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, 2017, 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 April 30, 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, 2017.

Information last updated: December 7, 2016

Hunt Area Late Hunting Season Harvest
Guideline
Status
GMU 101 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 7-9 Open
GMU 105 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 2 Open
GMUs 108, 111 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 5-6 Open
GMU 113 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 5-6 Open
GMU 117 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 6-8 Open
GMU 121 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 5-6 Open
GMUs 124, 127, 130 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 7-9 Open
GMUs 133, 136, 139, 142, 248, 254, 260, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278, 284, 290, 330, 334, 371, 372, 373, 379, 381 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 None Open
GMUs 145, 166, 175, 178 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 3-4 Open
GMUs 149, 154, 162, 163 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 4-5 Open
GMUs 169, 172, 181, 186 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 3 Open
GMU 203 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 5 Open
GMU 204 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 6-8 Open
GMUs 209, 215 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 4 Open
GMUs 218, 231 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 5-6 Open
GMU 224 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 2 Open
GMUs 233, 239 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 4 Open
GMUs 242, 243 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 5-6 Open
GMUs 244, 246, 247 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 5-6 Open
GMUs 245, 250 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 5-6 Open
GMUs 249, 251 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 5-6 Open
GMUs 328, 329, 335 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 6-7 Open
GMUs 336, 340, 342, 346 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 5-6 Open
GMUs 352, 356, 360, 364, 368 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 5-6 Open
GMUs 382, 388 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 3-4 Open
GMU 407 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 None Open
GMUs 418, 426, 437 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 11-15 Open
GMUs 448, 450 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 10-13 Open
GMU 454 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 None Open
GMU 460 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 5-6 Open
GMUs 466, 485a, 490 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 3 Open
GMUs 501, 504, 506, 530 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 8-10 Open
GMUs 503, 505, 520, 550 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 6-8 Open
GMUs 510, 513 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 3-4 Open
GMU 516 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 4 Open
GMUs 524, 554, 556 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 3 Open
GMU 560 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 5-6 Open
GMU 564 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 1 Open
GMU 568 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 2 Open
GMU 572 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 3 Open
GMUs 574, 578 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 4 Open
GMUs 601, 602, 603, 612 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 5-7 Open
GMUs 607, 615 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 4 Open
GMUs 618, 636, 638 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 4-5 Open
GMUs 621, 624, 627, 633 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 None Open
GMUs 642, 648, 651 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 6-8 Open
GMUs 652, 666 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 None Open
GMUs 653, 654 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 5 Open
GMUs 658, 660, 663, 672, 673, 681, 684, 699 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 9-12 Open
GMU 667 Jan. 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 3-4 Open
a Hunters possessing a deer or elk special permit for GMU 485 may hunt cougar in this unit during that permit hunt.