Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


Is it OK to spotlight big game if no hunting equipment is in my vehicle?

Yes, but if you have any firearms, archery equipment, or crossbows in your vehicle, whether or not they meet legal hunting requirements, you are considered to be hunting.

It is illegal to hunt big game with the aid of an artificial light or spotlight.

It is illegal to use any vehicle to pursue, concentrate, or harass wild animals or wild birds.

We suggest that hunters do not spotlight big game at any time. Doing so can result in contact with a Fish and Wildlife Officer.

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6th of December, 2013