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  1. Can a landowner post their property to No Hunting, Fishing, or Trespassing, and still hunt and fish on their land or allow friends to do so?
    Yes, access to private property is at the discretion of the landholder. A person is guilty of unlawful posting if the individual posts signs preventing hunting or fishing on any land not owned or leased by the individual, or without the permission of the person who owns, leases, or controls the ...
  2. Can a private landowner legally charge for hunting/fishing access to their property?
    Yes. A landowner can charge for fishing or hunting access to their property, but cannot charge you for game harvested from their property. However, if a landowner has a permit to operate a commercial “put and take” fishing operation from their private impoundment, they may charge fo ...
  3. How do I find out who owns property in order to hunt on it?
    Call the Assessor’s Office in the county where the land is located. Visit the website for the Assessor’s Office in the county where the land is located, and check to see if specific tax information by parcel is available for public review. Obtain area maps from government agencies s ...
  4. Does private property need to be posted in Washington State in order for trespass rules to be enforced?
    No. If the land has indications of private ownership, such as buildings, fences, or signs, you cannot go onto the land without the landowner’s or tenant’s permission, if you go onto land despite seeing or being aware of No Trespassing signs, you can be cited for trespassing. If you ...
  5. Does WDFW have a program to help the public access private lands?
    Yes. Since about 50% of Washington is in private ownership, many public hunting opportunities rely on landowners opening their lands. In Washington, hunters must obtain landowner permission to hunt on private land; however, WDFW is working with hundreds of landowners to help acquire permission. ...
  6. 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 ...