- Who needs a hunting license in Washington?
Anyone hunting wildlife in Washington needs a hunting license. For questions on child-support payment related issues, contact DSHS toll-free at 1-800-457-6202 or visit the Division of Child Support website. Late child-support payments typically suspend hunting rights.
- Where can I hunt in Washington?
Start your search with one or all of these three sources: 1. Contact a WDFW Regional Office for tips. 2. Send an email to the Wildlife Program or call them at (360) 902-2515. 3. Check out one of our Hunting Pamphlets.
- Is it OK to spotlight big game if no hunting equipment is in my vehicle?
Yes, but 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 an artificial light or spotlight. It is illegal to use any vehicle to pursue, ...
- Can I remove a dead deer from my property and keep the antlers?
You may remove and dispose of wildlife found dead on your property or on an adjoining public roadway, but you must first notify WDFW. Dead wildlife can only be removed for disposal, not for personal use or consumption (WAC 232-12-287, for disposal of dead wildlife see WAC 246-203-121). You cann ...
- Who needs to take a hunter education course?
All hunters born after January 1, 1972, are required to show proof of successfully passing a hunter education course. All hunter education training certificates issued by any of the other 49 state fish and wildlife agencies are accepted here in Washington State. The certificate must be presente ...
- Can I legally tag a deer or elk found dead along a roadway during open season?
No. You cannot possess wildlife that 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.
- What is the definition of "wastage," and when does it apply?
You may not allow game animals or game birds you have taken to recklessly be wasted. 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.
- How old do I have to be to hunt alone?
It depends. The Department recommends youth hunters to be accompanied by older, more experienced hunters. However, if you have successfully passed Hunter Education, then you can hunt alone at any age unless you are hunting waterfowl, upland bird, or have drawn a Youth Only Moose Special Permit ...
- 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?
No. 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 ...
- What are the rules for Hunter Orange?
See WDFW's Hunter Orange Requirements.
- 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 ...
- When and how can I train my upland bird hunting dogs?
Bird dog training season runs from August 1-March 31, but dog training may be conducted year round on designated portions of some WDFW Wildlife Areas. Refer to the bird dog training season section of the Migratory Waterfowl & Upland Game pamphlet for these locations. A small game license is ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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.