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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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Archived documents do not reflect current WDFW regulations or policy and may contain factual inaccuracies.

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January 12, 2017
Contact: David Whipple, (360) 902-2847

Master Hunter Permit Program
will accept applications through Feb. 15

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will accept applications for its Master Hunter Permit Program through Feb. 15, 2017. The program is designed to promote safe, lawful and ethical hunting, and to strengthen Washington's hunting heritage and conservation ethic.

WDFW enlists master hunters for controlled hunts to remove problem animals that damage property. Master hunters also participate in volunteer projects involving increasing access to private lands, habitat enhancement, data collection, hunter education, and landowner relations.

"To qualify for the program, applicants must demonstrate a high level of skill and be committed to lawful and ethical hunting practices," said David Whipple, WDFW Hunter Education division manager.

WDFW will be holding four orientation meetings that will focus on giving new information to current master hunters and educating prospective applicants on the Master Hunter Permit Program. The meetings are scheduled for:

  • Feb. 4 – From 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council, 6116 N Market St, Spokane. 
  • Feb. 6 – From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Nile Shrine Center, 6601 244th St SW, Mountlake Terrace.
  • Feb. 9 – From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tacoma Sportsman's Club, 16409 Canyon Rd E, Puyallup.
  • Feb. 15 – From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cowlitz Co. PUD building, 961 12th Ave, Longview.

Hunters enrolling in the program must pay a $50 application fee, pass a criminal background check, pass a written test, demonstrate shooting proficiency, provide at least 20 hours of approved volunteer service and meet other qualifications described on WDFW's website at

Whipple encourages individuals who enroll in the program to prepare thoroughly for the written test, because applicants are allowed only one chance to re-take the exam.

There are about 1,650 certified master hunters currently enrolled in the program, which is administered by WDFW's Wildlife Program.

Approved volunteer work conducted during 2016 will be honored for individuals applying in 2017.