Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


Can I legally kill rock doves, starlings, and house sparrows without a hunting license?

Rock doves, starlings, and house sparrows are not protected wildlife in Washington.  They are classified as predatory birds.

It is unlawful to hunt for or take predatory birds without a hunting license except as allowed under RCW 77.36.030 and WAC 232-36-051.

Their nests, eggs, young, and/or adults may be removed or destroyed at any time with the express permission of the property owner to prevent property damage. However, firearm restrictions, no-shooting ordinances, and private property restrictions do apply.

They may also be taken year around with a hunting license.

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Last Updated
6th of January, 2016