Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


Can a person precluded by law from possessing a firearm hunt in Washington with archery equipment when legal to do so?

  • Yes. Such individuals can purchase an archery deer or elk tag or modern firearm deer or elk tag and legally hunt during those seasons using only legal archery equipment.
  • Such individuals could also hunt with a crossbow during the modern firearm season in firearm restricted areas if they purchased a modern firearm deer and/or elk tag.
  • They could apply for special permits for bear, cougar, goat, sheep, or moose and if drawn hunt only with legal archery equipment.

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24th of May, 2011

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