- If Iím already authorized to obtain multiple Migratory Bird Harvest Cards but donít plan to hunt all of them this year, can I just pick up the harvest card(s) for the species I plan to hunt?
Yes. You only need to obtain Migratory Bird Harvest Cards for the species you plan on hunting. You are required to report on all the Migratory Bird Harvest Cards you obtain that season regardless of hunting success. There are two ways to submit your harvest card report(s): Online at https://f ...
- Do I need to take and pass the WDFW Online Goose Identification Test if Iím not hunting Canada Goose in Management Area 2A or 2B? What about submitting or purchasing the Migratory Bird Authorization?
The answer is NO to all of the questions above if you are not hunting Canada Goose in Management Area 2A or 2B. If you are hunting Canada Goose in Management Area 2A or 2B, you can take the WDFW Online Canada Goose Identification Test at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/canada_goose/. Once you succes ...
- Can I use bait when I go out hunting?
The answers are both yes and no because it depends on what you are 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.
- What are the rules for bringing harvested big game into Washington from other states or provinces regarding chronic wasting disease (CWD)?
Please refer to the chronic wasting disease section of the Big Game Hunting Regulation pamphlet. This section lists the states and provinces from which the importation of meat and trophies are now regulated. These areas currently include: Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Missour ...
- Do I need to purchase a mountain goat, bighorn sheep, or moose hunting license and tag prior to purchasing a Special Permit application for any of these three species?
No. You can wait to purchase a mountain goat, bighorn sheep, or moose license and tag after you find out if you were drawn for one of these Special Permits. If drawn for one these Special Permits, you must purchase the appropriate hunting license by the deadline established by the Department. Y ...
- How do I update my contact information?
You can update your mailing address, phone number, or email in 3 ways: 1) Online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wa/license 2) License Vendor 3) Licensing Division at (360) 902-2464
- The bag limit for black bear states two during the license year. Does that mean I can harvest two black bears with a standard black bear license?
No. You must purchase a second black bear license to harvest a second black bear during the license year. Also, please be aware that only one black bear may be taken in eastern Washington during the license year.
- When can I or can't I exchange tags?
You can exchange tags for a different area or a different weapon type, but your request must be made prior to the following deadlines: for archery tag holders before September 1, muzzleloader tag holders before September 20, and modern firearm tag holders before October 10. However, if you subm ...
- 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 ...
- Can I clean my waterfowl and upland birds before I take them back to my residence?
Yes. 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.
- Why isn't the definition of a 3-point buck and 3-point bull the same?
The typical antler structure of elk and deer are quite different.
- How long does a spike elk antler need to be in order to be legal in a spike-only hunting area?
To qualify as a point, an antler point must be at least one inch in length, measured on the longest side. Thus, a spike elk antler only needs to be one inch long as measured from the point of attachment (pedicle) to be legal.