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

Elk
Multiple-season hunt tags due March 31

Deer and elk hunters have until the end of the month to enter their names into the drawing for a 2018 multiple-season tag, which can greatly increase the opportunity for success in the field.

Turkey hunters
Spring turkey hunts

The spring general season turkey hunt begins April 15, with a youth-only hunt on April 6-7.

Conservation starts here

Relocating mountain goats
National Hunting and Fishing Day advertisement
National Hunting and Fishing Day
This annual event is an opportunity to recognize the major role that hunters and anglers play in wildlife management and conservation.
Elk herd
Elk hoof disease
WDFW is working to understand and respond to this debilitating disease affecting elk in Washington, and you can help.