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 or a Youth Only Bighorn Sheep Special Permit. In all those cases, youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult.
If you were born after January 1, 1972, you must either successfully pass Hunter Education or obtain a one-year, once-in-a-lifetime Hunter Education Deferral to hunt in Washington State. There is no age requirement for attending Hunter Education. However, if you are hunting under a Hunter Education Deferral, you cannot hunt alone. You must be at least 10 years old and apply with an accompanying hunter who is at least 18 years of age and has held a Washington hunting license for the previous three years to apply for a Hunter Education Deferral.
30th of August, 2013