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INCENTIVE PERMIT DRAWING FOR EARLY REPORTING
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Hunters who report harvest by January 10 will be entered into a drawing for a special incentive permit. The nine special permits include two any elk permits for western Washington, two any elk permits for eastern Washington, and five statewide any deer permits. If your special permit hunting season extends beyond January 31, you will be included in the incentive drawing if you make a report within 10 days of the close of that season. The incentive drawing is usually held in April.

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2015-2021 GAME MANAGEMENT PLAN DEVELOPMENT
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Starting in June 2014, the Department began updating the 2009-2015 Game Management Plan. This revised plan will guide the Department's management of hunted wildlife for the next six years. Learn more >>

Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, 2015-2021 Game Management Plan NEW!

BIG GAME PAMPHLET COVER CONTEST
Photo of the 2014 Big Game Regulation Pamphlet cover.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is excited to announce its 4th-annual 2015 Big Game Regulations Pamphlet Contest. This year's theme is "Women: Hunting Through the Generations." The winning photo submitted in our contest will adorn the cover of 650,000 pamphlets next year! Submit your photo today! >>>


HUNTING PROSPECTS
Photo of hunter with harvested elk with huge antlers. 2014 Hunting Forecasts by District
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 deformed elk hoof. WDFW seeks public's assistance to monitor hoof disease in elk
State wildlife managers are seeking help from hunters and the general public in monitoring the spread of hoof disease among elk in 10 counties in southwest Washington. Learn more >>

Bacterial Hoof Disease in Southwest Washington Elk
Frequently Asked Questions
Elk Hoof Disease Public Working Group

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 >>

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.

Tips on Getting Prepared for Hunting Season!

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
WDFW extends deadline to apply for Master Hunter Advisory Group
Commission approves Game Management Plan, discusses Willapa Bay salmon fisheries
Commission to discuss Willapa Bay salmon fisheries, consider Game Management Plan
WDFW seeks public's assistance to monitor hoof disease in elk
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
   GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS
Game Harvest Reports
2014 Game Status and Trend Report
 
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