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. 

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Hunting news & important dates

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Don't miss upcoming hunter reporting deadlines

All hunters are required to submit a hunter harvest report, even if they didn't hunt. Reports can be submitted online through WDFW's WILD licensing system.

Black-tailed deer
Game management plan development process and timeline

Visit our new webpage for updates about development of the latest Game Management Plan.

Conservation starts here

Elk herd in South Bend, Washington
2023 Status and Trends report now available

Annual Status and Trend reports for game species populations in Washington. For certain species, separate sections cover each region or other management unit.

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Become a hunter education instructor

Hunter education instructors devote personal time and effort to pass on our hunting heritage to the next generation of safe, ethical hunters.

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Submit your photos for the 2024 Big Game Hunting Pamphlet Cover Photo Contest

The theme of this year's contest is "Live big game animal."

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