Mailing Address:
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
Wildlife Program
Master Hunter Section
600 Capitol Way North
Olympia, WA  98501-1091

Physical Address:
WDFW – Wildlife Program
Natural Resources Building
Fifth Floor
1111 Washington Street SE
Olympia, WA 9850

The open enrollment period for the Master Hunter Permit Program (MHPP) will begin January 1, 2016 and remain open until February 15, 2016

The Master Hunter Permit Program is designed to promote responsible hunting. In addition to training, the program emphasizes safe, lawful and ethical hunting priorities while upholding the highest standards. The program offers an opportunity for conscientious, committed hunters who care about the future of hunting to assume a leadership role among their peers. Through their knowledge and conduct in the field, Master Hunters play a key role in improving relationships with landowners, thus ensuring continued hunter access to private lands.

Individuals who successfully complete the Master Hunter Permit Program receive a patch as recognition of their accomplishments. A personalized Master Hunter permit with the person's name, Master Hunter number, issue date, and renewal date will also be provided. Master Hunters are eligible to participate in special hunts aimed at reducing property damage and/or public safety problems posed by wildlife. Special hunt opportunities vary from year to year, and may include elk, deer, bear, turkey and goose hunts in designated areas throughout Washington.

Training and certification
Those enrolling in the Master Hunter Permit Program should be motivated by a genuine desire to learn and model a high level of hunting knowledge and skill. Training is offered through independent study, offering maximum flexibility for candidates.

To become a certified Master Hunter, each applicant is required to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency with a bow, handgun, muzzleloader, rifle, shotgun shooting shot, shotgun shooting slugs, or crossbow.
    Scoring your shooting instructions
  • Provide at least 20 hours of volunteer service on a project benefiting state wildlife resources.
  • Attend Crime Observation and Reporting Training (C.O.R.T.).
  • Receive a score of at least 80 percent on a written examination, based on provided independent-study materials.
  • Sign an agreement to abide by the Master Hunter Code of Ethics.
  • Submit to and pass a law enforcement background check.

The examination to become a Master Hunter is difficult. Here are some tips to help you prepare: Advice for Master Hunter Applicants Preparing to Test [PDF]

Master Hunter Applications will only be accepted during the open enrollment period of January 1 – February 15 of each year.  All program requirements must be completed by November 15, of the year the application is received.

How to enroll
To enroll in the Master Hunter Permit Program, download and fill out the Master Hunter Permit Application form. Mail the completed application, with the $50 application fee payable by check to: WDFW Master Hunter, to the address listed on the application form.

Beginning October 16, 2009, the fee for a Master Hunter permit application will be $50.00, payable by check or money order to: WDFW Master Hunter. The fee includes independent study materials in CD format and printed documents.

Effective October 16, 2009, the cost to renew a Master Hunter permit for an additional five year period will be $25.00, payable by check or money order to: WDFW Master Hunter. This non-refundable fee will apply to any certified Master Hunter with a renewal anniversary date of October 16, 2009, or later.

More Information
For more information about the Master Hunter Permit Program, contact the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Hunter Education staff in Olympia at (360) 902-8412 or

Lost Permits
If you have lost your Master Hunter permit, contact WDFW at (360) 902-8412. You may request a duplicate permit but will be charged a $5.00 fee. Checks MUST be written to: WDFW Master Hunter.

Update your contact information
Please remember to update your contact information including phone, mailing address, and e-mail address. Notify WDFW at (360) 902-8412,

Contacting the WDFW Master Hunter Permit Program
Mailing Address:
Master Hunter Permit Section
Wildlife Program
600 Capitol Way North
Olympia, WA 98501-1091

Phone: 360-902-8412
FAX: 360-902-2162

October 9, 2015 - Master Hunter Advisory Group 9:00am to 3:00pm, Washington Cattlemen's Association Offices, Ellensburg, WA
  2015 Master Hunter Permit Program Strategic Plan
  Policy Statement Regarding
Master Hunter Permit Program
  Master Hunters should always remember to seek advance permission to hunt on private land before hunting. Too often Master Hunters don’t approach a landowner until they actually see elk within the legal hunting area on private property. You should contact landowners at least 6 months ahead of the actual hunt to gain permission, and hopefully to arrange volunteer work on the landowners behalf.
Tips and Reminders
for Hunting in Elk Area 3911
3911 Orientation Presentation
Elk Activity Updates
2015 Master Hunter 2nd Tag FAQ
Master Hunter History
Master Hunters That Have Qualified With All Seven Hunting Implements
First Hunt: A presentation at the first Master Hunter orientation meeting
Master Hunters Share a Hunting Experience
Master Hunter Advisory Group  has developed several detailed Hunt area descriptions to assist hunters in making decisions when applying for special hunt permit applications
Elk Area 5051 - Cowlitz County
Elk Area 5052 - Mossyrock
Elk Area 5062 - Klickitat County
Elk Area 2714 - Cowlitz Valley
Elk Area - North River
Elk Area - Rattlesnake Hills
Elk Area - Regions 5 and 6
Elk Area - Toledo
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