Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


Is a .410 legal for hunting game birds in Washington?

Even though a .410 is measured in caliber, not gauge, it is considered a shotgun and is legal to use while hunting game birds in Washington. A .410 is smaller than a 20-gauge shotgun.

It is unlawful to hunt game birds with a shotgun larger than a 10-gauge (WAC 232-12-047).

Game birds cannot be hunted with a handgun or rifle, with the exception of blue grouse, spruce grouse, and ruffed grouse (WAC 232-12-047).


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6th of November, 2015