Hunting

Hunting remains a vital way of life for many residents and non-residents in Washington and contributes to statewide conservation efforts. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife maintains opportunities for seasoned and first-time hunters alike. Learn about the steps every hunter must take before heading afield, and how to report your harvest after a successful hunt. 

Pheasant hunting at Sherman Creek Wildlife Area

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Whether deer, elk, waterfowl, or upland game, the hunt of a lifetime can be found in Washington.
WDFW provides a variety of courses and clinics to help hunters conduct safe, ethical hunts in the state.
WDFW is tasked with responsibly preserving, protecting, and perpetuating wildlife in the state, while maximizing hunting opportunities for all residents.
Special hunt permits, big-game auctions and raffle permit hunts offer a chance to participate in a coveted hunt while directly supporting conservation and management in Washington.
Hunting is allowed on many lands throughout Washington, but it's important to know the rules and regulations before you go.

Hunting news & important dates

Black-tailed deer standing in a grassy field
Submit your deer teeth

We are asking hunters to submit a tooth from harvested black-tailed deer bucks to help determine the relationship between age and antler points. To submit a tooth, you can either mail it, along with the information in this photo or drop it off at any WDFW Regional Office.

hunters in the field
Hunting prospects are available

Check out these hunting prospects for a successful hunting season.

Conservation starts here

Relocating mountain goats
two mule deer bucks
Deer season opens Oct. 12
Hunting for black-tailed, white-tailed and mule deer opens soon.
Hunting dog
Hunting access on private lands
WDFW works with landowners across the state on a variety of programs to increase public access to private lands.