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

WDFW seeks public comments on 2022-2023 hunting seasons

From Feb. 2 through March 19, WDFW will accept written public comments on proposed rule changes to hunting regulations for the upcoming hunting season.

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Fish and Wildlife Commission authorizes new rule-making on spring black bear special permits in response to a petition

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission considered six petitions today addressing the establishment of a 2022 spring black bear season.

Conservation starts here

Washington hunters talk about climate change

It’s up to us as hunters and stewards of the land to act now to help address the changes we see happening so we can pass down our to our kids and grandkids traditions for generations to come.

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It's never too late to take hunter education!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife provides education and training opportunities to help hunters have safe, legal, and ethical hunts.

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Big game reports due Jan. 31

Turn in by Jan. 10 to be entered into a special permit drawing

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