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Okanogan Co. limited-entry deer hunt applications due Aug. 14
Eighteen lucky hunters will have an opportunity to hunt for deer this fall on the 6,000-acre Charles and Mary Eder unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in northeastern Okanogan County. Learn more >>


BIG GAME HUNTING SEASONS & RULES
Deer, Elk, Black Bear, Cougar, Mountain Goat, Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Bobcat, Coyote, Fox, Grouse, Raccoon, Rabbit & Hare, Wild Turkey Early and Late Fall
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Download Big Game Hunting Seasons and Rules Pamphlet
Corrections to the Big Game Regulation Pamphlet
(as of June 22, 2015)
Special Hunt Permit Opportunities FAQ
Initiative 594 (I-594) as it Relates to Hunting FAQ
Hunter Orange Requirements
Deer & Elk Areas
Mountain Goat Permit Hunt Area Boundary Maps
Mt. Spokane Moose Unit Boundary Maps
Cougar Hunting Area Openings and Closures
How Are Big Game Hunting Seasons Set?

PRIVATE LANDS HUNTING ACCESS
Photo of father and son with harvested wild turkeys. Through new agreements with private landowners, WDFW has succeeded in opening up tens of thousands of acres of private farmland and timberland through programs such as “Feel Free to Hunt” and “Register to Hunt.” The latest program, “Hunt By Reservation,” allows hunters to get hunting information for specific properties and book a reservation online.  Find properties to hunt >>>

Hunt by Reservation system now available

HUNTER EDUCATION
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Register today! - Hunter education training is required in Washington State for all hunters born after January 1, 1972. The Department of Fish and Wildlife offers both traditional classroom and online hunter education classes.

New hunters can meet field skills requirement at Hunter Education Jamboree, June 6-7, 2015
Tips on Getting Prepared for Hunting Season!

WILDLIFE HEALTH
Photo of deformed elk hoof. Elk Hoof Disease
Sporadic reports of lame elk or elk with overgrown or missing hooves have been received in southwest Washington since the mid 1990’s. Reports of this “hoof disease” have been increasing and hunters have regularly seen and sometimes harvested an elk with this condition.
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Bacterial Hoof Disease in Southwest Washington Elk
Frequently Asked Questions
Elk Hoof Disease Public Working Group

2015-2021 GAME MANAGEMENT PLAN
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This Game Management Plan guides the department's management of hunted wildlife for six year timeframes. The focus is on the scientific management of game populations, harvest management, and other significant factors affecting game populations.
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View the 2015-2021 Game Management Plan

WILDLIFE HEALTH
Photo of hunters making stew with cubed venison over camp fire. Wild Game Meat Food Safety - Hunter Guidelines
Harvesting your own game meat can be a satisfying way to provide your family with all-natural, wholesome, and flavorful food. However, in contrast to domestically-raised poultry and livestock, wild game animals receive no veterinary care; their meat is not inspected before and after harvest; and butchering and processing often take place under less than ideal conditions. Learn more >>

KEEP YOUR VISION ON TARGET

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Learn more >>

Hunters with a valid Washington hunting license are now eligible to receive a free visual acuity screening at participating optometrist locations across the state.
HUNTING SAFETY
Photo of hunter wearing hunter orange looking through binoculars. WDFW would like to remind hunters to be safe, follow the regulations and practice hunter safety.
Hunter Safety Reminder   YouTube
Hunter Orange Requirements

 

 
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SPECIAL HUNT DRAWING RESULTS
  You can now look up ALL your Special Hunt results. See your current and past results using the link below.
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GoHunt!
Interactive mapping for hunting and recreational activities in Washington
GoHunt
   HUNTER REPORTING
iPads and iPhones are not compatible with the hunter reporting tool. To avoid problems please report online with a regular computer or by telephone at 877-945-3492.
Submit a Big Game Hunting Report
Submit a Migratory Bird Hunting Report
Submit a Furbearer Trapping Report
BigGameRegs Mobile App by Sportsman Regs. Displays Game Management Units & Hunting Regulations. Download the app via Apple App Store or Google Play. www.sportsmanregs.com
   LATEST NEWS
Fire and access restrictions require extra planning for upcoming hunting seasons
Okanogan County limited-entry deer hunt applications due Aug. 14
Drought conditions harming fish and wildlife, disrupting some fisheries
Meeting set July 31 in Ellensburg to discuss hunting in Elk Area 3911
New hunters can meet field skills requirement at Hunter Education Jamboree on Aug. 29
Hunter education classes continue right through summer
Women's workshop offers instruction on fishing, hunting, outdoor skills
Fire restrictions in place on WDFW lands
West Nile virus, fish and wildlife
More Hunting Info & Regulation Updates
   WHERE TO GO
Weekender Report
Washington State Hunting Prospects
Wildlife Areas
Water Access Sites
Accessing Washington's Outdoors (ADA)
Game Management Unit (GMU) Maps and Information
Deer & Elk Areas
Wildlife License Plates
Wildlife License Plates
Help Support Wildlife Activities in Washington
   I AM LOOKING FOR...
Hunting Regulations & Seasons
Wildlife Program Weekly Activity Reports
WDFW Rule Making Activities
Migratory Bird Authorization Application
Chronic Wasting Disease Information
Check your Eartagged Game
Tooth Age Lookup
Information about tribal hunting
Migratory Bird Stamp & Artwork Program
   GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS
Game Harvest Reports
2014 Game Status and Trend Report
 
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