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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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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Deer: Hunting the rut

Check out November's Hunting Highlight on for tips and tricks to have a successful late-season deer hunt.

Conservation starts here

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Hunters: help reduce the prevalence of elk hoof disease

WDFW is offering an exclusive special permit draw opportunity to Western Washington general season and most special permit hunters who submit elk harvest samples.

Spruce grouse in winter
Forest grouse hunting season dates adjusted to Sept. 15 — Jan. 15

Change aims to decrease hen harvest, boost hunting opportunity.

WDFW's chronic wasting disease testing trailer
Help slow the spread of chronic wasting disease

Have your salvaged deer or elk tested for chronic wasting disease.

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