Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


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 currently apply to other big game or small game.

There are now new-generation telescopic sights that include range finders that calculate an aiming point on the objective lens of a scope based upon the distance to target and ammunition being used. These devices are currently legal because the aiming point is not projected onto the target.

"Red dot" scopes that have a red dot in the middle of the sight but do not transmit a beam are permissable. As long as a beam is not projected, these scopes are allowed for hunting.

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Last Updated
23rd of February, 2016