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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Spring youth turkey hunt canceled, bear season remains closed for now

To limit the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, the youth turkey hunt previously scheduled for April 4-5 is canceled. In addition, six game management units (GMUs) that were scheduled to open April 1 for spring bear hunting will be closed, but could reopen if conditions allow. 

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2019 game status and trend report

Every year, WDFW staff publish a Game Status and Trend Report. The 2019 report describes the status and assesses trends in game species populations in Washington

Conservation starts here

Gordon Blossom, 103-year-old Master Hunter
Watch the video to learn Gordon's tips for a long, happy life
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Hunting access on private lands
WDFW works with landowners across the state on a variety of programs to increase public access to private lands.