- 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?
No. You can wait to purchase a bighorn sheep, mountain goat or moose license and tag until you find out if you drew 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 these Special Pe ...
- If I harvested deer, elk or moose from a state or province connected to chronic wasting disease (CWD), what do I do?
Check the chronic wasting disease section of the Big Game pamphlet for full details. This section lists the rules for importing items to Washington from certain states and provinces to reduce the risk of transmitting CWD: Meat that has been de-boned in the state or province where it was harves ...
- Can I use bait when I go out hunting?
It depends. 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.
- Do I need to pass the WDFW Canada Goose Identification Test if I plan to hunt them outside Management Area 2A or 2B?
No. You do not need to take the test if hunting Canada Goose outside Management Area 2A or 2B.
- 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.
- 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. Attached below is the Small Game, Furbearers, and Uncl ...
- Can I purchase a 2nd Deer Tag and use it for the general season to harvest a second deer?
No. You cannot use the 2nd Deer Tag to increase your bag limit for general season hunts. The 2nd Deer Tag is for Second Deer Special Permit hunts. If drawn for a Second Deer Special Permit, you must purchase a 2nd Deer Tag to participate in that hunt.
- 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 any of those four species, 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/migratory/. You DO NOT need to re ...
- Where can I see harvest data?
Visit our Game Harvest Reports. These reports provide hunter numbers, hunter success, harvest totals and more for several game species.
- 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.
- How can I get hunting tips online from someone who works out in the field?
Hunting Prospects provides hunting forecasts from district biologists based on their field work and surveys. These offer helpful advice to scout your next hunting trip.
- Are there any circumstances when a landowner can legally set his/her own hunting seasons and regulations on private property in Washington?
Generally the answer is no. The Fish and Wildlife Commission is responsible for setting all formal hunting seasons and regulations. WDFW has created several landowner programs that benefit landowners and hunters alike. The following examples are exceptions with special circumstances and limitat ...
- Is game farming legal in Washington?
Game farms licensed on or before January 1, 1992 may continue to operate under the license—see RCW 77.12.570; WAC 232-12-027. After January 1, 1992, WDFW is licensing only game farming of game birds—see WAC 232-12-027. WDFW does license game farms to raise and sell game birds includi ...
- Can I tag a deer or an elk I find dead in the woods during open season if I didn't shoot it?
No. 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, coun ...
- Does a designated harvester or hunter companion need to have a Washington license to harvest for or assist a disabled person in Washington?
No. According to WAC 232-12-828(8), a designated hunter companion must have a valid hunting license from Washington or another state. The hunter companion or designated harvester must have their licenses with them. And the disabled person who is being assisted must have the appropriate Washingt ...
- Is it illegal to harvest mule deer or black-tailed deer crosses during the Westside general deer season for black-tailed deer?
No, they are not illegal to harvest. The definition of black-tailed deer is that it occurs west of the Pacific Crest Trail and Klickitat River. However, it is illegal to harvest a white-tailed deer during the Westside general deer season since the Columbian white-tailed deer is federally protected.
- Can an individual legally harvest a cow moose and still apply for permit-controlled moose hunts in future years?
Yes. An individual may harvest only one moose during his/her lifetime, EXCEPT that this restriction is waived for hunters who have harvested a moose in an antlerless-only moose hunt or won raffle or auction hunts for moose.
- Do I need a hunting license if I'm just helping my child or others to hunt?
It depends. 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.
- If someone gives me a legally harvested grouse, pheasant, or duck they 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 that harvested the game that includes name, address, license, permit or tag number, the number and kind of animal provided to you, the date killed, count ...
- What is the difference between the daily bag limit and the possession limit for game animals?
For upland birds and waterfowl, the daily bag limit is the maximum number of birds that can be harvested in a single day. In some cases the bag limit can be an aggregate of species, but other times it is limited by species and sex. The appropriate Hunting Regulation Pamphlets should be consulte ...