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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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

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Continued brant hunts in Clallam, Pacific, Whatcom counties

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced continuing hunts in Clallam, Pacific, and Whatcom counties and a three-day hunting season for brant geese in Skagit County.

Marshland area at Smith Island
Smith Island near Everett open for waterfowl hunting

WDFW and Snohomish County partnered to provide more public access for waterfowl hunting and other outdoor recreation in the lower Snohomish Delta.

Conservation starts here

male dusky grouse
A perfect match: grouse hunting and science
You can help us monitor populations by leaving one wing and the tail from each grouse in collection barrels around the state.
pheasant
All about Washington pheasant
Find out where to go and what you need to take part in the WDFW pheasant programs statewide..
cougar in tree
Using cougar tooth data to understand the cougar age structure on the landscape
Washington hunters are required to bring harvested cougars to WDFW for inspection and sealing.

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