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HUNTING PROSPECTS
Photo of hunter with harvested elk with huge antlers. 2015 Hunting Forecasts by District NEW!
Wildlife biologists with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have compiled the best information available to help hunters have a successful hunting season. Learn more >>

WILDLIFE HEALTH
Photo of a round yellow tag used to indicate an animal has previously been drugged. Is Your Harvest Safe to Consume?
If the animal is tagged with a round yellow tag, such as the one pictured to the left, it means that at some point in its life it was treated with a drug. These drug residues may be harmful to humans if they are still present when the meat of the animal is consumed. Learn more >>

Wild Game Meat Food Safety - Hunter Guidelines

SPECIAL HUNT PERMITS & RAFFLES
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Additional opportunity for Multi-Season Tag applicants beginning noon Aug. 10
Check your special permit drawing results
How do I find out how many Special Permit points I have?
Check your 2015 Raffle Permit Results
Raffle Permit Opportunities for 2015

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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Elk Hoof Disease Public Working Group (EHDPWG)
Frequently Asked Questions
Submit an Elk Hoof Rot / Deformation Report

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

KEEP YOUR VISION ON TARGET

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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
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. Download the app via Apple's App Store! Download the app via Google Play!
   LATEST NEWS
Commission rejects petition to rescind cougar guidelines
Target shooting at Methow Wildlife Area closed to reduce wildfire risk
Commission sets waterfowl seasons, discusses steelhead management
Fire and access restrictions require extra planning for upcoming hunting seasons
Drought conditions harming fish and wildlife, disrupting some fisheries
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