selected for a second deer special permit, you will be able to purchase a second deer tag and harvest a second deer. Second deer tags are not ...
  8. 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
  9. 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, 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 meat. ...
  10. Can I use bait when I go out hunting?
    You cannot use bait to hunt black bear, but you can for all other big game, such as deer or elk. You cannot use bait to hunt game birds, but you can for other small game species.
  11. How do I get a Migratory Bird Harvest Card to hunt band-tailed pigeon, brant, sea duck, or snow goose? Will I need to do this year after year?
    To get a Migratory Bird Harvest Card for band-tailed pigeon, brant, sea duck, or snow goose, you need to purchase the Migratory Bird Authorization. However, first time requests need to start with the Migratory Bird Hunting Authorization Application at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/permits/migrator ...
  12. Where can I see harvest data?
    You can see the most recent harvest data by looking through WDFW's game harvest reports. These reports provide hunter numbers, hunter success, harvest totals, and more for several game species. Game harvest reports can be found on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/harvest/.
  13. How can I get hunting tips online from someone who works out in the field?
    Hunting prospects provide hunting forecasts from district biologists based on their field work and surveys. The prospects offer helpful advice to scout your next hunting trip. Hunting prospects can be found on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/prospects/. They are updated every yea ...
  14. If someone gives me a legally harvested grouse, pheasant, or duck he or she harvested, does it count towards my daily bag limit and possession limit or theirs?
    It counts towards the daily bag and possession limit of the person who harvested the game. You should get a written statement from the person who harvested the game that includes name, address, license, permit or tag number, the number and kind of animal provided to you, the date killed, county ...
  15. 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 these three species without purchasing a general season license and tag. If drawn for one of these Special Permits, ...
  16. Do I need a hunting license if I'm just helping my child or others to hunt?
    If you are only watching or guiding, you do not need a hunting license. However, if you are directly assisting and participating (such as driving game or packing hunting weapons), you will need the appropriate hunting license.
  17. Can I tag a deer or an elk I find dead in the woods during open season if I didn't shoot it?
    You cannot possess wildlife or parts thereof that you did not legally harvest, unless the person who legally harvested the animal provides you with a written statement showing their name, address, license, permit, or tag number, the number and kind of animal provided, the date killed, county an ...
  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. However, hunting mountain goat, moose, or bighorn sheep is different. These three species have no general season. You ca ...
  19. The bag limit for black bear states two during the license year. Does that mean I can harvest two black bears with one black bear license?
    No. You must purchase a second black bear license to harvest a second black bear during the license year. You may only harvest one black bear in eastern Washington during the license year.
  20. I have Migratory Bird Authorizations for several species. Can I just pick up harvest cards for the species I plan to hunt?
    Yes. You only need to pick up harvest cards for the species you plan to hunt. You must report on all the harvest cards you obtain that season, even if you did not hunt.
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