- What are the legal specifications for archery, crossbow, muzzleloading firearm, handgun, rifle, and shotgun hunting for big game?
Big game equipment regulations and specifications can be found in the Equipment and Hunting Methods section of Washington's Big Game Hunting Seasons & Regulations pamphlet. The pamphlet can be found on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/.
- Can I use electronic decoys or electronic calls to hunt game species during open seasons?
You cannot hunt waterfowl, wild turkeys, or deer with the use or aid of battery-powered or other electronic devices, such as decoys, or with the use or aid of electronic calls. You can use electronic decoys or electronic calls to hunt other game species.
- Can a felon possess or use a muzzleloader, rifle, handgun, or shotgun for hunting?
A felon cannot possess or use a muzzleloader, rifle, handgun, or shotgun for hunting. The only exception to this rule is if the felon has had his or her right-to-bear-arms restored through a state superior court.
- Can I carry a modern handgun while archery or muzzleloader hunting?
A modern handgun can be carried while archery or muzzleloader hunting, but only for personal protection. Modern handguns cannot be used to hunt big game or to dispatch wounded big game during the big game hunting season for archery or muzzleloader.
- Can I hunt bobcat, raccoon or coyote at night with a spotlight?
You can hunt bobcat, raccoon, or coyote at night with a spotlight during their open seasons. However, you cannot hunt them with a spotlight during September, October, or November in any area open to a modern firearm deer or elk season.
- 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 ...
- What is the definition of a loaded rifle or shotgun?
A shotgun or rifle is considered loaded if it contains shells or cartridges in the chamber or magazine. In addition, any firearm that has a detachable clip or magazine is considered unloaded if the detachable clip or magazine is not inserted in or attached to the firearm. A muzzleloader is con ...
- Where can I find rules and regulations about firearms (especially handguns and carrying concealed weapons)?
There are two ways you can learn about firearm rules and regulations in Washington State. One way is to refer to chapter 9.41 RCW, entitled "Firearms and Dangerous Weapons," which is available online at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.41. The second way is to read the brochure re ...
- Can I have a loaded rifle or shotgun while riding a quad or motor bike while hunting?
Both quads and motor bikes are classified as motor vehicles, so any rifle or shotgun being transported on them must be unloaded.
- What are the firearms possession rules for non-U.S. citizens?
It is a class C felony for any person who is not a citizen of the United States to carry or possess any firearm, unless the person: 1) Is a lawful permanent resident; 2) has obtained a valid alien firearm license pursuant to RCW 9.41.173; or 3) meets the requirements of RCW 9.41.175. A citizen ...
- Is it legal to have a loaded shotgun or rifle while riding on a mountain bike or horse while hunting?
Mountain bikes and horses are not considered motor vehicles, so it is legal to carry a loaded shotgun or rifle while riding. However, doing so is extremely dangerous and WDFW discourages anyone from taking the risk.
- During modern firearm seasons, can a muzzleloading firearm be used that has telescopic sights, uses 209 primers, and has a closed ignition system?
Muzzleloading firearms used during a modern firearm season are not required to meet ignition, primer, or sight restrictions. Muzzleloading firearms used during a modern firearm season are also not required to meet double-barrel restrictions. A muzzleloading firearm can have both barrels fully l ...
- What is the magazine-capacity restriction on firearms used for big game hunting?
There is no magazine capacity restriction on firearms used for big game hunting.
- Are mechanical broadheads legal to hunt big game in Washington?
Mechanical broadheads are legal to use for all archery hunting. This includes hunting with crossbows.
- If I'm under age 18, can I possess and use a rifle, shotgun, or muzzleloader?
If you are under 18, you can possess and use a rifle, shotgun, or muzzleloader only under the following circumstances (RCW 9.41.042): You are attending a certified hunter education course or a firearms safety course; You are shooting or target practicing at an established range where shooting ...
- Can I have both barrels of my double-barreled muzzleloader loaded during a legal season for muzzleloading firearms?
A hunter lawfully hunting small game with a double-barreled muzzleloading shotgun may keep both barrels loaded. A hunter lawfully hunting big game with a double-barreled muzzleloading firearm during a muzzleloader season may load both barrels with powder charges and projectiles, but may have o ...
- Is it legal to use mechanical broadheads during wild turkey seasons?
Turkeys are classified as game birds, and mechanical broadheads are allowed for game birds in Washington State.
- Can I use laser sights or night vision devices to hunt?
It is illegal to hunt deer and elk with the aid of infrared night vision equipment or with laser sights (not to include range finders) capable of projecting a beam onto the target while in possession or control of a firearm, bow and arrow, muzzleloading firearm or crossbow. This rule does not cu ...
- What are the rules for firearm restriction areas, and can crossbows now be used?
In firearm restriction areas, hunters may hunt only during the season allowed by their deer and/or elk tag. Modern firearm tag holders may hunt firearm restriction areas during modern firearm deer and/or elk seasons with bows and arrows, crossbows, muzzleloading firearms, revolver-type handgun ...
- Am I restricted to the use of solid lead projectiles in Washington while hunting with a muzzleloading firearm?
You may use any type of projectile while hunting with a muzzleloading firearm in Washington.