Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


Can I legally kill rock doves, starlings, and house sparrows without a hunting license?

  • Rock doves, starlings, and house sparrows are not protected wildlife in Washington.  They are classified as predatory birds.
  • It is unlawful to hunt for or take predatory birds without a hunting license except as allowed under RCW 77.36.030 and WAC 232-36-051.
  • Their nests, eggs, young, and/or adults may be removed or destroyed at any time with the express permission of the property owner to prevent property damage.   However, firearm restrictions, no-shooting ordinances, and private property restrictions do apply.
  • They may also be taken year around with a hunting license.


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9th of July, 2012