Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


What are the rules about shooting from a road?

  • A person is guilty of unlawful use of a loaded firearm if the person negligently shoots a firearm from, across, or along the maintained portion of a public highway (RCW 77.15.460).
  • It is unlawful to shoot a bow and arrow from a vehicle or from, across, or along the maintained portion of a public highway. See WAC 232-12-054.
  • Persons with a disabled hunter permit may shoot from a vehicle if the hunter is in compliance with WAC 232-12-828, Hunting of game birds and animals by persons of disability.
  • A public highway is one maintained specifically for the use of the public, REGARDLESS OF SURFACE.
  • Shooting from a private road is legal if access has been granted by the landowner and other firearm restrictions and safety issues have been addressed.


Related Questions


No attachments were found.

Question Details

Last Updated
9th of July, 2012

Would you like to...

Print this page  Print this page

Email this page  Email this page

Post a comment  Post a comment

 Subscribe me

Subscribe me  Remove from favorites

Remove Highlighting Remove Highlighting

Edit this Question

Quick Edit

Export to PDF

User Opinions

No users have voted.

How would you rate this answer?

Thank you for rating this answer.