As specified in WAC 220-20-045 and RCW 77-32-240, it is unlawful to collect
fish, shellfish, or wildlife or their nests and/or eggs for the purpose of research or display
without first obtaining a Washington state scientific collection permit.
collection permits are issued to scientists/researchers, educators/educational
institutions, and museums, aquariums/zoos. They are NOT issued to
the general public for collection/take of fish and/or wildlife.
232-12-287, it is unlawful to possess wildlife found dead (unless
with an appropriate hunting/fishing licenses and following the rules
and regulations). One CAN collect/take naturally shed antlers of
deer, elk, or moose.
The scientific collection permit fee is $117 ($12 for the actual permit and a non-refundable $105 application fee). Permit processing time is 60 days, pursuant to WAC 220-20-045.
You can download
and print information about scientific collection permits and the
application for a permit here to the right. Choose from either
Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat formats.
For current permit holders, you can also print the required annual report due before a renewal permit is issued, here.
application or annual report to:
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North
Olympia, WA 98501
If you have
questions please contact:
Phone: (360) 902-2464, option 4