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Reporting Requirements

All acquisitions, captures, purchases, gifting, sales, transfers releases, banding, escapes, losses by death, and all other changes in status and possession of falconry birds MUST be reported to the USFWS by online filing of Form 3-186A at: https://migbirdapps.fws.gov/falconry.

Falconer with Harris Hawk after a successful hunt

Falconer with Harris Hawk after a successful hunt
Photo credit Brian and Linda Kellogg

Summary of 2012-2013 Falconry Seasons

A falconry license and a current small game hunting license are required for hunting with a raptor. In addition, a Western Washington Pheasant License is required to hunt pheasant in western Washington, and federal and state migratory bird stamps or authorizations are required to hunt migratory birds.

If a raptor captures any species of wildlife (quarry) in a closed season, the falconer must release the quarry if it is not seriously injured. If the quarry is seriously injured or killed, the quarry must be left at the site, but the raptor may feed on the kill.

If the accidentally killed wildlife is a Washington State Candidate species (including jackrabbit), the falconer must immediately record on a WDFW form or facsimile: the falconer’s name, falconry permit number, date, species and sex (if known) of the quarry, and the location of the kill (as accurately as possible).

Total accidental take of Candidate species cannot exceed 5/season; falconers must cease hunting for the day if a candidate species is taken.

All reports of accidental take must be submitted to the WDFW falconry permit coordinator by April 1 each year.

Released quarry are not considered “take.” Take of species protected under federal or state endangered or


Species Area 2012-2013 Season Dates (inclusive) Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Upland Game Birds & Forest Grouse Statewide Aug. 1 - Mar. 15 (falconry) 2 pheasants (either sex), 6 partridge. 5 California (valley) quail or bobwhite, 2 mountain quail (W. WA only), & 3 forest grouse Twice the daily bag
Mourning Dove Statewide Sept. 1 - Dec. 16 (falconry) 3 mourning doves, straight or mixed bag with snipe, coots, ducks, and geese during established seasons Twice the daily bag
Cottontail and Snowshoe hare Statewide Aug. 1 - Mar. 15 (falconry) 5 cottontail or snowshoe hares, straight or mixed bag 15
Ducks, Coots, and Snipe Statewide Oct. 13-17 & Oct. 20 - Jan. 27 (falconry) 3, straight or mixed bag with geese and mourning doves during established seasons Twice the daily bag
Geese Goose Mgmt Area 1 Oct. 13 - Jan. 27 for Snow, Ross', or
Blue Geese; Oct. 13-25 & Nov. 3 - Jan. 27 for other geese (falconry)
3, (except Brant) straight or mixed bag with ducks, coots, snipe, and mourning doves during established seasons Twice the daily bag
Goose Mgmt Area 2A Wednesdays, Saturdays,& Sundays
Nov. 10-25 & Dec. 5 - Jan. 27 (falconry)
3, (except Brant) straight or mixed bag with ducks, coots, snipe, and mourning doves during established seasons Twice the daily bag
Goose Mgmt Area 2B Wednesdays & Saturdays Oct. 13-24
and Nov. 3 - Jan. 19 (falconry)
3, (except Brant) straight or mixed bag with ducks, coots, snipe, and mourning doves during established seasons Twice the daily bag
Goose Mgmt
Areas 3, 4, & 5
Oct. 13-14 & Nov. 3 - Jan. 27 (falconry) 3, (except Brant) straight or mixed bag with ducks, coots, snipe, and mourning doves during established seasons Twice the daily bag
Turkey Eastern Washington Sept. 1 - Feb. 15 (falconry) 2, one turkey, either sex, per turkey tag with a maximum of 2 turkeys per season 2
(turkey tag required)
Jackrabbit, pygmy rabbit, sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, ptarmigan - Closed statewide