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For more information
please contact the
Hunter Education Program.

Eastern Washington
Spokane office
(509) 892-1001

Ephrata office
(509) 754-4624

Yakima office
(509) 575-2740

Western Washington
Mill Creek Office
(425) 775-1311 Ext. 106

Olympia office
(360) 902-8111
huntered@dfw.wa.gov

 

 
Hunter Education Deferral Application

2016 License Year Application for
Issuance of Hunter Education Deferral

You may e-mail your completed application to:
Deferral@dfw.wa.gov or mail it to:
WDFW – Hunter Education
600 Capitol Way North,
Olympia WA 98501-1091.

The hunter education deferral does not waive the training requirement.  It only allows the deferred hunter to hunt with an accompanying hunter during the current license year.

Hunter Education Deferral

Deferral Overview and Requirements

The Hunter Education Deferral program, adopted by the 2007 Washington State Legislature (RCW 77.32.155), allows a one-year, once-in-a-lifetime deferral of hunter education training.  The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted rules to implement the program (WAC 232-12-228 )

The deferred hunter:

  • Must be at least 10 years of age
  • Must not have failed a hunter education course in the previous 12 months

The accompanying, licensed hunter:

  • Must be over the age of 18.
  • Must be a Washington-licensed hunter while accompanying the deferred hunter
  • Must have held a valid Washington hunting license for the previous three (3) years.
  • Must supervise only one deferred hunter, in order to provide maximum supervision to the deferred hunter and enhance safety while afield.
  • Must remain close enough to the deferred hunter to have uninterrupted, unaided visual and auditory communication with the deferred hunter while hunting.

Please note that if either the deferred hunter or the accompanying hunter, hunting under the deferral program, is convicted of a hunting violation (other than unlawful hunting of wild birds, RCW 77.15.400 (1) through (3)), the department may revoke all hunting licenses and tags and order a suspension of one or both the deferred hunter and the accompanying hunter's hunting privileges for one year.

Application Process

You may e-mail your completed application to: Deferral@dfw.wa.gov or mail it to: WDFW – Hunter Education 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia WA  98501-1091. Please note that the non-refundable $20 Deferral application fee, as well as license purchases can be made via telephone once the deferral has been approved. There is no need to appear in Olympia in person.  Once your Deferral application is approved you will receive an approval letter from the Hunter Education Division.  It's important that you read this information as it will explain how to pay the Deferral processing fee and purchase your hunting license. 

If you already have a WILD identification number, please include it on your application.  WILD stands for 'Washington Interactive Licensing Database', an automated licensing system which electronically links license sale computer terminals to a central database.  WILD ID numbers are your 'unique identifier' for the WILD database.  If you have purchased a WDFW recreational license since January 1, 2001, you have already been issued your WILD ID number.  Your number may be found on any license document you possess.

Hunter Education Training

Washington State requires all hunters born after January 1, 1972 to successfully complete hunter education training.  A hunter education deferral allows you to purchase a hunting license for one license year only.  If you obtain a deferral and wish to hunt in Washington State in future years, you must first successfully complete hunter education training.  Training is available via traditional classroom classes, as well as online classes with a field component.

Hunter Education classes are available at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/huntered/

Please remember that classes are taught by certified volunteer instructors who are not paid for their time, and that classes fill rapidly.  Plan ahead to complete your hunter education training requirement.

This program receives Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  It is the policy of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to adhere to the following: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 5604 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The U.S. Department of the Interior and its bureaus prohibit discrimination on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex (in educational programs).  If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility, please contact WDFW ADA Coordinator at 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, Washington 98501-1091 or write to:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Office of External Programs
4040 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 130
Arlington, VA 22203

This program receives Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is the policy of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to adhere to the following: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 5604 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The U.S. Department of the Interior and its bureaus prohibit discrimination on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex (in educational programs). If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility, please contact WDFW ADA Coordinator at 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, Washington 98501-1091 or write to:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Office of External Programs
4040 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 130
Arlington, VA 22203