Three things to know

  1. Anticipated closures are not official until considered and approved by the director of WDFW.
     
  2. Hunters can also verify closures by calling the toll-free cougar hotline  (1-866-364-4868, press 2 after the recording).
     
  3. After January 1, 2015, all hunters must report their kills via the cougar hotline within 24 hours (press 3 after the recording), and kills must sealed by WDFW staff within 5 days (unfrozen)

Harvest guideline system
In hunt areas with a harvest guideline, the Director may close the cougar late hunting season after January 1 in one or more GMUs if cougar harvest meets or exceeds the guideline.

Starting January 1, cougar hunters may hunt cougar from January 1 until the hunt area harvest guideline has been reached and the GMU(s) is closed by the Director or March 31, whichever occurs first.

All cougars killed by licensed hunters during the early and late hunting seasons, and seasons authorized under WAC 232-12-243 shall be counted toward the harvest guideline.

 It is each cougar hunter’s responsibility to verify if the cougar late hunting season is open or closed in hunt areas with a harvest guideline. Cougar hunters can verify if the season is open or closed by calling the toll free cougar hunting hotline (1-866-364-4868) or visiting this website.

The hotline and website will be updated weekly beginning January 1, 2015.

Information last updated: August 21, 2015

Hunt Area Late Hunting Season Harvest
Guideline
Status
GMU 101 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 7-9 Closed
GMU 105 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 2 Closed
GMU 108, 111 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 5-6 Closed
GMU 113 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 4-6 Closed
GMU 117 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 6-8 Closed
GMU 121 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 5-6 Closed
GMUs 124, 127, 130 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 7-9 Closed
GMUs 133, 136, 139, 142, 248, 454, 260, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278, 284, 290, 330, 334, 371, 372, 373, 379, 381 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 none Closed
GMUs 145, 166, 175, 178 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 3-4 Closed
GMU's 149, 154, 162, 163 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 4-6 Closed
GMUs 169, 172, 181, 186 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 3-4 Closed
GMU 203 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 4-6 Closed
GMU 204 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 6-8 Closed
GMUs 209, 215 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 4-5 Closed
GMUs 218, 231 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 4-6 Closed
GMUs 224 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 2-3 Closed
GMUs 233, 239 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 3-4 Closed
GMUs 242, 243 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 4-6 Closed
GMUs 244, 246, 247 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 5-6 Closed
GMUs 245, 250 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 5-6 Closed
GMUs 249, 251 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 5-6 Closed
GMUs 328, 329, 335 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 6-8 Closed
GMUs 336, 340, 342, 346 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 5-7 Closed
GMUs 352, 356, 360, 364, 368 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 5-7 Closed
GMUs 382, 388 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 3-4 Closed
GMU 407 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 none Closed
GMUs 418, 426, 437 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 11-15 Closed
GMUs 448, 450 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 9-13 Closed
GMU 454 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 none Closed
GMU 460 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 5-7 Closed
GMUs 466, 485a, 490 a
Special deer permit required to hunt cougar in GMU 485
Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 2-3 Closed
GMUs 501, 504, 506, 530 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 7-10 Closed
GMUs 503, 505, 520, 550 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 6-8 Closed
GMUs 510, 513 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 3-4 Closed
GMU 516 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 3-5 Closed
GMUs 524, 554, 556 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 3-4 Closed
GMU 560 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 5-6 Closed
GMU 564, 568 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 3-4 Closed
GMU 572 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 3-4 Closed
GMUs 574, 578 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 3-5 Closed
GMUs 601, 602, 603, 612 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 5-7 Closed
GMUs 607, 615 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 4-5 Closed
GMUs 618, 636, 638 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 4-5 Closed
GMUs 621, 624, 627, 633 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 none Closed
GMUs 642, 648, 651 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 6-8 Closed
GMUs 652, 666 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 none Closed
GMUs 653, 654 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 4-6 Closed
GMUs 658, 660, 663, 672, 673, 681, 684, 699 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 9-12 Closed
GMU 667 Jan 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 3-4 Closed
a Hunters possessing a deer or elk special permit for GMU 485 may hunt cougar in this unit during that permit hunt.