Regulations & Seasons
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2018-2020 Hunting Season Setting Process

As outlined in the timeline below, there will be several opportunities for you to provide your input throughout the process. Your first opportunity to participate will be in late-June. The Department has asked for your help identifying the major issues that are important to you for the next three-year hunting season cycle.

Watch this website for regular updates on the season-setting process!  We will also be communicating via email throughout this process to hunters that have purchased a license within the last couple of years. If you have not recently purchased a hunting license, but would like to receive email notifications of news and upcoming events we encourage you to subscribe to our e-mail distribution lists.

Season Setting Timeline:

Regions Submit 3-Year Hunting Season Setting Ideas: May – June 2017

WDFW Regions submit 2018-2020 three-year Hunting Season Setting ideas.  Regional ideas will be incorporated with ideas received from the public since the last 3-year hunting season setting process.  The public will have an opportunity to submit new ideas through the public survey in mid-July through August.

Formulate Recommendations and Alternatives: July – August 2017

Members of the public will have an opportunity to give comment that would help shape the 2018-2020 hunting seasons at a series of public "open house" meetings planned by the WDFW in July and August.  Public can also provide comment online from July 14 2017 through August 31,2017.  Public comments received at the meetings and through the survey will help the Department understand the level of support for the proposed hunting regulations for 2018-20.  The Department wants to hear people's concerns, especially those that address a significant conservation or management issue.

Public Comment Period: July 14, 2017 – August 31, 2017

Public Meetings will be held from 7-9 p.m. (sign in begins at 6:30 p.m.) at the following locations:

Date City Address
July 25 Spokane Valley Center Place Regional Events Center, Conference Room 110, 2426 N Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA 99216
July 26 Wenatchee Wenatchee Convention Center, Fuji Rooms (lower level), 121 N. Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801
July 27 Yakima Fair Bridge Inn, Suites & Conference Center, 1507 N. 1st Street, Yakima, WA 98901
Aug 1 Everett Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th Street SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036
Aug 2 Olympia Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive, Olympia, WA 98502
Aug 3 Vancouver Heathman Lodge, Howard/Marshall Conference Room, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr., Vancouver WA 98662

Following public comment, Department staff will develop recommendations for consideration by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in March and adoption in April 2018. These recommendations will be based on the biological needs of a species and the social need of the public gathered through the comment period.

Public Comment on specific rule proposals will happen in February 2018