Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


When and how can I train my upland bird hunting dogs?

Bird dog training season runs from August 1-March 31, but year round training exists on some WDFW Wildlife Areas. Refer to the bird dog training season section of the Migratory Waterfowl & Upland Game pamphlet for full details. The pamphlet can be found on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/.

You need a small game license for training dogs on all wild birds. However, you only need a western Washington pheasant license for training on western Washington pheasants.

You can purchase pen raised upland birds to release and shoot on private property (bird dog training). However, you can only kill those banded or clipped birds you purchased. You cannot shoot wild birds out of season. Accidently killing a wild bird in a closed season is a violation.

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30th of October, 2015