To help hunters prepare for a successful hunting season, wildlife biologists for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) consulted their local sources and contributed their personal observations about hunting prospects throughout the state.
For management purposes, WDFW has six regions and a total of 17 wildlife districts (see map). Each district has at least one biologist who is responsible for monitoring local wildlife populations and recommending appropriate seasons. These recommendations are based on past hunter success, weather, fire, and changing ownership policies. The professional observations are rolled into district predictions about what this year's hunting seasons may bring.
This report was written before the full extent of this year’s wildfires in northcentral and northeast Washington was known. WDFW will update this information as soon as possible after the fires subside and their impact on hunting opportunities becomes clear. In the meantime, contact numbers for information on fire conditions and access restrictions are included for those districts hit the hardest by this year’s wildfires.
We encourage hunters to spend some time reviewing the information for every district, not just those that are your traditional hunting areas. Washington has an incredible diversity of habitats and game populations. You can explore these pages for insights into new locations and new species to hunt. It is your best source for planning your 2015-16 hunts.
We have also developed detailed how-to articles on several hunting subjects. For information on how and where to hunt waterfowl in Washington, visit "Let's Go WaterFowling." If your interests are more toward upland bird hunting, you don't want to miss "Upland Bird Hunting In Washington." If you are looking for places to hunt, start with our "Hunting Access" page. Finally, get yourself ready by studying "How to Prepare for the Hunting Season."
We wish you a productive and enjoyable 2015-16 hunting season!